Yaupon Creek Silhouette Association 2003 Texas Championship / Regional Big Bore Match Results
Well, another State Match has come and gone. From all appearances it was another well-run and organized match by Mr. Tom B and associates (you and me). We had a full compliment of shooters and every slot was filled. That’s sixty shooters: 5 relays. A long day if not run properly. I didn’t see any hitches in the get-along during the time I was there. Thanks go out to all that helped in any way to make the two days go so smoothly. Everyone needs to thank a few special people who gave the little extra that makes an organization like this run. Sure hope I don’t miss anyone. John Knesek spent a lot of time by himself painting the rails and animals. Don Claxton would come by after he finished his regular job and help.
Bill Pace donated his time freely to assist in the painting or anything else that needed doing. Ken Wienken mowed the pastures. That’s a project in itself. Don made new chicken boxes for the match. These are the people who made it easy for the rest of us on Friday.
I somehow managed to erase part of my notes dealing with our experience so I’m gonna wing it. I think I was the first one to get there. I was hoping against all hope that Don would make it on Friday cause if y’all have never seen him battle a weed eater, y’all haven’t lived. It’s always fun to watch him fight with the line advance and then try to untangle the large spool when he needed to add line. I always put my money on the weed eater. Most times I won. The RoundUp Jerry Harres put down the last few matches eliminated the necessity for Don to do his thing. RoundUp should be the State chemical. Tom and others went down range to do a little welding while Herman’s hand brought over the tables that were used at a benefit. The helper also unloaded a shredder that Leroy donated to the club. Gonna have to get us a tractor to use it cause I don’t think we have the energy amongst all the members to pull it. Wouldn’t know where to hook up the PTO anyhow.
While everyone was down range Dave Gullo showed up. He appears younger in person than he does in pictures. He flew into Bush and with a minor mistake on an exit, still managed to find his way without too much trouble for one of those guys from north of the Red River. Sure hope he made it back to the airport without too much trouble. Everyone was offering different ways he could take to avoid the Houston traffic and it sure got confusing for a bit. Hope he enjoyed his stay and the match. We hope he can come back again next year. We did find out that he is human cause he missed a few targets on Sunday. I believe he won the 1st day with a total of 32. We were just being nice to him cause I know several people missed targets just to let him win. Southern hospitality and all.
Now back to the story. Herman did his radio show on the porch by interviewing Tom, Bill Pace and the Visitor. I was gonna listen to it on the way up on Saturday morning but due to the curse that plagues me and the State Match, I wasn’t able to make it early on Saturday. Seems like whatever held the backrest in an upright position on the old van decided to give way when I crawled in to go home. Have ya ever tried to drive without a back to lean against? It’s no fun hugging the steering wheel for about 60 miles with no way to relax. Saturday morning I was in the Ford dealership buying a new Odiemobile. I managed to get there by about 2:30 Saturday afternoon.
I was told that Tom was attempting to do something special for those no longer with us. He made a copy of Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes and the intent was to honor those that have passed. The blue healer pup appears to like bagpipe music cause he decided to “sing along” with the music. If it weren’t such a sad time it would have probably been pretty funny. I’m sure everyone understood what Tom’s intent was and how the events that happened were out of his control. It sure was good to see all the people that we don’t get to see often enough.
The Mad Mexican and Horsefly are always fun to watch as they banter back and forth. Don wears his pink shirts just to remind Paul of the color of lipstick he had to wear at the Mexia cyber shoot last September. Faye and Randy made it down for the match. Love those emails. Sure enough upset my liberal niece when I forward them on to her. Dave Barnes was down. Haven’t seem him in a while. Y’all need to try and make it to his match over the Labor Day weekend. They have winds that compare to the goofy winds here. It’s a nice range with a whole different type of background. They even have real rocks up there. Might even find a Commanche arrowhead. Wayne Doering was telling me that Dwayne Peterson is making a pretty good recovery. He’s home and improving a little every day. I know I’m forgetting a lot of things and people, probably spelling names wrong but remember I’m winging it and I’m old so I got an excuse.
