July has been busy for Alberta trapshooters. Calgary Firearms centre hosted an excellent Stampede Grand shoot, weather co-operated and attendance was great. Super prizes given out by the Firearms center, including lots of Bernie Brown prints which are sought after everywhere in the Canadian Prairies. Big scores at this shoot, including 100s in doubles from Allan Radway and Shaun McNeil, as well as a few 99s in doubles. One of the highlights was watching our own Ron Crockford shoot off with Ricky Marshal in the doubles championship after tying with 99s, Croc gave it his best but Ricky dominated.
The new pat traps at the club are showing their value in reduced target breakage and higher doubles scores. We had a good contingent of shooters at the Montana State shoot in Helena with numerous winners including Neil Burbidge with several impressive handicap wins, Allan Radway, Jim Thomson, Bert Brumwell and myself all brought back trophies.
Our Western Zone site in Calgary was dominated by poor weather. Shooting took place between frequent thunderstorms, and many shooters choose not to attend for this reason. Despite conditions, our standby Neil Burbidge came through in the singles with a 200 plus overtime victory for the zone. Congratulations Neil, in consulting with veterans of the sport there is no recollection of the Western Zone Champion having come out of an Alberta location.
The Alberta Championships have just concluded. Trap and Field will have details in a future edition, but Jim Thomson again prevailed in shootoff to capture the singles title, doubles went to a deserving Ron Crockford with a lone 99, and Mike Cain won the coveted gold coin for Handicap Champion with a 96. Edmonton hosted an excellent shoot and was enjoyed by all. A big thanks to Jack Broadfoot, Gerry Gau and all those that made it happen. We had the pleasure of having Rachel Hopkins shoot our complete Provincial. Many of our shooters, especially a large junior contingent learned a great deal about how to improve their game from her clinic prior to the pre-lims on Tuesday.
During AGM held Saturday evening, Gary Tebb was elected as a director of APTA following the resignation of Shane Vaughn and Tom Ferguson. Brad Johnson agreed to assume the role of CTA delegate for Alberta, which will be an important role given the Canadian Championships will be in Edmonton next year. Other directors and officers remain the same.
We cannot forget to mention the wonderful contribution the Martins made to this shoot, it has enabled APTA to add rewards for shooters such as the gold coin handicap for Handicap Championship and as a result has increased our attendance. Also Bayer CropScience whose $5000 sponsorship paid for the banquet and refreshments. Thanks to LeAnn and Bill Martin, and Bayer CropScience.
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