Clarksville Resident Wins Horseshoe Tournament

The oldest and youngest competitors won the tournament. (Submitted photo.)

Russ Martin, age 93, of Clarksville, IA and his amateur partner James Baumler, age 13, of West Union, IA, the oldest and youngest competitors, combined to win the 2018 Fayette County Fair Pro-Am Tournament on Wednesday of the fair.  Martin and Baumler shared wins-loses-ties of 2-1-1 for first place, but won the overall Championship with 21 ringers to 20 for the second place team of Harley Krukow of Iowa Falls and Brett Whitcher amateur of West Union.

     Russ Martin and James Baumler each won a Championship hand-crafted horseshoes box made by former State Tournament pitcher Ray Kamper of Arlingtion, IA.  Martin was very pleased to receive the fine crafted and finished shoes box as he and Ray had pitched together and in competition many times prior to Ray’s death.  Baumler as an improving novice in his second year of pitching at the fair was very excited to add now his own shoes box to take to future tournaments.

     Fifteen ringers to 12 ringers also was the difference for third and fourth place with the team of Carl Krukow of Clear Lake and amateur Quentin Houg of Elgin, IA each having 2 wins and 2 loses tied with Dan Steenhard of Sheffield, IA and amateur Mark Hanson of West Union.  Duane Pleggenkuhle of Hawkeye and Thomas Hanson of West Union

recorded the third highest ringer total at 16, but finished in fifth place with 1 match won and 3 losses.  The pitchers enjoyed beautiful weather for a very fine afternoon of very close competition horseshoe pitching.


Read more in the August 9 edition of the STAR.