NEWBERRY — Thirty eight players from 10 states — including South Carolina — are set to begin the Horseshoe Pitchers Pro Tour this weekend at Marion Davis Park.
The 2013 SummerFun Horseshoe Tournament is Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and noon. Newberry is the first stop on the national tour and has been for about the last five years, according to Scott Sawyer, director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for the city.
Sawyer added that the timing and weather make for a perfect combination to start the series. Although with pending inclement weather this weekend, he pointed out that the players will play all day but weather conditions could change some of the plans.
As for the players, former world champion Brian Simmons returns along with other top 20 horseshoe pitchers who have world championship records. There are seven people from South Carolina participating.
The competition includes three division plus an open division after the others have played. The three divisions are: Division 1, 40 feet; Division 1, 30 feet; Division 2, 40 feet; and the Open Division.
Division 1, 40 players: Brian Simmons, Bobby Faidley, Mike Creek, Bobby White, Elbert Shifflet, Chan Herrell, Shannon Foster and Ronnie Walker.
Division 1, 30 players: Bobby Fields, Barbara Taylor, Joan Elmore, Jim Cooper, Ellen Perry, Jane Jordan, Gail Walker and Paul Jennings.
Division 2, 40 players: Kelly Hatrick, Bill Combs, Bob Koontz, Joe Forgues, Charlie Walker, Dennis Wilson, Dane Clark, Steve Lacey, Charley Lacey, Larry Nysveen, Howard Hawes, Bobby Evans, Horace Phillips, Tom Westbrook, Elvis Blunt and Jerry Colyer.
Open Division players: Bobby White, Ozzy Yohn, Jim Perry, Larry Moss, Charles Duncan and Nelson Floyd.
Sawyer encourages residents to come out and cheer on the horseshoe players as this is an annual event that brings in people from all across the country.
The next stop is in Kentucky in April and the last stop is in Texas in September.