Here is a report of the recent horseshoe tournaments I have played in.

On March 20th I played in a tournament down in Sebring, FL. There were 8 players in the group I was in. The group was handicapped since the averages went from 80% (me) to a misplaced player of 24%. Here are my games.
Opponent	Score	Ringers	Shoes	R%
Clark		65-55	32-14	40	80.0
McCormack	39-43	31-20	40	75.0
Lapsley		69-64	32-9	40	80.0
Poinstein	51-35	36	40	90.0
Boyles		42-24	31	40	77.5
Curtis		Bye
Harrison	17-36	26	40	65.0

I won 5 games and lost 2. I had 188 ringers out of 240 shoes for 78.3%. This isn't bad for me, but unfortunately I had a rather poor last game against Mr. Harrison. Despite my finish I managed to win the group due to winning the match against the player I was tied with in wins and losses.

On March 23rd I went to Brooksville, FL and there were 7 players in the group. Again the group was handicapped even though the group had 5 players over a 69% entering average.
Opponent	Score	Ringers	Shoes	R%
Harrison	28-42	26-26	40	65.0
Seibold		35-16	30-22	40	75.0
Woolard		49-40	28-18	40	70.0
Adcox		15-23	32-31	40	80.0
Hood		29-47	26-27	40	65.0
Roop		28-19	30-25	40	75.0

I won 3 games and lost 3. I had 172 ringers out of 240 shoes for 71.7%. This was a very bad tournament for me. I think I finished 4th or 5th.

On March 24th I went over to Melbourne, FL where they had 7 players in the group. Again the group was handicapped as the averages went from 80% to 47%.
Opponent	Score	Ringers	Shoes	R%
Jagers		55-54	33-23	50	66
Burrows		53-60	34-28	50	68
Cantrell	81-61	43-22	50	86
Maples		80-50	40-23	50	80
Jarrett		60-49	43-29	50	86
Adcox		38-55	35-36	50	70

I won 4 games and lost 2. I had 228 ringers out of 300 shoes for 76.0%. This was a decent tournament for me. I started out very poorly and then had 3 pretty good games. I had a poor last game. I managed to finish in 3rd place.

On April 6th I went to a tournament at the Villages of Lady Lake. I contacted several of the top players in the state and we had a great top group with entering averages over 67%. Because we had a very competitive group we played 35 point scratch games.
Opponent	Score	Ringers	Shoes	R%
Cowan		37-0	19-7	20	95.0
Adcox		37-19	37-31	46	80.4
Napravnik	39-4	30-19	36	83.3
Seibold		32-36	42-43	64	65.6
Roop		36-31	39-38	54	72.2
Deckard		37-9	38-29	42	90.5
Woolsey		32-36	48-51	66	72.7

I won 5 games and lost 2. I had 253 out of 328 shoes for 77.1%. This was another decent tournament for me except that I had several really good games and 3 rather poor games. I ended up finishing in 2nd place. Here are the final results of the tournament
Pos.Name		Won	Lost	Rngrs	Shoes	Ringer %	Hometown
1. W.Woolsey		7	0	257	340	75.5		Clearwater
2. W.R.Williams Jr	5	2	253	328	77.1		Ocala
3. B.Roop		5	2	212	292	72.6		Lady Lake
4. R.Deckard		3	4	242	364	66.4		Clearwater
5. J.Adcox		3	4	236	340	69.4		Beverly Hills
6. M.Seibold		3	4	223	358	62.2		Indiana
7. E.Napravnik		2	5	184	308	59.7		Villages
8. R.Cowan		0	7	110	242	45.4		Virginia

My next horseshoe tournaments are the mixed doubles and 40 foot state doubles in Clearwater next week (April 18-19) when I will be paired with Jim Adcox and Byron Jarrett. That weekend (April 21-22) I will be in New Melle, MO for the Six Pac Invitational horseshoe tournament. There will be 16 players of at least 67% including defending champion (and current world champ) Alan Francis at this 'major' horseshoe tournament.

Mark Seibold is currently staying with me for a few days, so we are both getting some good practice in.