Team USA Sweeps Team Race at World English Sporting Clays Championship

Team USA Sweeps Team Race at World English Sporting Clays Championship
Digweed Takes Individual Championship.

World English Sporting Clays Championship Teams
World English Sporting Clays Championship Teams L-R: Team Mexico, silver medalists; Team USA, gold medalists; Team England, bronze medalists
National Sporting Clays Association
National Sporting Clays Association

San Antonio, TX – -(Ammoland.com)- Team USA has swept the national team honors for every category at the World English Sporting Clays Championship, while England's George Digweed has claimed the individual championship title.

The National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) hosted the annual shoot this year on behalf of the USA at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, concluding on May 1.

Almost 700 shooters from 13 countries registered for the week's events, with 655 from 13 countries competing in the main event. After the 300-target main event courses were shot, the World English ended in dramatic fashion, with a top six shoot-off in brutal winds that tested the focus and experience of the shooters.

Temperatures had also dropped significantly from the week's pleasant weather, so shooters and fans alike shivered through the final evening.

L-R: Brad Kidd, runner-up; George Digweed, Champion; Mike Wilgus, 3rd.
L-R: Brad Kidd, runner-up; George Digweed, Champion; Mike Wilgus, 3rd.

Digweed, who also took the 5-Stand Champion title, entered the shoot-off in first place and finished two targets ahead of runner-up Brad Kidd, captain of Team USA. Taking third place following a shoot-off with Kidd was another American shooter, Mike Wilgus.

Finishing as Lady Champion was Ashleigh Hafley, followed by Diane Sorantino and Janet McDougall, all of the USA. Another shooter from England, Sam Green, finished at the top of the Junior concurrent, followed by Americans David Radulovich and J. W. Henderson.

Other captains for the championship Team USA were Jenni Clark, Lady Captain; Zach Charbula, Junior; Larry Corbett, Veteran; and Michael Taylor, Super Veteran.

“I am so proud of Team USA as they swept the World English Championship competitions for national teams. They all were fierce in their pursuit of the gold medals for the USA,” said Jeff Demmon, manager of Team USA.

“These were true team efforts, all propping up their teammates and cheering them on. It was great to watch. Several of the team had great individual performances as well, but it is the team results that I am most proud of.”

Other winners during the World English Sporting Championships include:

  • Preliminary event: Champion – Pat Lieske (USA)
    • Runner-up – Richard Faulds (England)
    • 3rd place – Armando Perez (Mexico)
  • Lady – Diane Sorantino (USA)
  • Junior – Abel Spire (USA)
  • 5-Stand: Champion – George Digweed (England)
    • Runner-up – Wendell Cherry (USA)
    • 3rd place – Randy Barrington (USA)
  • Lady – Jenni Clark (USA)
  • Junior – Shawn Stitt (Canada)
  • FITASC: Champion – Brandon Powell (USA)
    • Runner-up – Ben Husthwaite (England)
    • 3rd place – Shawn Stitt (Canada)
  • Lady – Diane Sorantino (USA)
  • Junior – Shawn Stitt (Canada)

For more information on the World English Sporting Clays Championships, visit MyNSCA.com or http://www.nssa-nsca.org/index.php/nsca-sporting-clays-shooting/find-a-shoot/2011-world-english-sporting-clays-championship/.

The National Sporting Clays Association is the official governing and sanctioning body of Sporting Clays in the United States. Headquartered at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, it is the world's largest Sporting Clays organization, with members in 50 states and 10 foreign countries. To locate NSCA member clubs in your area or for more information on the National Sporting Clays Association, visit our website at www.mynsca.com.

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