Spring finally arrived last week for about 270 shooters who traveled to sunny Savannah, Georgia, for the Krieghoff Masters Skeet Championships at Forest City Gun Club. Jason Ward, 2017 HOA World Skeet Champion, walked away with the Masters HOA Championship title after posting the lone 397. Shooting off 396s were Mark Vaillancourt, who finished second, Michael E. Schmidt, third place, and Pam Larrowe, who earned the Ladies title.
In preparation for the 2018 Krieghoff Masters, NSSA Chief Mechanic Barney Brown worked with the Forest City Gun Club team to ensure that the traps were properly set up and the targets were being thrown in a consistent manner. In all, 20 fields were set up to throw targets for the competitors at the Krieghoff Masters, including six dedicated practice fields. When practice started, it was noticed that there was an unusual delay on the practice fields, which was quickly identified by Barney as an electrical problem that was resolved by swapping out some equipment. The result was that all fields were back up and running properly within 30 minutes. Kudos to Barney and the Forest City Gun Club team for responding so quickly to ensure that shooters were able to practice prior to the shoot even starting.
Here are more of the winners:
|HOA Champion||Jason Ward||397|
|HOA Runner-up||Mark Vaillancourt||396|
|HOA Third Place||Michael E. Schmidt||396|
|HOA Lady Champion||Pam Larrowe||396|
|HOA Lady Runner-up||Alyssa Gormish||391|
|HOA Lady Third Place||Meredith Tunick||389|
|12-Gauge Champion||Jason Ward||100|
|20-Gauge Champion||Houston Deshotels||100|
|28-Gauge Champion||Worth Turner||100|
|.410 Bore Champion||Mark Vaillancourt||100|
|Doubles Champion||Armour Strunk||99|