iZone VI Championships
Rock Sportsman Club, North Little Rock, AR
Gun Club, Jackson, MS
City Gun Club, Arcadia, OK
Christi Rifle/Pistol Club, Corpus Christi, TX
Skeet & Trap Club, Waco TX
the second iZone VI Championship, the Zone’s goal was to see 200 total shooters. With a total of 227 in
attendance, the Championship actually broke the total participation
attendance record set back in 2002! Specifically, the
attendance was the highest all the way back through 1990, and a 20%
increase in total shooters from the inaugural 2015 iZone VI
Championships. This year’s success, after building on the 2015
iZone, leaves us eager for the 2017 iZone.
“Telephonic/Telegraphic” format has been around for many years,
and the iShoot format has expanded on the format with the expertise
many shoot administrators have with Mike Valerio's Skeet Manager
application. iShoot allows anyone with access to the internet to
view scores in almost real-time from anywhere, not just the
scoreboard at the gun club.
you review the tables below you can see one of the trends we find
most pleasing about the iZone format, which is that the format draws
not only the AAA/AA shooters but invites more participation from the
B, C, D and E class shooters. Just three to four years ago SJR and
JR awards might go unclaimed or at best have one or two shooters. In
2016 there were 20 plus JR, Lady, and Veteran shooters in the HOA
events and 5 or more SJ shooters. From past experience, such numbers
would seldom be matched at a Zone VI shoot held at a single venue.
2016 Championships started off with 172 shooters taking to the field
at 5 clubs to vie for the 2016 Doubles Championship. Jacob Young of
Sterlington, LA shooting at Capitol Gun Club shot his first 100
straight, and the only 100, in the Doubles to claim the first
Championship of the weekend. Four shooters posted 99s and after the
shoot-offs were complete, Paul Newman (OK) and Joshua Guess (OK)
claimed the Runner-Up and Third spots on the podium. Clay Baldwin
(AR), Jason Foshea (TX), Bill
Meyers (TX), Scott Rennick (OK), Jordan Slack (LA) claimed the AAA-D
Jacob Young 2016 Doubles Champion with 1st 100
Brad Goodart 2016 12 and 28 Gauge Champion
dawned and 222 shooters set out to win the 12 Gauge Championship.
Eleven (11) perfect scores were posted in the 12 Gauge. After the
smoke cleared, Brad Goodart of Collinsville, OK shooting at OKC Gun
Club claimed his first championship of the weekend. John Foshea (TX)
and John Castillo (TX) both shooting at Waco Gun Club claimed the
Runner-Up and Third positions. Don Snyder (TX), Jeff Sullivan (MS),
Wayborn Bowling (MS), Bob Henderson (TX), Randy Walhood (TX), Charles
Burge (TX), and Hannah Walthall (TX) were the AAA-E Class Champions.
Scott Barton (TX) shot his first 100 straight in the 12 Gauge.
the close of the 20 Gauge 217 Shooters posted fifteen (15) 100
straights. Van Boerner of San Antonio, TX shooting at Corpus Christi
Pistol and Rifle Club was crowned the 20 Gauge Champion. Matt Tyrone
(MS) and Chuck Burkardt (OK) claimed Runner-Up and Third. Chuck
Burkardt also shot his first 100 straight in the 20 Gauge and
finished the day 200 straight for the first time. Jim Butler (TX),
Paul Newman (OK), Tommy Reedy (AR), Andrew Howze (LA), Hannah
Walthall (TX), and Donna Flemming (OK) rounded out the AAA-D Class
Championships. Michael Brown (MS) also shot his first 100 straight
in the 20 Gauge.
Van Boerner 2016 20 Gauge Champion
1st 100 12 Gauge
1st 100 20 Gauge
1st 100 20 Gauge
1st 100 28 Gauge
On the final morning, the 28 Gauge Championship hosted 212 shooters who posted nine (9) perfect scores. Thomas Bannon of Broken Arrow, OK was one of the nine with his first 100 straight in the 28 Gauge. The first repeat championship of the weekend was claimed by Brad Goodart (OK), and Van Boerner (TX) was on his heels to repeat as Runner-Up. Clay Baldwin (AR) claimed the third step on the podium. Garrett Hackmaster (OK), Nathan Boyd (MS), Thomas Bannon (OK), Bill Dunkum (AR), Scott Parks (OK), and Harry Deng, a military shooter from LA, claimed the AAA-D class titles.
Clay Baldwin 2016 410 Bore and HOA Champion
The 410 Bore had
204 competitors but none were able to turn in a perfect score. The
returning 2015 HOA champion, Clay Baldwin of Cabot, AR shooting at
Blue Rock Sportsman Club was able to pull out his first championship
of the weekend. Matt Tyrone, also with a 99, claimed the second step
on the podium. James Brooks (TX) claimed third in a three way
shoot-off of 98s. Brandon Cade (TX), Paul Newman (OK), Adam Dreyer
(OK), Arthur Colwell (TX), Rio Bonham (OK), and Dalton Roe (TX)
finished out the AAA-D class championships.
reigning 2015 HOA Champion, Clay Baldwin of Cabot, AR, was able to
shoot through the thunderstorms at North Little Rock, AR to regain
the 2016 HOA Championship crown with an unopposed 398. Brandon Cade
(TX) claimed the HOA Runner-Up title over Matt Tyrone (MS) after a
shoot-off of 397s. Jeff Sullivan (MS – 395), Brad Goodart (OK –
396), Mike Galloway (AR – 393), Bill Dunkum (AR – 390), Rio
Bonham (OK – 384), Dalton Roe (TX – 377), and Barry Thornton (TX
– 322) were the AAA-E Class HOA Champions.
goal of the Zone VI Executive Committee has always been to make our
Championships as affordable and accessible to the entire Zone VI
membership as possible. The iZone format has made that a reality,
dragging a dying
Championship back into a record breaking status in the second year.
But none of this would have been possible without our host clubs:
Sportsman Club - North Little Rock AR
Gun Club - Jackson, MS
City Gun Club, Arcadia, OK
Christi Rifle and Pistol Club - Corpus Christi, TX
Waco Skeet &
Trap, Waco, TX
And we very much
want to thank the 227 competitors who have brought the Zone VI
Championships from the brink of extinction to record breaking status
in only the second year of the iZone.
Finally, the Zone
VI Executive Committee would like to thank the primary Shoot
Administration team members who put in the long hours before, during
and after the events:
Galloway - Blue Rock Sportsman Club
Hartness - Capitol Gun Club
Wasson - Oklahoma City Gun Club
Cook and Stephanie Haga - Corpus Christi Rifle and Pistol Club
Skidmore – Waco Skeet & Trap Club
can hardly wait to post a new record in the books in 2017!
Zone VI President