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1966 World Tournament
Murray, Utah - August 1-9, 1966

Permission granted by author, Gary T. Kline of
"The Official N.H.P.A. History of the World Tournament 1909-1980", Reflection Press, Dayton, Ohio
Gary T. Kline's book on past world tournament (before 1980) is recommended reading for any horseshoe pitching enthusiast. With his kind permission, we bring excerpts from his fabulous collection of data, to wit:

1966 World Tournament

For the 13th time, the World Tournament was held in Murray, Utah. This event was beset with many problems. An airline strike kept many pitchers away. The grounds keeping crew was few in number, as well as being inexperienced. No Sunday pitching was allowed so the N.H.P.A. deviated from the 36 man round robin to three groups of 12 which was unpopular with the pitchers. The county fair was being held on the grounds at the same time and there were too many loud rides close to the courts. Loud music and fireworks were another hindrance to the player's concentration. A lack of parking facilities was another inconvenience.

(The generous Ellis Cobb has permitted the use of all game by game accounts since 1960 from his great publication. The yearly World Tournament issue alone is well worth the small subscription price. Unfortunately, 1966 is the only year omitted. A special thank you to Curt Day for a copy of the World Champion results.)

This year the long dreamed of Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame finally came into existence with seven charter members. Pitchers were Ted Allen, Fernando Isais and Frank Jackson. The four non-players were D.D. Cottrell, Arch Gregson, Raymond B. Howard and Arch Stokes.

This great field consisted of 30 veterans and just six rookies. Rookies in Group 1 were Davis and Bettisworth in their only appearance. The other rookie in Group 1 was Harold Anthony from the famed Southwestern District of Ohio. Harold was on his way to the all time top 50 and was named the most improved player of 1966. Group 1 averaged 73.1 percent in the preliminaries. Group 2 was all veterans and averaged 76.2 percent. Rookies in Group 3 were Lester Anderson, Howard Shriver and Merlin Potts. Merlin was beginning a long career that would gain him admittance into the all time top 40. Lester and Howard would later return. Group 3 averaged 74.6 percent.

Group 1 was headed by Elmer Hohl with an 11-0 record while averaging 82.6. Group 2 was lead by Gary Farnsworth at 10-1 averaging 78.1 It should be remembered that Gary was forced to withdraw from his first World Tournament because of illness. The Group 3 co-leaders were young Dan Kuchcinski and Curt Day. Curt had won his first 10 games before Dan jolted him 50-28 in game 11. The only other game that even resembled a challenge fur Curt was a 50-31 conquest of Shriver in 106 shoes.

A preliminary highlight was Kuchcinski (91.9 percent) steamrolling over Anderson, 53-9. Day (90.2 percent) squashed Potts, 50-9 and with a 90.4 percent smashed fellow Hoosier Fowler, 50-13. Some exciting matches were played which cannot be positively ascertained as to whether they occurred in the preliminaries or finals. Focht (86.9 percent) got by Toole (85.2 percent) by a 54-44 score in 176 shoes. Stinson (90.8 percent) dumped Schneider (81.6 percent), 50-19. Focht topped Farnsworth, 52-40 in 150 shoes. In the preliminaries Curt Day had the high percentage (85.5 percent) of the 18 men making it to the Finals. The most surprising casualty was John Monasmith, the 1963 World Champion.

In the Consolation Championship, Monasmith had the high game (91. 7 percent) while blasting Griggs, 52-10. Monasmith also had the top average (83.5 percent). Meanwhile, with a 80.9 average and a 15-2 record, Sam Sutton walked away with first place. Sam won the award in 1965 for being the "Outstanding First Year Entrant." The Finals seemed strange without Ted Allen involved. For the first time in 33 years, Ted was not a factor. The qualifying demon had now added Ted Allen to the list. To Ted's everlasting credit, he did not pack his bags and go home. Ted stayed and finished in Class B, giving these fine pitchers the thrill and honor of squaring off with this great legend. This was certainly a touch of class displayed by this 10 time World Champion. There were over a past dozen past or future Championship class participants in this strong field!

