A Hall of Fame enshrinee, who shall go unnamed, once broke the first 100 in the Clay Target at Vandalia and a 64 in the second hundred. After celebrating it's sometimes tough to know which of the two targets to go after.
I missed four on a post once and ended the event with a 96,
Trapboy 1957 - First Grand with my dad in 1941. I got my 55 year patch in 1996 - pictured in the Grand issue of T&F that year.
Of course I missed a few years in between but I wanted the patch to irritate my shooting friend who didn't miss a Grand from 1962 to 2007, is a past president of the ATA, past chairman of the central handicap committee and Hall of Fame enshrine. He's 88 now. I should give the patch to him since it's one of the few ATA awards and honors he hasn't qualified for on his own. He and I visited at an annual shoot we both attend, just last month.
I can remember an ATA registered event in which I participated while I lived in Texas. The event was conducted at the National Gun Club in San Antonio. It was a 200 bird event. The first hundred started out slow as I missed my very first target out. With a great deal of determination, I hunkered down and started to smoke them. That is until the last station on the 4th trap - I dropped the last bird ending with a 98. (must have picked up my head) The second hundred started out well as I went 25x25 on the first station. the second station proved to be disappointing as I lost the 50th bird out of the house for 24x25. A bismal start to the third station found I missed the first target for another 24x25. The last station was more pleasing as I swept it with a 25x25 providing another 98 for the event and a grand total of 96. Needless to say I was a bit bummed out thinking "96, huh that ain't gonna win anything". To my surprise, I won the event. So recapping I missed my first target; run 98 and miss my last target on the first 100 for a 98. The second hundred I run 49, drop the 50th and 51st targets and end up with another 98. What a day that was!