Event organizers said that a clay shoot tournament is a lot like “playing golf with a shotgun.” Competitors have to quickly shoot targets that are released in a variety of heights and movement patterns.
Event organizers said that a clay shoot tournament is a lot like “playing golf with a shotgun.” Competitors have to quickly shoot targets that are released in a variety of heights and movement patterns.

Club to host ‘clay shoot’

Published 4:55pm Monday, March 31, 2014

The Atmore Rotary Club’s upcoming Benefit Clay Shoot will offer outdoors fans the chance to enjoy some spirited competition, while also helping raise money for the club’s community-based projects.

The first annual Benefit Clay Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at Bushy Creek Clays in Perdido, located at 22505 Will Vaughn Road. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a safety meeting at 9 a.m. and the shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Lunch and awards will follow.

The Benefit Clay Shoot’s tournament sponsor is Rowland’s Tires.

Teams can still register for the event. The cost for each four-person team is $500, or $125 per team member. The cost covers registration fees, lunch, a T-shirt and trophies.
There will be trophies presented to the first-, second- and third-place teams, and to the individual with the highest overall score.

The tournament format will have a team of four competitors each shoot a round of 100 targets from 14 stations. Each person in the team will shoot six to eight targets at each station.

After all teams have finished their round, the scores for each team will be tallied and the team with the highest number of hits will win.

“It’s almost like playing golf, with a shotgun,” said Allen Walston, chairman of the club’s event committee. “Even if you don’t know anything about the sport, you’ll be able to come out and have a good time.”

Walston said Bushy Creek Clays personnel would offer a short meeting on safety and other important information, to ensure that all the competitors have an enjoyable time.

There are currently about nine to 10 teams who have
expressed interest in attending, Walston said. The club is hoping for at least 15 teams.

“Teams can always register the morning of the events, but we’d prefer if they pre-register,” Walston said. “We’re hoping this will be a great event for the club in the future.

“We thought it was something unique that we could do, and it’s just a great event to have in the spring. It will be outdoors and very social and it should be a great time.”

All shooters must provide their own guns, at least 110 shells per person, and eye and ear protection. Golf carts and utility vehicles with side-by-side seating may be used, as an option. There will be carts at the event, but the number is limited and they must be reserved, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bushy Creek Clays is easy to reach from Atmore. Travel south on U.S. Highway 31 and turn right onto Baldwin County Road 47. Make a left past the railroad tracks onto Baldwin County Road 61, and look for Will Vaughn Road on the right.

For more information on the clay shoot, or to request a registration form, contact Walston at (251) 368-1414 or (251) 538-0591, or awalston@alfains.com, or Kellie Odom at (251) 446-6046, or kellie.odom@unitedbank.com.

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