By Conrad Dudderar
Horseshoe pitchers from across Oklahoma are back in Yukon for the annual state horseshoe finals.
The Yukon Horseshoe Club is again hosting the Oklahoma Horseshoe Pitchers Association (OHPA)’s State Singles Tournament over Labor Day weekend at the Yukon City Park Horseshoe Complex.
“We’re sponsoring it on our courts,” said Yukon’s Ken Ryel, secretary/treasurer of the Yukon Horseshoe Club.
About 50 horseshoe pitchers will compete in the Sept. 4-5 state finals. The pitching starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“They’re coming from all over Oklahoma,” Ryel added. “The A and B (class) players – all the way down to D and E – will compete Saturday.
“The winners of that will move up and play with the championship group on Sunday. You have to be an OHPA member to play in tournaments in Oklahoma.”
Yukon has proven to be an ideal host site for the OHPA’s annual Oklahoma State Singles.
“It’s so centrally located that people like to come here,” said Ryel, a 15-year member of the Yukon Horseshoe Club.
Previous hosts include Edmond, Woodward and Enid.
Ryel referred to the high quality of the Yukon’s sand horseshoe pitching courts.
“It’s really nice,” he said. “We’ve hosted the state singles tournament in Yukon at least five times in the last 10 years and have sponsored it many times. We seem to be the ‘hub’.”
Yukon even hosted the 2020 state finals – despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Yukon Horseshoe Club thanked Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott for her support. Scott will provide snacks for this weekend’s state championships on behalf of Yukon Friends of the Park.
COME OUT AND PITCH
The Yukon Horseshoe Club invites men and women to come out to the Yukon City Park Horseshoe Courts.
The club has league play at 7 p.m. Tuesdays from late April through September.
The club is open to anyone with an interest in horseshoe pitching who wants to have fun.
“There’s no cost to pitch,” Ryel emphasized.
As part of the annual state singles finals in Yukon, OHPA members met Friday night to elect officers and plan upcoming events.
Yukon Horseshoe Club President David Montgomery is the OHPA’s regional director.
“He’s the ‘rock’ that’s been keeping it going for many years,” Ryel said.
Meanwhile, Yukon’s Jim Crockett has been inducted into the OHPA Hall of Fame.
For more information, call Montgomery at (405) 206-1581 or Ryel at (405) 306-8400.