1978 Missouri State Tournament

The Missouri State Tournament sponsored by the Pony Express Horseshoe Club of St. Joseph, MO., was held at the Noyes Field Courts over the Labor Day Weekend. Dave Baker, defending champion again regained his title. Baker and Killgore had tied in the regular round robin with records of 10-1, and a play-off game was needed to crown the champion. The newly crowned Junior's State Champion, Stan Griggs of St. Joseph was the scorekeeper for the play-off game, which kept the crowd at edge from start to end, after 102 shoes Baker had defeated Killgore 50-47.

At the annual meeting, Charles Killgore was elected President, Vicki Winston was elected Vice-President and Jim Acock was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.

In the Juniors's Division a new state champion was crowned, Stan Griggs of St. Joseph went spotless through all five games and in doing so set a new state record for complete tournament with a ringer percentage of 61.1%.

In the Senior's Division, Ray Cavin of St. Joseph was crowned State Champion with a 4-0 record and a 60.9%.

In the Women's Division, Vicki Winston of LaMonte shot a 68.1% for her third state title.

St. Joseph, Missouri - September, 1978

                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Dave Baker         Wentworth          10     1                   75.1%
 2. Charles Killgore   Plattsburg         10     1                   72.1%
 3. Ron Frakes         Springfield         9     2                   70.5%
 4. Don Harris         Smithville          9     2                   70.3%
 5. Elwyn Cooper       Kansas City         7     4                   63.4%
 6. Lillard Pinion     St. Joseph          5     6                   64.0%
 7. Sam Carter         St. Clair           5     6                   61.8%
 8. Ray Plute          Warrensburg         3     8                   59.0%
 9. Jerry Wooden       Dawn                3     8                   58.8%
10. Earl Winston       LaMonte             2     9                   62.0%
11. Sam Harlan         Salisbury           2     9                   55.5%
12. Charley Kenny      Skidmore            1    10                   56.3%

PLAY-OFF SUMMARY:
                     W   L    PCT.
Dave Baker           1   0    N/A
Charles Killgore     0   1    N/A
Juniors
                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Stan Griggs        St. Joseph          5     0                   61.1%
 2. Britt Brant        St. Joseph          3     2                   44.6%
 3. Gary Swigart       Higginsville        2     3                   38.3%
 4. Stacy Griggs       St. Joseph          2     3                   37.8%
 5. Robert Daugherty   Higginsville        2     3                   34.3%
 6. Grant Kueck        Concordia           1     4                   28.0%
Seniors
                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Ray Cavin          St. Joseph          4     0                   60.9%
 2. Fred Kenny         Graham              3     1                   59.4%
 3. Arvel McCorkendale Camden              2     2                   52.0%
 4. Wayne Trautwein    Kansas City         1     3                   52.1%
 5. Horace Gilmore     Blue Springs        0     4                   39.4%
Womens
                       Hometown            W     L      R      S      PCT.
 1. Vicki Winston      LaMonte             6     0                   68.1%
 2. Ruth Griffel       Higginsville        5     1                   30.9%
 3. Joyce Plowman      Chillicothe         3     3                   15.6%
 4. Frances Dominique  Chillicothe         3     3                   10.1%
 5. Barbara Kueck      Concordia           2     4                   13.5%
 6. Irene Daugherty    Higginsville        2     4                    7.6%
 7. Billy Swigart      Higginsville        0     6                    2.3%