Coming up this  Saturday

The first Sanctioned outdoor tournament on the 2014 Kansas tournament schedule will be hosted by the Topeka Horseshoe association at Gage Park on  Saturday April 19. Those with ringer averages below 30% will pitch at 9:00 Am please check in by 8:30 AM. Those with averages over 30% check in by  12:30 PM and we will start at 1:00PM sharp.

Pre-register with Larry by calling 785-456-5001 or e-mail larryc@wamego.net If you do not have your 2014 NHPA card yet you can apply for it at check in by completing this Membership Application and still pitch in this tournament.

Ken-PerryWichita Results

Click this link for the results of the Pop Tambour Memorial tournament that was held in Wichita on  +Saturday April 12. As you view these results you notice they had 23 entries and some pretty heavy hitters in class A where 50% of the class pitched over average. Bill Whitley, Tim Spexarth and Roger Vogel all put up some pretty darn good numbers. The highest over average pitcher of the tournament was Mike Grandpre who hit a staggering 15.15 percentage points over his entry average on his way to a first place finish in class C.


Mike got back into pitching horseshoes again last season just prior to the State Tournament after being out of action for several years prior to that. The 35.5% average he pitched in this tournament is more like the Mike Grandpre I remember from the 2004 State Tournament.  Watch out folks he is starting to hit his stride!! Other over average pitchers included IanTaft and Dave Howrey.


Tulip Festival News

Thanks to the 17 entries who come to the Tulip festival tournament in Wamego on  Saturday April 12. The weather man convinced me that we needed to get everyone into the tournamenton  +Saturday rather than the two day schedule that I originally had planned. Thank goodness I paid attention to him this time because we had a big cool down and thunder showers move through here  at 1:00 PM Sunday.


We had high and low move up groups on  Saturday from preliminary action . Melvin Jeardoe was the big winner in the high group which was handicapped with a 2.5-.5 record 35.5% average for the three games.  Ken Perry was the winner in the low group which was scratch with a 3-0 record and 44.4 ringer average. This event is a good show case of the KHPA for all the folks who attend the annual Tulip Festival here in Wamego each year Thank you all for your help with this promotion.

Attention all Members

Just a reminder to all KHPA members please have your cards available when you check in with a tournament director at a sanctioned tournament. It is their responsibility to verify everyone has a 2014 membership before entering their tournament. If you have your 2014 card and leave it at home the tournament director has to try and contact Susan Fulton to see if she can verify your current membership and if that don’t happen the only other option is for the director to collect a membership application and 2014 dues from you so you can pitch in that tournament.


Once it has been verified that you did already have your current membership the money will be returned after the tournament results are sent to Susan. Let’s make it easy for everybody.  Always carry your 2014 membership card.

Ks-Ne Border War Entry UpdateMat-Williams

The latest entry count for the Ks-Ne Border  is Ne 33 Ks 17. We still need more Ks pitchers.  Call or e-mail Rex at armc@frontiernet.net  or 402-910-6578.
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10th year of Topeka Horseshoe Association Sanctioned League

The start of the 10th year of Topeka Horseshoe Association Sanctioned league had to be postponed this week due to rain. Next week if weather cooperates it appears that they could be starting the 2014 season with as many as a dozen or more members than the 32 members who pitched in that league last year. I would like to see more of our clubs in the Ks charter with sanctioned courts take advantage of this NHPA Sanction Club/League program.

Ryan Russell and Cody Sullivan receive National Top Ten awards

The photo’s of Ryan Russell and Cody Sullivan receiving National Top Ten awards is two of the best reasons I can give you for taking advantage of this sanction league program. It will not cost you anything to participate in other than the fact that all your club members who pitch in it are required to have a NHPA membership card which they must have to pitch in any of your sanctioned tournaments anyway. Click on these two links Cody Sullivan National Top Ten Award.pdf  to view the certificates and plaques that Cody and Ryan received up close. Another good reason to have a sanctioned league is that all your league stats are turned into and count as events on your personal pitching record posted on NATSTATS as long as you have pitched a minimum of 400 shoes.

