Our third event on the Horseshoe Tour this year is out west again, in Winnemucca, NV on August 17-18, the deadline for entries is August 7th. This is also our third event in Winnemucca, and is played indoors at the Event Center there, on portable courts. The facility is one of the best we’ve ever played at, and Kim Peterson and his staff do a great job getting everything ready for play. Winnemucca is located in northern Nevada, there is plenty to do there, including ghost towns, gold mines, casinos, and even two tournaments on the weekend prior to the tour event. We had a great event there last year, it will be even better this year! More info coming……
Like our first tournament in SC, there is a rain chance for the Gaston County Clash event in Lowell, NC, more in the form of thunderstorm chance than steady rain, but you never know. We have had some inquiries concerning this, but nothing changes for us. We will go with our normal playing times (as indicated on the summary sheet), there could be some delays or changes, if we have to adjust for weather, and to get our qualifying shoes in. Just to remind you of our drop out policy, if you choose not to attend, you must notify us immediately, prior to the tournament, and we will refund a portion of your entry fee. If we were to cancel the whole event, which has only happened one time in eleven years, all players will get a complete refund. Look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
The 2019 Gaston County Clash will be hosted by GO Gaston and Gaston County Parks & Recreation. Visit gogaston.org to find things to do in your downtime in Gaston County.
The host hotel for the Gaston County Clash Horseshoe Tour Tournament will be the Hampton Inn. The rates will be $109-$119 depending on what type room you book. Remember, it helps us immensely when you support the tour and stay at a host hotel. Don’t forget to mention the Lowell Horseshoe Tour Tournament.
1859 Remount Rd.
You can call the hotel direct at 704-866-9090
Because of the circumstances of weather in Newberry, we have decided that we will refund $50 each for players in the Prime Divisions, that decide not to attend. This is the amount paid for last place in the tournament. This would be ONLY if you contact Ron Taylor by 4:00 Friday, by phone, email, messenger, or text, so we can readjust the setup. This is not our normal procedure, and only because of the threat of rain and storms this weekend. The tournament will be played, but the consensus now is to play a 4 game qualifying round (120 shoes), to avoid the delays that are sure to happen.
The 2019 Newberry summary sheet is now posted. Click on “Tournament Info” on the menu bar at the top of this page, then click on “Newberry Entries”.
Newberry will also host the “Pork in the Park” Festival on Saturday, the same weekend of the SummerFun Tour event. The activities are located in the square, across from the Hampton Inn, if you like bar-b-q, you will love this. The Pork in the Park event will not only be Saturday this year, it will be Friday night also with a bluegrass band and BBQ for sale from 5pm to 8pm.
The room block for the host hotel in Newberry has been set, and once again, because of the festival that weekend, we only have 20 rooms available first come, first serve. When you call, ask for the “SummerFun” rate, rooms are $114 per night. The direct number to the hotel is 803-276-6666. The Hampton Inn is located in the center of town, adjacent to the Opera House, and the Pork in the Park festivities. Only about a mile from the courts. The final day to reserve a room is March 27th, check in time is 3:00 PM.
The hotdog eating contest is back on again this year during the Newberry, SC Horseshoe Tour event!! It will be on Friday evening at 6:30 PM, at the Martin Street Beer Parlor (Bubba’s) There’s a new wrinkle this year though, it’s two person teams that will compete. We will take the first 12 people who contact us, and we will draw for partners on site before we start. We will post the names as soon as we are full. If you don’t enter, just come on out and have some fun watching, and cheering on the contestants.
