McKay stays hot at horseshoes
Nine teams took to the four red-clay horseshoe pits in the center of the tiny park behind Anna Maria City Hall, and four of them took their unbeaten pool play records to the playoff round on Saturday, May 24. The semi-final game saw Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe post an easy victory over Tom Rhodes and Chuck Bell, while George McKay and Debbie Rhodes were cruising to a similarly quick win over the walking team-of-one, Ron Pepka. The finale was a real barn-burner with both team’s members throwing key ringers that cancelled their opponent’s ringers. The game ended 22-19, when McKay threw a decisive six pack double ringer, after the teams fought to remain deadlocked at 19-19 during the six prior turns.
In the next session, the following Wednesday, John Johnson and Jerry Bennett were the sole pair to perfectly in their three morning qualifying matches. Pepka and Norm Good took home runners up honors with a 21-5 win over Debbie and Tom Rhodes in a consolation match for second place.
Play gets underway at 9 am. every Wednesday and Saturday, behind Anna Maria City Hall, at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Warm-ups begin at 8:45 followed by team selection just prior to play. Plenty of free parking is available and all skill levels are welcome.