Mary Fleener Horseshoe Memorial Numbers Up

Darke County Horseshoe Club hosts 10th Annual Mary Fleener Memorial Tournament

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Arcanum's Delbert Fourman pitches at the Mary Fleener Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at the Greenville City Park courts. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Horseshoe Club hosted 44 entrants to the 10th Annual Mary Fleener Memorial tournament at the Greenville City Part horseshoe courts.

Darke County Horseshoe Club Mary Fleenor Memorial Horseshoe Tournament. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The late Mary Fleener served as President of the Darke County Horseshoe Club for 12-years as well as competing on the horseshoe courts.

“When Mary passed we wanted to do a special tournament in her honor,” said Darke County Horseshoe Club President, Brian Fisher. “We set it up to where if someone needed an extra tournament to get into the World Tournament they could do that here in Darke County.”

To enter the National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA) World Tournament, entrants must have competed in four tournaments.

Darke County Horseshoe Club Mary Fleenor Memorial Horseshoe Tournament. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“A lot of the pitcher want to come here because they need another tournament to enter the World’s and that was a fact today,” Fisher noted.

Horseshoe pitching is noticing an upturn in pitchers following some years of decline throughout the state and country … not helped by the past few years of COVID.

“Numbers are up and we have so many brand new pitchers here in Ohio, we expect the numbers to be up everywhere in this state,” said Darke County Horseshoe Club President, Brian Fisher. “We had 12 new pitchers at this tournament so it’s looking up.”

The Darke County Horseshoe Club will be hosting the nationally known Ringer Classic at the Greenville City Park July 1-2 of this year.

“Out next big tournament is the Ringer Classic,” Fisher stated. “We hope to have more entries into it also than what we had last year. We still had COVID issues last year.”