WEST PLAINS, Mo. – West Plains resident Alan Heselton took “Iron Man” honors Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Fall Shooting Classic at Ozark Sporting Clays in Caulfield, Mo.
Proceeds from the event, hosted by Rick and Bev Hamby, benefitted the Grizzly Athletics program at Missouri State University-West Plains.
Heselton scored 68 points in the all-around shooting competition. Second place went to Robert Todd, Viola, Ark., with 65 points, and third place went to Jim Davis, West Plains, with 63 points.
Winners in the individual competitions were Rick Hamby, sporting clays, with 23 out of 25 targets hit; Heselton, trap and wobble, perfect 25 out of 25 targets hit; and Heselton, fur and feather, with 22 out of 25 targets hit.
“The Fall Shooting Classic was held on what had to be one of the most gorgeous days of the year,” said Dr. Herb Lunday, dean of student services and athletic director. “Rick and Bev Hamby are among the most gracious and accommodating people I know. Those who enjoy shooting sports should check out Ozark Sporting Clays. It is beautiful and spacious, and it is uniquely situated in a forest and field setting of our beloved Ozarks.
The Hambys recently opened the new 25-acre sporting development on county road 7360, 10 miles west of West Plains. The savannah-style park carved out of native Ozark forest land features a club house, a 10-station sporting clay range for seasoned shooters, as well as a nice zone setup for first-time shooters that helps the novice graduate to the next level.
“Everyone affiliated with Grizzly Athletics extends our sincere appreciation to the Hambys and the shooters who came out to support the event,” Lunday said. “Some of the experienced shooters even helped the student athletes learn to shoot clay pigeons. The students’ smiles, laughter and overall delight told their own story of appreciation.”
For more information about Grizzly Athletics and how you can support the program, contact Lunday at 417-255-7255 or visit the Grizzly Athletics website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/.