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Welcome to 2020 from the great state of Oregon! As we start filling our shoot cards in this new decade, let’s look back at a few of the significant accomplishments of shooters and clubs in Oregon during 2019.

 

The Medford Gun Club Big 50 program continued its decade-long Big 50 run by hosting another successful 16-week summer program from late April to early August. Shooting every Tuesday, the shooters combine their daily 16 yard and handicap scores to qualify for the coveted year-end Champion’s buckle. The 2019 Big 50 Champion with a modest score of 96 was former Pennsylvania shooter, Pete DuCharme. Pete missed the 2018 buckle by one target and was not to be denied in 2019. At the 2019 Oregon State Shoot, Pete shot at and hit his 50,000th ATA singles target and was recognized with a cake and presentation of the pieces of the actual target during the ATA Western Zone competition at Medford several weeks later.

 

In 2018 the OSATA State Board of Directors established a 3-Zone format to encourage more Oregon clubs to support ATA competition and to give our shooters greater opportunities to accumulate registered targets. The program continued to grow in 2019, with 5-person teams from the Southern and Northern Zones competing at the State Shoot for the unique Zone Champion trophies. The Southern Zone Team headed by Daro Handy and including Julie Spindler, Pete DuCharme, Dex Tourville and Brent Perry repeated as Zone Champions.

 

Oregon had a recent record number of shooters attend the 2019 Grand American, with 5 of our best making the long hike to Sparta. Thanks to Cole Costanti, Ryan Costanti, Richard Shrode, John Adams and Bob Robertson for representing Oregon and bringing home a number of trophies. In addition to shooting well, Cole Costanti was awarded an ATA Hall of Fame scholarship. Congratulations to Cole for his outstanding accomplishments during 2019 and a special note of appreciation to Mom, Amy Costanti for her unwavering support of Cole, brother Chase and State Delegate husband Ryan as all three qualified for first team State All Star status in 2019. More on the complete All Star roster next month.

 

2019 saw the creation of the first ever Oregon State Amateur Trapshooting Association website. Visit us at www.osata.us to see a bit of our history as well as what’s happening in the future here in Oregon. Pending approval by the Board at our Winter Meeting, the 2020 State Championships will be hosted in northeast Oregon at the Hermiston Gun Club. Dates are June 5, 6 and 7 and I’ve been told that the weather will be perfect and all targets will fly true. The program, travel directions and other relevant data should be posted on the website by the time you read this article. This continues the rotation through the three Oregon Zones, giving all Oregon shooters the chance to attend a State Shoot “close to home” on a predictable basis.

 

Look for another article from Oregon in the February T & F. Until then we wish everyone a Happy and Peaceful 2020 and, as always, Good Luck and Good Shooting!

 

Mike Mann, President OSATA

 

For Ryan Costanti, ATA Delegate