Even though the calendar says spring is here, actual spring weather is not quite here yet. But spring shooting has arrived! Programs are being written for all the scheduled shoots and should be posted to the USTA website.
The State Shoot program is nearing completion and should be going to print in the next couple of weeks. Pre-squad for the State Shoot, (which is in Vernal) should open in mid-April. Sean and Stacey Hawley (as well as Samantha), work really hard to put on a good shoot. There are plenty of fun things for the entire family to do in, and around Vernal, so start planning your trip now!
This past month, two clubs held the Western Zone/Big 50 events. Both Spanish Fork and Lee Kay held shoots. Zone-wide this event is picking up steam and hopefully will continue to grow. This is a good opportunity to get new and experienced shooters back into action. You can see the final results (both scores and lewis payouts) on the ATA home page under “Western Zone Gig 50 Results.” The ATA home page is www.shootata.com. I am hoping more clubs will start hosting this shoot every month. Check out the USTA home page for future shoot dates and lo-cations.
The Round Robin is currently in progress at numerous clubs around the state, and there seems to be a lot of excitement. I dropped by one club on Sunday, and found that there are 31 teams signed up for 3 weeks of fun at this one club alone!
In mid-March, Ogden Gun Club held a one day ATA shoot. This shoot was originally scheduled for April, but the Browning Six Club sporting clays shoot had to change its schedule due to weather. Thus Ogden bummed its date forward, and unfortunately, the word did not get out as well as it should have. Turn out was small with only about six squads. All in all, a nice little shoot.
Purgatory Clay Sports in Hurricane, Utah held its annual three-day dedicated shoot. Southern Utah, is usually a nice destination spot because of warm temperatures. This was not the case this year. Friday started off with rain, wind, and mid-forties for temps.
Attendance was fair but not great. Scores were however very good. Brett Despain won the doubles with a 98, Scott Syme won the singles with198, and, Dewey Daniels won the Handicap with a whopping 99! To my knowledge this is the highest handicap score ever shot at this club. As one can see, Dewey was accompanied by his wife Cheryl. Congratulations on a fantastic score Dewey.