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Fall Selection

New Venue Helps Athletes Earn 2015 Competition Rights at Fall Selection

How do you celebrate a

historical season? Well, if you’re USA Shooting’s Shot- gun 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 un- veiled a new international shotgun range located at the Delta Resort and Spa in Tillar, Arkansas, and the stakes couldn’t have been higher. World Cup selection was

on the line for all competitors with 15 athletes named at the conclusion of the match to the fi rst three World Cup events in 2015. Additionally, the event marked the fi rst of a two-stage process for Pan American and World Cham- pionship selection also in 2015. USA Shooting was proud

to introduce the Delta Re- sort and Spa to the shooting family with more than 170 shooters competing at this one-of-kind facility. 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 re- sorts in America and contin- ues to evolve into the go-to destination for both wing and clay shooters. Southern hospitality was

in full affect as athletes and families enjoyed the fi rst- class facilities and down-

fi red the identical score as Fall Selection Match winner Haldeman, only to be topped in the shoot-off. Hank Gar- vey, just 15 years of age, fi n- ished fourth overall. Mastering the test in

home treatment. Less in- viting were the sometimes tough weather conditions and the unfamiliarity of the ranges as the new venue proved to be a challenge for all competitors. Cumulative scores from

Fall Selection were com- bined with scores from the 2014 USA Shooting Na- tional Championships that included the same number of targets and format to de- termine the 15 World Cup participants to begin 2015.. The Men’s Skeet World

Cup fi eld will be led by the same three men who earned a team silver medal at the ISSF World Championship in Dustin Perry, Vincent Han- cock and Frank Thompson. The Women will be led by

a strong trio as well in Kim Rhode, Morgan Craft and Caitlin Connor. Indication of just how packed the wom- en’s skeet competition is in America was the fact that your reigning World Cham-

pion Brandy Drozd fi nished sixth in 2015 World Cup se- lection. Other Fall Selection standouts in skeet includ- ed TJ Bayer, Mark Weeks, Dustin Taylor and Chris- tian Elliott. On the women’s side, Amber English had a notable performance that now has her in the hunt for Pan Am and World Champs selection. The Double Trap trio of

World Cup competitors mir- rored the three men who stood atop the podium at this year’s USA Shooting National Championships as U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) teammates Derek Haldeman (pictured), Glenn Eller and Jeff Hol- guin earned spots while 2014 World Champion Josh Richmond was a notable absence after fi nishing fi fth. A pair of junior competitors somewhat overshadowed the veterans in this disci- pline as Christian Wilkoski

Women’s and Men’s Trap were Corey Cogdell-Unrein along with Jake Wallace while the race for the other two coveted spots in each di- vision were much more heat- ed. Second through ninth place in the Men’s division was separated by nine total points, while two through seven in the Women’s divi- sion were within nine points as well. Earning World Cup status for 2015 were Collin Wietfeldt and Brian Bur- rows along with Kimberley Bowers and Kayle Brown- ing. The fi ve additional points Burrows earned by a fi nals win on the last day of competition would be the deciding factor in edging Seth Inman and Alex Dupre. Burrows defeated Dupre in the fi nal or there would have been a three-way shoot-off to determine the third team member after his best friend Wallace defeated Inman in the bronze-medal fi nal. Just one (Wallace) of the

six Trap team members that competed at the 2014 World Championships qualifi ed to compete in the fi rst three 2015 World Cups where Olympic quotas will be on the line.

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