Address is: 1401 Martin St
Newberry, South Carolina 29108
Address to Park:
Marion Davis Park
2905 Fair Avenue
(located on Highway 121 at Nance Street)
Hampton Inn, Newberry Opera House
1201 Nance Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Additional Hotel Information
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
2012 InterContinental Hotel Group Torchbearer Award Winner
I-26/Exit 76 (Main Street/SC Hwy. 219) 121 Truman Avenue
Newerry, SC 29108
1710 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108
1147 Wilson Rd
Newberry, SC 29108
I-26 & Hwy. 34 Exit 74
Newberry, SC 29108
Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road
Prosperity, SC 29127
Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
302 State Park Rd
Ninety Six, SC 29666
Saluda River Resort
1283 Saluda River Rd
Silverstreet, SC 29145
I want to start this off by thanking every player who has helped support The Horseshoe Tour over its first decade of existence. Over the years we’ve gone through format changes, name changes, payout changes, schedule changes… the list goes on. Nothing has stayed the same, yet we’ve endured it all and have always come out stronger in the end. We’ve been in a constant state of change since day one in just about every way with one exception… our players. We’ve always had the best players in this sport and we are very, very grateful for that. Because of this, we decided way back that even though The Horseshoe Tour is not a member run organization and isn’t under any obligation to reveal its financial status to its players, we’d do so anyways and this is no exception. Like every other organization out there, The Horseshoe Tour has operating expenses which are always on the rise. Outside of those expenses, we pay back just about everything we take in during a season to our players. At the end of each season, we try to leave a little in reserve to help start off the next season, and to cover off-season expenses and so far, with a little luck along the way, we’ve somehow managed to do that.
For those unfamiliar with our operations, it’s a very common sense approach and if there’s ever any question, it’s all there for every player to see throughout each season. Just look a little closer at the income and payout details on each tournament summary sheet… add in the Big Game contest winnings paid at the end of the season and that’s pretty much the whole story. If you then take a minute and do the math on all that, you’ll quickly see that there is very little left over when it’s all said and done. Whatever is left is what we operate the Tour on and those reserve funds have been dwindling down to a lesser amount each of these past few seasons, ever since we started this new payout system in the Prime Division with no eliminations, every place paid, and virtually all entry fee paid back. We knew when we started it that it would be unsustainable and that we’d eventually have to rein it in. But, like we often do with new things on this Tour, we wanted to start it with a bang and go as long as we could, which we did for several seasons. But, the time to rein it in is now.
Like I said, expenses are always on the rise and to be frank, last season’s player payouts left us running on fumes. The upcoming season is virtually the same and we know we can’t make it through another like that without making changes. Obviously, change is the name of the game when it comes to running this Tour and we’re very good at handling it. But unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of ways to change our income on the fly. That takes some creativity, as all of our funding is basically preset. For example, the funding from our host sites is under contract and locked in, so we can’t pull any extra money from those sources. Membership in the Tour is free, so we can’t draw any funds increase from there like other organizations can. In fact, our only real options are to raise entry fees and/or cut payouts. Luckily, we don’t need to pick up a ton of money to put us back in the black. So, the effect on entry fees and payouts will be minimal. It equates simply to a $5 increase in entry fee for Prime players and a new payout block. Starting in 2019, all places are still paid, but the top 5 final four brackets (A thru E) will receive a minimum of $80 for third and fourth places, and final four brackets below that level will be paid a minimum payout of $100-$80-$50-$50. This combination gets us to where we need to be, changes will be made to the new entry form.
It’s been years since we’ve had to increase any costs to our players. In fact, we’ve mostly done the exact opposite, but this season we have no choice. We always put player interests first and we are sure our players understand that we’re just doing what we have to, so that we can continue to present them with opportunities to compete in these awesome tournaments for another decade and hopefully far beyond that. We look forward to a great 2019 season starting as always, in Newberry, SC in mid April. Following Newberry, in early June will be a return to another original site in Lowell, NC. We are really excited to go back to Lowell… Like Newberry, it’s one of the best places to pitch in the Eastern US… don’t miss either of these! Then we take a break in July to allow for the NHPA’s World Tournament in Wichita Falls, TX. Then, once again, The Horseshoe Tour visits Winnemucca, NV in late August and we finish 2019 in Morgan City, LA in mid October… the perfect place to close the season, as always. We’re working on the 2020 season now and I must say, things are looking pretty good for the future of The Horseshoe Tour! Thanks again to all who’ve helped us along the way… we owe it all to you!
Horseshoe Tour President