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Varsity Shooting Team Earns Four National Titles at SCTP Championships
Jacksonville University Finishes in the TOP 6 Teams across all Divisions at ACUI Nationals
By: Trysten Curran-Routledge, JU Varsity Shooting Team
The 2014-15 ACUI National Clay Target Championships, held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, concluded an incredible week of top collegiate shooting competition. The ACUI Nationals tournament ran from March 23-29, with over 700 athletes competing from 76 universities in all major clay disciplines: American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, Five Stand, International Wobble Trap, International Bunker Trap, and International Skeet. Jacksonville University‘s very own Scott Hensley took the GOLD in the International Skeet competition and is the new Collegiate (HOA) Nationals Champion , garnering some serious attention from the US Olympic Team Coaching staff (USA Shooting). JU also secured Runner Up Team honors in Sporting Clays, Third Place Team in International Skeet, Fourth in International Wobble Trap, Fourth in 5-Stand, and Fifth in American Skeet. JU actually placed Third overall in Division 2 as a Team and Fifth across all Divisions, but due to an obscure technicality, was rendered to Fourth overall in Division and Sixth in the Nation overall – VERY respectable, regardless. Overall, our 2014-15 JU Shooting Team has had a great year, taking RU National Champs at the SCTP Nationals last July, RU SCTP Regional Champs in the Fall, Third ACUI Regional Champs (Savannah), Third SCTP Spring Regional Champs (JAX), and First at the ACUI International Skeet & Bunker Trap Olympic Qualifier event (Fort Benning). WOW! Go Dolphins!
Top Three Teams Division 1
- HOA: Lindenwood University, with a total score of 2252
- Runner up: Bethel University, with a total score of 2207
- Third: Tarleton State University, with a total score of 1944
Top Five Teams Division 2
- HOA: Texas A&M, with a score of 2202
- Runner up: Fort Hays State University, with a score of 2195
- Third: Clemson University, with a score of 2126
- Fourth: Jacksonville University, with a score of 2081
- Fifth: University of Missouri, with a score of 2069
Top Five Teams Division 3
- HOA: Hillsdale College, with a score of 1529
- Runner up: Schreiner University, with a score of 1521
- Third: Midland University, with a score of 1459
- Fourth: University of Kentucky, with a score of 1456
- Fifth: Southeastern Illinois College, with a score of 1444
Top Five HOA Men
- HOA: Clint Hinton (BU)
- Runner up: Tye Smith (FHSU)
- Third: Remington McBee (SU)
- Fourth: Josh Crankshaw (FHSU)
- Fifth: Austin Svoboda (FHSU)
Top Five HOA Women
- HOA: Shea Self (TAMU)
- Runner up: Devan Bauer (SU)
- Third: Aeriel Skinner (UARIZ)
- Forth: Alyssa Hodge (TAMU)
- Fifth: Carolee Schwarzer (USMA)
Monies from the Midway USA Foundation (www.midwayusafoundation.org), makes all of this possible. There are over 275 Colleges and Universities with Clay Target Shooting Teams/Clubs. ALL teams compete on an equal footing just like Varsity programs, regardless of Varsity or Club status. They are represented by Divisions I, II, & III, but are not NCAA (by design), but reside under the umbrella of the ACUI (www.acui.org) & SCTP (www.shootsctp.org), depending on program size.
Fourth Jacksonville SE Collegiate Invitational Attended By 82 Athletes from 9 Universities
By David T. Dobson, MBA; NSCA Certified Instructor, Level III; NSSA Certified Instructor, Level III; JU Faculty & JU Varsity Shooting Team Head Coach
This past weekend, Jacksonville University & the JS&T Club hosted its fourth Jacksonville SE Collegiate Invitational (Regional) Shoot with 82 Collegiate athletes from 9 Universities attending. Clemson University took top honors, followed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Jacksonville University in very tight numbers . Both Clemson & JU are former ACUI Divisional National Champions. Rounding out the field were: Florida State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, University of North Florida, Stetson University and Emmaual College. All schools competed in American Skeet, Trap & International Wobble Trap (and the cold!) with 20 plus MPH winds. We also added a Sporting Clays event at Amelia Shotgun Sports (www.ameliashotgunsports.com), with Clemson taking top honors and Jacksonville University RU. MANY thanks to our Jax Gun Club volunteers who reffed, cooked and braved the elements to make this happen, as well as to Barbara Martin (GM) of Amelia Shotguns Sports for all of her efforts in our fist ever Sporting Clays event on Sunday!
