Anthony & Nephew Matt Win Sunshine City/Scott King Tournament
Anthony Sutton, aka “The Ant” and his nephew Matt Sutton have won the Sunshine City/Scott King Tournament that was held at St. Petersburg’s Puryear Park on Saturday.
The 6 hour and 10-minute marathon began sharply at 10am before a crowd of about 45 people under chamber of commerce sunshine with temps in the low 70s.
The event was originally scheduled to be a two-day event, with the first round held on Saturday, and the finals on Sunday. But organizers made the correct decision to combine the two days into one with a 100% chance of rain Sunday the factor. About ¾” of an inch did fell Sunday morning before clearing up around 12 noon.
The event featured several ex-pros including Rastock, Corky, Daniel, Belota, Ty Wilson, Cachin 47 and Super Jules. Super Jules played pro at Hartford and Calder. Also competing, all the way from Rhode Island, were Davie “Dark Knight”. On his team was Paul Paddie, who played pro at various frontons in Connecticut. Among those in attendance were our good buddies “Art” and John Silvia aka “Anton/The Ghost.” In attendance was former player and players manager Sarduy of Daytona/Melbourne. Also former pros Ricky Hernandez of Tampa Jai-Alai, Bob Garby of Dania Jai-Alai, and Brodie of Calder Jai-Alai participated.
One player who stood out was Brent Knight, familiar to many as Phatboy. He displayed great catching and throwing hard bullets deep off the walls.
The event featured 27 games, most of them to 10 points with the semi finals going to 12. There were 22 players competing.
The finals came down to the team of Cachin/Rule vs. Anthony/Matt. The Sutton team won the first game (to 10 points), the second game went to Cachin/Rule. The final tiebreaker even, played to 5 points was won 5-0 by the Sutton clam.
The event was fast paced, no arguments (wow!) and the weather could not have been better, not to mention the court looked fantastic thanks to the work of Paul Kubala, Scott King, Eric Lancot. Sorry if we are omitting anyone.
You can view photos of the action and the brackets with results and final win totals all on this site.
There was a lot of refurbishments done to the court as noted in the other stories on The Pelota Press.