The Second Annual
USQA World Quoit Championship
Sunday, October 3, 2004
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|Hurricane Ivan postponed this WQC - But the wait was certainly worth the perfect weather...|
The sun is shining brightly on the USQA Quoit Grounds near Amityville, PA. This view was taken looking down
the middle of a long row of 20 pairs of pits. Another 10 pair of pits are setup at right, just behind the yellow tent.
_____________________________ 2004 WQC Photo Pages _____________________________
Links to SIX pages of Expanded Photo Coverage from the 2004 USQA World Quoit Championship!
Photo Page 1 12 photos Hurricane Ivan Postponement - Saturday, September 18th
Photo Page 2 23 photos October 3rd Pre-Tournament Activities - Quoit Grounds, Preparing the pits, Registration
Photo Page 3 21 photos Pool Play - Players in Action Part 1 - Pitching on the pits
Photo Page 4 20 photos Pool Play - Players in Action Part 2 - Pitching on the pits
Photo Page 5 28 Photos On the Sidelines - Crowd shots, Spectators, T-shirts, Food, Other Off-Court Activities
Photo Page 6 18 Photos End of Day - Playoffs, Finals, and Champions - Interview with the Conrad Family
Thank you to the following people for providing photos from the 2004 WQC:
Bob Alig Ben Bernard Joe Cisick George Satko Gary Walters Rick Walters
World Quoit Championship was held this year on October 3, 2004, two weeks
after being swamped by the heavy rains from Hurricane Ivan on the original
date of September 18. A new, larger and much more scenic location on
Mike "Big Dog" Mosera's property in the little village of Earlville, PA
was the site for this year's tournament. The site boasts multiple acres of open grass
yard with lots of large shade trees and a nice-sized creek flowing along
the edge of the property. Two large and two small canopy tents were setup
for shelter, a gas grill was in service to cook burgers and dogs, and
fresh pizza was available for sale for all of the hungry participants. This
site will most likely be host to multiple USQA tournaments next year - two
additional tournaments are already in the works for next season!
The tournament began on a cool but sunny Sunday morning at 9:00 am. 86 teams competed on 30 sets of dirt pits for the status of being known as "The 2004 World Champions!" All teams pitched 10 round-robin games during Pool Play, against others in one of six divisions, and the teams with the best overall scores and point spreads moved on to a 64-team Playoff. Each round of playoffs was determined by a best-of-three-games match. The sun set around 7:30 pm during the quarterfinals, and lights were used on the pits for the rest of the tournament. The final round between the Rookies and Fine-ally Big Time was finished at 9:45 pm, with brothers Jason and Billy Conrad of Fleetwood, PA defeating Bob Fine and Ken Kaas in two fairly close games. This closed out a very long but enjoyable 13 hour day of exciting quoits action. We all can't wait for next year - Bigger and Better! - Hope to see you all back then!
The USQA would like to thank the following people who volunteered many hours of service to make this event happen: Harry & Big Dog Mosera, who provided the perfect property for the tournament; Willie Wandress; Jerry Reitmeyer; Dennis Shaw; Larry Farman; Jamie Hanley; Jeff Bidell; Brad Sperow; Bowlhead; Karl and Matt Smith; Kerry Mesner; Brady Tech; the Pit Bosses; and Pam Kaas.
We also want to thank Troy Frey of Quoits.info, for putting all of our endeavors out on the internet for all to see; Ivan Jeffery, owner of Crescent Brass Manufacturing in Reading, for donating a custom set of brass USQA quoits as a championship trophy; and Miller Graphics, for the great T-shirts.
Notes From The Pits:
Our hats go off to the Conrad Family of Fleetwood PA - They really "cleaned house" in this year's WQC! Brother's Jason and Billy of The Rookies took the $700 first prize as the new reigning World Quoit Champions, and their brother Keith and father William of Team Conrad finished tied for third place, winning another $200. Between them, they took home almost half the winnings of the day! What WILL they do with all that money? Perhaps they'll install some Major-League lighting and artificial turf around their Quoit pits at home! Ah, the neighbors will just love it, won't they?!
