It is with a sad heart that I mention the passing of Bill Curtice from Helper, UT. Bill passed away on May 20th at his home in Price, UT. Bill had been an active ATA member and gun club manager for more than 30 years. Bill managed the Helper Gun Club for almost all of his shooting career.
He amassed 64,850 singles, 90,500 Handicap, and 50,300 doubles targets. Due to a life of hard work that took its toll on his back, Bill hadn’t registered any targets since 2012. He did, however, continue to manage the gun club for a few more years. I can assure you that the shooting world lost a great advocate, and the community lost a great man. I send my condolences to his family.
It’s that time of year when a shoot can be found almost every weekend in the Beehive State. Nephi, Vernal, Helper, and Spanish Fork have all held shoots! Turnout at most shoots was good; however, the weather kept some shooters away. This has been the second wettest spring on record in UT. Most scores can be found on the usual websites. Check them out to see how your friends fared, and how you fared against them!
I attended the Idaho State Shoot over Memorial Day weekend. This year the shoot was held in Pocatello. As in Utah, Idaho’s weather was far from ideal. Wet, cold and windy. Randy Adams and his staff once again put on a very well run shoot, very few glitches. Utah had approximately 22 shooters attending, and non-residents over all accounted for one-third of the shooters. Scores for this shoot can also be found on www.shootscoreboard.com.
I always enjoy writing about someone who has a great shoot and comes away with some bling. Utah Junior shooter Caytlin Pendleton, had a wonderful shoot in Pocatello. Not only did she achieve a personal best in singles (97), but she had 191 out of 200! This score netted her the high lady junior. For her efforts, Caytlin came away with a beautiful bracelet that is a memorial award given in honor of Mindy McCully and Maddie Stranger-Hollifield. Both of these young la-dies died tragically at a young age. Mindy was the daughter of Wayne and Kathleen McCully and Maddie the daughter of Joe Hollifield. The parents have a very nice plaque adorned with their daughter’s pictures and name tags of each year’s winner since 2008.
The next time you see Caytlin, congratulate her on her win and her personal best score. Also, the next time you see Wayne, Kathleen, and Joe, acknowledge them for their annual contribution and for preserving the memories of Mindy and Maddie.