The Grand has come and gone and it was as it name implies…Grand. Weather was pleasant this year with temps in the mid 80’s and humidity that was tolerable. A couple of our Sub Junior shooters (Hayden VanDam and Grayson Stuart) each put up 97’s in separate handicaps during the week and both won hardware. Grayson earned honorary yardage where Hayden was punched to the 25 yard line and is now a long yardage shooter. Austin Kinder broke a 98 in one of the caps and was moved to the 26.5 yard line and also trophied. Nice shooting guys.
During prelim week Sean Hawley and Sharred Oaks each won a bunch of trophies. Sean post-ed a 99 in the Trapshooting USA Handicap and took fourth, and he also won numerous doubles trophies and one or two singles trophies along the way. Sharred had a 200 in the NRA Singles and won Junior honors and also had a 100 in the Wenig Doubles and was the event Champion after carding another 100 in the carry over event.
During Grand week Sean Hawley, Sharred Oaks and Scott McKinnon all had good showings in several events. In the Down Range Manufacturing Doubles, Sharred won Junior champion with another 100 (winning the carry over mentioned above). Sean took first in the Kubota doubles and Scott took third (both with 100) and Sharred broke 99 and took third in the Junior ranks. All three broke 100 in the Championship Doubles. With three shooters from Utah in the Champion-ship shoot-off it was a nice coup for our state. The shoot-off was of epic proportions with Sean and Sharred being among the last three standing out of 20 perfect scores. Sean had a goose egg late in the 9th extra round (179/180) and Sharred missed the last target on the tenth over-time round (199/200) which relegated him to Junior Champ and Sean to Runner-up Champion (same finish as he had last year). This was a very exciting shoot-off to watch. There is not enough superlatives to describe the accomplishments of these guys!!!
In the Clay Target Championship Sean broke all 200 and captured AAA Third and Sharred won Junior Runner-up honors after breaking 199/200 in the program and shooting 299/300 overtime targets.
White Flyer Target Company was offering a 4X4 pick-up truck for anyone breaking 400X400 in the High All Around Championship. Sean was one of seven in contention after 300 targets (sin-gles and doubles) but alas no one could close the door. Fantastic shooting none the less.
Speaking of Sean, he told me that his 14 year old daughter Samantha (aka Sam) competed in the Clay Target Championship and put together her first ever 50 straight. Sean was beaming over this accomplishment and stated that she said she had never been so thrilled herself while shooting! Watching young shooters achieve personal bests is what I enjoy seeing and will hopefully keep them coming back for more.
You can check out all the scores on the ATA home page at Shootata.com.
On a side note I want to congratulate one of my squad mates, Steve Williamson (CA), who shot at and broke his 800,000 registered ATA target! That is a lot of targets but mere child’s play compared to our other long time squad mate, Charlie W. Long (TX), who has over 1,100,000 targets!
The Western Zone and the Delegates/Board of Directors meeting at the grand were both very informative. Western Zone shoot dates were set for July 20-22, 2018. I am currently trying to nail down a site in Utah. The 2017 Western Zone numbers were down a little from 2016 but not enough to be troubling. The Zone budget and trophies for next year will be the same as 2017. Jim Jones the Western Zone Vice President was elected as the new ATA President for 2018.
The ATA as a whole had a very good year and made a profit on the shooting side of the house. New memberships really aide in this effort and the AIM shooters are a big part of this success. The ATA’s investment portfolio is very well positioned and has had a very profitable year.
One major change coming at the larger shoots is that a trophy will not have to be given away in order to win points. Thus the need for points pins for points to be awarded will no longer be an issue.
Once again I would like to thank Bill and Leann Martin for their generosity in being Signature Sponsors at the Grand once more.
The month of August also had three local clubs (Helper, Cedar City and Spanish Fork) throwing targets for the last month of the target year. Weather was beautiful at all of these shoots and all three clubs had good attendance. You can visit the USTA web site to view all the scores
On a sad note, it is time to bid farewell to Magna Gun Club. Urban sprawl has taken its toll on one more club. Magna Gun Club has been around for a little over 48 years and as of Septem-ber 15th no more targets will be thrown…at least at it’s current location. A big thanks to the Di-rectors and Officers who helped make the club a successful and fun place to shoot. Magna had a great following and I will always have fond memories of the time I have spent shooting there.
Till next time.