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1997 National Territorial Report
Top 10 List & Top Gun Winners
Congratulations to all of the top ten winners and many thanks to all of you who participated in the 1997 Territorial.
The coming year will have a few changes in the format. Any state that wishes to have more than one territorial may do so. Pleases contact: Tip Curits, P.O. Box 203, Cross Plains, TN 37049, for approval of location.
There will be a four match sub-junior aggregate and a four match junior aggregate. Metals will be given in these aggregates as all other aggregates. I have added a smoothbore aggregate with no rear sight, 54 cal. minimum, flint only, single pull trigger. The smoothbore aggregate we had last year will be called ``sighted smoothbore aggregate.'' Both aggregates will have one animal target. All smoothbore guns will have mandatory inspection before entering the match.
Another new rule in the Territorial matches will require all competitors to turn their targets in after each relay except for matches that require two consecutive relays. Failure to do so will disqualify the target for that relay. These rules are the same as we use in our national matches.
The purpose of the Territorial matches is to give competitors national competition and national top ten recognition. Each competitor has a chance to earn the top gun patch each year. The top gun program introduced in 1996 has been a challenge to many of you.
The top gun program is as follows: scores are recorded in each aggregate category at the end of the year. The top ten scores are compiled in order. The person with the highest score in each category wins the top gun patch. The more matches a competitor competes in the US and Canada as many times as you wish will give you a better chance to compile a higher score in the top ten list. If you are in first position at the end of the year, you will receive top gun in that aggregate and ten points toward overall top gun. Second will receive nine points, third will receive eight points, etc. The more aggregates a competitor shoots will give them a better chance to compile a higher amount of points. Remember this is for men and ladies for overall top gun.
Ladies, the more aggregates you shoot, even in the aggregates that are not listed for ladies, will qualify you for the overall ladies top gun. Although you have to be in the top then in that category at the end of the year. There are quite a few lady bench, pistol, and even smoothbore competitors out there, so ladies get your guns and shoot these matches. They are for you also.
Overall Top Gun Winners
This year overall men's top gun was J.L. Hargis from Illinois. He had a first in one gun, first in hunters, second in X-stick, third in musket, third in flint, fourth in bench and seventh in offhand with a total of 56 points. H.P. Gregory with 37 points placed second. Good shooting for a great pair of competitors.
Ladies overall top gun was repeat winner Sharron Smith with a score of 24 points. Sharron had a super ladies aggregate with a score of 187 for first, (two points higher than her last years score). She placed third in the ladies offhand. This lady also shoots smoothbore and finished in the top ten with a fifth place score of 154 2X. That is fantastic shooting, Sharron. ``Ladies'' we need more shooting. Sharron needs more competition! Marnie McCausland was second with 15 points. Marnie, keep up the good shooting!
Top Gun Aggregate Winners
Ed Dennis, Michigan, was top gun in flint with 183 3X. This score is also one point higher than last years top score. This is a great score for offhand flint shooting. Congratulations, Ed!
Don Warner, Ohio, was top gun in bench with a score of 197 7X. Don is one of the most respected bench competitors in the country and has set many records at Friendship in all muzzleloading competition. Also, his entire family and grandchildren will give anyone strong competition on the lines. Good shooting, Don!
Stan Foster, Illinois, was top gun in musket with a 266 3X. We would like to see more shooting like that at Friendship, Stan. (How about it?) Congratulations on a great musket score.
J.L. Harris, Illinois, was top gun in one gun with a 188 3X and top gun in the hunters aggregate with 179 6X. J.L. is the best ``Marathon'' competitor I have ever seen. J.L. sets a trend that a lot of competitors would like to achieve. J.L., congratulations on a great year of competition in the territorial.
Phil Davidson, Michigan, was top gun in X-stick with a 194 5X. It sure looks like the Michigan competitors were out for blood in this years aggregate winners. Good shooting, Phil!
Sharron Smith, Michigan, was our ladies top gun in ladies aggregate with a score of 187 which is one point higher than last years score. It would be hard to put into words the accomplishments Sharron has done for competition and promotion for the NMLRA. Sharron and Guy, many thanks for the work and support you have contributed to the territorial program. Congratulations on great shooting!
Jeremy Franklin, Alabama, was junior top gun this year with a score of 130. Good shooting, Jeremy!
Bill Carmichael, Tennessee, and Ed Wintermute, Ohio, tied for the top gun in skeet with a score of 46 birds. This is the first year for a 50 bird aggregate in skeet. This is great shooting, congratulations!
Jackie Truelove, Indiana, was top gun in trap with a perfect score of 50. This is the first year for a 50 bird trap aggregate, also. Jackie, when I put the 50 bird aggregate in the program, I predicted one of the Jasper shooters would break a perfect score and you were on my mind. You are a great competitor, congratulations!
