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From the Delegate





John Bergman

From the Delegate...

My Job


As Delegate, I am your voice with the ATA.  My duties include discussing and voting upon all rule and policy changes, passing upon handicap yardage, helping with all major shoots within the state and at the Grand, coordinating with the SCTP youth shooting program,  involvement in disciplinary procedures, and anything else that comes down the pike.


I have been shooting ATA trap since 1977 and have registered just under 100,000 targets.  Currently I am a Board member of The Prescott Trap and Skeet Club and prior to moving to AZ was on the Trapshooting Committee of the NY Athletic Club and I was active with the Long Island Trapshooting Federation.  I am not fully retired and still do some consulting engineering.


Karen, (she is the good shooter in the family), and I live in Prescott and I can be reached at 516-381-6774 (cell), 928-443-1100 (office) and bergmanblair@gmail.com If something is on your mind or just want to chat, give me a call.


ATA Notes

There is not much happening in ATA circles as of late, however the December meeting of the Executive Committee is just concluding.   Usually that covers a lot of nuts and bolt things, but if anything of importance transpires, I will post it immediately.

Some Sad News

On a more somber note, we have lost another Arizona shooter.  Roger Sackett passed away on November 3rd.  He was an avid golfer and bird shooter and had registered more than 354,000 targets.  Roger and Betty met while shooting in Georgia and for many years travelled all over the country winning many awards.  Roger was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy.

We also lost Gary Stevens, the long time leather man at Ben Avery.  Gary was a former member of the 82nd Airborne and a friend to many, many trapshooters.  His folksy ways and sense of humor will be missed.

May they rest in peace.




 The Autumn Grand

The weather was great for the Autumn Grand except for the wind, the wind and the wind.   Rumor has it that it was the direct result of California politics.  Attendance for the Handicap Championship was up by 13% over last year and there was a slight increase overall.  The scores Ė in many cases donít ask.  The wind took its toll, nevertheless some Arizonians pulled it together.  Canyon Ferris won the Junior Class crown in three events and two in A Class.  Tom Darwin spread it around, wining in Singles, Handicap and Doubles.  Ron Schroer and Robert Sawyer took two titles each and Doug Sims continued his red hot Doubles shooting including a 99 in the wind.  Ken Mlynarz got punched back to the 27 with a neat 98 in Caps.  I shot with him that day and have no idea how he did it.  Tim Robb finished as runner up in the Veterans Class Doubles Championship and Karen Bergman won Ladies II by three birds.  Doug Sims and Steve Williams ran a terrific shoot, and the staff could not have been more helpful.  My thanks to all.

Things move into high gear in December with registered shoots at 7 different clubs, culminating at Casa Grande on New Yearís Eve and Day.  Karen and I have gone there for the last three years and we have had a ball, topped off by a New Yearís Eve feast.  I donít think that there is a soul up past 10 pm.  Are we getting older or what?

Karen and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and may the New Year be filled with much joy, pleasant memories and lots of broken targets!