The Louisiana Open State Horseshoe Tournament witnessed thrilling competition at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson on August 5, 2023. Participants from various hometowns competed in different classes, showcasing their skill and talent.
In Class A, Tim Gilmore from Bayou Vista emerged victorious with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss, boasting a ringer percentage of 55.5. Clyde Landry from Pierre Part secured second place (3 wins, 2 losses, and 47.5 ringer percentage), followed by Pat Pertuit from Marrero in third place (3 wins, 2 losses, and 37.5 ringer percentage). Tim Gilmore was crowned Tournament Champion.
Class B winners included Clay Canty from Morgan City in first place (4 wins, 1 loss, 37.5 ringer percentage), Neil Whitney from Harahan in second place (3 wins, 2 losses, 34.5 ringer percentage), and Nancy Woods from Monroe in third place (3 wins, 2 losses, 27.5 ringer percentage).
Raymond Robicheaux from Harahan dominated Class C with an undefeated record of 5 wins (33.5 ringer percentage), followed by Julius Lovell from Bayou Lourse’ in second place (3 wins, 2 losses, and 27.5 ringer percentage) and Dale Pearce from Bayou Vista in third place (2 wins, 3 losses, and 31.0 ringer percentage).
Tying in the regulation for Class D, Charles Benoit from Lake Arthur defeated Louis Gaudet from Lake Charles in a thrilling 40 shoe playoff game to claim the class title (Benoit had a record of 5 wins and one loss with a ringer percentage of 14.3; Gaudet finished with 4 wins, 2 losses, and 24.2 ringer percentage). Linda Dodson from Morgan City was awarded third place (3 wins, 2 losses, and 12.7 ringer percentage).
Artie McMullen from Monroe claimed the Class E title with an unbeaten record of 5 wins (15.5 ringer percentage), followed by Matthew Strickland from Morgan City in second place (4 wins, 1 loss, and 19.5 ringer percentage), and Joseph Thomas from Port Allen in third place (3 wins, 2 losses, and 12.0 ringer percentage).
In Class F, after a three-way tie in the regulation round, Elvis Smith from Waggaman emerged as the champion by defeating Joe Primeaux from Broussard and Kevin Kinslow from Morgan City in separate 40 shoe playoff games (Smith had a record of 6 wins, 1 loss, and an 11.3 ringer percentage; Kinslow secured second place with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses, and an 11.1 ringer percentage; while Primeaux claimed third place with a record of 4 wins, two losses, and a ringer percentage of only 6.3).