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Competition at Sparta complex (article)

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    Competition opens season at Sparta complex

    BY DANIEL KELLEY
    For the News-Democrat

    The first major shooting competition of the year is under way at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta.

    The U.S. Open Trap Shooting Championships began Thursday and will feature 600 shooters competing in the singles competition on Saturday.

    WSRC Tournament Director Dave Cassens said 200 shooters were competing in exhibition shoots Thursday, and he expects more than 600 shooters to descend on the complex by Saturday.

    "Most people are still on the road and traveling today," Cassens said.

    Trapshooting competitors aim to shoot a 4 1/2 -inch disc hurled more than 40 mph, simulating the flight path of a bird.

    More than 130 judges will score 1,500 shooters throughout the event competing for more than $15,000 in prizes.

    The Eighth Annual Governors Cup Shooting Challenge, a sporting clays event, is being held simultaneously at the complex and begins today.

    The complex has an event booked every week until November with the U.S. Open being the first of three major shooting events throughout the summer.

    The site will host the Midwest Classic Skeet Shoot beginning June 27 and the 11-day Grand American competition beginning Aug. 6.

    The Grand American is the main event for the complex, with more than 6,800 shooters from throughout the world competing for more than 400 trophies and $1 million in prize money awarded in 23 events.

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages the sprawling 1,600-acre complex, which features 120 trap fields extending along a three-mile shooting line, more than 1,000 campsites, 250 acres of water for fishing and renowned barbecue at the onsite restaurant, 17th Street Bar and Grill.
     
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