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 A New Era Begins

In the early 1980's with a new crop of players joining some of the oldtimers it was felt that more chances for competition could be gained by being better organized and becoming sanctioned by the National Horseshoe Pitcher's Association. The Beloit Horseshoe Club was organized with the following officers:
President - Norval "Bud" Renley
1st Vice President - Ken Lovaas
2nd Vice President - Harold Laws
Sec. Tresurer - Earl Paulson

The league was sanctioned by the NHPA in 1985 and has remained sanction to this day. More leagues were added and soon after sanctioned singles leagues began. From that point on, all league and tournament results and individual averages are reported to the NHPA. This meant that all participants were required to hold a current NHPA card. This also meant that the tournaments were advertised in the Wisconsin State Newsletter. Since that time Beloit has become a major desination for tournament pitchers in the midwest.

A new and larger location

Since the courts were located in Illinois and teh club wanted to become affiliated with the Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association, the club began to look for a location north of the state line. Ken Nelson, owner of the Hichin' Post tavern on Newark Rd. approched the club wanting to hire someone to build several horseshoe courts on his property. A brushy area several lots in size just north of the tavern was looked at and an offer was made to build the courts without charge provided the club could move its operations to the site. The offer was accepted and early in the spring of 1987 club members led by president Bud Renley began clearing brush and trees and grading the area to make it ready for the courts. Nine regulation courts were completed, the last concrete was poured just one week before the first scheduled tournament in mid-May. The courts were designed and construction was supervised by Bud Renley. He came to be referred to around the state as the "Horseshoe Engineer." Bud passed away in 1991. The courts were named "Renley Courts" and a sign is posted in his honor.

The State Tournament Comes to Beloit

The 1989 Wisconsin State Tournament was scheduled to be held at the Pitchin' Palace, a 12 court indoor facility near Sturtevant, Wi. This event is traditionally held on Labor day weekend each year. In the spring of 1989 the Pitchin' Palace went out of business. The State association was faced with the prospect of finding someone willing to host the event on rather short notice. Due to the Beloit club having already built a reputation of running successful tournaments we were asked and accepted. Having only 9 courts we went back to the construction mode again and added four more, making a total of 13 courts. The 67th Wisconsin State Tournament was held at Beloit on Labor day weekend 1989. This was the first State tournament to be held at Beloit. Since then we have hosted the event in 1992, 1995, 2001, and 2005.