12 Gauge Monty Sprouse
20 Gauge and HOA Jacob Davis
28 Gauge Mark Smith
.410 Brian Leazer
Doubles Ron Headly
The Halifax County Gun Club hosted their annual Summer Shoot Out event this past week-end. Members had worked diligently to spruce up the grounds and as a result of their efforts the grounds looked like a well manicured golf course. The event started off under beautiful blue skies with heat and humidity of course. The very first shooter of this year’s event, club member Monty Sprouse, took advantage of perfect shooting conditions to set the bar very high for fellow competitors. Sprouse scored a near perfect score of 99x100 missing only one target in the last round. He eventually went on to win the 12 gauge event.
The heated competition continued throughout the week-end with Ron Headley winning the doubles event. Mark Smith of Liberty, NC won the 28 gauge event and Brian “Copperhead” Leazer of Salisbury, NC winning the challenging .410 event. A perfect score of 100 eluded all shooters this week but there some scores of 99 achieved.
Jacob Davis, age 20, of Rustburg, Va. was in attendance this year and put on a display of how to break clay targets. Davis made it very difficult for the seasoned veterans to match his consistent, excellent scores. He won the 20 gauge event and also the coveted high overall event which is the total of all four gauges shot by the shooter. Davis shoots a Browning over/under shotgun model 425 for his competition events and also enjoys hunting when time permits.
Davis started shooting clay targets at the age of 10. He is the Va. state co-coordinator for Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). This the largest youth shooting program in the country and goes from age 12 through under graduate college students. The Halifax County Gun Club is a supporter of this organization. Davis is a third year student at Liberty University and stated the Halifax Gun Club is a very enjoyable place to compete. (very obivious from his scores).
Many compliments were received on the hospitality and great targets offered by the gun club this year and shooters stated they look forward to attending next year’s event.