Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club has not one, but TWO members who are being inducted into the Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA) in 2017; Grant Lau and Art Fenton. CONGRATULATIONS, Art and Grant!
More about 2017 Inductee, Grant Lau:
"Grant began competitive marksmanship in 1961 while in high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. Small bore rifle in junior ROTC began a shooting career that would span decades and involve firearms from pistols to shotguns. Following a decade of distinguished high power rifle competition, Grant shot at his first PITA registered targets in 1989. At the end of that target year, his average card had six “punches”, and a handicap average of over 90% for almost 3,000 handicap targets.
The following year at the 1990 Grand Pacific in Salem, Oregon, two memorable trophies went home with Grant. The first was the Budweiser sponsored handicap event where his 97 won long yardage, and began his shooting “from the back fence”. The second was Doubles Championship, Class B, when his score of 97 tied with eleven other shooters, including fellow 2017 HOF inductee, Art Fenton. The shoot-off for the buckle lasted eight rounds, and several times Grant had to borrow ammunition from spectators to shoot the next round, and finally win.
Since those beginning years, Grant’s shooting achievements include over twenty 100 straights in singles and doubles since year 2000, state shoot trophies from multiple states, multiple Grand Pacific trophies, the WA State HAA and HOA Championship in 2012, and All Star Team qualification for the sixth time in 2016.
In addition to competing, Grant served over 25 years as both a board member and officer of the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club, and as its registered shoot director. For five of his six years on the WSPITA Board, he served as president or vice president.
Honored and humbled to be inducted into the PITA Hall of Fame, Grant may likely be remembered best for his attitude exemplified by his vehicle license plates; AIM4FUN, FUN4ME2, and FUN4ALL."
More about 2017 Inductee, Art Fenton:
"I worked as a trap boy at a two trap club when I was 12 years old. I soon learned it was fun but expensive.
My daughter and my son-in-law gave me a field grade 12 gauge over and under shotgun for Christmas in 1987. I started shooting registered targets in1988. After about 5000 registered targets, with a gun that didn't fit, I talked my wife, Carmon, into allowing me to buy a Browning Citori trap gun. Then she purchased a Beretta 303 and the kids inheritance started to decrease.
In 1990, at my home club of Gig Harbor, I broke my first 100 straight in singles. From that point on I have been in class AA/AAA for singles. Through the 2016 shoot year I have shot 125 100 straights
in singles, in the PITA.
I have won three Washington State Singles Championships, 2002,2012 and 2016, (at the age of 75). I won the PITA Grand Singles Championship in 2003.The shoot-off for the Grand win was the ugliest I was ever involved with, (24-24-24-25)
I finally made the 27 yard line in 1993, the same month I retired from working for the U.S.Navy. I've been on the PITA All-Star Team over a dozen times. I have over 200,000 registered PITA targets.
The longest run of single targets is 805, shot in that other conference in Arizona. I have over a hundred 100 straights in singles and approx. half a dozen 100 straights in doubles, also in that other conference.
I have been involved with the Washington State PITA Board and the PITA Executive Committee. I have authored several rule changes and rule clarifications. I've also been involved with several PITA Corporate By-Law changes. I plan on fading into the sunset concerning my involvement in rule changes.
Thank You for the honor of being selected to the PITA Hall of Fame."