1973 Missouri State Tournament

The 1973 Missouri State Tournament had 80 entries and all areas of the state were represented. At the annual meeting held at the courts, Charles Killgore was re-elected as Vice-President and Jim Acock was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer. Our thanks goes to LaMonte Bank for supplying the championship trophy, Ray Cavin for the 2nd place trophy and S & M Sporting Goods for the 3rd place trophy. The Missouri State Horseshoe Association gave Reno's book on horseshoe pitching for 4th place in Class "A" and for 2nd place in all other classes.

We take pleasurer in announcing that the Higginsville Horseshoe Club furnished all trophies for the Junior's Division. Winston's Angus Farm donated the Class "B" championship trophy and all other trophies were furnished by the Missouri State Fair.

Class "A" got underway in terrific heat on Saturday, August 25th in mid-afternoon the temperature on the grounds was 102 degrees F. Bob Bales and Harold Gardner had to drop out. Ron Frakes and Neil Snelson were out the next day as the temperatures reached 99 degrees F. High game was 81.8% by Bob Stowe. The longest game was 92 shoes by Baker and Winston. Ties were settled by points accumulated on the losing games.

The Junior's were at a distinct disadvantage due to the lateness of the day, there games were shortened to 30 shoes per game. They were only able to complete five full games before darkness. Therefore, all positions were settled by total ringer percentage.

Sedalia, Missouri - August 24-26, 1973

                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Dave Baker         Wentworth          14     1                   71.9%
 2. Bob Stowe          Centralia          13     2                   66.3%
 3. Charles Killgore   Plattsburg         11     4                   67.1%
 4. Bill Kempfe        Alma               11     4                   57.1%
 5. Ray Plute          Warrensburg        11     4                   62.0%
 6. Don Harris         Smithville         10     5                   61.3%
 7. Charles Picraux    Defiance            9     6                   55.8%
 8. Ray Cavin          St. Joseph          9     6                   60.1%
 9. Earl Winston       LaMonte             8     7                   58.3%
10. Leonard Francis    Cainsville          7     8                   55.3%
11. Kenneth Bowling    Savannah            7     8                   51.8%
12. Horace Gilmore     Blue Springs        4    11                   47.7%
13. Ron Frakes         Springfield         FORFEIT
14. Neil Snelson       Springfield         FORFEIT
15. Harold Gardner     Bosworth            FORFEIT
16. Bob Bales          Kansas City         FORFEIT
Juniors
                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Danny Plute        Warrensburg         5     0                   59.3%
 2. Rick Gibson        Chula               5     0                   45.3%
 3. Barry Guier        Sweet Springs       3     2                   36.7%
 4. Lynden Francis     Cainsville          1     4                   31.3%
 5. Randy Burnett      Higginsville        2     3                   28.7%
 6. Randy Francis      Cainsville          2     3                   26.0%
 7. Gary Plute         Warrensburg         2     3                   24.7%
 8. David King         Columbia            0     5                   16.7%