1966 Missouri State Tournament

More contestants than in any previous year turned out to compete in the horseshoe contest at the 1966 Missouri State Fair. Besides increased state wide interest in the game, the courts were moved from south of the grandstands to a more favorable location and were increased from a battery of six to eight.

The defending champion, Paul Lattray of Webster Groves was on hand to enter, after four rounds Lattray withdrew from the tournament due to a back ailment. His record at the time was 2-2.

Dave Baker of Wentworth took the title, Baker was the State Champion in 1958. Second place was Ray Cavin of St. Joseph, he has finished runner-up in four state tournaments.

A total of 54 players were entered in the tournament. The top score of 251 was thrown by Bill Wamser of St. Louis. A low of 227 was recorded for the "A" Class. Missouri had a record of 84 N.H.P.A. members for 1966.

Sedalia, Missouri - August, 1966

                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Dave Baker         Wentworth          10     1                   74.0%
 2. Ray Cavin          St. Joseph          8     3                   73.3%
 3. Harry Strohm       Kansas City         7     4                   70.0%
 4. Harold Heidel      Rosebud             7     4                   67.8%
 5. Bill Kempfe        Alma                7     4                   70.7%
 6. Joe Carmack        Lecoma              6     5                   70.0%
 7. Earl Winston       LaMonte             6     5                   69.6%
 8. Bill Wamser        St. Louis           6     5                   66.9%
 9. Lillard Pinion     Stewartsville       5     6                   69.1%
10. Harold Gardner     Bosworth            3     8                   60.0%
11. Ramon Carver       Wentworth           1    10                   49.2%
12. Paul Lattray       Webster Groves      FORFEIT