Hopper takes top shooting honors

Saturday, June 8, 2013 | 8:23 p.m. CDT; updated 10:49 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 8, 2013

COLUMBIA — It was a big day for Columbia shooter Brian Hopper. Hopper topped 142 other competitors to win high-over-all honors at the 19th Annual Rock Bridge Lions Club Clay Shoot Saturday.

Besides posting the top overall score, Hopper and a teammate also broke a perfect 75 of 75 targets to win Flight A in the Two-Man Scramble event.  And he and his fiancée, Angel Carr of Kingdom City, tied for first place in Flight E in the Scramble.

The event took place at River Hills Sporting Clays range and helped raise an estimated $20,000 for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.  The Clay Shoot is one of the largest charity shooting events in the region.

For the first time in the event’s history, winning payouts were made to contestants in nine classes. Hopper broke 91 of 100 targets to pace Flight A in the Sporting Clays event. Jim Cook of Hallsville won Flight B with 76. Brandon Bothwell of Mooresville was the winner of Flight C with 68, and Dale Ruether of Marthasville hit 66 to win Flight D.  Mike Johnson of Robertsville won a five-way tie to lead Flight E with 57 breaks. Flight F winner was J.V. Scofield. John Kraus of Jefferson City won Flight G after tying with Russ Chambers of Columbia with 47s. Flights H and I were won by Mike Cupp with 39 and Paul Lucas with 30. First place was worth $100 cash; second $75 and third, $50.

In the Two-Man Scramble, Hopper and Warrenton teammate Mark Gamel captured Flight A honors with a perfect score of 75 out of 75.  Flight B went to 66 carded by Brandon and Adam Faerber of Hermann; Flight C was won by Nick Bryson of Columbia and Scott Baldridge of Harrisburg with 62. John and Cole Staats of Rocheport won Flight D after a six-way tie with 57. Scott Simpson and Ross Hudson of Fayette won Flight E with 52. Ryan Hudson and Matt Bolles of Higbee won Flight F with a 45/75.  Cash prizes were $150 for the first-place teams, $100 for second and $50 for third.

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