Sporting Clays Event On Tap


Doug Pike
Houston Chronicle
Thursday, March 29, 2007

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Clay targets will be turned to powder at American Shooting Center when the Browning/Briley Championships and hundreds of the nation’s top shooters hit Houston this weekend. PHOTO by Sharon Steinmann

American Shooting Centers hosts several hundred of the nation’s top shotgunners Friday through Sunday for the Browning/Briley World Sporting Clays Open Championships.

The tournament also draws a few international entrants.  Participation is up nearly 20 percent from 2006, and all will vie for parts of a $50,000 purse.

“We are proud to once again host the Browning/Briley World Open Championship at American Shooting Centers, “Mo Parsons, president and COO of ASC, said in a news release.  “An increasing number of international competitors continue to find the Browning/Briley to be a unique, challenging, and exciting tournament that tests their skills and expertise at all levels.”

In addition to the main event, the Browning/Briley features a 100-target preliminary shoot, 100-target FITASC Championship, 100-target National Sporting Clays Association 5-stand shoot, and 50-targets small-gauge events.

Parsons, who has served as the chief referee for the National Sporting Clays Association since 2001 and represented the United States as referee at the 1998, 2002, and 2003 World FITASC Championships, signed the main-event course.

Parsons compared sporting clays-course design to golf course design.  Target angels and speeds are set to complement the landscape and challenge shooters as much as bunkers, trees, and water features are used to influence golfers’ decisions and shots.

Spectators are welcome. Call 281-556-8086

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