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Wallace Captures Fall Selection Title & Prime 2017 World Cup Position in Men’s Trap

KERRVILLE, Texas (September 27, 2016)

It was a 25-point turnaround for Jake Wallace from the start of Nationals to the end of Fall Selection Match. Down 11 points in the race for the top 2017 World Cup selection spot in Men’s Trap, Wallace owned the competition at Fall Selection during the four-day match at the Hill County Shooting Sports range in Kerrville, Texas.   

A spot on USA Shooting’s international travel roster for 2017 was in doubt after his first qualifying round of Nationals in which he shot 115 to trail the leader by 11 points. But ultimately, Wallace’s consistency won out and his performance showcased his ability to get it done on a hard range in difficult conditions. 

Weather was a significant factor the first three days and Tuesday’s finale in Men’s Trap featured a snout nose butterfly migration that made the sky look like confetti according to Assistant National Team Coach Jay Waldron 

“I definitely knew I had my work cut out for me after my poor result at Nationals,” Wallace (Castaic, California) admitted.  “But I did the work on the range over the past couple of months to put myself in a position to have a dominant performance.”  

A current world-record holder in the event with a 125/125, Wallace earned the top podium spot in Fall Selection and in World Cup selection by shooting a 117 in the first qualification round in Kerrville and then by winning the Final. He was two points back from the top going into the last two days.  He separated from the pack with a perfect 50 in miserable conditions Monday on his way to a third round 119 and then put the exclamation point on his final competition of 2016 with a Finals win Tuesday.   

None of the 10 competitors ahead of Wallace following the Nationals portion of World Cup selection were able to score two better rounds in Kerrville.   Wallace was the only one and it made all the difference.  

Bradley Beckmann (Chesterfield, Missouri) was able to shoot one better round and that ultimately led him to a silver-place finish in World Cup Finish as well as at Fall Selection.  Despite not making a Final in Kerrville, Chris Haire (Anna, Illinios) finished third in the World Cup Selection process.  Beckmann and Haire will get to compete in their second World Cups for Team USA.  Beckmann was a participant in the 2013 World Cup in Al Ain, UAE where he finished 64th while Haire saw action earlier this season at the World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus where he finished 36th 

Seventeen-year-old Roe Reynolds (Quitman, Arkansas) was on his game this week as well and earned a podium spot in the Fall Selection Match with a bronze medal.  He fought his way into his first open match final and then wound up squaring off against Wallace in today’s gold-medal match before eventually falling, 13-12.  He fell one-point shy of matching Haire’s World Cup Selection total.   

Double Trap specialist Dale Royer (Jackson, Montana) also fell just one-point shy of Haire for World Cup Selection.  He had a shot to earn that opportunity upon making today’s final but fell short after losing in a shoot-off to enter the bronze-medal match.  

The Fall Selection Match featured two courses of fire plus two separate finals in each event. Thus, men shot 250 targets (125 for each course of fire) plus Finals in Trap.  

Results from the Fall Selection combined with results from July’s USA Shooting National Championship are used to determine Team spots for 2017 World Cup Selection. Top aggregate scores from three courses of fire including one from Nationals and two from Fall Selection, plus three separate Finals, helped determine overall placement and selection.  Wallace, as the high aggregate score, will have the choice of start positions at two of the three World Cups. Beckmann and Haire will have the choice of a start position at one of the three World Cups. The remaining World Cup start positions will be filled by National Coach staff selection. That selection process will include consideration of scores at national level competitions and results at international events, among other factors.  

Trap Selection Scores

Action now moves on to Double Trap and Men’s and Women’s Skeet with competition starting Thursday after pre-event training on Wednesday.  

DOUBLE TRAP PREVIEW

USAMU Olympians Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania), Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas), and Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California) are the preeminent names in this discipline and all will be making the trek to Fall Selection. Additionally, their teammate Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio), has shown incredible consistency during the past five national matches as well having earned one title and three other medals, which is equal to the results Eller has shown during that stretch.  Holguin and Richmond both have three medals each with one title for Holguin and two for Richmond.  

The only other person to grace a podium during that same stretch has been Dale Royer (Jackson, Montana), a 2015 Nationals bronze medalist. Pay attention to 17-year-old Hank Garvey (Newburyport, Massachusetts) as well.  If there were a Junior Shotgun Slam, he'd have it in 2016 and a junior win at Fall Selection could complete a terrific season. He was top Junior at Olympic Trials, and then followed that up by being crowned Junior Olympic Champ, National Junior Champ and Scholastic Clay Target Program International Champ. 

Holguin currently leads World Cup selection by six points over Haldeman after shooting a 146/150 in qualification, which was five points better than his USAMU teammate. Holguin faced Eller in the Final and lost in a six-target shoot-off to place second.  Richmond did not compete at Nationals as part of the World Cup Selection process. 

Double Trap Scores 

SKEET PREVIEW

Skeet shooting royalty will be present when Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) arrives in Texas ahead of her match that begins Thursday, September 29.  Rhode is coming off another historical precedent in which she became just the second Olympian ever to earn a sixth consecutive Olympic medal. 

Pushing Rhode will be a stacked lineup featuring fellow National Team athletes Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida), Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan), Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) and Sydney Carson (North Liberty, Indiana). Carson enters as the reigning National Champion. English earned her first World Cup win earlier this summer in Baku, Azerbaijan.  

On the men’s side will be two-time Olympian Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska),current National Champion Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) along with the dangerous USAMU duo of Mark Staffen (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tennessee). 

Rhode and Thompson did not compete at Nationals and won’t figure into the 2017 World Cup Selection process.  Vizzi holds a two-point advantage coming into Kerrville over Jacob.  Trailing them are Connor, English and Carson.  

Dustan Taylor (Staley, North Carolina) and Zach McBee (College Station, Texas) are at the head of pack in Men’s World Cup selection after their first qualification round performances at Nationals.  Taylor has a one-point edge on McBee after Taylor won qualification by two points only to see McBee earn the win in their gold-medal match contest.  Five back is Staffen followed by Jungman.  

Women’s Skeet Scores | Men’s Skeet Scores 

2016 Fall Selection Schedule 

Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Skeet & Double Trap Official Training

Thursday, Sept. 29 – W Skeet 75 Targets + Final/M Skeet 75 Targets/Double Trap 150 Targets + Final

Friday, Sept. 30 – Men’s Skeet 50 Targets + Final/Double Trap 150 Targets + Final

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Women’s Skeet 75 Targets + Final/Men’s Skeet 75 Targets

Sunday, Oct. 2 – Men’s Skeet 50 Targets + Final

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