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Paterson, Arthur Haagsma, of .Jersey City, William Kolb of Newark, Joe McCrink of West Orange, and Clare Hume of Jersey City have tried in vain. Hume gave the crowd a thrill in the 1937 tourney by holding Mahoney even for the better half of the title game, but could not quite match his youthful opponent to the end.
     In 1937 another school boy sensation loomed on the horizon in the person of Arthur Scolari, of Paterson, a protégé of Joe and Paul Puglise. He won the Class "B" state title averaging 69 percent ringers. Being forced out of competition in 1938 by illness, he was hack in 1939 to nose Hume out for the runner-up spot to Mahoney in the title play averaging 66 per cent. The 1937, 1938 and 1939 tournaments were held on the Lincoln Park courts in Jersey City.
     During the past six years the association has sponsored, in addition to the annual state championship, several "open" tournaments, including the New Jersey Open and the Central Jersey Open, both usually held at Emil's Log Cabin in Middletown; the South .Jersey Open at Clemendon Park, Camden, and various local tourneys. The Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Open, sponsored by the Willow Grove Amusement Park at Willow Grove, Pa., is directed by D. K Brown, President of the New Jersey Association.
     The most popular open tournament is the Annual Hudson County Open, which is held in Jersey City and sponsored by the Hudson County Horseshoe Club, Inc., 671 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. The first one was held on July 15th, 1934, and 38 men entered the competition. Vito Fileccia, of Brooklyn, was the winner after a play-off with Joe Puglise, and made it four-in-a-row by winning the 1935, 1936 and 1937 tourneys. The '34, '35 and '36 tournaments were held on the courts at Bergen and Montgomery Streets, while the last three, 1937, 1938 and 1939, were held on the new courts constructed by the Hudson County Park Commission, in Lincoln Park, Jersey City.
     The 1938 tournament found Ted Allen, world's champion, entered in the competition, but it was not his day and the title went to William Hamann, of White Plains, New York. 1939 was destined to be truly a New Jersey year and the most coveted open title in the several states adjoining New Jersey went to New Jersey's own state champion, Larry Mahoney. The entries, numbering over 90, included Fileccia, former New York state champion; William Hamann, defending title holder, and then New York state champion; Kenneth Hurst of Providence, Rhode Island state champion; Raymond Frye, of Richmond; S. Lane, of Stamford, Conn. Harold Seaman, of Hyde Park, former New York

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