Hoosier-Buckeye Challenge at Clear Creek Park, Richmond IN

By KPass | Health and Fitness

Aug 07

Press release, GWC

alan francis at ohio tournament 2015

Alan Francis, reigning world champion pitcher in Class A 2015, at the Greenville OH tournament 2015. Karole Passmore, GWC

Competitive horseshoe pitchers from all over Indiana and Ohio will converge on the Richmond Clear Creek courts, Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Class A competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and will include players from Plainfield, Kennard, Williamsburg, New Castle, Fountain City, Muncie, Hope, and Arcanum Ohio. Pitchers include Julia Charlton, with a ringer percentage of 58.86, who is a local teacher from Centerville Indiana and one of the top female pitchers in Indiana. The highest percentage for this class of pitchers tomorrow is Phil Gross, from Plainfield Indiana, with a 71.31 percentage.

Class B will take the courts at 2:00 p.m. and includes John Passmore, who is organizing the annual tournament again this year. John has pitched competitively since he was 11 years old, and in his younger years pitched alongside his father at the Clear Creek courts. Horseshoe pitching has been a passion for John, who in his heyday was at the top of the game, winning world tournaments or placing high at a young age. While living in the DC area, Passmore was asked to instruct the then- President George W. Bush in the fundamentals of the game. He spent an afternoon at the White House doing just that, always happy to teach the art of the game to anyone who is interested and honored that is was a sitting President. He also was instrumental in forming leagues and designing courts in the Maryland area.

Class C will also play at 2:00 p.m., and Class D will pitch at 10:00 a.m. alongside the Class A pitchers. Some of the pitchers in the tournment are well-seasoned, having pitched for decades. All pitchers must complete three tournaments prior to the State Horseshoe Tournament in September in order to compete at State level.

If you have never experienced this level of competitive horseshoes before, this is your chance to see some masters at work. The sound of horseshoes hitting the stakes can be a relaxing and exciting experience all at once. The court area is nicely shaded for those who want to enjoy an afternoon watching top notch horseshoe pitching.

Refreshments will be available to purchase for spectators and players, beginning at noon, and will include lemonade, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Come on down and enjoy a great American pastime, while seeing some of the best pitchers Indiana has to offer!

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.