Norman Ensley, Ohio, was top gun in pistol with a 291 10X. This score is 4 points higher than last years top score. This is a great score for pistol competition, which is only two points off the Territorial record at Friendship. Congratulations on a super pistol aggregate!
Bill Koppos, New York, was top gun in the primitive aggregate with a score of 174. This tied last years score. Good shooting, Bill!
This year's sub-junior top gun is Mike Blazier, Pennsylvania, with a score of 100 9X. Followed by Mary Taylor, Alabama, with 100 8X, Tracy Torrance, Louisiana, 100 7X, Brittany Warner, Ohio, 100 6X, Richard Albright, Arizona, 100 5X, Charles Kuhns, Pennsylvania, 100 5X and Kyle Warner, Ohio, 100 4X. Never in the Territorial history has there been such good competition in the sub-junior class. To all of you sub-juniors, we all congratulate you for your great shooting.
David Scheid, Oregon, won top gun in the sighted smoothbore aggregate with a score of 166. Good shooting, David!
Chad Cleland, Ohio, was top gun in the unlimited longhunter aggregate with a score of 189 1X. This was nine points higher than last year. Chad this is the best unlimited scores I have ever seen on any of the targets fired on. Super good shooting, Chad!
Marnie McCausland, Ohio, was top gun in ladies offhand with a score of 172 1X. Marnie was second last year in this aggregate but 1997 was your year in this aggregate. Congratulations to a great shooter!
The 1997 Territorial attendance was down early in the year, due to the bad weather we encountered this spring. Later in the year, clubs with good weather had larger attendance than last year,. Because of this reason, we were down 190 competitors and 413 aggregates sold totaling $2,767.10 difference in revenue from last year. Total gross revenue this year was $33,982.60 with $14,560.00 going to host clubs and $19,422.60 going to the NMLRA. This is still $1,670.20 higher than we had in gross revenue in 1995. On the brighter side, we signed up 268 new members in the Territorial matches for 1997.
The Territorial matches are our memberships chance to compete on a national level. Let us take this opportunity and challenge to participate in the 1998 territorial matches. If so, you will probably be one of the top ten members next year or maybe top gun? See you somewhere at the territorial!
1997 Territorial Top Ten
|Offhand Total Competitors 424|
|H.P. Gregory||West Virginia||183 2X|
|Tim Marsh||Indiana||179 3X|
|Elwood Cullers||West Virgina||179 1X|
|Bill Rose||Ohio||177 3X|
|J.L. Hargis||Indiana||177 1X|
|Robert W. Elka||Michigan||176 2X|
|Chad Cleland||Ohio||175 4X|
|Butch Trahan||Mississippi||175 1X|
|Flint Total Competitors 315|
|Ed Dennis||Michigan||183 3X|
|H.P. Gregory||West Virginia||182 5X|
|J.L. Hargis||Illinois||182 1X|
|Elwood Cullers||West Virginia||177 3X|
|Bob Pollock, Jr.||Pennsylvania||177 2X|
|Harry Marsh||Kentucky||176 1X|
|Zane Kent||Alabama||173 3X|
|Chad Cleland||Ontario||173 3X|
|Andy Larson||Texas-West||172 2X|
|Bench Total Competitors 156|
|Don Warner||Ohio||197 7X|
|Randy Kuhns||Pennsylvania||195 6X|
|Roy Felix||Michigan||194 6X|
|J.L. Hargis||Illinois||193 7X|
|Jim O'Conner||Massachusetts||193 6X|
|Ken Laverty||California||193 5X|
|Anthony Capriglione||New York||193 3X|
|Michael Wengert||Maryland||192 5X|
|Jim Goodoien||South Dakota||192 3X|
|Roy Scott||Pennsylvania||191 5X|
|Doug Scott||Indiana||191 5X|
|Musket Total Competitors 158|
|Stan Foster||Illinois||266 3X|
|Elwood Cullers||West Virginia||261 3X|
|Frank Collins||Texas-West||256 1X|
|Ray Druen||Pennsylvania||254 4X|
|Richard Lewis||Tennessee||254 1X|
|Errol McLean||New York||253 3X|
