Six-pack Sam shows his metal
Eleven horseshoe hopefuls braved the wrath of Tropical Storm Fay on Saturday, Aug. 23, and three of them moved into the morning’s playoff round by virtue of their undefeated pool play. Sam Samuels quickly dismissed any hopes that George McKay and Debbie Rhodes had of winning by tossing a 22-0 shutout against them en route to hoisting the pelican-shaped champion’s trophy in victory.
The following Wednesday had a hot, steamy start as both the temperature and humidity hovered in the mid-80s and bantering appeared to be the order of the day. But Island residents Steve Doyle and John Johnson were undistracted by the chat as they posted the day’s only undefeated record to win first place honors in uncontested fashion. In the ensuing playoff for the runners-up slot, Deb Rhodes and Samuels teamed up with a trio of six-pack double ringers and handed a 22-13 thumping to Deb’s husband Tom and his partner, Jay Disbrow - horseshoe’s newest member of the “over the hill gang.”
Whether you play every week or once in a blue moon, the games behind Anna Maria’s City Hall are open to all skill levels. Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, in the tiny park at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Warm-ups begin at 8:45, followed by random team selection just prior to play and plenty of parking is available.