Winter has come in earnest in Alberta, big game hunting is under way and except for the Arizona crowd, the shotguns are stored for until spring.
The winter shooting started for some of us in Las Vegas this year, with the state shoot being held in October instead of the usual April. Clark County is a wonderful club, and despite a couple days of wind, it was a great lead in to the Autumn grand.
We had 18 shooters from Alberta enjoying the summer weather in Tucson. Art and Dianne Peyton continued in their winning ways with 8 trophies in the preliminary and several more in the feature events. One of Arts wins included a 99 in cap. It was good to see our President Trevor Kuhn shoot 100 straight with his first targets of the year using a new gun, and taking home preliminary “AA” HOA. Brother Tyler was also tough in class events picking up 3 trophies.
Donna Crockford continues her shooting improvement and got yardage in several events, including a win in the Friday prelim handicap event with a 96.
Bert Brumwell virtually swept the chair category at this shoot, Bert will be a strong contender for captainship of the All American chair team if he can keep this up!
As many of you have heard by now, the big news was Larry Ivany completing his Grand Slam with 100 in doubles in the Championship event. This is a wonderful accomplishment; Larry is the 6th from Alberta, and only the 10th in Canada! Larry shot his first 200 in singles in Vandalia in 1974 (which included his first 100) and his first 100 in handicap from 27 in 1990 at the California State. I was shooting beside Larry in this event, after 25 years of waiting his relief was hard to hide after he hit the last pair! Congratulations Larry, it could not happen to a better guy!
Planning for the 2016 Provincial in Edmonton is well under way, with a feature event being a clinic for juniors with Rachel Hopkins. We again thank Lee Ann and Bill Martin for their generous contribution that allows us to run the “Martin Lewis , an open trophy of a Troy ounce gold coin for the Handicap Championship, and a range of other added money in the handicap events.
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