A Silex local won several titles at the Missouri State Shoot, competing against 600 other shooters in multiple trap events.
David Wommack and his wife Maureen headed down to Linn Creek on Lake of the Ozarks for the state shoot that went from July 8-12. When they left the shoot, which was the first official event in Missouri this year due to COVID, David had won five trophies, most distinguished being the Missouri State Shoot Singles Championship.
“I broke 200 out of 200, and then went into a shoot off. There were three Missourians that ran 200. So we had to go off and shoot off. I ran another 100 straight in the shoot off, and I got both of them out.” David Wommack said.
During that shoot off, David was also competing for the South Western
Zone Singles Championship, which happened in tandem with the Missouri State Shoot but took the events and compared them to trap shooter scores from 6 states beside Missouri: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. In his shoot off, David shot the 100 straight to get the other two Missourians out but then continued shooting until he missed at 123. The score earned him South Western Zone Subveterns Singles Champion.
“It’s an accomplishment. You gotta have goals in your life, and if you never have goals you’re not going to amount to nothing.” Wommack said, “And that’s just one of the goals and many steps. There’s still bigger better ones out there.”
When a shooter wins a large event like the championship, the next year the organization names the event after them. So next year the Missouri State event will be called the “David Wommack Singles Championship”. David also won the Missouri State Doubles Subvetern Championship, the doubles event on Wednesday, and because of his two championship wins and excellent consistent shooting during the week he took home the Missouri Subvetern High All Around trophy.
He has been shooting for 18 years, with his first shoot being at the Missouri State Shoot in 2002. He did trap shooting in high school, and his son convinced him to get back into it when he went to high school and saw trophies his dad won years earlier.
Trap shoots last for several days and have multiple events each day.
Every event a shooter participates in affects that shooter’s individual average. Shooters are also split into categories by age and gender, with the Subvetern category covering men and women from 55-65.
“95% of it’s mental. The mental game was the hardest thing for me to comprehend or to master.” David said, “You’ve got to get to a point in your mind where you’re shooting subconsciously.”
David practices his shooting usually every day when the couple goes to Arizona in the winter, and during the summer tries to practice two times a week. The Wommacks also own Lolar Branch Outdoor Sports, and host around 300 kids on their property a week as students from FFA and 4H come to practice from 14 different schools in the area. The couple invests in the next generation of their sport whether they help them get ready for local competitions or groom and make connections for kids with the potential to shoot professionally at a collegiate level.
“That’s the life of our sport, is the younger generation. It’s also to teach the kids the safety connected with guns, self discipline, the mental management part of it.” David and Maureen explained on why they enjoy working with youths.
The Wommacks took youth teams to the Missouri state championship this year and plan to take more youth to the Trap Shoot Worlds, which will also be in Linn Creek this year from August 2-15. Worlds themselves usually have thousands of people who come from 14 other nations, including Japan, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. Because of COVID and bans on travel, Worlds this year will number around 4000 Americans. David hopes to cement his individual average level of AA, AA 27, and is aiming to achieve a AAA standing next year- with AAA being the highest level a trap shooter can reach.
“It’s the comradery, it’s another family, another trap shooting family. We are a league together, we shoot together. It’s just another group of people.” David said, and Maureen followed with “You have your family, and then you have your church family, and then you have your community and neighborhood, and you have your trap shooting family.”