The 1st of May arrived with a slight flattening of the Corona virus, but the number of cases is still on the rise. In the last week of April we went from 3121 cases and 188 deaths, to 3670 and 222 deaths. The shelter in place order is still in place, and shows no sign of being lifted anytime soon. OTSA held a BOD meeting by conference call on April 30th. It was decided our best option would be to reschedule our State Shoot to the week of July 6th thru the 12th. This is the same week of the Southwestern Zone shoot, so both shoots will be held in the same week, but as separate events. The State Shoot will be the 1st 4 days [Mon-Thurs] and the SW Zone shoot will be the last 3 days [Fri-Sun] as usual.
There are several counties in Oklahoma that little,or no cases of the Corona virus. One of these happens to be Bosie City, OK, far out in the western panhandle. John Harbaugh just built a new Trap Range, and since they are in an area not effected, a AIM shoot was held on April 26th. There were 7 shooters competing in the wind. They had 1-99, and 2-97s for the high scores. Brayden Cook of Boise City had 89-97 for 186. Clay Laughlin of Durant had 91-97 for 188. Justin Cavett had 95-99 for 194. John has shoots scheduled thru the year depending on how the Virus plays out.
Lowell said they have been making major improvements at the ADA Skeet and Trap club during this down time. They have rebuilt the roof on Trap house #3 to make loading faster, and better. They have rebuilt fences, and painted them. They have repaired & checked all voice pulls. They will be ready when shooting can resume. Plans are to reopen for limited practice on the weekend of May 16th with State restrictions in place.
The OTSA home grounds in EL Reno has reopened with the same State restrictions. On Tues. afternoon May 12th they held a Big 50 program. New young shooter Cashlin Smith won the Handicap with 49. She loves shooting the Doubles. Nathan Lemke won the Singles with 50 straight. Paul Hooper, and Nathan were high in the Doubles with 45's.
Red Dirt GC held their 2nd shoot on May 17th. Kenyon Bert and Nathan had 99's on the 1st 100 Singles. Reese Hightower and Kenyon had 98's on the 2nd 100S. The Handicap was won by Hunter Pence with 99 from the 19 yd line, and Kenyon was 2nd with 95.
OTSA's Tues. May 19th Big 50 program had good scores. Nathan won the Singles for a 2nd time with 50 straight. Emma Patswall broke 48, she is 1 of 2 sisters who received Free AIM Memberships. Kenyon Bert, and Tucker Colby broke 47's for the high Handicap scores. Bill Dean won the Doubles with 48.
Gary Bristol has sent in rescheduled dates for the Shawnee Twin Lake TR, and will be posted on the website.
On Sat. May 16th Texas reported the largest surge to date of 1800 new virus cases. Oklahoma is 1 of 10 states starting phase 1 of reopening while still reporting new cases of the Corona virus. On May 21st Oklahoma had gone from 4852 cases and 278 deaths to 5849 cases and 307 deaths in a week. With the Memorial Weekend coming up it was announced on TV news that "Troupers would be out, and about looking for groups of 10, or more" We are now only a couple weeks off from our original State shoot date of June 2nd thru the 7th. We can only hope that all of this has calmed down by our rescheduled date of July 6th thru the 9th, followed by the SW Zone shoot July 10th thru the 12th.
Iowa Park GC held their shoot on May 23rd, and 24th. Attendance was great . and many Oklahoma shooters made the trip to compete. Pat Stacey won the Doubles on Sat. with 289X300, and the Singles on Sun. with 100 straight .Kya Funkhouser won A class with 279X300, and A class Singles Sun. with 99 . Troy Collier won the Handicap on Sat. with 94. On Sunday Kya Funkhouser, and Nathan Lemke won yardage moving them to the 27yd line for the 1st time. Dennis Patrick won the 1st Handicap on Sunday. Vickie Farmer won Lady in 2 events on Sunday, and Christopher Diller won trophies in all 3 events on Sunday. OTSA's Tues May 26th Big 50 program had very high scores again. Ron Bliss and Dennis Patrick broke 50 straight in the Singles. Cashlin Smith broke another 49 to match her score of May 12th, in the Handicap. Ron Bliss broke 47 to win the Doubles.
As I call & talk with our Oklahoma shooters they are all ready to go back to shooting, however they are apprehensive about the Corona virus. Clubs are all ready, and it is just a matter of when we can do it safely. Memorial Day is the day we pay tribute to all those who lost their lives defending our freedom, and it reminds us that Freedom is not free. Let's also thank all the Health care workers, risking their lives, to help us make it thru the Corona virus Pandemic
Oklahoma ATA Delegate