Alumni Network shoots guns for student scholarships

By Henry Eckels

Donors can now put their marksmanship skills to the test at an upcoming clay shooting competition to raise funds for student scholarships in Baylor’s business and engineering schools.

The Baylor Alumni Network is hosting the second annual Baylor Top Shot Clay Shooting Competition. The charity competition’s proceeds will go toward student scholarship funds in the Hankamer School of Business and the Rogers School of Engineering. The competition takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and will be hosted at Walker Harman Ranch 3502 Rosenthal Parkway in Lorena.

Robert Ingram, director of Baylor Business Network, said the charity competition is a tradition the Baylor Alumni Network hopes to continue, and is a taste of things to come.

“We did this last year and everybody really had a good time,” Ingram said. “We’re trying to organize more events like this to raise money for student scholarships.”

Ingram said the charity competition’s scheduling for the weekend of a Baylor football game was not random.

“We purposely scheduled it for Dec. 6 because we figured more people would be coming in for the Baylor game versus Texas on that weekend,” Ingram said.

There is a $1,000 dollar entry fee for a team of four to participate in 10 rounds of clay-pigeon shooting.

“The competition is open to the public, meaning Baylor students and their parents can participate as well,” Ingram said. “Contestants will organize into teams and will fire from 10 different stations with up to 100 rounds of ammo.”

Ingram said a variety of prizes will be awarded to the top scoring teams, including a shotgun.

“The competition is to raise money for student scholarships, but there will still be prizes for the top teams,” Ingram said. “We will award a specialty shotgun to the first-place team and other prizes to a couple of other top-finishing teams.”

Houston junior Mason Mulloy said he was excited about the charity competition because the funds it generates could help support Baylor students with financial difficulties.

“Everyone loves to go out shooting with their friends and family, so I think that this event will attract a lot of competitors,” Mulloy said. “There needs to be more fundraising events like this one, where people can have fun and help out the student body at the same time.”