Erle and Sam Salmon

Erle and Sam Salmon

Tournament honours horseshoe player

Three days of games at Transfer Beach

  • Jul. 26, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Horseshoe players will be looking to notch a few ringers to remember a close friend.


The Stew Battie Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be hosted at the horseshoe pits at Transfer Beach on July 30 to August 1.


Vince Herkel, Ladysmith Horseshoe Club member, said there will be a bench dedicated to Stew on the Sunday morning at  8:45 a.m.


The group, along with the Eagles, helped raise the $2,000 needed for the bench.


“We are going to get the Battie Family down there, we are going to get the Eagles down there because they were a big contributor,” said Herkel.


The tournament itself is a huge draw, Herkel noted, with around 100 competitors coming to Ladysmith from all over to try their toss at the Transfer Beach pits.


On the Saturday, the ladies play in the morning and there are fun doubles in the afternoon. The men play all day Sunday and the mixed open competition takes place on the Monday.


“It makes it really exciting, that one,” said Herkel.


To play in the tournament, you must be a member of the B.C. Horseshoe Association, except for the fun doubles.


“Anybody can play on the Saturday afternoon,” said Herkel. “We invite the public to join us and match them up with the really good players.”


The cost for the fun doubles is $5. People get $2 for every win.


“It’s a lot of fun.”


The club decided to stretch the normally two-day tournament over three days.


“It keeps people in the community longer,” said Herkel.


And Sunday night at 6 p.m., keep your dinner plans open as the Eagles are hosting a steak dinner at the hall for $10.