Weekly Trapshooting Info
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2014 North Carolina State Handicap Champion - 14 year old Caleb Gilreath - He also broke a 195 in the Saturday singles.....
Hello to all and it is tough getting back to work after having all of that fun trapshooting! Unless you have been under anesthesia you probably know that the 101st North Carolina State Trapshoot is over. Great location, organization, pre-squadding, classification, squadding, cashiering, targets, scoring, food, fellowship, trophies and the list goes on. I shot 700 targets and never got one broken bird while shooting and that is great! I could go and on about the wonderful facility that is located in our state and it looks like the word is out to head to North Carolina.
I do not know the overall figures on attendance but I would imagine that it is up over 2013. I noticed a lot of new out of state shooters and also some new NC shooters participating. The facility was packed with folks and the rocking chairs were rocking all five days. Great to see the interest and excitement about shoot at the NC Homegrounds and to top it all off we have a double barrel shotgun weather vane on top of the clubhouse and I have a picture to prove it. 't
Briefly I will touch base on the major winners on Saturday and Sunday. The "official" shoot report will be finalized soon and I will get it posted ASAP. Pound for Carolina Blue pound he is the best singles shooter around and I am talking about the 2014 NC State Singles Champion - Jimmy Wilson. For doubles it was a classic shootoff between Greg High and John Miller. They went two rounds before Greg let a left bird from post one float unbroken to the earth. John turned slightly to the left and tried to get Greg's attention and when he didn't he just shook his head before he mashed the last pair for the win. The best thing is that I took video of the last two pair they shot and I hope to have the link up today. Last but not least the 2014 North Carolina Handicap Champ is 14 year old Caleb Gilbreath! He broke a 96 with his Beretta AL-400 and he has the hardware to prove it. He shoots out of the Watauga Gun Club and he is a great shooter and a handsome young man. I do not have the HOA winner but I think Steve Watson took the ATA provided HAA honors for 2014.
Weather for a Championship weekend is important for good scores and good attendance. Saturday was a dry day and with all of the weather forecasts it looked like Sunday was going to be wet. It rained pretty hard when the 1st and 2nd wave of the caps were shooting and by the time I shot it was clearing up and stayed dry and partly cloudy the rest of the day! There were two squads for the doubles shootoff and three for the handicap.
Two 100 straights were broken in handicap with one Friday by SC shooter James Ivey and one Sunday by George Reese from Tennessee. That is some great shooting at the Homegrounds yet no 200's were broken in singles on Saturday. The combination of great target setting, PAT traps and ERAD voice calls provides distraction free shooting. Some folks attending had never even used the ERAD devices and man were they impressed. We had a bunch of young adults attending both out of state and in state. They put up some great scores at the Homegrounds and I think some are coming back for the Zone in July. I counted 32 sub junior and junior shooters on Saturday and I know there were more than that. Hats off to the AIM program and to all of the coaches and parents that made it all happen - safely!
I really do not have the time to discuss all of the great accomplishments of folks both old and new. Maybe when the shoot report pops out I will do a little overview of all the hotshots at the event. So have a great week and hopefully the shoot report will be ready sometime today. Hey Lou I sure missed you and until next week..........................Smokem
Mash on link for pictures from Friday:
http://smg.photobucket.com/user/smokem/ ... day%202014
Mash on the link for pictures from Saturday:
http://smg.photobucket.com/user/smokem/ ... 20Saturday
Mash on link for Official NC State Shoot Scores - Thanks To Joy Duncan
Mash on the link for an easier to read version of the State Shoot scores:
For the NC shoot calendar mash on the link from NCTRAP:
For Southern Zone Shoot Info mash on the link below: