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Inaugural New Jersey Sporting Clay Championship Crowns Champion

Individual Champion, Scott Pelkola from Team Hatfield of Basking Ridge, New Jersey proved no match for team Clampett from Fairfax, VA at the inaugural New Jersey Pull This Cup

Coplay, Pennsylvania, Saturday- November 27, 2010-Competition was tough as teams from the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest United States met in Coplay, Pennsylvania for the inaugural New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge Cup held at the prestigious Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay and Trap Club. Competition was fierce, but in the end, Team Clampett from Farifax, Virgina proved to be too tough for the contingencies from New Jersey and Colorado.   

Cup Beginnings -
Put up or Shut Up

The New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge Cup was the idea of Brooks Betz and Scott Pelkola, both from Basking Ridge, New Jersey who decided it was time to remove any doubts about which shooting family from the area was the best at sporting clays in New Jersey. “I was honestly tired of hearing Scott telling me how good these Wisconsin born shooters were”, said Betz. “It’s about time that someone show those mid-westerners where they can take their shooting expertise.”  Pelkola was born and raised in Wisconsin. 

The event was run at the prestigious Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay Club, just north of Allentown in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Organizer Brooks Betz mentioned “It’s sad when you have to go to Pennsylvania to hold a New Jersey shootout!” Betz is referring to the increasing efforts being made to shut down sporting clay venues in New Jersey  occurring over the last 20 years due to environmentalist bad behavior. There are very few trap,skeet, and sporting clay venues left in New Jersey. “But gosh darnit, we’re gonna get this challenge started,” stated Betz, who, while passionate,  rarely ever swears when making a point.

Game On

Not to just sit and ignore Pelkola’s bragging, Betz invested a substantial amount of the family fortune sponsoring the New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Challenge Cup and sponsor the prestigious Tiffany commissioned trophy. “It was just something that had to be done”, stated Pelkola. “You know, these Jersey guys need to put their money where their mouth is and put up or shut up. So I’m glad (Brooks) Betz created the cup.” I just had no idea they would invite this team from Virginia to compete in the challenge. “Darn ringers, from what I saw. I was going to stack the deck with family from back home but they must have had better things to do.”   

Self designated Team Leader of Team Clampett, Heidi Annie Oakley" McShea shows she's got what it takes to win.

Pelkola was referring to Team Clampett, a rough and tumble mixed gender team born in Newark, NJ and raised in Virginia, comprising of a Navy Seal,  Motorola CEO, a semi-pro lacrosse player (a.k.a. laxbro), and a college student from Colorado majoring in snowboarding. Rounding out the team, Team Clampett was anchored by Heidi McShea, also known on the sporting clay circuit as “Annie Oakley”. Ms. Oakley certainly “got her gun” as McShea proved to be a deciding factor in the team championship.   

Competition Shortened 

While darkness halted shooting at 5:00pm, course rules prohibited the completion of the 17 station challenge and scoring was based on the available stations completed by all competitors. Total scores were based on shot clays vs. clays presented. The final team combined average was used to determine the overall team champion.  

Tragedy strikes Team Hatfield

Team Hatfield was drawn a setback when Calvin Pelkola, a future Big 10 football defensive prospect was sidelined just days earlier with a severe knee injury and subsequent surgery. “I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to not have Calvin on the team,” noted Scott Pelkola, leader of Team Hatfield. “It’s just sad when you know you should’ve won but the team suffered due to their star shooter not being able to attend. I just know the outcome would’ve been different if Calvin were healthy. I Just know it in my bones Team Clampett would’ve gone down.”   

Team McCoy appearing confident as the tournament began. Fancy Cuban cigars and sharp shooting wouldn't be enough to claim the title.

Team Hatfield searched furiously and recruited John and Andrew Donaldson, another clay buster powerhouse team also from the hotbed shooting mecca of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. “It was an easy decision for me to bring in John and Andrew,” stated Pelkola. “There was no way we were going to pull in the legendary Patty Pelkola, another Wisconsin clay shooter, off the Black Friday shopping circuit, just for this event,” stated Pelkola. “I mean c’mon, this event is important, but Black Friday?….c’mon she had to take the girls to the mall to get good deals on xmas gifts.”   

While John and Andrew Donaldson stepped in at the last minute, their determination and fortitude was no match for Team Clampett from Virginia. “I mean c’mon,” stated John Donaldson. “Those Virgina kids are born with a gun in their mouth for cryin’ out loud! They were just on their game today. There was no stopping them.”   

Participants at the 2010 New Jersey Pull This challenge receive their instructions prior to hitting the course.

Honorable Mentions

At the NJPTSCC, notable honorable mentions go out to Patrick and James Hall from Basking Ridge, New Jersey for attending the inaugural

Team Hall mixes it up during one of the more intense moments when Team Clampett was not satisfied with the scoring. Words were exchanged but no blows were exchanged.

sporting clay challenge. Not sure if it was the weather, or because Jim was put in the precarious position of being with two female shooters and a juvenile with his pairing, he still fared well and ended up tied for 5th in the individual category. “Maybe we didn’t do so well because we didn’t have a fancy Hatfield/McCoy team name, mentioned Hall. “I totally blame Betz and Pelkola for putting us in that situation.”   

