2019 SummerFun Tournament Info

It’s time to start thinking about the first tournament of the 2019 season, in Newberry, SC!! Download a copy of the new entry form from this website, and send it on early. Newberry is the only site which has remained on our schedule for the 11th year now, you’ll love pitching there… below is info you may need. The deadline for entries is April 3rd, please don’t wait until the last minute to enter.

Attention!!

Because of activities around the area, the local festival, a wedding, and the Masters Golf Tournament, there will be no rooms available on Friday night at the Hampton Inn. Other hotels available for Friday night are listed further down on this post. Sorry for any inconvenience…..

Newberry will also host the “Pork in the Park” Festival on Saturday, the same weekend of the SummerFun Tour event. The activities are located in the square, across from the Hampton Inn, if you like bar-b-q, you will love this. The Pork in the Park event will not only be Saturday this year, it will be Friday night also with a bluegrass band and BBQ for sale from 5pm to 8pm.

The room block for the host hotel in Newberry has been set, and once again, because of the festival that weekend, we only have 20 rooms available first come, first serve. When you call, ask for the “SummerFun” rate, rooms are $114 per night. The direct number to the hotel is 803-276-6666. The Hampton Inn is located in the center of town, adjacent to the Opera House, and the Pork in the Park festivities. Only about a mile from the courts. The final day to reserve a room is March 27th, check in time is 3:00 PM.

The hotdog eating contest is back on again this year during the Newberry, SC Horseshoe Tour event!! It will be on Friday evening at 6:30 PM, at the Martin Street Beer Parlor (Bubba’s) There’s a new wrinkle this year though, it’s two person teams that will compete. We will take the first 12 people who contact us, and we will draw for partners on site before we start. We will post the names as soon as we are full. If you don’t enter, just come on out and have some fun watching, and cheering on the contestants.
Address is: 1401 Martin St
Newberry, South Carolina 29108

Address to Park:
Marion Davis Park
2905 Fair Avenue
Newberry, SC
(located on Highway 121 at Nance Street)

Hampton Inn, Newberry Opera House
1201 Nance Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: 803.276.6666

    Additional Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
2012 InterContinental Hotel Group Torchbearer Award Winner
I-26/Exit 76 (Main Street/SC Hwy. 219) 121 Truman Avenue
Newerry, SC 29108
Phone: 803.321.3955

Newberry Manor
1710 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: 803.597.5031

Econo Lodge
1147 Wilson Rd
Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: 803.276.1600

Days Inn
I-26 & Hwy. 34 Exit 74
Newberry, SC 29108
803.276.2294

Campgrounds

Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road
Prosperity, SC 29127
803.364.4152

Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
302 State Park Rd
Ninety Six, SC 29666
864.543.3535

Saluda River Resort
1283 Saluda River Rd
Silverstreet, SC 29145
803.276.7917

Announcement from the President

I want to start this off by thanking every player who has helped support The Horseshoe Tour over its first decade of existence. Over the years we’ve gone through format changes, name changes, payout changes, schedule changes… the list goes on. Nothing has stayed the same, yet we’ve endured it all and have always come out stronger in the end. We’ve been in a constant state of change since day one in just about every way with one exception… our players. We’ve always had the best players in this sport and we are very, very grateful for that. Because of this, we decided way back that even though The Horseshoe Tour is not a member run organization and isn’t under any obligation to reveal its financial status to its players, we’d do so anyways and this is no exception. Like every other organization out there, The Horseshoe Tour has operating expenses which are always on the rise. Outside of those expenses, we pay back just about everything we take in during a season to our players. At the end of each season, we try to leave a little in reserve to help start off the next season, and to cover off-season expenses and so far, with a little luck along the way, we’ve somehow managed to do that.

