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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Locklar wins weekend match, top gun award

Burleigh Locklar of Odessa walked away with first place Saturday at the Service Rifle Match held by the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club, and shot his way to the high shooter of the year in the process.

Locklar scored a total of 437 points out of a possible 500 shooting an AR-15 type rifle.

Second and third place had to be decided by the "X" count after Roger Amis of Marathon and Jim Tom Cardwell of Alpine ended the match tied with 407 points each.

According to Mike Mason, the club vice president, when there is a tie, the number of Xs is used as the tie breaker.

"The X-ring is one-half the size of the ten-ring on the target," Mason said.

Amis scored 5 Xs and took second shooting a civilian variant of an M-14. Cardwell shot an AR-15.

Smokey Briggs took first place in the bolt-action rifle class earning 379 points with a M-96 Swedish Mauser built in 1911.

Mason said that this was the last match of the year for the club and that the 2002 season would begin with a match in February.

Top shooters for the year were Locklar, Cardwell and Briggs. For the overall standings shooters had their best three scores for the year averaged.

Locklar walked away with first overall with an average of 432 points shooting an AR-15.

Cardwell took second overall with an average score of 419, also shooting an AR-15.

Briggs came in third this year with an average of 395 shooting an M-1 in his best three matches.

Mason won the best overall of the year for bolt-action rifle shooters with an average of 386 shooting a World War I era Springfield Model O3A3.

"We had an outstand year this year," Mason said. "We held seven Service Rifle matches this year. Next year we plan to hold nine."

Mason said that there would be a few new twists in the club's rifle matches for the New Year.

"We will probably have three categories in our regular Service Rifle matches," Mason said. "A service rifle class, a class for unmodified M-1 Garands, and a class for unmodified military bolt-action rifles."

Mason said that the club wanted to encourage people to shoot in the matches even if they did not have a rifle that qualified for service rifle competition. Service rifle competition is limited to M-1 Garands, M-14s and variants, and M-16s and variants. All can be modified to some degree.

"We have more and more shooters who have stock M-1s and older military bolt-guns and you can't lump those rifles together with match-grade service rifles and expect them to compete," he said.

Mason also said that the club would sponsor a number of John C. Garand matches next year.

"The John C. Garand matches are fairly new," he said. "They are named after the developer of the M-1 Garand, and the matches are limited to stock M-1 Garands as issued to troops."

Mason said that since the Pecos club became affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program several club members had purchased service grade Garands through the program.

"We've had a lot of people asking for the J. C. Garand matches," he said.

Mason said that next year's matches would be part of an NRA sanctioned league as well.

"That means that the scores will be sent to the NRA and shooters will receive NRA classifications," he said.

The classifications are important if shooters want to work towards NRA sponsored Excellence in Competition medals.

Up next for the Club is a Turkey Shoot scheduled for November 17, and the Pecos Rifle Club Friends of the NRA Banquet scheduled for March 23, 2002.

The banquet is a fundraiser for youth shooting programs, Mason said.

Pecos girls take third at Fort Bliss tourney

The Pecos Eagle girls golf team ran into a few second day problems on Saturday at the Underwood Golf Course in El Paso, but were still able to come away with a third place finish at the Southwestern Bell Far West Texas Classic.

Playing on the Fort Bliss Golf Course, the Eagles shot a 347 on Friday and a 360 Saturday to finish with a 707 score, good for third place out of the 16 teams entered. Pecos went into the final round tied with El Paso Hanks, which shot a 353 the second day to finish with a 700 total. El Paso Coronado, which held a 13-stroke lead after the opening round, cut their score to 321 on Saturday and won with a 655 total.

"Overall, I was a little disappointed with the second day's scored. Lauren (Martinez) played well and Candace (Hilliard) played good, but I think the other girls should have done better," said Eagles' coach Tina Hendrick. "But the girls never gave up fighting."

Martinez finished in sixth place in the medallist race, with an 85-80-165 score, while Hilliard was eighth overall, with an 84-88-172 total. Brandi North shot an 87-96-183, Sarah McKinney had a 91-98-188 and Cassie Foster shot a 99-96-195 for the Eagles' other scores.

Most of the field in the tournament was made up of Class 5A schools, including all seven Class 5A schools from Midland, Odessa and Lubbock. El Paso Franklin was fourth in the tournament with a 720 total and were followed by Midland Lee at 737, Midland High at 774 and the Eagles' former District 4-4A rival, Fort Stockton, which won the Class 3A title a year ago, and shot a 793 over the 36 holes this past weekend.

Hendrick said the five girls who made the trip to El Paso are less than half the number she expects out this spring, when the regular golf season begins for the Eagles.

"I've got 13 girls out, with three coming out in the next month or so. So it (the Top 5) could change or it could stay the same," she said. "We'll probably do some duals with Monahans at Fort Stockton before we start the spring tournaments."

Pecos' boys were scheduled to travel to El Paso this weekend to compete in their own tournament at Underwood Golf Course, but coach Kim Anderson said Fort Bliss officials needed the course for their own event this weekend, so the tournament will be played on Nov. 9-10.

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