Hello friends, as I write this letter the Illinois State Shoot has just entered the history books. Mother Nature took her toll on our shoot again this year, blessing us with 6 to 7 inches of rain through the course of our shoot. First, I would like to commend our ISTA board of directors for a wonderful job under extremely challenging conditions. The target presentation was excellent and the scores reflected it. People seemed to deal with the muddy conditions very well without much complaining. Most everyone knows when you set your dates for a shoot, you can’t control the weather.
The Illinois State Aim Shoot was June 13th and 14th, just prior to our State Shoot. We had nearly 250 kids participate. Our thanks go to Jenna Knott for all her efforts. We were able to raise nearly $5,000.00 for the AIM program with a silent auction and a gun raffle. Thanks to all who donated items for the silent auction. A special thanks to Mark Elliot for donating the gun for the raffle. Diane Franklin was the winner of the gun.
We had 3 in state 200’s in the championship singles. Two Junior Gold shooters, Tony Fortino and Drew Strohecker, and Senior Vet. Mike Jordan, shot off for the championship. Drew took top honors with 50 in the shoot off. Tony and Mike took top Junior Gold and Sr, Vet honors. Ethan Hastie had a lone 100 to win the doubles championship. Tal Seger was our handicap champ with a lone 99 from the 27 yd. line. John Kravanek took HAA, while Randy Miller won HOA. Congratulations to you all.
I was chatting with Mike Westjohn recently and he told me he just passed his 400,000 career target. That’s quite a milestone. Congratulations Mike.
I hope you have good shooting in your summer travels. As always, let me know of any noteworthy information. Till then, good health and good shooting.
Hello my friends. I hope you’re getting some shooting in and scoring above you’re expectations. I just got home from the US Open in Sparta. I thought the shoot was well attended even though we were dodging rain drops on the weekend. I believe there were enough shooters to make the shoot an All American Point Shoot.
I’ve only have a couple thing I’d like to mention this month. First, I’d like to congratulate a relatively new shooter Randy Lohr. He broke his first 100 straight at the Chillicothe Sportsman Club. He’s also received punches in the caps at the Spring Grand and Missouri State shoot. Keep up the good work Randy.
The other is a sad piece of information. I just received word that Tom Guerin passed away recently. Tom was a former member of the ISTA Board of Directors. My condolences go out to Tom’s family.
By the time my next letter reaches you, the Illinois State Shoot will be in the history books and I’ll hope to have some highlights for you.
Until next month, good shooting and be safe in your travels. As always, let me know of any noteworthy information.