David Smith Memorial Ambidextrous Trap Challenge Honors Former Instructor

Competitors in Sunday’s David Smith Memorial Ambidextrous Trap Challenge at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club following the event. Photo by Maire O’Neill

Young Guns coaches with the Smith family. Back row from left, Alan Bond, Abe Chavez, David Smith and Mike O’Neill. Front row, Jessica Fisher (New Mexico Game & Fish), Kathy Smith and Josh Smith. Photo by Maire O’Neill

By MAIRE O’Neill

Thirty shooters of all ages competed in the David Smith Memorial Ambidextrous Trap Challenge Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club (LASC).

The event raised $1,270 for the Smith family. Smith was a New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor and NRA Level 1 Shotgun Coach who excelled in ambidextrous trap-shooting, which made him the best ambidextrous instructor.

Smith and his wife, Kathy, were two of the founding coaches for the Los Alamos Young Guns youth shotgun group, which began six years ago under the auspices of the LASC. The Young Guns, including Smith’s sons Josh and David, have been very successful in state competitions and have competed in the National Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs.

LASC Youth Programs Coordinator Mike O’Neill said Sunday’s event was a tribute to the dedication Dave Smith had to the youth shotgun program.

“He quietly worked at practices and events, always looking to see where his help was needed, whether it was loading the trap house, sweeping shells off the range, or gently instructing a young shooter who needed help,” O’Neill said.

Challenge wInners include:

Male combination 18 and over
1. James Cash
2. Charles Patterson
3. Alan Bond

Male combination under 18

  • 1. Camron Martinez
  • 2. Josh Smith
  • 3. Chris Bond

Male strong side trap 18 and over

  • 1. James Cash
  • 2. Tom Hanlon
  • 3. Charles Tobin

Male strong side trap under 18

  • 1. Josh Smith
  • 2. Camron Martinez
  • 3. Sam Bond

Male strong side Annie Oakley 18 and over

  • 1. Frank Murray

Male weak side Annie Oakley 18 and over

  • 1. Alan Bond

Male strong side Annie Oakley under 18

  • 1. Sam Bond

Male weak side Annie Oakley under 18

  • 1. Camron Martinez

Female combination 18 and over

  • 1. JoAnna O’Neill
  • 2. Shelby Chavez

Female strong side trap 18 and over

  • 1. JoAnna O’Neill
  • 2. Shelby Chavez

Female strong side Annie Oakley 18 and over

  • 1. JoAnna O’Neill

Female weak side Annie Oakley 18 and over

  • 1. JoAnna O’Neill

Kes Luchini was the only under 18 female competitor in all four events.

For more information on the youth shotgun program, call Mike O’Neill at 505.662.0980.

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