Yesterday was a Beautiful Day in Hull, Ga. For Horseshoe pitching. Everyone must have thought so as well we had 59 pitchers show up ready to battle it out for the prized patches. It was the Sandra Coile Memorial Tournament and she is sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. She always greeted everyone with a smile and a warm welcome that the memory of still warms our hearts. I have to think she helped give us some great weather to pitch in as she smiled down on us because we couldnít have asked for a better day.
We also had some of our new pitchers out on the courts and we want to make sure they know how much we enjoy having them join our family. Make sure and welcome Mike and Larry Wages and also Michelle Cleaton although she helped out so much last year it feels like she has been with us for a while.
In the Championship 30 ft Class Barbara Taylor came down to visit from South Carolina and had a Perfect Day not losing a game on the way to the title. Barbara pitched a smoking 72.50% tournament to Top off her day. Barbaraís high game was an Amazing 80%. Larry Myers also had a Great day taking 2nd Place over Troy Stapler who took home 3rd Place.
The 40 ft. Championship had to go to overtime to finally determine the Champion. Matt Braswell and Marcus Waters wound up tied at 4 and 1 after the regular round. Matt was looking for a little revenge after Marcus handed him a loss in the first game of the class action. Matt got his revenge by coming out smoking in the playoff and never looking back. Matt took 1st Place followed by Marcus in 2nd Place and Jeff Coile in 3rd Place. Jeff just missed making the playoff a 3 way tie by half a game. Mike Wages tied Jeff on the last shoe of the game to give Jeff the extra half game loss and deny him a spot in the playoff after a Great Game. Great Pitching Guys!
In the 30 Ft. Class A Stasia Addison continues her Red-Hot pitching to start her season. Stasia has won both GHPA events she has pitched in this year. Way to go Stasia! Jerry Morris also had a Great day Pitching taking 2nd Place. It was good to see Billy Barnes back out pitching with us again and Billy rounded out the top three taking home 3rd Place.
Chuck Poole has recovered from his foot problem and is back pitching like we are used to seeing. Chuck didnít lose a game while taking the Top Spot in the 30 ft. Class B. Karla Harris and Regina Bonner are both also off to a Great start this year. Karla took 2nd Place and Regina took 3rd Place.
Suzanne Miller made it two in a row. After winning her class at the Horseshoe Tour tournament last week in Newberry SC she followed it up with a win in the 30 ft. Class C. Bo Mullis regained his form from last year and took home 2nd Place followed by Maria McIntyre in 3rd Place.
Sue Mayberry made sure she got her patch yesterday by not losing a game in the 30 ft. Class D. I think this may be Sueís first Class Champion patch in the GHPA and it is well deserved. Way to Go Sue we are Proud of You! Michelle Cleaton used a strong 2nd Place finish to maintain her lead in the 2016 Rookie of the Year race. Taylor Coile continues to improve her average as she had a Great Day and took home 3rd Place.
We are glad to have Ricky Shook back pitching with us and he has been on fire this year. Ricky has won both tournaments he has pitched this year. Ricky only lost one game as he took the 40 ft. Class A Championship. Keep up the Great Pitching Ricky! Kevin Thomas made a run at Ricky both came up a little short and had to settle for the 2nd Place finish. Trace Mason hasnít lost a step since last year as he had a Strong Day and took home 3rd Place.
Ronnie Miller survived a playoff with a red-hot Fred Bennett to take the 40 Ft. Class B title by some miracle. Fred had given Ronnie a one point loss in their first meeting of the day and Ronnie needed a little help to force a playoff. Ronnie got the help from Larry Munn as he handed Fred a loss to force the playoff. In a playoff game that went back and forth Ronnie managed to edge Fred out and Claim the Class Championship. Fred took home a hard fought for 2nd Place followed by Larry Munn in 3rd Place.
David Coile made sure he didnít have a playoff by winning all of his games in the 40 ft. Class C group. David was on fire all day pitching an Amazing 7% over his average on the way to the Title. David Hagwood the Hardest Throwing pitcher I know continues to round back into form and took a well-deserved 2nd Place. Tony Mayberry took home 3rd Place after only losing to the Top two finishers in his class.
Tim Embry used a 9% 0ver average day to seal his 40 ft. Class D Championship. Tim smoked the field as he was on fire from start to finish. Johnny Weatherford also had an above average day but had to settle for a hard fought for 2nd Place as he edged Adam Hogan out 2nd Place by just a half game. Adam took 3rd Place in a very tough class.
I have linked a copy of the 2016 NHPA World Tournament Entry form to our Tournaments page for those that are planning on going. I hope everyone that is qualified to go can make it. If you have never been to a World Tournament I highly recommend it. It is well worth the time and with it in Montgomery, Alabama it is as close as itís been to us in a few years. If you want to go and are not sure if you qualify please let me know and we can help you find out what you need to do to get qualified. The entry deadline is May 16th so be sure and get your entry mailed by that day. Earlier is better!
Be sure and check out the Rookie of the Year Points Race. It looks like it is going to be another hard fought race this year. It is still very early so any of our Rookies can make a run at the Title.
Next Saturday April 3oth we have Tournaments in Marietta and Brunswick I hope everyone can make one of these tournaments. Sign in by 9:30 AM with pitching starting at 10:00 AM.