Top Five Placing Tourney Teams
- Tourney HOA Champion: Clemson University
- Tourney RU: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Tourney Third: Jacksonville University
- Tourney Fourth: Florida State University
- Tourney Fifth: Stetson University
Top Five Placing Individual Champions
- High Overall Tournament MEN’s Champion (HOA): Zach Wyatt (CU)
- High Overall Tournament MEN’s Champion (RU): Joe Williams (ER)
- High Overall Tournament MEN’s Champion (Third): Hunter Baughman (CU)
- High Overall Tournament MEN’s Champion (Fourth: Aston Player (CU)
- High Overall Tournament MEN’s Champion (Fifth): Jeremy Jackson (EC)
- High Overall Tournament WOMEN’s Champion (HOA): Katie Stansell (CU)
- High Overall Tournament WOMEN’s Champion (RU): Catherine Blankenship (CU)
- High Overall Tournament WOMEN’s Champion (Third): Corey Weigand (ER)
- High Overall Tournament WOMEN’s Champion (Fourth): Erin Felker (JU)
- High Overall Tournament WOMEN’s Champion (Fifth): Amy Gileon (FSU)
Medals were also awarded to the top five individual shooters in Men’s and Women’s in each of the three events:
- HOA: Jeremy Jackson (EC)
- RU: Joe Williams (ER)
- Third: Scott Hensley (JU)
- Fourth: Grant Bledsone (UNF)
- Fifth: Hunter Baughman (CU)
- HOA: Catherine Blankeship (CU)
- RU: Katie Stansell (CU)
- Third: Amanda Freeman (ABAC)
- Fourth: Lori Hubbard (ER)
- Fifth: Alexis Crouch (JU)
- HOA: Zach Wyatt (CU)
- RU: Alberto Abed (ER)
- Third: Brad Parker (UNF
- Fourth: Austin Rodgers (CU)
- Fifth: Jarrett Lowe (ER)
- HOA: Corey Weigand (ER)
- RU: Katie Stansell (CU)
- Third: Catherine Blankenship (CU)
- Fourth: Amy Gileon (FSU)
- Fifth: Julianne Evans (JU)
International Wobble Trap
- HOA: Player Astin (CU)
- RU: Hunter Baughman (CU)
- Third: Joe Williams (ER)
- Fourth: Alex McHale (CU)
- Fifth: Gavin Royal (FSU)
- HOA: Catherine Blankenship (CU)
- RU: Katie Stansell (CU)
- Third: Amy Gileon (FSU)
- Fourth: Erin Feker (JU)
- Fifth: Corey Weigand (ER)
Sporting Clays (Sunday)
- HOA: Clemson University
- RU: Jacksonville University
Monies from the Scholastic Clay Target Program, funded by the Midway USA Foundation, made all of this possible. This shoot is hosted by JU and the SCTP and is held every Fall & Spring at Jacksonville Skeet & Trap, with the next shoot happening on October 19, 2013. There are over 225 Colleges and Universities with Clay Target Shooting Teams/Clubs. ALL teams compete just like Varsity programs with no distinction, and are represented by Divisions I, II, & III, but are not NCAA (by design), depending on program size. The schools in this past weekend’s shoot are all Division II schools.
We wish to thank all of the volunteers who came out to ref, cook and run this Collegiate event – we could not have done it without you, and this shoot is putting us on the National map!