In the finals, Curt Day would not be stopped in his championship quest. In game four, Curt slipped by Martin, 50-40. In game five, Curt outfought former World Champion Fernando Isais, 50-47 in 132 shoes. In game six, Curt tossed but 70.7 percent while falling to Toole, 50-44. Game seven, Curt (92.0 percent) took it out on Paul Focht, 1962 World Champion, 50-19. In game eight, Curt (88.4 percent)out duelled Kuchcinski (85.6 percent) for 146 shoes for a 51-43 victory. In game nine, Curt (93.1 percent) walloped Anthony, 52-6. In game 10, Curt (90.3 percent)out pitched a stubborn Wilbur Kabel, 50-25 in 124 shoes. In game 11, Curt (93.9 percent) trampled Tamboer,.51-7. Curt became the second man in history to pitch three straight 90 percent games. For his past five matches, Curt had averaged 90.9 percent. In game 12, Curt escaped the great spoiler Jim Solomon in 126 shoes, 50-46. In game 13, Curt bested Knauft, 50-29 in 108 shoes even while Henry was having the best tournament of his long career. In game 14, Curt met Harold Reno, 1961 and 1964 World Champion. Harold had set a new World Record for qualifying with 571 points! Curt downed him anyway, 50-44 in 122 shoes. In game 15, Curt (91.6 percent) clinched his first World Championship by routing the tough Maddox, 50-15 while his son Jimmy, just returned from Vietnam, watched from the stands. In game 16, Curt held off a determined Farnsworth, 50-45 in 140 shoes. In game 17, Curt thrashed 1965 World Champion Elmer Hohl, 50-15!

In another impressive match, Hohl (93.5 percent) slaughtered Fowler, 50-4. Knauft edged Toole, 52-49 in 128 shoes. Solomon did it again to Maddox 51-31 in 100 shoes. Reno outlasted Solomon, 51-49 in 158 shoes, Knauft upset Reno, 51-43 in 116 shoes.

Curt Day joined Paul Focht as the second General Motors employee to win the World Tournament. Curt had the high ringer percentage in 1964 and 1965 and still didn't make it to the charmed circle. Now finally, by aid of seven 90 percent games, Curt had his beautiful day! Indiana at long last had her first World Champion!


1966 World Tournament Murray, Utah - Aug. 1-9, 1966
PreliminariesQualW.L.R.Sp.Pet.
Group 1
1. Elmer Hohl Wellesley, Ont., Can. 537 11 0 795 962 82.6
2. Ralph Maddox Poca, West Virginia 517 9 2 731 932 78.4
3. Henry Knauft Spokane, Wash. 537 8 3 643 834 77.1
4. Jim Solomon Uniontown, Pa. 530 7 4 782 1008 77.6
5. Wilbur Kabel New Madison, Ohio 524 6 5 680 908 74.9
6. Harold Anthony Arcanum, Ohio 502 5 6 698 942 74.1
7. Roy Smith Muskegon, Mich. 518 5 6 689 936 73.6
8. Ellis Griggs Plainville, Ill. 501 5 6 714 976 73.2
9. Casey Bettisworth Galesburg, Ill. 492 5 6 574 838 68.5
10.Stan Manker Martinsville, Ohio 526 3 8 616 896 68.8
11.Jim Johnson Cincinnati, Ohio 485 1 10 547 806 67.9
12.Bob Davis Ft. Wayne, Ind. 489 1 10 527 794 66.4
Group 2
1. Gary Farnsworth Bloomington, Ill. 527 10 1 789 1010 78.1
2. Paul Focht Dayton, Ohio 524 9 2 882 1082 81.5
3. Floyd Toole Little Rock, Ark. 544 8 3 887 1080 82.1
4. Harold Reno Sabina, Ohio 571 8 3 773 978 79.0
5. Frank Stinson Minneapolis, Minn. 516 7 4 850 1102 77.1
6. Jerry Schneider Bell, Cal. 510 6 5 731 970 75.4
7. Bill Blexrude Oakland, Cal. 495 5 6 637 902 70.6
8. Art Kamman Mesa, Ariz. 519 4 7 708 942 75.2
9. Sam Sutton Washington, Pa. 489 3 8 799 1036 77.1
10. Clive Wahlin Taylorsville, Utah 529 3 8 783 1044 75.0
11. Glenn Rime Dayton, Ohio 485 2 9 596 848 70.3
12. Hugh Rogers Cedar Falls, Iowa 499 1 10 617 880 70.1
Group 3
1. Curt Day Frankfort, Ind. 552 10 1 708 828 85.5
2. Dan Kuchcinski Erie, Pa. 545 10 1 768 974 78.9
3. Fernando Isais Los Angeles, Cal. 516 8 3 776 992 78.2
4. Ray Martin Philo, Ill. 528 7 4 749 938 79.9
5. Marines Tamboer Wichita, Kansas 488 6 5 598 830 72.0
6. Floyd Fowler Greencastle, Ind. 521 6 5 598 830 72.0
7. John Monasmith Yakima, Wash. 528 5 6 797 1040 76.6
8. Howard Shriver Wadestown, W. Va. 497 4 7 685 914 74.9
9. Andy Paglarini Hibbing, Minn. 511 3 8 648 936 69.2
10. Merlin Potts Leonardville, Kansas 486 3 8 512 768 66.7
11. Francis Winetrout Lummi Island, Wash. 522 2 9 540 776 69.6
12. Lester Anderson San Francisco, Cal. 499 2 9 507 770 65.8


