© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2002
Members of the Clearwater Horseshoe Club successfully defended their turf last month at the 42nd annual state horseshoe championships.
Three of the four individual champions crowned play regularly at the club, and continued winning April 15-20 against the best in the state. Club president Ron Deckard led the way, claiming the men's title for the fourth year in a row and fifth time overall.
"I don't know if it was a home-court advantage, right now we just have some pretty good pitchers," the Tampa resident said. "I had some close games, closer than I wanted them to be."
Warren Woolsey of Clearwater won the elder men's title, winning a three-man playoff against Dunedin's Wayne Cowger and Beverly Hills' Jim Adcox. Brady Sunday of Dunedin won for the second consecutive year in the junior division.
Only women's champion Debbie Burrows of Palm Bay hailed from outside the area.
Four-time Professional Bowlers Association player of the year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala also competed, and teamed with Byron Jarrett of Oviedo to win the men's doubles.
Williams pitched a perfect game in Game 3 of the competition, making 26 ringers out of 26 pitches.
Williams and Adcox were upset in the mixed distance doubles, as Deckard and Cowger teamed for the victory.
Woolsey and Adcox won the elder's doubles, while Pam Maples of Melbourne and Burrows won women's doubles.
Archie Bunting of St. Petersburg and Kenneth Jones and Terry Upman of Clearwater won class titles.
The Clearwater Horseshoe Club's tournament season is complete, but open practice will continue from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Ed Wright Park, at the corner of Lakeview Road and Greenwood Avenue. Beginners are welcome.