"ATA Delegate's Newsletter" 

            by ED WEHKING
             WESTERN ZONE
           & UTAH ATA Delegate

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Thanks & keep shooting 'til 
Mickey says stop!

Western Zone  &
Utah ATA Delegate
September 2021

Darren New, a long-time trapshooter and friend to many of us, passed away
on August 11, 2021, after a five-year battle with cancer. Darren will be
remembered as the “Gentle Giant.” During his shooting career, he amassed
35,800 singles, 44,450 handicap, and 39,200 doubles targets.  Darren started
shooting in 2003 and fired his last shots in 2017, the year he got sick. I will
always remember him for his smile and kind words. If you were able to call
him your friend, you are a lucky person.

Grand American Report
The World Championships have come and gone, not without some challenges. Temperatures were high, as was the humidity. It rained several times and delayed one event for a few hours and postponed the Clay Target Championship shoot-off for a day. When I say rain, I also mean wind, lightning, and thunder. The wind, as in years past, was strong enough to blow over 
Port-a-Potties, tent shelters, and anything else that wasn’t tied down. The evening that the Clay Target shoot-off was supposed to take place, the lightning show was spectacular. I like to use the term “sheet lightning” from my old wild-land fire fighting days. There were a lot of cloud-to-cloud lightning bolts that would turn night into day for about three-seconds.
One nice thing about rainy weather is the pretty sunset that follows.
There were cases of Covid reported on the grounds, so the Hall Of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies were once again (as in 2020), postponed until next year. This was certainly heartbreaking to those who had traveled so far to either be inducted or to watch family or friends be inducted.
The Annual Board of Directors meeting was also canceled and postponed until a later date when it will be held virtually.
Now on to the actual shoot and the Utah delegation. There were 16 Utah shooters, along with four or five parents and spouses. 
Eight Utah shooters participated in the Champion of Champions. Of those eight, Grayson Stuart, Joe Sudbury, Brett Despain, and Zach Foster broke the hundred. That’s good shooting, guys. 
A few notables that I know brought home some bling were, Sean Hawley, Pam Wright, Grayson Stuart, Brett Despain, Quint Sudbury, and Chris Kinder. 
Grayson broke the hundred from the 27-yard line in the Challenger Ammunition Handicap, and won Junior honors. He also had several hundred straights in singles.
Brett broke the lone Sub-vet 100 in the Fiocchi Ammunition doubles, and also broke 99 from the back fence in the President Paul Shaw Perazzi Handicap, and once again won sub-vet.
Pam Wright broke 97 in the Challenger Ammunition Handicap and won Lady II.
Sean took the runner-up spot in the Doubles Championship after a perfect 100 and 11 overtime rounds. Sean also broke several more perfect doubles scores as well as some perfect singles scores.
Quint Sudbury and Chris Kinder both broke the 200 in the Clay Target Championship. That was Chris’s first 200 ever. Nice place and time to accomplish that feat!
There were 53 perfect 200s. After the first round, the field was cut to 16. Both Quint and Chris survived to shoot again. In the end, Quint took AAA honors and Chris took AA runner-up honors.
With some of the high schools starting early, trap help became scarcer every day. One day the complex was short 84 employees. Most pullers/scorekeepers were doing double duty and loading the houses as well. Then because of the heat and lack of replacement help, the pullers were being given ten-minute breaks every hour. This caused some delays between squads, but we managed to complete all the events. Some of the shooters volunteered to help load trap houses and pull. Yours truly pulled five or six rounds on the bank I was shooting on after I completed my round. 
For those of you who have never been there, I must tell you about the “sweat bees.” These little critters are about 1/4 the size of a honey bee. They love to hover around the voice microphones, your gun barrel, and your sweaty face, legs, and arms. They rarely sting, but they do seem to “nibble.” It is not unusual to have one or more land on your barrel just as you call pull. I can vividly remember one sitting on my rib about four inches in front of my eye, his two eyes staring at me, and then hopping down the barrel and banging into my shooting glasses just before I called pull. Sometimes you have a “good” excuse when you miss a target.
I am sure I missed some of the shooting highlights, so be sure to check out all the scores on the ATA homepage.

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