Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Shooters from Partridge Creek gun club in Ridgeville traveled to Spartanburg May 14-18 to compete in the state trapshooting championships.
Breezy conditions made for some lively clay target presentations. Overall state championships were captured by Tyler Morris in doubles and by Bill Ward in handicap.
Individual class/category championships were won in singles for C class by Jeff Betcher, Sub-Veteran by Gary Olson, and Junior Gold by Hunter Baughman. In the doubles championship Carl Schultz, Mac Baughman and Hunter Baughman captured individual titles.
In the handicap championship that Sunday Partridge Creek cleaned house. In addition to the overall championship captured by Bill Ward, Rodney Raines was the runner-up.
Mac Baughman was third while Tyler Morris finished in fourth place. Gary Olson was the Sub-Veteran champion. Ron Biggs captured the Senior Veteran championship while Hunter Baughman won the Junior Gold championship.
In the High All Around competition, Tyler Morris hit 378 of 400 targets to be named the A class champion. Hunter Baughman won the Junior Gold champion with 375 targets. Gary Olson was the Sub-Veteran champion with 373 targets.
Carl Schultz captured the B class champion with 369 targets. Jeff Betcher was the C class champion with 366 targets. Wayne Franz took the D class championship with 363 targets while Ed Clark won the Veteran champion with 360 targets.
In the High Over All championship, which is comprised of the 1,000 targets shot between Thursday and Sunday, Gary Olson captured the AA class with 919 targets. Ed Clark was the Veteran champion with 896 targets.
During the three days of competition leading up to the weekend’s championship events, Dustin Biggs, Rodney Raines, Gary Olson, Ed Clark, Ron Biggs, Roger Smith and Wayne Franz earned wins in the preliminary events.
Partridge Creek Gun Club is located 10 minutes west of Summerville just off Highway 78 in Ridgeville.
It is a family-oriented organization that provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for shotgun enthusiasts of all levels.