2015 World Tournament 

You can get your 2015 World Tournament Experience Raffle Tickets by contacting Larry Collette or Melvin Jeardoe. For more information about the Raffle.

Wamego Tulip Festival

The 2014 version of the Wamego Tulip Festival Horseshoe Tournament is coming up on April 12 & 13. This is a non-sanctioned event and we only have 4 courts so ringer averages up to about 20% will pitch Saturday Morning at 9:00 Am. Ringer averages up to 30% will pitch Saturday afternoon. Those with averages over 30% will pitch Sunday. It depends on the number of entries as to whether or not there will be two sessions really on either day. The quicker everyone signs up for the event the quicker I can give everyone more accurate pitching times. I usually don’t list a deadline date prior to Friday evening so we can be flexible and get as many last minute entries in as possible. Click this link for more information about the festival. Pre-Register with Larry Collette 785-456-5001or larryc@wamego.net.


Pop Tamboer Memorial Open Tournament

I would like to know if anyone would be interested in participating in the upcoming Pop Tamboer Memorial Open Tournament on April 12th.  We will be taking 2014 NHPA/KHPA annual sanction fees. This handicapped tournament will be held at the 922 Santa Fe (see below) facility in Wichita.  If you have trouble finding the club house, give me a call on my cell phone. 

I am having two, maybe three sessions and it is on a first come, first serve basis.  Call, text or send an email as soon as you can because the time slots will fill up quickly. Those of you who are already signed up earlier need not reply. I will contact you later in the week for playing times.

Starting times will be 9:001:00 and maybe 5:00. Please come early.  Google Map

Steve DeTommaso

415 South Taylor
El Dorado KS 67042
(316) 323-3890                                                                                                      


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KHPA Charter Communication — April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

We need some Kansas pitchers for the KS-NE Border War Tournament on  +Sunday May 18th. Call or e-mail Rex at armc@frontiernet.net  or 402-910-6578. The latest count on the entries is Ne—30 & Ks–5. I know we are going to come up with more than that, we hope to see that count pick up big time here in the […]

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Correction: St. Patrick’s Open tournament (March 15th) 2014

March 8, 2014

I am sending this early to notify you that I will be out of state that day. Adam Peterson will be running tourney. The earlier the sign ups, the easier it will be for both of us. I would like to know if anyone would be interested in participating in the upcoming St. Patrick’s Open […]

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To all current Newsline subscribers

February 27, 2014

With the beginning of e-Newsline in January of 2015 a decision had to be made regarding what to do with the current subscriptions that expire between now and the end of the year. All subscriptions that expire this year will have their expiration dates changed to December 1st 2014. That will give them free Newsline until […]

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Update on the Kansas Sampler

February 27, 2014

Hi All The attached article was published in the Wamego times this week. I thought I would pass it along to all of you since we will be running a “2015 World Horseshoe Tournament Topeka Kansas” booth in this event. I did not want to put it on the KHPA tournament schedule and interfere with […]

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World “Warm Up” Tournament 2014

February 10, 2014

Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center This tournament will be held  Saturday 7-12-14. All sign ups will be on site starting at 8am. The tournament starts at 10am. Entry fee is $25, 100% payback minus scorekeeper fees. We will take in up to 96 players NO handicap will be used. 6 person classes and 40 shoe games. We are using this format […]

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NHPA Charter Communications Candidate Announcements

January 28, 2014

Candidate for NHPA 2nd Vice President I would like to announce my candidacy for re-election to the position of NHPA 2nd Vice President. Much has been accomplished by the council during my previous terms in this position and much more is yet to come! I am eager to continue in my role to contribute to the […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — January 19, 2014

January 19, 2014

Hi All We have been through some bitter cold weather this year which has made it impossible for those of us who don’t have a local indoor facility to pitch league in on a regular basis keep our horseshoe pitching game in top form. As you look at the results from the tournament in Liberty […]

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Wamego HS PE Class at the Pits

November 3, 2013

This makes the seventh year that Wamego High School Cross Country coach Rick Patton has brought his Physical Education class to the horseshoe courts at the Wamego City Park where they have taken part in an introduction to the sport of horseshoe pitching. This year’s group has been the smallest consisting of 16 students. With only four courts available we have to […]

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