I do remember the Fly saying he got his first ten ram pin. Steve Ueckert had to point out that he had a good spotter. Now Steve didn’t have too good a day Saturday. He was experiencing some fouling problems with his home made lube and just about everyone out shot him. Just can’t beat that SPG. Even Tyler managed to out shoot him. Tyler just got some new glasses for distance vision and realized that the targets have definition and aren’t supposed to look like blobs. He managed to tie with Casey Haley for high junior on the first day. In the not too distant future he’s gonna make it uncomfortable for me and Randall to shoot with him. Marty had his youngest son shooting also. I’m not too sure how he managed to do it with his hand in a cast but he did. Those young ones are our future. Let’s get more of them shooting. Croft had Ben shooting the 38/55. I think it was our largest Junior class to date.
Sunday started out real foggy and it actually delayed the starting time for half an hour. The wind was right on schedule cause at the normal time we would start shooting it began to blow. Amazing how it knows when we’re shooting. I never looked through a spotting scope but I imagine the mirage was really working as the day progressed. I did manage to beat Glen to the range and take back my parking space. I just now realized why Dave shot so well. He was using the spot I normally use on the picnic table to clean his rifle. Sure hope he left some skill on that spot for me. I got there about 6:30 and there sure were a bunch of early birds there. I was gonna pop a few rounds down range with the ’86 but it was so foggy a person couldn’t see anything to shoot at. I sure didn’t want another expense (horse/cow) type so I didn’t even get it out of the Odiemobile.
Fraley made one of his rare appearances. I managed to get in touch with him and he said he’d make a visit. He and Dave H did a little horse trading and John’s gonna have him a nice rifle in 38/55. John got his roller pistol back from Dave and I’m sure Dave didn’t want to give it back. That’s a neat old pistol. I had Dave antique two rifles for me and he brought them on Sunday. It’s incredible what he can do to a rifle to make it look old. He did a 73 and 86 Winchester for me and a person would think they are 100 years old. Got the correct left handed wear and everything.
We had two DPS troopers show up and watch for a little bit. I thought they came to see if Don wanted to re-up but in fact they paid us money to keep him. Just can’t get rid of him so I guess we’re stuck with him. He does do a semi-good job of running the match when he remembers he’s doing it. Old age? The quote of the match that I heard was when Jerry Harres asked George (three meals and I’d give a dollar for a slice of bread) Conner if he was the TOUGH, SMART LAWYER. Guess Jerry forgot whom he was talking to.
I can’t remember anything more to say so I’ll end and let Tom fill in the blanks. I want to thank Liz Riddles for the great job she did keeping up with the scores and computer. She’s always there when we need her and her help often goes unreported. Thanks Liz. Tom, ya ran another great match. Sure hope ya don’t ever get tired of doing this. The biggest thanks goes out to the Colorado County 4H club for setting targets. If y’all didn’t put a tip in the jar shame on you. They sure earned their money over the weekend and it is good to know that they are there for us when we ask them to assist. It’s the parents doing a lot of the work but they are the same ones teaching them the values in hard work and still being able to have fun doing it. The money y’all put in the tip jar goes to purchase ammo and targets etc. We need to keep them happy cause maybe some of the young ones will get interested in our kind of shooting. We need the young ones to keep the sport alive and to grow up with the respect for firearms that we all have.
If you were fortunate enough to win a prize, please drop a line, email or phone call to the donor letting them know how much you appreciate their participation in the shooting sports. Without donors like those that support us, it’d be a pretty boring award ceremony.
BE SURE TO SMELL THE FLOWERS CAUSE WE’RE ONLY HERE FOR A SHORT TIME!
I can’t thank all of those who helped putting this match on enough. We had a number of members who went to the range on their own after our first monthly match to paint the rails, kill weeds, mow the pastures, and generally spruce the range up. These folks included John Knesek, Ken Wienken, Don Claxton, Bill Pace, Jerry Harres, Glen Dickson and Nick Nickelson. If I’ve left anyone off, it’s not intentional. I blame dehydration.
Also, everyone owes Liz Riddles a hug and a huge word of thanks. Without her, we might still be at the hill trying to get all of the information on the board and determine who won what.