1966 World Tournament Murray, Utah - Aug. 1-9, 1966
QualW.L.R.Sp.Pet.
Finals
1. Curt Day Frankfort, Ind. 552 16 1 1443 1666 86.6
2. Dan Kuchcinski Erie, Pa. 545 13 4 1339 1640 81.6
3. Henry Knauft Spokane, Wash. 537 13 4 1293 1628 79.4
4. Ray Martin Philo, Ill. 528 11 6 1367 1650 82.8
5. Elmer Hohl Wellesley, Onto Can. 537 11 6 1260 1532 82.3
6. Paul Focht Dayton, Ohio 524 11 6 1366 1668 81.9
7. Fernando Isais Los Angeles, Cal. 516 10 7 1377 1720 80.1
8. Floyd Toole Little Rock, Ark. 544 9 8 1261 1588 79.4
9. Harold Reno Sabina, Ohio 571 9 8 1222 1550 78.8
10. Jim Solomon Uniontown, Pa. 530 8 9 1344 1674 80.3
11. Gary Farnsworth Bloomington, Ill. 527 8 9 1320 1664 79.3
12. Ralph Maddox Poca, W. Va. 517 8 9 1219 1540 79.2
13. Wilbur Kabel New Madison, Ohio 524 6 11 1183 1534 77.1
14. Harold Anthony Arcanum, Ohio 502 6 11 1126 1468 76.7
15. Floyd Fowler Greencastle, Ind. 521 5 12 1185 1526 77.7
16. Frank Stinson Minneapolis, Minn. 516 5 12 1144 1508 75.9
17. Marines Tamboer Wichita, Kansas 488 3 14 1058 1462 72.4
18. Jerry Schneider Bell, Cal. 510 2 15 1297 1660 78.1
 
Consolation Championship
1. Sam Sutton Washington, Pa. 489 15 2 1045 1292 80.9
2. John Monasmith Yakima, Wash. 528 14 3 1163 1392 83.5
3. Roy Smith Muskegon, Mich. 518 13 4 1140 1478 77.1
4. Ellis Griggs Plainville, Ill. 501 13 4 1098 1430 76.8
5. Clive Wahlin Taylorsville, Utah 529 12 5 1060 1420 74.6
6. Art Kamman Mesa, Ariz. 519 11 6 967 1262 76.7
7. Howard Shriver Wadestown, W. Va. 497 11 6 1135 1486 76.4
8. Andy Paglarini Hibbing, Minn. 511 10 7 1013 1374 73.7
9. Stan Manker Martinsville, Ohio 526 10 7 1011 1430 70.7
10. Hugh Rogers Cedar Falls, Iowa 499 9 8 972 1352 71.9
11. Glenn Rime Dayton, Ohio 485 7 10 949 1312 72.3
12. Jim Johnson Cincinnati, Ohio 485 6 11 888 1288 68.9
13. Lester Anderson San Francisco, Cal. 499 6 11 852 1266 67.3
14. Francis Winetrout Lummi Island, Wash. 522 6 11 800 1192 67.1
15. Merlin Potts Leonardville, Kansas 486 5 12 921 1306 70.5
16. Casey Bettisworth Galesburg, Ill. 492 3 14 906 1306 69.4
17. Bob Davis Ft. Wayne, Ind. 489 2 15 879 1300 67.6
18. Bill Blexrude Oakland, Cal. 495 0 17 Forfeit