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HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME      7

sport of the many campers and vacationists who spend the summer around the lakes and resorts. There is a summer and fall horseshoe pitching club at Mackinac Island, made up of visitors to that resort. Mr. A. K. Kinley of Cleveland, Ohio, is secretary and treasurer.
     At Albion is an enthusiastic bunch of players organized into a club of which Fred Peckham is secretary and treasurer.
     Battle Creek has a large club with the following officers: President Lew Harrison, 859 W. Main St.; Vice President, C. W. Van Arman, 28 N. Michigan Ave.; Secretary, E. F. Bretz, 11 S. Jefferson Ave,; Treasurer, Donald Ross, 683 Maple Street.
     On the Grand River in the Northwestern playfield between Wreford St. and West Grand Boulevard, in Detroit, Mich., are the courts of the Northwestern Horseshoe Club, one of the largest, if not the largest club in the state. It has a live membership and its officers are doing all they can to build up the sport.
     Hillsdale, Mich. has a strong booster for the game, in Fred O'Melay, who is President of the Hillsdale County Horseshoe Club; S. T. Eversole is the Sec.
Fred W. Cook is the Secretary of the Ionia Horseshoe Club. The Ionia Free Fair holds horseshoe pitching tournaments each year.
     Carl Stenzhorn, 1037 Chestnut St , is the livewire president of the Port Huron Horseshoe Club. He is always doing all he can to promote the game in that part of Michigan. He also has interested himself in building up this sport in Sarnia, Ont., and in that section of Canada around this city. Herber Anderson is Secretary-Treasurer of the club.
     A number of state tournaments have been held at Battle Creek.

NEW YORK
     After considerable discussion of the matter between G. E. Snyder, Albion, D. T. Leonard, Adams Basin, D. D. Cottrell, North Cohocton, all of whom had been enthused about the horseshoe pitching game by one or more winter sojourns in Florida, and Edgar T Edwards, manager of the Rochester Exposition, the exposition officials decided to venture an offer of $300, divided into ten cash prizes, and in addition a gold medal to the champion for the first state championship horseshoe pitching tournament ever held in New York. The first tournament was held on eight fine clay courts on the exposition grounds beginning on Labor Day, 1924.
     D. T. Leonard, Adams Basin, won the state championship from a large held of entrants. The tournament was so successful and the exposition officials so enthused over its possibilities as a drawing card that they have held a state tournament each year since, during the Exposition on Labor Day week;
     D. T. Leonard won the state championship again in 1925 and also in 1926 and 1927. In 1928 he did not enter the tournament and Harold C. Forbes, Gloversville. won the state championship from 23 other entrants who showed the best ability ever displayed in these state tournaments. Mr. Forbes won all his 23 games in the preliminary round robin with an average ringer percentage of .507. He also won all but one of his games in the final round robin between the 12 highest men in the preliminaries, with a ringer percentage of .562.
     Beginning on Labor Day, 1928, the Rochester Exposition also held the World' - Championship Horseshoe Pitching Tournament for Women, offering $500 in cash, divided into eight prizes, One hundred and fifty dollars and a championship gold medal were awarded to Mrs. C. A. Lanham who again won the world's championship honors. There were eight entrants. Complete report of this tournament is published elsewhere in this book.
     Beginning with 1924 there has been held what is called the Amateur State Horseshoe Pitchers Tournament each year, on the State Fair grounds at Syracuse, during the State Fair. This is called the American Agriculturist Farm Bureau tournament. It began by the Farm Bureaus in the different counties of the state holding a county tournament. The men winning first and second honors in each of these county tournaments are certified as such winners to the American Agriculturist, who offers $160 in cash, divided into seven prizes and in addition a championship gold medal each year. Two men from each county competing, come to Syracuse, their round trip railroad fare being paid by the State Fair Association from each of their homes. One of these men pitches in the tournament and the other helps run the tournament and assists in keeping score and compiling the records.
     According to the conditions of entrance in this tournament, anyone who has once won the championship is not allowed to compete again; neither is anyone allowed to compete who has won money in any New York State or National Tournament.