By Dave Pedersen
Crow River News Sports
Marlys Timm returned from the recent World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament in St. George, Utah feeling quite respected.
The member of the Rockford Ringers Horseshoe Pitching Club not only won her 14-member Class F, but was named Sanctioned League Director of the Year at the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.
“There were 16 in my class but two others had dropped out due to health concerns,” said Timm. “I won $500 for first place, plus a trophy and World Class Champion patch.”
Timm entered the world tournament with a ringer average of 34.39. The highest entry was at 38.12. Marlys won the title by going 12-1, posting a ringer average of 39.62. The second place finisher shot 41.15 percent but had a 10-3 record. Timm had two games with a high of 22 ringers out of 40 shoes for 55 percent and had three games with a low of 13 ringers.
This was the 13th World tournament for Marlys and her husband Marv since joining the Rockford club in 1989. Marlys finished second in Ainsworth Nebraska in 1998, was first in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2000 and second in Topeka, Kansas in 2015. She placed “in the money” in the top six at numerous events.
Marv won a class title in 2006 in Gillette Wyoming after a three-way playoff. Marlys says Marv hurt his back a couple weeks prior to this world tournament in Utah.
There are 300 leagues and 200 league directors in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. The Timm’s joined the Rockford Ringers Horseshoe Club in 1989 and Marlys have served as an officer since 1991.
Marlys is the fifth league director from Minnesota to receive this award since it started in 1984.
“In 1989 we had about 15 members total,” recalls Timm about the Rockford club. “In 2016 our club members began heavily recruiting and it has paid off with 15 new members this year. We have 18 people pitching on Wednesday night and 17 pitching on Tuesday morning.”
The five newcomers on Wednesday include Jack Bacon, Jay Doran, Renee Knapp, Jay Minchow and Mike Wright. The Tuesday morning league welcomed 10 new members including Tyler Condon, Ron Heacock, Gary Klingelhoets, Tyler Lazenby, Daryl Littell, Michael Littell, Mike Littell, Justice Martin, Jim Schmitt and Mike Timm.
The Rockford Ringers Horseshoe Pitching Club plays at Riverside Park, 8220 Elm St. Information: Marlys Timm, 763-479-2951, [email protected]