Manitoba shooters Katie Jones and dad John represented Canada very well at the 2022 Southwestern Grand held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas from April 5-10. The pair drove 24 hours straight to arrive at the National Shooting Complex the afternoon before the shoot started. The drive was an experience Katie describes as “fun” with a hint of sarcasm noted.
Katie reports that the daily temperatures were perfect but the wind was almost constant with a few days getting over 50 km/ hr. However, based on their scores and list of trophies won, the wind didn’t affect them too terribly.
John won 3 Handicap trophies in the tournament including a shoot-off win in the 19-21.5 yardage group in the Handicap Championship. John also won D Class Champion in the Singles Championship.
Katie shot very well in the tournament winning a total of 15 awards including a Lady I, Lady I Runner-up, Class or Place trophy in all but one event. Katie’s impressive trophy list includes:
The Southwestern Grand Handicap Championship had 190 entries. Katie’s 97 tied with 2 others for high score but the shoot-off only lasted 1 round. Katie shot a perfect score to win the Southwestern Grand Handicap Championship while the 2 other shoot-off participants shot a 24 and 22. Katie also earned 1 ½ yards during the tournament. A ½ yard during a preliminary Handicap event and 1 yard for her Southwestern Grand Handicap win. Katie’s 391 total in the High All Around (198, 96, 97) was 3 targets better than the next highest score to secure the High All Around Championship win. It’s also a personal best High All Around score for Katie.
Katie summed up the shoot in a few words. “I'm so happy about my Handicap Championship and High All-Around wins. To travel that far, make some new friends, gain yardage, get bumped a class and win some trophies, I couldn't have asked for a better week! The most exciting part is, because I won a Championship event, I now have my own parking spot for next year!”