Twenty of the top horseshoe pitching teams in the nation will visit Beloit this weekend for the 29th annual Team World Horseshoes tournament the Telfer Sports and Activity Center.
Friday through Sunday, some of the nationís best pitchers will go head-to-head. They all throw ringers 70 percent of the time ó or better. Among those expected to pitch in Beloit include Ron Button (76.30 percent) and Gert Wilcziek (73.85) from Wisconsin, George Huntington (70.55) from Illinois, Sig Armitage (74.84) from Minnesota, Sharon Chiddster (71.57) and Dan Dunn (70;.17) from Indiana, Ed Pashia (75.93) and Rose Diekamp (71.91) from Missouri, J.D. Drake (71.91) from Michigan, Larry Purcell (71.13) from Iowa, Ken Tate (70.33) from Illinois and Ted Sprinkle (75.94) from Indiana.
The competition starts at 11 a.m. Friday and continues until 5:25 p.m. Saturday, pitching is from 7:30 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. Sunday, pitching is from 8 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and finals begin at 12:10 p.m.
The 20 teams represent Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa. Four teams from Wisconsin, five teams from Minnesota, two teams from Illinois, five teams from Missouri, two teams from Indiana, one team from Michigan and one team from Iowa will pitch in this tournament.
†Team Wisconsin #1 is the defending champion, with Button, Wilcziek, Martin Papesch, and Ken Heinritz as the players.
The Beloit Horseshoes Club has hosted the event for the past 28 years. For more information, see the tournament website at www.teamworldhorseshoe.com.