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WHEN: September 12th 2009
WHERE: Golden Gate Horseshoe Courts.
RESULTS:
NHPA - Pro's Handicapped Round Robin
1st: Kimmy Stockli
2nd: Brian Simmons
3rd: Casey Sluys
"A" Experienced Bracket (double elimination)
*SFHPC member*
1st Place: Ryan Heredia* & Joey Rzeplinski; "Throw from the Hip"
2nd Place: Eric Frago & Steve Gibson; "Dead Ringers"
3rd Place: Bill Terry & Terry Ferrel; "Half Moon Bay"
"B" Beginner Bracket (double elimination)
1st Place: Anthony Schwab & Peter Schwab; Schwab & Son
2nd Place: Matthew Wakefield & Tony Grasso; "Quit Your Pitchin' "
3rd Place: Jorge Calderon & Sarah Calderon; "Lucky 21"

Gavin Newsom & Brian Simmons
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom getting some last minute tips from 2x World Champion Brian Simmons, of Vermont before throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the inaugural Sept. 12, 2009:

San Francisco International Open Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
Click here to see PHOTOS of Tournament

More links to online photo galleries of the tournament:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnesaurus/3918062255/in/photostream/
SF International Open 2009 A Fundraiser for The Guardsmen :

Since 1947 The Guardsmen have been helping at-risk youth with the resources they need to thrive. Each year The Guardsmen send 2,500 youth to outdoor education programs and provides scholarship support to 200 students at Bay Area private schools.The Guardsmen sponsors events throughout the year. Approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised at these events goes directly to scholarships, camperships, and other programs
for at-risk youth.





Golden Gate Park Horseshoe PitsSchedule:
+/- 9:30am : Warm-ups and Horseshoe Pitching Clinic with the Champs.
11:30 am :Re-Dedication Ceremony
Noon: Tournament Play Starts ...until we finish.
Teams: $50/Team ($25 per person) which includes full Smoked BBQ pork shoulder and beer throughout the tournament
Spectator Participant: $20 per person and includes food and drink, music and horseshoe action!! What a deal!
Spectator Casual: Drop-ins are welcome to come check it out for free. Paid participants will receive a special bracelet that gets them into the beer garden and BBQ. But remember this is a charity fundraiser for a great cause!
Will Call: Tickets will be held at Will Call

September 12th 2009! Organized in conjunction with the Guardsmen of San Francisco as an annual fund-raising event for their charity organization. It's going to be huge! Don't miss it! We have confirmed that 2 x WORLD CHAMPION Brian Simmons of Vermont will be flying out to join 3 x California State Women's and Men's Champions, Kimmy Stockli and Rick Bermingham for our event that is gaining National attention!!! These CHAMPIONS will arrive early the morning of the tournament to assist in a "Horseshoe Pitching Clinic"!!!! Come early and get a few pointers from the pro's! Never before has this caliber of talent been available to the general public for instruction!!! Don't miss this rare opportunity to get some tips from one of the best player in the WORLD all for the price of a BBQ lunch! Bring your camera to witness a 90% accurate full distance horseshoe pitcher!

SFHPC, The Guardsmen, and SF Rec & Park have teamed up to restore the Golden Gate Park horseshoe pits to their original glory!!! Do not miss the historic Re-Dedication Ceremony for an historic San Francisco Treasure! We have lined up some of the worlds top players to attend this event for a fully sanctioned NHPA tournament along with a larger "Leaner League" community tournament!

Pick a Team Name! Important. First team to declare a name gets it. You'll have to pick another one. Matches will be called by team name.

Some preliminary information: (Specific Details to follow so stay tuned!!!)
This tournament will begin with a Re-Dedication ceremony for the Historic Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Area. This ceremony will be attended by dignitaries from the SF Rec & Park, police, fire, SF Supervisors, local neighborhood organizations, California State Horseshoe Pitching Champions, and 2x World Horseshoe Pitching Champion Brian Simmons! ...and the list keeps growing.
This will be a closed bracket tournament, with a smaller fully NHPA sanctioned invitational tournament. We will set up two, 32 team double elimination brackets for a total of 64 teams. The "A" Bracket will be for players with some experience, and the "B" bracket will be for novice players. Your bracket placement will be strictly on the Honor System. We'll know if you don't belong in the novice bracket! This tournament is for fun, to bring back horseshoes to San Francisco and as a fundraiser for the charitable organization, The Guardsmen.

Team Spaces are filling up fast, and we fully expect this tournament to sell out early. But if you don't make it in the tournament be sure to come down for a great BBQ, and to meet some of the best horseshoe pitchers in the world. We intend to keep one pit open for spectators, first timers and show-offs! Online Registration is OPEN at www.sfhorseshoetournament.com. This is a first come first served sign up until each bracket is filled.

Sponsors:
Pabst Blue Ribbon beer!
Firehouse Brewing Company
Kimmy's Horseshoe Shop
Northern California Horseshoe Pitching Association
National Horseshoe Pitching Foundation
Mr. Router Plumbing
Zepponi Architects
Seamus Cudden Construction
Stanyan Park Hotel: has offered to house the World Champion!
Zola Brazialian Superfruits
Sweet Deal
Rockstar Energy Drinks
DJ Languis


Entry fee will be $50 per team ($25/person) and include tournament entry, pit BBQ 'd pork shoulder and delicious PBR and Firehouse brew!

Preliminary Rules: (subject to change)
Double Elimination
Follow your shoes (IE.) no points, the team who pitched last goes first next.
Good sportsmanship, and having a good time mandatory!
Cheering, ribbing, talking, and socializing encouraged
Uptight, bad tempered, poor sports, overly serious players need not sign up! Come to have a good time.
Horseshoes are fun! Come out bring your friends, family or own private cheering section.
Official Rulings to be by SFHPC members
Women & Players over 70 years old may elect to pitch from the 30 ft line.
We are waiting for confirmation from a radio sponsor and to provide music...so, dancing will be allowed.

"A" Bracket: (with experience)
15 point games; Final Four games to 21
Leaners worth 2 pts! 'cuz it's fun.
No Slop - short or wide shots to be pulled from the pit.

"B" Bracket: (Novice)
15 point games; Final Four games to 21
Leaners worth 2 pts
Slop Allowed - short or wide shots to be left in play and count.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!!!

"A" BRACKET: Players with Experience
No TEAM NAME PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 CLUB
1 Golden Gators Peter Zepponi Jon Bastian SFHPC
2
Dan Magyari John Caponi SFHPC
3 Moose Knuckles Rico Castro
SFHPC
4 Close Counts John Bettencourt Don Reip SFHPC/ Half Moon Bay
5
Antonious Dintcho Justin V. SFHPC
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Matt Lusher
SFHPC
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Gino Rinaldi
SFHPC
8 Rockstar Ken Baker
KBHPC
9 Dead Ringers Eric Frego Steve Gibson KBHPC
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No TEAM NAME PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 CLUB
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Ted Bartlett
Guardsmen
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Sean Dublin
Guardsmen
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Jorge Calderon
Guardsmen
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Jamie Sutton
Guardsmen
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SFHPC
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