This Year's Champions not only received the $700 top prize to split between them, but each also received a nice tan Champion brand jacket with "2004 World Quoit Champions" embroidered on the front. Crescent Brass Manufacturing of Reading also donated a very nice set of solid brass quoits with USQA lettering to the winners, so they can practice for next year's challenge! Nice prizes, Guys!
We should all applause the effort and dedication of our 3rd place finishers, the Midwest Ringmasters, who flew-in from Missouri and Wisconsin - not just once for the original September wash-out, but also a second time just two weeks later to make the rescheduled date! It's good they won some prize money to help offset TWO round-trip airfares! Way to go Rick and Gary!
The 2005 WQC will be held sometime after Labor Day weekend, in Early to Mid-September as usual, but will now include a pre-scheduled Rain Date to help avoid all the confusion and scrambling we had to do this year because of Hurricane Ivan. This way everyone can plan for contingencies well in advance if the tournament needs to be postponed. As we become more experienced in hosting these large events, we will definitely adapt and improve our procedures to help make things go easier not only for us, the organizers, but for all of our participants as well. Yes, we are learning!
Don Walters of Tuscon, Arizona, brother of 3rd-place finishers Rick and Gary Walters, emailed me an interesting magazine article he found, published way back in 1914, entitled "The Friendly Game of Quoits." The first paragraph of this article reads: "The modern game of quoits, played with the sharp-edged, concave iron rings, is peculiarly adapted to wider use in country and town. It is a friendly game, free from too intense strivings and the ill feeling of doubtful decisions, yet affording attractive test of muscle and nerve. This inherent friendliness cannot well be appreciated by one who has never taken memorable part, or been much in the groups of onlookers. It is told that men who play together at quoits cannot long hold grudges or unsettled disputes. It seems to breed fairness and social equality, comradeship and laughter, and a strain of clean and wholesome thought and talk. Many a neighborhood dates a distinct betterment from the time of its introduction." A 90-year-old observation that is still a very good rule to pitch by today!
-The Quoit Master
|FINAL RESULTS from the 2004 WQC|
Top 16 Playoff Finishers for the 2nd Annual World
Place $700 - The Rookies -
& Billy Conrad -
5th-8th Bracket $100 - E-ville Boyz - Big Dog and Scott Wade - Earlville, PA
5th-8th Bracket $100 - Hardcore - Brian Schutt and Jason Moyer - Boyertown, PA / Bally, PA
5th-8th Bracket $100 - Pin Pounders - Randy Bodman and Skip Hoffman - Catawissa, PA
5th-8th Bracket $100 - Yoder & Price - Bill Yoder and Chick Price - Perkasie, PA
9th-16th Bracket - Brady Tech - Bill Golumbfskie and George Gredzinski - Shamokin, PA / Ranshaw PA
9th-16th Bracket - Bull Gods - Paul & Jim Nace - Perkasie, PA
9th-16th Bracket - Camp Kelly - Randy and Michelle Kelly - Pottstown, PA
9th-16th Bracket - Hangover - Greg Herbst and Brian Gebhard - Boyertown, PA
9th-16th Bracket - High & Brice - Jeff High and Danny Brice - Ephrata, PA
9th-16th Bracket - Team Rage - Frank Stehman and Mike Pollock - Pottstown, PA
9th-16th Bracket - The Stapletons - John & Chris Stapleton - Coatesville, PA / Cochranville, PA
9th-16th Bracket - Vic & Jim - Victor Edwards and Jim ??? - Pottstown, PA
2004 USQA WQC 'FINAL 40' WORLD RANKINGS
In order to devise a fair ranking system which takes in consideration ALL aspects of a team's tournament performance,
The USQA has adopted a point-assignment system determined by a simple mathematical formula. The annual USQA World Rankings includes Pool Play performance, the number of rounds won in the playoffs, and final finish positions in its overall Ranking formula. All teams that compete in the Playoffs are awarded a total point value based on the following criteria:
#1 seed = 40 points, #2 seed = 39 points, ....... #39 seed = 2 points, #40 seed = 1 point, #41-64 seed = 0 points
Division Rank Team Player Names Points
Kenny says: "We want to see YOU at next year's Championship!