We of the GOB match committee congratulate all of this years trophy winners and offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to all in attendance who took the time and suffered the expense to join us here for our twelfth annual GOB match. It turned out to be another enjoyable annual event ending a very good twelve year run.
Prior to embarking on this write-up, I looked at all of the comments already posted on the Green FT forum. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of what I intended to say had already been commented on. Pat OBrien in particular described the weather conditions perfectly. I should add there were periodic gusty winds at lanes #14 and #15 on the Red course. This played havoc with some very fine shooters such as Ken Hughes. In fact, prior to start of competition Ken suggested that I place a wind flag in that area to aid our shooting efforts. This I did do. However, a weather gremlin saw fit to remove it prior to Kens arrival at these lanes.
Being increasingly affected with old-timers mental disorder, some forgetfulness on my part caused some hectic running around at the very start of our first day of competition. Fortunately it seems I was the only one it had a negative affect on, as it should be. Other than that, I believe the only other glitches were a few broken strings, causing very brief delays. We were pleased there were no target malfunctions so no need for aggravating score adjustments.
Only two shoot offs were required to determine winning positions. Doug Vinson and Ken Hughes (WFTF-PCP) along with David Alsup and Harold Rushton (Open-PCP) faced some extremely challenging targets. Ken and Harold eventually prevailed, while we onlookers were treated to a true display of shooting skills.
We all ate sumptuously at the end of each round of competition, then continued with good fellowship at organized evening meals in local restaurants.
Though we realize that all things must end at some point in time, its sobering never the less when it happens. An involuntary end usually hurts the most, so I prefer having a choice when possible. The little voice inside me, along with the new ones Ive become acquainted with in the medical profession, have garnered my full attention. They do not say panic stop, but they do say ease back on the throttle.
Going forward, I intend to continue our monthly program here at GOB, along with possible one day annual events. Lord willing, this might last for several years to come. However, our annual two day GOB Championship matches will no longer be held. Ive thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the sport of Field Target shooting, with hope it survives far beyond me. But most of all Ive enjoyed the many people I would not have otherwise met but for this game.
How does a person measure the value of his existence? I say add value to the lives of others and rejoice when they add value to yours.
Let us all continue in the true spirit of this game and enjoy the music while it plays! Ill see you on the circuit. Best wishes to all!
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