Dear SxS Members:
Our SoCal SxS Chapter had a great day on May 12! Despite soggy weather conditions, 24 hardy and hearty souls arrived in duck-hunting garb for a 100-target Sporting Clays match at Triple B Clays. We shot 50 targets with a small-gauge option (and handicaps) plus 50 targets in any gauge.
We happily welcomed two new members, Mike Engle and Chris Henry, and several terrific guests. It was also a treat to see Past President Mark “Shorty” Colasanto and former Food Honcho Hank Cook back with guns in hand.
Many thanks to outgoing State VP Phil Fayne and Triple B’s Billie Barsotti for handling the shooter and new-member sign-ups, while Bob Mills made final adjustments to the traps.
Our “Damascus Barrels Display” was sadly rained out, but we thank Mark Effle, Richard Edlund, and others who brought along their lovely hammer-forged guns, just in case.
The course included a wide variety of targets, including running and flying rabbits, springing teal, flushing pheasants, scattering quail, a pair of doves gliding in to roost, two ducks dropping in, and five stations of true pairs for the small-gauge option. In the face of these challenges, we saw lots of fine double-gun shooting.
Our HOA shooter was Frank Salerno (20 ga.) with a blistering 96 — definitely his ticket out of B Class!
The Master Class winner was Robert Chavez (20 ga.) with a hot 91, followed by runner-up Ken Evans (28 ga.).
A Class went to Mike Marshall (28 ga.) and his big 85, just ahead of Jan Packard (28 ga.).
For B Class, it’s complicated. The highest B Class score was also our HOA, so the B Class championship went to the next highest score: a strong 85, shot by both Terry Holberton (28 ga.) and new member Chris Henry (20 ga.) Terry edged out Chris on the pre-selected tie-breaker station and took home the hardware.
Class C was also tied, with solid 73s for Jim Hunt (20 ga.) and new member Mike Engle (20 ga.). Jim’s higher score on the tie-breaker station made him the class champion.
Things dried out in time for Triple B’s excellent tri-tip BBQ and sausage lunch — thanks, Billie and Jorge Gomez — which left us full and happy. After lunch, Triple B’s five-stand saw plenty of double-gun action, and several members returned to the Sporting Clays course to relive triumphs and revisit foes.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the rainy day fun, and we hope to see you all on June 9 for a 100 target Sporting Clay match at Moore N Moore.