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Leavitt began his career in playing horseshoes in the year of 1974, with
Elmer Moore, in Hartford VT.
Bud and his wife Polly live in East Barnard VT. Bud is a retired farmer.
In 1978, Bud helped to start and formed the Sharon Horseshoe league on Wednesday nights. He had one of the instrumental people in putting in 10 courts, laying out the ground and pouring cement for the pits.
Bud became the "Recorder" for the Sharon league for many years, keeping tract of all the players records of their averages, plus their win and loss records for the standings.
Bud joined the VT HPA in 1976, the Bi-Centennial year, playing in his Sanction Tournament in Springfield VT. Called the Spring Warm-up. He also played in his first Vermont State Tournament in Class C, Averaging 31.1%, and the Vermont Open, finishing in 2nd Place in Class D with an average of 36.6. Bud climbed the ladder of success, and in 1982 on Springfield courts, Bud played in his first Class A State Title, finishing 5th place with an average of 56.8%. In 1984, at Bennington, bud placed 4th with an average of 49.7%. The highest Bud ever finished in Vermont States was in 1985 at Springfield, finishing in 3rd place. He played at the New England's in 1977 and 1981 through 1990. In 1982, Bud played in Class A at the New England's and finished in 8th place with a 1 win and 6 losses, averaging 58.9%. Bud throughout the years participated in many tournaments in New England, New York, and Florida in the wintertime.
In 1991, Bud won a Gold medal in the Senior Age Group Olympics held in Syracuse, NY.
L.D. "Bud" Leavitt is a very modest man, and his leadership and friendship is well known throughout Vermont as a competitive player and organizer. Bud's always lending a helping hand in either keeping score or whatever else he's asked to do.
The VT HPA is very proud and fortunate to have L.D. "Bud" Leavitt inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame as an Organizer/Pitcher.