Many thanks to the Jacksonville Gun Club, and all of the other Clubs here and around the country who have stood behind our Youth and Collegiate shooters, as they are our future. God Bless and safe shooting!
David Dobson is one of our long-term Resident (Master) Teaching Pros and life member here at JGC. He and Addie, also a NSCA Certified Instructor, live in Ponte Vedra Beach. He is President & CEO of Dobson & Associates, Inc., as well as the founder of Dobson Performance Shooting School, and current Founder/Head Coach of the JU Varsity Shooting Team and a member of the JU Faculty. He is also the Founding Head Coach for the UNF Shooting Team. He can be reached at: (904) 285-9500, or via email at Ddobsonpvb@aol.com.
Visit From Vinnie Hancock
On November 17 and 18 the Hancock Shooting Academy will be at the Jacksonville Gun Club doing an International Skeet Clinic. Vinnie Hancock, a 2-time Gold medalist in Olympic Skeet at 23! Will be at the clinic to shoot and coach along with, Craig Hancock and Frank Edwards! This is going to be the shooting even of the year. More information on times and registration coming soon!
ACUI Clay Target Collegiate National Chamionships
A young Jacksonville University team competing for the last time in Division III placed among the elite at the recent ACUI Clay Target Collegiate National Championships.
The JU Sporting, Skeet & Trap Team, up against 58 other teams at the 44th annual event in San Antonio, placed third overall in Division III, third in American Skeet and third in International Skeet. The team moves up to Division II next year.
“This was a very green team, as we lost some top shooters from last year's Division III National Championship Team,” said coach David T. Dobson. “However, given the new crop of inexperienced shooters, we did very well and went to the podium three times -- very proud of this team.”
A strong team is expected to return to JU next fall, Dobson noted.
“We have some superb talent that is up and coming. The Clay Target Sports are much bigger than just shooting clay targets: we are building skills and solutions for life in terms of responsibility, accountability, professionalism, discipline, respect, manners, keeping it safe and overall character.”
This year's Nationals Team consisted of 14 members: Justin Felker (Team Captain); Ashley Kohler (Co-Captain); Scott Hensley (Co-Captain); Eric Baker; Kara Feinstein; Leigh-Anne Edwards; Tarrant Dunford; Charlie “Bulldog” Needham; Erin Felker; David Gonzales; Rob Searcy; Adam Granic; Dustin Mollohan; and Becky Killinger.
The Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships are the only national tournament in which collegiate shooters may compete in six different clay target events within the same program. The events include International Skeet, International Trap, American Skeet, American Trap, Sporting Clays and Five-Stand Sporting. Sponsoring partners include Midway USA, Midway USA Foundation, the National Shooting Sporting Foundation, the National Rifle Association collegiate and School Programs, and the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.
This year’s event from March 27-April 2 was again held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. Members of the USA Shooting Team (Olympic Team qualifier) and ESPN were also on hand. To learn more about ACUI and the event, visit www.ACUI.org/claytargets.
Results are in from the SE Collegiate Spring Invitational!
We had eight colleges and 80 Collegiate shooters compete on Saturday March 3, 2012. Congratulations everyone on a great day of shooting! We hope to see everyone and more next year for the SE Collegiate Fall Invitational next year!
- Men's: Justin Felker (JU - Won in Shoot Off)
- Women's: Ashley Kohler (JU - Won Outright)
- HOA: Scott Hensley (JU - Outright)
- Runner-Up: Hunter Baughman (Clemson - Shoot Off)
- Third Place: Justin Felker (JU - Shoot Off)
- HOA: Hunter Baughman (Clemson - Won Outright)
- Runner-Up: Alex Rennart (UF - Shoot Off)
- Third Place: Justin Felker (JU - Shoot Off)
- HOA: Alex Rennart (UF - Won in Shoot Off)
- Runner-Up: Justin Felker (JU - Shoot Off)
- Third Place: Gabriel Garriga (Embry-Riddle - Shoot Off)
Overall Team Ranking for Top Three
- HOA: Clemson University
- Runner-Up: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Third Place: Jacksonville University
- Outdoors: JU, UNF teams taking their best shot
- NSSF Grants for Colleges
- Grants for College Students: Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative - Competitive Shooting
- The Southeast Collegiate shoot was broadcast LIVE on 10/29/2011 on ihigh.com network! Broadcasting will start at 9:30 a.m. EST.