I’m thrilled to report that no death threats were received by me for spotting that dang foreigner to the State Championship. During a conversation with Dave on Tuesday, he informed he truly enjoyed the experience and the hospitality of our group. He’s looking forward to returning to Texas, perhaps next year assuming we don’t have a conflict with the Idaho State Match, to defend his title.
During this year’s Nationals, I will start bending the ear of Mr. SPG his own self to try to get a commitment from him to attend one of our matches in the future. He’s threatened to make the trip but in his defense, it is an awfully long trip, even in the company of the lovely Sheryll all the way over here.
The Colorado County 4-H Shooting Club did a fine job of getting the targets set for us. They had a rough start Saturday morning due to setters straggling in but in their defense, Friday night was a graduation night and many folks were up late with various festivities. With the guarantee from the match and tips, they made a nice check of $822.00, not counting any drinks sold or cash tips they may have received.
Our prize donations were off a little bit this year but I tend to think that the economy had a lot to do with that. All of the normal letters went out requesting match donations and we certainly thank our corporate contributors for their support. These include Montana Vintage Arms, SPG Lube & Black Powder Cartridge News, Buffalo Arms, Petro Explo and The Single Shot Exchange. A special thanks goes out to club member Glen Dickson who designed and fabricated the daily awards we were able to give out to the top 3 spots of each classification as well as the top 3 shooters of each match.
If you received one of the prizes from these vendors, please drop them a card thanking them for their support and donation. This act of kindness will go a long way toward promoting good will and possibly the continued support of our state match.
As you know, we had all 60 slots filled for this year’s match and a mechanical problem with a vehicle kept our 60th competitor from shooting. Next year’s match is tentatively scheduled for Mexia and if all goes well, we will be able to accommodate a total of 72 shooters. Our sport is growing as is the attendance for our state championship. With a little luck, we may be able to expand a range to 4 banks of 10 targets to keep up with the growth. This is not a bad problem to have folks, just an expense and logistics problem to overcome. Thanks for all who participated and assisted with this year’s contest.
|Dave Gullo||5||10||10||7||32||3||10||8||8||29||61||Match Winner|
|Glen Dickson||0||9||9||8||26||3||10||9||9||31||57||2nd Place|
|Gordon Hines, Jr.||3||10||9||8||30||2||9||5||9||25||55||3rd Place|
|Roger Clark||2||10||6||8||26||3||7||10||8||28||54||Hi Master|
|Don Claxton||1||10||7||8||26||2||9||8||9||28||54||2nd Master|
|Ken Wienken||3||8||7||9||27||2||10||5||10||27||54||3rd Master|
|Leroy Tanner||3||6||8||8||25||4||7||9||7||27||52||Hi Sr.|
|Faye Nunn||0||10||9||5||24||1||7||6||4||18||42||Hi Woman|
|Joe Burson||2||10||5||5||22||2||10||7||6||25||47||Hi AAA|
|John Knesek||1||9||6||10||26||1||9||8||3||21||47||2nd AAA.|
|Terry York||3||10||7||3||23||3||8||5||7||23||46||3rd AAA|
|O. J. Riddles||1||8||2||6||17||3||9||5||8||25||42|
|Mary Jo Duncan||1||9||4||6||20||0||6||6||5||17||37|
|Jack Hawkins||0||10||8||7||25||0||7||7||7||21||46||Hi AA|
|Lonnie Innmon||2||7||5||4||18||2||8||5||3||18||36||2nd AA|
|Mack Morris||3||9||2||2||16||1||5||8||5||19||35||3rd AA|
|Casey Haley||0||4||4||5||13||1||6||6||6||19||32||Hi Jr.|
|John A Moore||0||5||3||0||8||2||7||6||3||18||26|
|Jeff Peters||2||9||4||2||17||2||4||8||7||21||38||Hi A|
|B. J. Lunsford||2||6||4||4||16||2||7||7||6||22||38||2nd A|
|Finney Clay||3||8||3||4||18||3||5||5||4||17||35||3rd A|
|Tyler Jones||0||4||4||5||13||0||5||0||5||10||23||Hi B|
|Ben Barker||0||2||1||1||4||0||3||0||0||3||7||2nd B|
|Wyatt Haley||0||1||0||0||1||0||3||0||0||3||4||3rd B|