"ATA Delegate's Newsletter" 

            by ED WEHKING
           UTAH ATA Delegate



Thanks & keep shooting 'til 
Mickey says stop!

Utah ATA Delegate
November 2017

The target year just started up, but registered shooting for the calendar year in Utah is winding down. Helper Gun Club hosted its annual 500 bird doubles marathon with 20 shooters toeing the line. Next came Cedar City Gun Club’s two day shoot which had a small but quaint gather-ing of shooters. I always like to point out the fact that even on small turn-out days, the club probably throws more targets than they would normally throw on a regular practice day. I think one way to make the day more profitable for clubs on small shoots is to have “fun” inexpensive trophies. An example would be one pound bags of peanuts, beans, or pop corn. Target costs hopefully would mimic those of a marathon cost per hundred as well.  

You can look up all the scores on the USTA website.

All American Teams have been posted on the ATA home page. Utah had a couple of changes and or additions from the past year in that Scott McKinnon moved from second team to number six on the Men’s First Team. Hayden Vandam jumped straight on to the Sub-Junior First Team for his 1st time All American placement, and Craig Hart also enjoyed 1st time placement on the Sub-Vet second Team. Other returning members were Sean Hawley once again securing second place on the Men’s first team, Sharred Oaks second place on the Junior first team, and Grayson Stuart on Sub-Junior second team. Congratulations to all of our All Americans. 

The Huntsman World Senior Games just ended in St. George Utah with the shotgun portion be-ing held at Purgatory Clay Sports at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park. The Huntsman World Senior Games have been going on for 31 years with the shotgun portion being on a nine year run. The shotgun portion drew approximately 135 shooters competing in Sporting Clays, Five Stand, Skeet, Trap Wobbles, Trap Doubles, Trap Singles, and Trap Handicap. I am happy to say that those registered trap shooters from Utah that competed in the games all medaled in at least one or more discipline. All the scores by discipline and age group can be viewed at: https://seniorgames.net/results/shotgun-sports.  

If you have never attended and are 50 years old or older, you are missing out on a lot of fun. This year perennial attendee Huch Aoki (Huch has competed in some type of sport in all 31 of the games), was once again earned gold in his age class in the trap singles. Huch is 90 years young!

Two people that I would like to highlight from the Games are Harold Curry and Joe Sudbury. 

Harold Curry has been the driving force behind the shotgun portion of the games and has spearheaded all nine years that the venue has been in existence. Harold is a trap shooter him-self but never raises a gun at the games because he is so busy making sure things come off without a hitch. Not to say that he doesn’t have a lot of help because he does, but he is gener-ally busy 10 months out of the year planning the shooting portion of the games. Part of the work he does is rounding up at least 30-40 volunteers to help make sure the games run as smoothly as possible. Considering the fact that the club has four traps and two skeet fields, very few glitches happen during the week. He always has a smile on his face (which gets bigger as the last event draws near) and always thanks the shooter for “Supporting Us”. “Us” being the Huntsman World Senior Games. Thanks Harold!

Joe Sudbury has attended eight of the nine games involving the shotgun potion and I dare say that he has probably won more medals than any other athlete in all of the games (if not of the entire games, certainly in the shooting portion). An average year for Joe is probably about 8 or nine medals. Besides securing a medal in his age group in most all of the venues, he quite of-ten is High Over All in each activity which also garners another medal. As if that wasn’t enough, he is always the high score in all the events combined (HOA) netting one more medal. I would dare say his total medal count has to be right around 100. Joe is not only a great shoot-er and ambassador for our sport, but a great person to boot. Good shooting Joe!