I shot in my first ever skeet tourney yesterday - the Bull City Open at the Durham County Wildlife Club. It was a 2 gun competition in 12 and 20 gauge, and I shot in "D" class in both. Like many others I shot the same 20 gauge gun in both, because the specified gauge is an upper limit, and you may shoot a smaller gauge.
I came in third in 20 gauge with a 90 (out of 100), behind a 95 and 91 in first and second. With that score I actually expected to place higher, as last year the top 3 scores were 93, 85, 82.
I finished in a 3-way tie for first in 12 gauge with an 89. There was a shootoff involving doubles at stations 3, 4 and 5. Fortunately I have been shooting a bit of doubles recently and I won in the shootoff. I was surprised that an 89 was good enough for first, because last year the top 3 were 95, 92, 91.
At any rate, I have been averaging 85.6, so I was pleased with the 89 and 90 in the shoot. I was also please that in the afternoon I was able to overcome a poor start and finish strong.
I was at the top of D class in 20 gauge so I will be moving up to C. However, I was at the bottom of D class in 12 so I will stay there for a while. More opportunities to win!