Ryan Mason & Larry Houston have a very special friendship that is bound by their loyalty to the University of Missouri Tigers and their love for shooting sports. Ryan is this years reigning ACUI champ for Men’s Combined Trap Events; Larry was on the 1972 Mizzou team that won the ACUI International Trap championship.
They met this year at the Kansas State “Meet me at the Crossroads” collegiate event in which several collegiate teams traveled to Kansas City from as far away as Virginia Tech to compete for titles.
It was a match made in Heaven! They began discussing old times; reunion ideas; shooting events….and the Tiger Open concept was born. Ryan has done all the planning and logistics and Larry has contacted all his former team mates from 1971 & 72 to invite them to attend. They are both surprised at the interest and the response from former team mates that plan to travel back to Columbia for a fun weekend of camaraderie and shooting.
We asked Larry about the team back in 1971 and this is the report we got:
“In 1971 there wasn’t a shot gun team at Mizzou; I learned that other colleges were competing nationally and started recruiting my quail hunting buddies to form a team. Few of them had any experience with shooting clay targets. We all practiced regularly. At that time the ACUI tournament was held at the Lake of the Ozarks at the Missouri Trap Shooters Association grounds. Our team competed there in 1971 and won 2nd place in International Trap and placed in the top 10 teams for American Trap. The 2nd year (1972) the team won the International Trap division and I took 2nd place in Individual Trap, losing by 1 target to Steve Carmichael. That year we took 2nd place in American Trap. Due to our performance, all of the team members received an invitation to the Olympic Regional Trials in San Antonio. Bill Fretwell and I drove to San Antonio from Missouri and competed. I was the winner of the gold medal in the college division. Because of that I received an invitation to the Olympic Trials for the 1972 Munich Olympics. It was an honor to be among the approximately 75 shooters in the nation that received the invitation.
Since that time I’ve only been in contact with 1 of my former team mates. When Ryan and I began discussing a reunion event to benefit the current team we got really excited. Many of my teammates plan to attend.”
CollegiateCamo.com is very happy to announce that we will be sponsoring the first ever Tiger Open that will directly benefit the University of Missouri’s shooting team. Come out and meet present national awards winners from the MU team and members from the 1972 ACUI International Trap Team Champions will be there!
The event is being held on July 30-31st, 2011 at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia, MO. The event opens at 9 am on July 30 with the sporting clays event and lasts until 2 pm. The fun continues on Sunday with the trap and wobble trap event.
For the GPS-enabled folks, the address to the fund raiser is:
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports
1420 County Road 276
Columbia, MO 65202
Awards will be presented to the top shooters and don’t forget all the great camo MU Tigers items that will be available for sale at the booth! Come have a great time supporting a great cause! We look forward to seeing you there!