September 12, 2009, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Mayor Gavin Newsom throws first pitch in the opening tournament at the newly renovated courts in Golden Gate Park.
Over 200 participants and spectators attended the Re-Dedication Ceremony and Tournament. Mayor Newsom and representatives from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Fire Department, and Police Department were also in attendance. Two-time World Horseshoe Pitching Champion Brian Simmons and State Champions Rick Birmingham and Kimmy Stockli competed in the tournament and assisted in introducing the sport to a new generation of San Franciscans. Attendees enjoyed a BBQ pork lunch provided by the Guardsmen with refreshments provided by Zola Açaí.