Summer has progressed too quickly in Alberta and already we are approaching the end of July as this is written.
We had 5 shooters at the Western Grand in June, our travelling ambassadors from Alberta Art and Dianne Peyton both won several events and continued on to Colorado, Utah and Montana picking up All American points all the way. No wonder both these shooters have two of the highest registered target counts in the ATA on an annual basis!
Athabasca hosted their annual spring shoot as well with a good local and Edmonton turnout. It was good to see Gerry Gau come out of his slump and shoot some mid 90’s handicap.
Calgary Firearms center hosted a successful Stampede grand again this year. Skys where sunny for the most part and we saw some good scores. Both Gary Tebb and David Wark shot their first 100. David’s was exceptional because he did it in handicap! Very few shooters have shot 100 in cap and even fewer their first 100! Congratulations to you both.
We had 15 shooters from Alberta at the Canadian, hosted by the Brandon Gun club in Manitoba. The Lamonts and their crew put on a great shoot that was enjoyed by all. We managed to bring home a few trophies but none could stop the Pat Lamont steam roller. Pat won all events he entered with the exception of the 2 preliminary handicaps.
Our Provincial Championships just concluded at the Edmonton Gun Club. This year because of conflicting dates the Western Zone was run in conjunction with this shoot.
A separate report will be forthcoming in Trap and Field, but congratulations to the major winners, Brad Johnson singles (again!) Bob Gruszecki Doubles, Lynn Smith Handicap, Shane Vaughan HAA and Shawn McNeil HOA.
Saturday was nice, but the weather worked against us for winning zone trophies with high wind and low light conditions on Sunday. Gerry Houchin did pick up our lone zone trophy winning C class singles outright in the Championship with a strong 196.
A highlight of the Provincial was Allan Day becoming inducted to the Alberta Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Allan has been on something like 16 Alberta All Star Teams, and is one of the few who hold the “Grand Slam” of Alberta Provincial championships. He is co holder of the highest HAA shot in the Province with a 399. His life has been dedicated to shooting, and through his shooting supplies business has supplied almost every shooter with ammo at some time or another through the years. Congratulations Allan, well deserved and overdue for this prestigious award!
Many thanks to Jack Broadfoot and Gerry Gau and their crew who worked nonstop to make this a well run event. The Checkels, Don and Donna did their usual fine and efficient job and even had cheques printed before many participants left the shoot. Thanks as well to Heather and Bert Brumwell for their $10 K support and to Bayer for $5k for the banquet.
At our AGM on Friday evening, we had several changes, Brian Chudoba and Neil Burbidge choose not to run as their terms expired this year. Thanks to both for their contribution over the years. We also a change of leadership. Brad Johnson is our new President, replacing Trevor Kuhn who has served us so well over the last number of years. Trevor has worked tirelessly on APTA business and left us in a solid financial position that is better than when he took over. He has also developed the APTA website to a world class level creating an image of an organization many times our size. From soliciting donations from local businesses, to the time and energy spent refurbishing our Hall of Fame and its history, we all appreciate how much he has done in a few short years, we will miss him a lot, though he has promised to help us out as needed over the next while. Thank you Trevor from everyone.
I am headed to the Grand on Saturday. We will have about 11 shooters from Alberta this year including a whole family of Tebbs! Should be fun! please give me a call or email
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