- JU wins Intercollegate shoot at Flager Gun Club on April 10, 2011.
JU Shooting Club Wins Honors at ACUI Clay Target National Championships
Jacksonville, Fla. — The Jacksonville University Shooting Club is the Division III, National 5-Stand Sporting Clays Champion after competing in the 43rd Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Clay Target National Championships held March 31 thru April 4 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas. JU’s Club was also runner up in both International Trap and International Skeet, as well as placing third in American Skeet and Sporting Clays and fifth in American Trap, all Division III.
This was the Club’s first national event since its inception in the fall of 2009. There were 50 colleges that competed, broken into three divisions, and 432 individual competitors, including members from the United States Shooting Team. Being a club sport, the activity is not funded by the school so members have to pay for their own supplies, etc., but all of the schools compete as varsity teams, as the ACUI makes no distinction between club or varsity.
“We’re undefeated in regular season competition, two years running,” said David Dobson, MBA, JU adjunct professor and head coach and founder of the JU Shooting Club. “This is a big deal for JU, and I hope to get it fully funded and approved as a varsity concept for JU as it will help with recruitment and retention for the University. Students love it, and the clay shooting sports are the fastest-growing, recreational sport in the country today, and that goes for colleges and universities, as there are more than 200 universities who have Shooting Teams or Clubs.”
Dobson, who is also the head coach for the Shooting Club at University of North Florida (UNF), proposed the club to JU in April of 2009. With the help of Dr. Priscilla Berry, assistant professor of business communications, the Club started in the fall of that year with the aid of a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) grant written by Dobson. JU’s Shooting Club was the pilot program for the state of Florida with respect to the NSSF Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative and partners with the Club from UNF for practices.
In regional competition on April 9, JU won the Spring Collegiate Conference Shoot held at Flagler Gun Club, besting UNF, FSU, UF, Stetson, Embry-Riddle and Daytona College. The club also earned the JU Leadership Award for Best New Club in 2010 from Campus Activities.
They have earned several grants from the NSSF to put toward their practice and shooting expenses. Funding is always a challenge for the Club, as shooting facilities have fees for targets and shells, and traveling to competitions incurs additional costs.
“We’ve worked hard to raise money, but it would be such a huge relief if we had more help,” said Ashley Kohler, a junior and vice president of the Club. “We’ve gone to work at the gun show and even sold cookies, but funding is still the biggest obstacle.”
The Shooting Club at JU started in the fall of 2009 and now has 16 members. The current members on the shooting club roster are: Justin Felker - president, Ashley Kohler - vice-president, Matt Arn - secretary, TJ Urbanek - treasurer, Anthony Flock, Phillip Rowley, Arthur Pareene, Laura Wade, Alexis Crouch, Steve Lundy, Pete Sutherland, Tarrant Dunford, Michael Esposito, Charles Needham, Jacob Parr and Scott Hensley.
The JU Shooting Club also currently works to support the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), based here in Jacksonville. They wear patches on their vests and WWP hats when they compete in order to spread awareness of the WWP and its mission to help wounded vets acclimate back into civilian life after traumatic injury in combat. This cause is important to them, as a club member, former Army SGT. Pete Sutherland, is a combat veteran, Wounded Warrior and graduate of WWP “TRACK Program”. Additionally, Dobson’s nephew-in-law, Dan Nevins, is an EVP with the WWP and also a Wounded Warrior after losing his legs in combat in Iraq in 2004.