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Melissa making a pitch for the Canadian horseshoe title next

Jerry Melissa returned to his more familiar place in the champion
Jerry Melissa returned to his more familiar place in the champion's spot on the podium at Abbotsford.
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Youbou’s Jerry Melissa is happy to be back atop the podium after a brief hiatus.

Melissa won the B.C. Highwayman Open horseshoe pitching competition in Abbotsford after second-place finishes in his previous three tournaments. “I actually defended my international champion title,’’ he pointed out.

Melissa never lost a game and averaged 67% ringers the first day. The second day, “I lost three games because my opponents saved their best game when playing against me,’’ he noted.

Melissa has won 10 tournaments overall this summer, including the Stew Battie memorial mixed open and open events in Ladysmith. He’s travelling to Calgary for the Canadian championships Aug. 12 to 16.

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