Both Halls were from the only team born and raised in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, which was probably a detrimental factor to their success at the event. “You know, when you’re born and raised in Basking Ridge, you don’t have the opportunity to use guns like those guys in Wisconsin and Virginia,” noted Hall. “It’s not like I’m living in Newark or Paterson, so how can a guy from Basking Ridge ever have a chance.”  Hall mentioned that his training as a local law enforcement officer helped. “Where do you think I got these great gloves and shooting glasses,” stated Hall. “These babies aren’t available to the local public and I know it gives us an edge.” Hall couldn’t have been farther from reality. Team Hall placed last in the overall competition. Maybe it was due to Patrick Hall wearing a white coat with red splatter all over it. Someone during the tournament was heard saying “Who shot the Hall kid?” While just a rumor, Team Hall was fine, but get that guy another coat next time! “It looked like someone shot him for Christ’s sake”, noted another competitor.

Tense Moments

While the competition was fierce all afternoon, there were a few tension filled moments when Team McCoy member Jill Betz accused the men of a  conspiracy that she felt took Team McCoy out of the contention for the cup. “Whoever the hell said that this 20 guage doesn’t kick as much as the 12 gauge needs to have their head examined!” Betz felt that while the 20 gauge gun was supposed to provide less recoil then the traditional 12 gauge over/under, the 20 gauge proved a formidable foe to Betz’s score (4/60  – 7%). “You’re all a bunch of liars,” quoted Betz. While Betz tried her best to stay in the hunt, a tender shoulder, alongside a general fatigue, forced her to retire from the competition at the 14th shooting station. “Fagettaboutit,” said Betz, in a typical New Jersey fashion.”I’m going back to the clubhouse and get some hot chocolate.” She did stay to the conclusion and take the shooting clay cart back to the clubhouse with the rest of her teammates. Overall, Betz had a great first outing and promises to return with some of her friends (watch out)!

New Blood

Hunter "12 gauge" Betz shows how to dust clays between two chimneys at LVSC.

Returning to Team McCoy was sharpshooter Hunter “Skeets” Betz, a younger newcomer to the sporting clay scene, who became a serious threat to the leader board as the challenge went on. With a name like Hunter, you just knew that his father was setting high expectations for this future hall of fame sporting clay master. Preferring the semi-auto, over the pump or over/under, Betz noted, “You can keep that 20 gauge, I’m going full on with the 12 gauge from now on.”

Additional youth was added to Team Hatfield and Team Hall with newcomers Andrew Donaldson of Boulder, Colorado and Patrick Hall of Basking Ridge, New Jersey respectively. Both Donaldson and Hall were atop the leader board before the event got started. “I was psyched to lead the event just before we got started,” mentioned Donaldson. “I’m not sure how long we’ll be tied for the lead,” mentioned Hall, “but as long as they delay the start, we’ll be right up there with the rest of them.” Hall and Donaldson finished  a respectfull 11th and 12th respectively.

Banquet BBQ

Team Clampett from Fairfax, Virgina secured the inaugural New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge

At the conclusion of the event, the teams were hosted to an outstanding barbecue dinner at the legendary Grumpy’s Roadhouse BBQ and Tavern in nearby Mechanicsville, PA (http://www.grumpysbbq.net/). “There is no better way to complete a day of competitive shooting then by going to Grumpy’s,” stated Scott Pelkola. “Heck, I would have come to shoot on Thanksgiving if Grumpy’s was open, so I’m glad they moved the event to the day after.”     

Upon presentation of the cup, Team Clampett representative Brian McShea rejected a suggestion from fellow teammate Heidi “Annie Oakley” McShea to take a picture of the cup and leave the cup in New Jersey. “No way, we’re taking the cup back to Virgina. They can come and get it if they want to shoot again for it!” stated McShea. Brian was in dangerous territory since Heidi is also Brian’s mom.    

The 2010 New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge cup was presented to Team Clampett on Saturday morning, November 27, 2010. As Betz mentioned at the ceremony, “they won it fair and square. We would’ve presented it to them last night, but  I just didn’t want those Virgina boys to get BBQ sauce all over it.” Betz added,”They better take that cup and get the hell outa my house.” Betz had been hosting Team Clampett at their residence for the previous four days. “You know what they say, like fish and house guests, they start to stink after three days!” Team Clampett left New Jersey shortly thereafter. 

Next Cup Challenge

The next challenge for the cup is yet to be determined. The cup will reside in Fairfax, Virgina until a agreed time and location is set for the next outing. Whenever the next outing is decided, it will surely be a fun filled competitive event.   

Stay tuned for the next challenge update.   


Participants at the close of the Braga Dosha Sporting Clay challenge at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay in Coplay, PA

   

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Special thanks goes out to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay Club and Grumpys Roadhouse BBQ for providing world class venues in support of the New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Cup Team Championships.

