Competitive horseshoes take over Mission Bay for good cause
by Dave Schwab
Published - 08/02/13 - 03:52 PM | 4708 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OMShoes, an OMBAC-sponsored horseshoe tournament benefiting cancer research, detection and prevention, will take place Sunday, Aug. 4 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Mariner’s Point on Mission Bay.

Russ Hollingsworth, co-chairman of the biannual event along with his brother, Bill, said the tournament is competitive, but added none of the competitors forget the real reason why everyone’s there.

“It’s not about winning,” he said. “It’s about having fun, and everyone knows it’s about coming out and making some money for cancer research.”

Event cost, which includes lunch and beverages, is $30 for players, $20 for non-players and OMBAC members.

There is a beer garden at the event.

“This is one of only three events with alcohol allowed on the beach, as it is grandfathered in,” said Hollingsworth.

This year’s Bunch/Barlow Memorial Tournament honors the tourney’s founders.

Sign-ups can be done online at by clicking on OMShoes, or on the day of the event from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at The Pennant Bar, 2893 Mission Blvd.

Typically, said Hollingsworth, upward of 100 two-person teams compete in a blind draw with teammates selected at random. Competitors participate in a round robin followed by a single elimination tournament with prizes for the top finishers in upper and lower tournament brackets.

Proceeds for the Aug. 4 horseshoe tourney will be donated to UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

An earlier OMShoes event held in April donated proceeds to the Helen Knoll Foundation, which offers early breast cancer screenings via a mobile mammogram.

“Come out, have some fun, enjoy the sun and the people,” said Hollingsworth.
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