For those unfamiliar with our operations, it’s a very common sense approach and if there’s ever any question, it’s all there for every player to see throughout each season. Just look a little closer at the income and payout details on each tournament summary sheet… add in the Big Game contest winnings paid at the end of the season and that’s pretty much the whole story. If you then take a minute and do the math on all that, you’ll quickly see that there is very little left over when it’s all said and done. Whatever is left is what we operate the Tour on and those reserve funds have been dwindling down to a lesser amount each of these past few seasons, ever since we started this new payout system in the Prime Division with no eliminations, every place paid, and virtually all entry fee paid back. We knew when we started it that it would be unsustainable and that we’d eventually have to rein it in. But, like we often do with new things on this Tour, we wanted to start it with a bang and go as long as we could, which we did for several seasons. But, the time to rein it in is now.

Like I said, expenses are always on the rise and to be frank, last season’s player payouts left us running on fumes. The upcoming season is virtually the same and we know we can’t make it through another like that without making changes. Obviously, change is the name of the game when it comes to running this Tour and we’re very good at handling it. But unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of ways to change our income on the fly. That takes some creativity, as all of our funding is basically preset. For example, the funding from our host sites is under contract and locked in, so we can’t pull any extra money from those sources. Membership in the Tour is free, so we can’t draw any funds increase from there like other organizations can. In fact, our only real options are to raise entry fees and/or cut payouts. Luckily, we don’t need to pick up a ton of money to put us back in the black. So, the effect on entry fees and payouts will be minimal. It equates simply to a $5 increase in entry fee for Prime players and a new payout block. Starting in 2019, all places are still paid, but the top 5 final four brackets (A thru E) will receive a minimum of $80 for third and fourth places, and final four brackets below that level will be paid a minimum payout of $100-$80-$50-$50. This combination gets us to where we need to be, changes will be made to the new entry form.

It’s been years since we’ve had to increase any costs to our players. In fact, we’ve mostly done the exact opposite, but this season we have no choice. We always put player interests first and we are sure our players understand that we’re just doing what we have to, so that we can continue to present them with opportunities to compete in these awesome tournaments for another decade and hopefully far beyond that. We look forward to a great 2019 season starting as always, in Newberry, SC in mid April. Following Newberry, in early June will be a return to another original site in Lowell, NC. We are really excited to go back to Lowell… Like Newberry, it’s one of the best places to pitch in the Eastern US… don’t miss either of these! Then we take a break in July to allow for the NHPA’s World Tournament in Wichita Falls, TX. Then, once again, The Horseshoe Tour visits Winnemucca, NV in late August and we finish 2019 in Morgan City, LA in mid October… the perfect place to close the season, as always. We’re working on the 2020 season now and I must say, things are looking pretty good for the future of The Horseshoe Tour! Thanks again to all who’ve helped us along the way… we owe it all to you!

Sincerely,

Bobby White
Horseshoe Tour President

2019 Horseshoe Tour Schedule

The 2019 Horseshoe Tour schedule is complete!

We will again have four events for next year, which seems to work nice for our staff, and have added one new site, Lowell, NC. We are disappointed for the loss of the Clarksville, TN location after five years, but exited about returning to Lowell, which was on our schedule in our first season in 2009.

2019 Horseshoe Tour Schedule

April 13-14 Newberry SummerFun Newberry, SC (double points)
June 8-9 Gaston County Clash Lowell, NC (triple points)
August 17-18 Winnemucca Open Winnemucca, NV (double points)
October 12-13 Cajun Coast Classic Morgan City, LA (triple points)

2018 Big Game Final Standings

The final “Big Game” standings for the 2018 season are posted below, we will begin mailing out checks in early November to the top 25 places, plus ties. Remember, any ties will be broken with the number of events a player has attended, if still tied, the total winnings for the places (two or more) will be added together, and distributed evenly between players.

Please review the standings, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ron Taylor at 803-214-8226 by November 1st. Also remember, all Horseshoe Tour checks must be cashed within 60 days of issue.

2018BigGameStandings