New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Cup 
Team Challenge -Nov 26, 2010

Box Score:

 Team – Overall Combined                                    
New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Cup Team Challenge    
Friday, November 26, 2010                        
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
Hits
Total
Birds
% Rank
Team: Clampett                                    
Brian McShea   4 5 1 5 3 6 3 3 2 5 3 3   43 72 60% 4
Connor McShea   3 5 5 2 4 4 5 3 5 2 1 5   44 72 61% 3
Sean McShea   3 3 2 4 4 4 4 2 5 3 5 3   42 72 58% 5
Jeff McShea   1 2 2 2 3 4 5 3 3 3 4 4   36 72 50% 7
Heidi McShea   0 0 0 2 1 4 3 3 1 4 1 1   20 72 28% 10
                              185 360 51%  
Team Hall:                                    
Patrick Hall   2 1 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 0 1 2   19 72 26% 11
Jim Hall   3 4 1 3 2 5 4 3 6 2 5 4   42 72 58% 5
                              61 144 42%  
Team: McCoy                                    
Jill Betz   0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0       4 60 7% 13
Brooks Betz   1 5 4 3 3 5 5 3 6         35 54 65% 2
Hunter Betz   0 3 1 3 3 3 3 2 4 1 4     27 66 41% 9
                              66 180 37%  
Team: Hatfield                                    
Scott Pelkola   2 6 3 5 4 5 5 2 6 4 5     47 66 71% 1
John Donaldson   3 2 3 1 4 5 3 3 2 2 0     28 66 42% 8
Andrew Donaldson 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 1 2 1   11 72 15% 12
                              86 204 42%  
                            Total 398 888 45%  
                                     
Best 2 – Team Scoring                                  
New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Cup Team Challenge    
Friday, November 26, 2010                        
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
Hits
Total
Birds
% Rank
Team: Clampett                                    
Brian McShea   4 5 1 5 3 6 3 3 2 5 3 3   43 72 60%  
Connor McShea   3 5 5 2 4 4 5 3 5 2 1 5   44 72 61%  
                              87 144 60% 1
Team:                                    
Patrick Hall   2 1 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 0 1 2   19 72 26%  
Jim Hall   3 4 1 3 2 5 4 3 6 2 5 4   42 72 58%  
                              61 144 42% 4
Team: McCoy                                    
Brooks Betz   1 5 4 3 3 5 5 3 6         35 54 65%  
Hunter Betz   0 3 1 3 3 3 3 2 4 1 4     27 66 41%  
                              62 120 52% 3
Team: Hatfield                                    
Scott Pelkola   2 6 3 5 4 5 5 2 6 4 5     47 66 71%  
John Donaldson   3 2 3 1 4 5 3 3 2 2 0     28 66 42%  
                              75 132 57% 2
                            Total 285 540 53%  
                                     
Individual Scoring                                    
New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Cup Team Challenge    
Friday, November 26, 2010                        
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
Hits
Total
Birds
% Rank
Scott Pelkola   2 6 3 5 4 5 5 2 6 4 5     47 66 71% 1
Brooks Betz   1 5 4 3 3 5 5 3 6         35 54 65% 2
Connor McShea   3 5 5 2 4 4 5 3 5 2 1 5   44 72 61% 3
Brian McShea   4 5 1 5 3 6 3 3 2 5 3 3   43 72 60% 4
Sean McShea   3 3 2 4 4 4 4 2 5 3 5 3   42 72 58% 5
Jim Hall   3 4 1 3 2 5 4 3 6 2 5 4   42 72 58% 5
Jeff McShea   1 2 2 2 3 4 5 3 3 3 4 4   36 72 50% 7
John Donaldson   3 2 3 1 4 5 3 3 2 2 0     28 66 42% 8
Hunter Betz   0 3 1 3 3 3 3 2 4 1 4     27 66 41% 9
Heidi McShea   0 0 0 2 1 4 3 3 1 4 1 1   20 72 28% 10
Patrick Hall   2 1 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 0 1 2   19 72 26% 11
Andrew Donaldson 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 1 2 1   11 72 15% 12
Jill Betz   0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0       4 60 7% 13
                            Total 398 888 45%  
                                     
Course: Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Coplay, PA            
Start Time: 1:30pm                                    
Finish Time: 5:00pm                                    
Comments: Teams started at station 2. Last stations cancelled due to time restriction/darkness
Conditions:                                    
Temp. 47                                  
Wind 2 to 8mph                          
                                     
Post Shoot Meal: Grumpy’s BBQ Roadhouse, Mechanicsville, PA      
Number of competitors: 13                              
Next Event: TBD                                    
Next Location: TBD                                    
                                     

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  • Vote -1 Vote +1Pa Hall
    said:

    Us Yankees had no chance against those southerners, being that those Virginia boys have had a shotgun in their hands since they were weaned. I also heard Pa Clampett tell his youngins to “shoot like it’s going to be your dinner”. Us northern folk go to the grocery store for our food, so obviously we had no chance.
    As to the Hall Clan’s mediocre performance, I can only attribute it to being distracted by the fine lookin’ ladies in our group… quite possibly this was the strategy of the organizer of the competition to put the Hall Clan at a disadvantage from the git-go.
    All I can say is bring it on for next year…. Team Clampett is going down!!!

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