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Why 200 targets at the 1942 GAH?

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  1. KennyRay

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    Why 200 targets at the 1942 GAH?

    A week or so ago smsnyder “Earl” asked this question. I must admit that until he brought it up, I had never realized that the 42’ GAH was a 200-target event. So, after doing a little reading . . . . . here’s what was reported on 40 pages of the 64-page issue of Sportsmen’s Review. The reason is not clear but appears to be due to the smaller list of entries for the last two handicaps.

    This 43rd Grand American was held August 24-28 (Monday – Friday) and though it was wartime it was reportedly a remarkable tournament. Nearly 100,000 targets were trapped, not including shoot-off targets, and every day the attendance grew larger than ever before in history, except Thursday and Friday, the Preliminary Handicap and Grand American days, when a change had been made in the program calling for 200 targets in the Grand American proper, when entries fell off.

    On Thursday the Preliminary Handicap was started immediately on the completion of the National Doubles Championship. Unfortunately this event was called that evening due to darkness with about 25 squads who did not finish. Two shooters, Everett Addy, Springfield, Oh. and A. H. “Pete” Ammann, Plotone, Ill were the leaders with 97 on the day. The first business Friday morning was to finish the Preliminary Handicap.

    When the Preliminary Handicap ended Two Ohio shooters shooting from the 18-yard mark, posted the top score of 98. 17 year old Earl Goetz, of Mansfield, shooting in squad162 started with two 24’s and broke his last 50 straight. One armed Ruben Frederick, (left arm is off above the wrist) of Bellevue broke 24, 25, 24, 25.
    Frederick won the shoot-off breaking 22 to Goetz’s 21. Ammann and Addy shot off for third and fourth.

    The GAH was then started right after the shoot-offs.

    Had the Grand been at 100 targets in 1942, young George Kemnitz of Houston, TX would have been champion with his lone 99. He finished the 200-target event with 192. James F. Holderman, 20 yards, of Morris, Illinois won the GAH after beating Art Finney, 23 yards, of Mankato, Minnesota, 25 to 23 after both tied on 193.

    The article stated that some shooters liked the new 200-target handicap, however the Grand would return to the 100-target format in 1943 and remain that way to this day.

    Kenny Ray Estes
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    Do you also know thay also shot the GAH from 16 yards also? Great job Kenny. You got mY vote for the new man at the ATA HOF.
     
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