The Halifax County Gun Club hosted the 2019 annual Portsmouth-Langley Open Shoot Oct. 5-6, with Pam Larrowe winning the coveted HOA (High Over All) prize for the shoot.
Larrowe won the 12-gauge and 28-gauge events, scoring 99s in both events. Continuing on her dominating streak, she also won the very challenging .410 gauge event with a remarkable score of 97. That strong performance led to her winning the HOA award.
Halifax County Gun Club official Ronnie Newton said Larrowe, who competes in shoots all over the country, said Halifax is her favorite club to shoot registered targets.
Shooters Jim Smith and David Sink prevented Larrowe from making a clean sweep of this year’s event. Both Smith and Sink finished the 20-gauge event with identical scores of 99. After a tiebreaking shoot-off, Smith emerged as winner and Sink as runner up.
Jerry Epps won the Homer Ballard Challenge Award. This award is presented each year in memory of club member Homer Ballard, who was a great supporter of the club. Epps won the award after a lengthy shoot off.
Ron Headley also emerged as a winner, taking the doubles prize and winning the Ryan Tribble Challenge.
Newton noted near-perfect shooting weather presented itself during the event, which contributed to the excellent scores.
According to Newton, many of the visiting competitors already have plans to attend next year’s shoot.
“Many compliments were received for the local gun club thanks to the great fellowship, food and hospitality,” Newton said.
“Halifax is known to be one of the top clubs in Virginia to compete at even when facing much larger clubs in places like Fairfax, Richmond and Fredericksburg.”
The distinct name of this event goes back some years when there was a very active gun club located on the Langley Air Base at Hampton. Due to military expansion on the base, the gun club was forced to close.
Dedicated members of this club did not want to disband, so they merged with the nearby Portsmouth club. Unfortunately, again due to urban expansion, the Portsmouth Gun Club was also forced to close.
Determined to keep their name and tradition alive, arrangements were made with the Halifax Gun Club to hold their annual event at the Halifax club.
“This event has proven to be very, very successful,” said Newton, “and it will be permanently hosted by the local club.”