The Professional Sporting Clay Association pro tour will have a distinct Red Deer flavour to it in 2018.
Recently, 16-year-old Hunter Brewster found out he’d qualified in the top 15 for the 266 competitor junior circuit of the PSCA. His father Steven is also vying for one of 65 spots in his age bracket with one more qualifier upcoming later this month.
The elder Brewster explains people typically think what they do is skeet or trap shooting, but it’s actually very different.
“You go around to usually 14 different stations and each one has a different set of targets that are thrown,” he says. “It's always out of 100 targets, so you shoot 100 in the morning and 100 in the afternoon. A lot of the big competitions in the States, you’ll shoot 500 to 1000 targets over the course of three to five days.”
Steven and Hunter’s home turf is the Silver Willow Sporting Club in Carstairs, which hosts events as part of the Canadian circuit.
“We got into this roughly five years ago just kind of doing it for fun around here and we got invited to a competition. Once we went, we quite enjoyed it and I thought Hunter might enjoy it and we just kind of went from there,” Steven adds. “The last three years we've been competing just about year round -- we travel to the States quite a bit and do the Canadian circuit, which for the most part is in western Canada.”
He also says while Canadian events are smaller, the sport is growing by leaps and bounds in the USA, with the largest purses hitting the $25,000 mark.
“The camaraderie is a big part of it. You meet a lot of really cool people,” he says, “and it’s not just Americans, but people from around the world. We've made some pretty cool friendships out of it.”
The pair head to Missourri on August 16 for Steven's final qualifier.
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