ARDMORE — Adan Candace Tiger placed first in Class A at the 2006 Oklahoma/Texas Shootout held last month in Ardmore.

Despite Tiger’s best efforts, Texas topped Oklahoma 78-68 in the event and will keep the annual traveling trophy for another year. A total of 79 pitchers competed in the event, including 46 from Texas and 33 from the Sooner State.

“It was a good turnout. They were here to pitch, but they also wanted to survey the Hardy Murphey Coliseum grounds where the 2007 World Horseshoe Tournament will be held,” said local horseshoe veteran Bob Reese.

Tiger finished 6-1 in the Class A field but edged Texas Bud Dodson who also had a 6-1 record due to a 49.05 to 44.17 ringer percentage advantage.

Reese finished fifth in Class A with a 4-4 mark and a 30.83 ringer percentage.

Holdenville’s Mike Deer was second in Class D with a 5-3 record and a 35.42 percentage.

Ada’s Leon Bell went 0-6 in Class C and Andy Clark of Holdenville went 1-7 in Class D.

Holdenville’s Zach Tiger beat two Texas players in the Juniors Class with a perfect 6-0 record.

Ten pitchers turned out for the annual Billie Reese Memorial Tournament held at the Diamond K Kiwanis Courts in Ada’s Wintersmith Park June 17.

In the Championship Class, Gary Wood of Broken Bow and Buddy Bellamy of Ardmore tied with identical 5-3 marks. Bellamy finished with 154 ringers while Wood was close behind at 153.

Tiger was fifth at 3-5 with 120 ringers. Oklahoma Horseshoe Pitchers Association President Tina Hawkins of Marlow also competed in the Championship Class. The OHPA currently has 144 members.

Gerald Brown of Enid took top honors in Class A with a 3.5-.5 overall record and a 30 ringer percentage. Connie Ramsey of Depew was second at 2.5-1.5. Ramsey is a former Latta teacher.

Reese, Deer and Bell will be two of 13 Oklahomans set to compete in the 2006 World Horseshoe Tournament to be held July 10-23 in Gillette, Wyoming. There will be 904 total participants including 20 pitchers from Canada and Inge Byrkjeland of Norway.

When the World Tournament moves to Ardmore in July of 2007, Reese expects more than 100 Oklahoma players to compete in the prestigious event.

“There will be a number of state pitchers who will join the OHPA for the first time in order to pitch in four sanctioned tournaments before May 15 of 2007 to set a ringer percentage and become eligible for the World Tournament,” Reese said.

The entry fee for the World Tournament will be $100.

“There will never be a cheaper, less expensive World Tournament for Oklahoma pitchers than ours at Ardmore next year,” Reese explained. “It’s a good chance to meet other enjoying the sport from all across the United States and Canada.”

The next and final 2006 tournament to be held at Ada’s Diamond K Kiwanis Courts will be the Deer Open set for Aug. 26.

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