State Cham­pi­onship week draws hun­dreds of trap­shoot­ers to Span­ish Fork Gun Club

Serve Daily - - AROUND TOWN - By Gary Brodeur Serve Daily

Hun­dreds of shot­gun­ners con­verged on Span­ish Fork in late June for the Utah State Trap­shoot­ing Cham­pi­onship, bring­ing sport­ing ca­ma­raderie to town and con­tribut­ing un­told dol­lars to the lo­cal econ­omy.

The 104th edi­tion of the an­nual event was hosted June 20-24 at Span­ish Fork Gun Club. The club main­tains a renowned hill­side trap­shoot­ing range in the Span­ish Oaks area, ad­ja­cent to the Span­ish Oaks Reser­voir.

“It’s a com­pet­i­tive son-of-a-gun,” said Ron­ald Sell­ers, of Boun­ti­ful. “You need to break ’em all. And then there’s a shootoff.”

Sell­ers, the di­rec­tor of the Utah Trap­shoot­ing Hall of Fame, brought his mu­seum-on-wheels to share with the trap­shoot­ing com­mu­nity.

Twelve events filled the five days, and recog­ni­tion was won for High Over­all Score and High All-Around Score. Class AA shooter Sean Haw­ley, of Ver­nal, posted High Over­all with a score of 1285, and High All-Around with 398.

Scores of 200 were shot by four com­peti­tors in the Utah State Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship on June 23: Haw­ley, Justin D. Sloan, Roger M. Stitt and Joe Sud­bury Sr.

Ti­tle rounds on June 24 were shot for Utah State Dou­bles Cham­pi­onship, with a top score of 99 posted by Class AA com­peti­tors Haw­ley and Shar­rod T. Oaks, and the Utah State Hand­i­cap Cham­pi­onship was claimed by Haw­ley, with a score of 99.

All scores from the com­pe­ti­tion are avail­able at trap­shoot­ing.com, within the Shoot Scores drop-down header in the Fo­rums rib­bon menu.

Sloan, the Utah State Trap­shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, said the an­nual event pro­motes gun safety and pro­vides an in­tro­duc­tion to the sport of trap­shoot­ing and the lo­cal gun clubs that host it.

“I try to sup­port them all,” Sloan, of River­ton, said. “That’s my job.”

Mike Stu­art, head coach at River­ton Shoot­ing Club, said of the State Cham­pi­onship, “It’s a good event for all age groups to get to­gether.”

Trap­shoot­ers and their fam­i­lies from be­yond Utah in­cluded com­peti­tors and their fam­i­lies from more than 15 states and the prov­ince of Al­berta, Canada.

The five-day event is rec­og­nized as a valu­able source of rev­enue by or­ga­niz­ers and city staff mem­bers, though an es­ti­mate of its eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity was not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Travel to and at­ten­dance at the State Cham­pi­onship boosts lodg­ing, meal and fuel sales, or­ga­niz­ers said.

“This is a very unique as­set the city of for them to at­tend events such as this one. Span­ish Fork has that no other city has,” “I re­ally like meet­ing peo­ple, shoot­ing said club Man­ager Kier­sten Du­mas, a city and try­ing to do your best,” said Grayson, em­ployee. Peo­ple come from all over to an Am­a­teur Trap­shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion All en­joy the panoramic back­drop that con­tains Amer­i­can for 2018. no dis­trac­tions for shoot­ers, who The son of Mike Stu­art, Grayson serves then put up some of the best trap­shoot­ing as the River­ton Gun Club’s youth team scores in the na­tion, she said. cap­tain. The team par­tic­i­pates in Utah’s

Pro­ceeds from the event it­self are slated USA Youth Ed­u­ca­tion in Shoot­ing Sports, to ben­e­fit youth shoot­ers, ac­cord­ing to which wrapped up its com­pe­ti­tion sea­son the USTA State Cham­pi­onship pro­gram the pre­vi­ous week. guide. Span­ish Fork Gun Club can be con­tacted

Com­peti­tors Char­lie Wach­tel, 18, of through its Face­book page, face­book. Lake Havasu City, Ari­zona, and Grayson­com/Span­ishForkGunClub, and the Stu­art, 13, of River­ton, agree that see­ing USTA can be found on­line at face­book. peo­ple they’ve met over the years at other com/UtahS­tateTrapShoot­ing. shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tions is a ma­jor rea­son

The ex­hil­a­rat­ing set­ting at Span­ish Fork Gun Club at­tracts shoot­ers from all over North Amer­ica to the an­nual Utah State Trap­shoot­ing Cham­pi­onship, held this year on June 23. Photo: Gary Brodeur

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