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80 ringers while the silent man from Kansas tossed on 75. Putt had 30 doubles to Bert's 26. It must be remembered that hooked shoes had not yet been invented, and this game must stand for ever as a remarkable performance.
     Frank Jackson wound up in third place with 42 wins and 13 defeats; Loren May took fourth, winning 34 and losing 21; Wm. Yocum was fifth with 29 wins and 26 losses; and Duryee was sixth with 26 wins and 29 defeats. Blair Nunamaker was seventh.
     The contestants divided the greatest purse ever given in a horseshoe tournament, $3,500.00, of which $625.00 went to contestants finishing lower than 12th.
     Mrs. Lanham continued her mastery over the fair sex by again successfully defending her title. She won eight straight games in the preliminaries with .589, and dropped only one game in the finals of nine games, averaging .572. Mrs. Lanham hit .579 for the whole 17 games, all new records. Mrs. Francisco came in second, Mrs. Brouillette took third, and Mrs. Besancon, of Detroit, Mich., won fourth. The women divided $495.00 in prize money, $110.00 going to those below fourth place. The total prize money for this meet at Lake Worth amounted to $3,995.00. There was no tournament held again until February 8-18, 1926, at St. Petersburg, Fla. In this meet it was agreed that the 33 starters would play once around, and the 12 highest would then play three times around in the finals.
     Putt Mossman gave no indication of weakening in the prelims, sailing through 32 games with only one defeat, and setting a new record for this event with .674. In second place with two defeats came Bert Duryee and Blair Nunamaker, while Frank Jackson brought up in fourth with three defeats. Mossman broke the record for consecutive doubles by throwing l0 in a row against Harry Robinson.
     The finals developed into a fine battle right down to the wire, with Mossman hitting the best percentages, but unable to shake off Jackson, Duryee, Nunamaker and Art Cumming. Due to one man's dropping out, only 11 competed in the finals. When the final results were tabulated it disclosed Mossman and Jackson tied for first with 24 wins and six defeats each, while Duryee was only one game behind. Putt had averaged .679 for the finals, which was a new record, and .676 for the entire tournament, also a new record. Jackson had only made .614 in the finals, while Duryee had made .626.
     The two tied for first agreed to play a two-out-of-three series for the title, and Mossman won the final game only to


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