When it comes to age, they say 40 is the new 30, but if the conversation is about the Booneville Open Cow Pasture Pool and you are among the fans of the tournament, you are probably hoping 29 is the new 30.
Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey McCollough said last week the target number for continuing to hold the tournament was 30 teams, which would match the number in the field when the tournament was revived in 2010.
The BOCPP drew 29 teams to this year’s field, which is the most since it was restarted and is up nine from 2012.
Initially held starting in 1982 the tournament was discontinued after attracting only 31 teams in 1993.
Early indications from BDC/Chamber officials are that the 45 percent jump should be enough to earn the tournament at least one more year, but a formal decision has not been made by the committee as yet.
The event is a fundraiser for the BDC/Chamber and despite the low turnout a year ago, the fundraising aspect performed well. The designated cause for the tournament this year was to help replace the foot bridge at Marcelle Phillips City Park.
Though the weather for the 2013 tournament was picturesque — rain has been a huge factor during play for two of the first three years of the tournament’s return — the field encountered a soggy course that had been inundated with moisture over the three days prior to Friday’s practice round.
Shooting an 8-under par 39 in their second round on Sunday Doc Crowley teamed with Tad DuPree to win the 2013 tournament.
For Crowley it is his second win in the tournament although three different teams have won the event. Crowley and Kyle Arnold won the 2010 tournament.
It was also his and DuPree’s second round of the day.
Crowley, the head softball coach at Booneville was with his team in Heber Springs on Saturday and unavailable. He and DuPree started the day by shooting a 6-under 41 that landed them in a tie with Robbie Fleming and Clay Crowley.
Then, playing in the final pairing of the day with Fleming and Clay Crowley, Doc Crowley and DuPree shot one of the two 39s on the day and finished at 14-under, 80.
Fleming and Clay Crowley actually ended up third with a two round total of 83. Brady Dobbs and Boone Trowbridge shot a 40 on Sunday to finish two strokes back of Doc Crowley and DuPree.
Jared Gossett and Karen Gossett won the first flight with rounds of 50-42 (-8) to beat Calvin Bennett and Eddie Gossett by three strokes and Alan Whitson and Jessie Martine by four.
Ronnie Leftwich and Darrell Stovall shot rounds of 53 and 46 (+5) to win the second flight by two strokes over Bobby Haynes and R.J. Haynes and by six shots over Ashley DuPree and Guy Robson.