|H.P. Gregory||West Virginia||253 1X|
|Joseph Emanuele||New York||251 1X|
|One Gun Total Competitors 174|
|J.L. Hargis||Illinois||188 3X|
|David Scheid||Arizona||186 3X|
|Kevin Warner||Ohio||181 1X|
|H.P. Gregory||West Virginia||180 1X|
|Mark Dehaase||Missouri||179 1X|
|Andy Larson||Texas-West||176 2X|
|Nelson Simonds||New York||176 1X|
|Anthony Capriglione||New York||176 1X|
|Ron Alback||Texas-West||173 2X|
|Elwood Cullers||West Virginia||173 1X|
|X-Sticks Total Competitors 182|
|Phil Davidson||Michigan||194 5X|
|J.L. Hargis||Illinois||193 3X|
|Nelson Simonds||New Hampshire||192 3X|
|Dan Hale||Pennsylvania||190 7X|
|James Goodoien||South Dakota||190 5X|
|Mondale Nash||Arizona||189 5X|
|Gary Waller||Louisiana||189 5X|
|Don Lemker||Oregon||189 5X|
|Lowell Crane||Indiana||188 7X|
|Rodney Ingram||North Carolina||188 5X|
|Tim Taylor||Tennessee||188 5X|
|Richard Fisher||Ohio||188 3X|
|Jean Reimer||South Dakota||188 1X|
|Ladies Total Competitors 94|
|Elaine Brown||Ontario||185 2X|
|Shannon McLean||New York||184 2X|
|Shirle Leggett||Arizona||181 2X|
|Bonnie Solovan||Texas-West||181 1X|
|Marnie McCausland||Ohio||180 1X|
|Ann Reed||West Virginia||179|
|Tara Manzer||New York||177 3X|
|Vivian Moore||Ontario||176 1X|
|Sub-Juniors Total Competitors 60|
|Mike Blazier||Pennsylvania||100 9X|
|Mary Amelia Taylor||Alabama||100 8X|
|Tray Torrance||Louisiana||100 7X|
|Brittany Warner||Ohio||100 6X|
|Richard Albright||Arizona||100 5X|
|Charles Kuhns||Pennsylvania||100 5X|
|Kyle Warner||Ohio||100 4X|
|Justin Bradley||Mississippi||99 9X|
|Jared Stanfield||Tennessee||99 3X|
|Miranda Bergman||Arizona||99 2X|
|Matt Schlick||Montana||98 5X|
|Hunters Total Competitors 314|
|J.L. Hargis||Illinois||179 6X|
|Richard Dagenais||Maryland||178 3X|
|H.P. Gregory||West Virginia||175 3X|
|Nathan Brown||Pennsylvania||171 1X|
|Matt Miller||Michigan||169 2X|
|Tim Marsh||Kentucky||163 2X|
|Sam Gladden||Tennessee||161 3X|
|John Murray||Utah||161 1X|
|Bob Pollock, Jr.||Pennsylvania||161 1X|
|Smoothbore Total Competitors 113|
|Larry Williams||Utah||160 1X|
|Guy R. Smith||Illinois||159 1X|
|Sharron Smith||Pennsylvania||154 2X|
|Jack Henson||Texas-West||153 3X|
|Alva Baker||Texas-West||153 2X|
|Unlimited Total Competitors 163|
|Chad Cleland||Ohio||189 1X|
|Ralph Miller||Texas-West||164 2X|
|Steve Demarco||New York||164 1X|
|Bob Pollock, Jr. Pennsylvania||164|
|Kurt Williams||Arizona||162 2X|
|Sam Gladden||Tennessee||160 1X|
|Junior Total Competitors 61|
|Erik Berggren||New York||124|
|Dawn Stanfield||Alabama||122 2X|
|Jim Whiteside||Missouri||122 2X|
|Matt Manhard||North Carolina||122|
|Jacob Canterbury||Alabama||120 1X|
|Morgan Steger||California||120 1X|
|Ryan Van Nuys||Pennsylvania||120 1X|
|Dusty Powers||Arizona||119 2X|
|Jonathan Williams||Alabama||114 1X|
|Russell Kapping||South Dakota||112|
|Skeet Total Competitors 61|
|Kenny Moore||West Virginia||39|
|Trap Total Competitors 134|
|Don Daugherty||West Virginia||40|
|Pistol Total Competitors 217|
|Norman Ensley||Ohio||291 10X|
|Charles Lewis||Maryland||283 11X|
|Charles Garvey||Tennessee||282 6X|
|Michael Amico||Maryland||281 10X|
|Sam Gladden||Mississippi||281 7X|
|Steve Cobb||Alabama||281 5X|
|Larry Baird||Tennessee||281 4X|
|Scott Mings||Indiana||281 3X|
|Dan Hardman||North Carolina||280 8X|
|Richard Lewis||Tennessee||280 6X|
|Primitive Total Competitors 126|
|Bill Koppos||New York||174|
|Nathan Sell||Ohio||149 1X|
|Darrell Serrett||West Virginia||148|
|Ladies Offhand Total Competitors 107|
|Marnie McCausland||Ohio||172 1X|
|Sharron Smith||Michigan||169 1X|
|Laurie Brown||Oregon||164 1X|
|Ann Reed||West Virginia||163 1X|
|Connie Bowman||Utah||159 3X|
|Janine Miln||Ontario||158 2X|