USA Shooting to host Fall Selection Match at Delta Resort & Spa in Arkansas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 4, 2014)

How do you celebrate a historical season?  Well, if you’re USA Shooting’s Shotgun Program, you gather everyone up, head to a new range to do some more shooting and make it mean something.  USA Shooting’s Fall Selection Match gets underway Thursday in Tillar, Arkansas, and the stakes will be high at the Delta Resort and Spa.

World Cup selection is on the line for all athletes with 15 athletes to be named at the conclusion of this match to the first three World Cup events in 2015. Additionally, the event marks the first of a two-stage process for Pan American and World Championship selection also in 2015. Bottom line:  If you want any chance of competing internationally in 2015, do well in Tillar.

Recapping one of the best year’s in the history of the U.S. shotgun program includes three earned Olympic quotas, 13 World Cup medals, two World Cup Finals medals and a World Championship performance that saw 11 medals with three World Champions including Josh Richmond (USAMU/Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania), Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) and Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida), a Junior World Champs silver medalist in Ian Rupert (Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania) and bronze medalist in Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas), six other top-10 performers, six team medalists, and one world record (Junior Women’s Skeet Team).

USA Shooting is proud to introduce the Delta Resort and Spa to the shooting family with more than 170 competitors set to take in this one-of-kind facility and the first new shotgun location USA Shooting has used since competing at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Field in 2012. Located on 2,000 acres in the heart of Southeastern Arkansas, the Delta Resort and Spa was planned as one of the largest sporting clays resorts in America and continues to evolve into the go-to destination for both wing and clay shooters. The Shooting Sports Complex at Delta Resort & Spa offers multiple disciplines geared for both the professional and novice shooter. Equipped with the very latest state-of-the-art traps by Promatic®, Delta currently offers: One 12-stand Sporting Clays Courses;  5-Stand Course with practice course; Five Olympic Bunker Trap Stations; four Skeet fields; and 10 ATA trap fields.

Course of fire in Trap and Skeet will include 250 total targets contested over four days and will include two separate finals after each 125 qualifying targets. Double Trap will consist of 300 total targets contested over two days and will include two separate finals after each 150 qualifying targets.   Cumulative scores from this match will be combined with scores from the 2014 USA Shooting National Championships that included the same number of targets and format to determine the 15 World Cup participants to begin 2015.

In Men’s Trap, current National Champion Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) along with Matt Gossett (Springville, Alabama)and Alex Rennert (Surfside, Florida) have all put themselves in great position coming into Fall Selection. Wallace, with a score of 251, holds a one-target lead over Gossett and Rennert with Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Michigan) closest behind them at 245. Wallace demonstrated he’s ready for competition by shooting a perfect 125 in international competition during the Championship of the Americas last month. The equaled World Record qualifying score was the first for an American trap shooter since Lance Bade in 1998.

Among the 75 other competitors expected, Trey Hill (Mufreesboro, Tennessee) sits at 244, Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, California) at 242 and then World Champs team member Ryan Hadden (USAMU/Pendleton, Oregon) at 239.

On the Women’s Trap side, two-time Olympian Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) was the 2014 National Champion and thus holds the lead in the two-part selection match for 2015 World Cup contention. Having already deposited a score of 251 at Nationals by sweeping both finals, she’s four-up on World Team member Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) and plus-nine ahead of bronze medalist Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas). Also, contending will be World Team member Tori Burch (Kerrville, Texas), just two behind Browning for third along with Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas), Kimberley Bowers (Lafayette, California), Susan Sledge (El Cajon, California) and Samantha Smith (Spring Hill, Tennessee), who all sit within eight points of third. Thirty-nine women’s trap competitors are expected.

Also, look out for Janessa Beaman (Colorado Springs, Colorado) who, but for one exception, had a great 2014 season, and that was the 2014 National Championships. Some 15 targets back from third, she has some ground to make up, but her recent silver medal at World Cup Finals despite less than ideal travel conditions shows she has the resolve necessary to get it done.   

Preview of Men’s Double Trap and Men’s and Women’s Skeet will be provided on Monday, November 10.  

2014 Fall Selection Match Schedule:

Friday, November 7 -- Trap (75 targets)

Saturday, November 8 -- Trap (50 targets + Finals)

Sunday, November 9 – Trap (75 targets)

Monday, November 10 – Trap (50 targets + Finals)

Wednesday, November 12 – Skeet (75 targets)

Thursday, November 13 – Skeet (50 targets + Finals); Double Trap (150 targets + Finals)

Friday, November 14 – Skeet (75 targets); Double Trap (150 targets + Finals)

Saturday, November 15 – Skeet (50 targets + Finals)

Categories: Press Releases, 2014 Shotgun Fall Selection