The 2016 Horseshoe Championships marked it's 20th year under the current double elimination format and this year dedicated it's highly coveted trophy to it's only Hall of Famer, Bobby Eiland, and will forever be referred to as “chasing the Bobby” from here on.
The 2016 Horseshoe Championships marked it’s 20th year under the current double elimination format and this year dedicated it’s highly coveted trophy to it’s only Hall of Famer, Bobby Eiland, and will forever be referred to as “chasing the Bobby” from here on.
A few high profile teams bit the dust early this year. Let’s just say, we’ll have no back-to-back winners as Larry Harris and Bobby Kaempfe couldn’t post better than a 5th or 6th place finish, tying with friend, John Verkamp and virtually, adopted son, Jeremy Kengla.
Darren Haney and Shane Hobbs knocked Justin Couthren and Ronnie “Junior” Becker down to a fourth place finish and also got revenge finally, easily defeating Danny Brown and Kevin McCoy to win the wildcard spot to face the ambiguous duo of Bryan Hewitt and Jeff Dillard in the championship. This is possibly Haney and Hobbs’ last ride together as partners before taking a self-imposed hiatus pending the status and schedule of Hobbs’ son, Justice, playing for the Razorbacks on Saturdays.
Keith Odell wins his second individual championship edging out Haney in the finals 21-0. (I think we may have threw down 4 times, maybe 5 each. I might’ve even had a point but it sure didn’t seem like it.)
Odell took home a winner-take-all $75 cash prize. Hobbs took out both Dillard and Hewitt in the 1st and 2nd rounds while Haney dominated McCoy and Kengla to face off against each other in the semi-finals. Odell took out legendary 4 time winner (3 in a row), Danny Brown, in the 1st and newby, Alec Buckner, in the 2nd and battled with “The Counselor”, John Verkamp, in a game that had to last 30 minutes or more to get to the finals. Odell obviously slowed played Haney to cool him off and the plan worked well for him. Verkamp knocked off last year’s Player of the Year, Kaempfe, and his playing partner, Harris in the contest.
Look for updated stats and newly elected Hall of Fame announcements in the weeks to come.