Last week competitors took to the range for the 25th National Sporting Clays Championship competition, which took place in the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX.
The competition began on Tuesday, October 22, and lasted through Saturday, October 27, and aside from a few clouds here and there, enjoyed cooler weather to set the stage for a wonderful silver anniversary for the NSCA.
While Tuesday through Thursday consisted primarily of preparations, meetings, and the highly popular nightly wine tasting in the complex club house, Friday kicked off the action with a Championship party to welcome participants and set the event off to a jovial start. Following the party were the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., then several raffles to support Team USA. These included the K-80 Gold Victorian scroll gun, and the E-Z-GO shooting raffle.
After the raffle came the action as the Top Gun Shootout was presented. Not only were attendees able to watch participants compete for the title of Top Gun, but each was eligible to win a prize from Randolph Engineering.
Saturday saw a great deal of action. First there was the Ladies Tour, for which attendees flocked to Gruene, TX. This was followed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Wizbang championship. The evening saw the nightly wine tasting, as well as the 25th Anniversary Party. Afterwards came the Ronald McDonald House Kids and Clays auction, then the evening’s shoot-offs at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday followed sedately after the long and exciting weekend. Shoot-offs took place at 6:00 p.m., with the awards being presented at 7:30. A special congratulations go out to Wendell Cherry, this year’s national champion.
In addition to the excitement of the competition, NSCA inducted one exceptional member into the Hall of Fame. For shooting achievement, the NSCA recognized Vance Barnes. They also presented Martin Jones with the du Pont Service Award.
*All participants were members of the NSCA, but last minute membership applications were accepted at the time of the shoot.