Ancient Oak Gun Club’s “Harvest Moon Classic” drew 242 shooters, some from as far away as England an Venezuela.
World Champion sporting clay shooter Bill McGuire, who is sponsored by the club, set a challenging course.
McGuire and others vied for a $21,000 Polaris ATV Thursday, at the start of the four-day tournament.
All they needed to do was shoot a perfect score – 100 straight. McGuire shot 99, and joked to a friend that he left a “$21,000 bird laying out there.”
The Polaris was the “single biggest purse for one event outside of Dubai,” said club manager Wayne Evans.
Sarasota attorney George H. Mazzarantani, a master-class shooter and one of the tournament sponsors, said he “wanted to have fun and support the course.”
“It’s all about bringing new people into the sport,” Mazzarantani said from behind the wheel of his cart. There were two new shooters also on board.
Legendary angler Roland Martin shot several rounds. “I haven’t figured it all
out yet,” Martin said.
The event drew a good amount of vendors too.
Rich Cole, of Cole Fine Guns and Gunsmithing in Naples, showed off a $91,000 Beretta O/U with Italian engraving.
His firm specializes in custom guns and custom-fitted guns.
“Sporting clays is a very dynamic sport, and the gun needs to fit the shooter,” he said. “Most shooters’ guns do not fit.”
Here are my pics from the event: