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December 5, 2003

Birmingham-Southern employee wins statewide “Cowboy Action” shooting contest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College staff member and alumna Tonya Drake of McCalla recently donned a pistol and holster to win the overall Ladies Championship for Cowboy Action Shooting in Alabama.

The Alabama state championship was held this fall in Grant, Ala., by members of the Cowboy Action Shooting Club “The North Alabama Regulators,” which is affiliated with the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). The club is one of four in Alabama.

The annual contest is made up of men, women, and children of all ages dressed in authentic western clothing who compete in several shooting events with pistols, rifles, and double barrel/pump shotguns. The guns used by the clubs are both authentic and replicated firearms of those used between 1860 and 1899. The shooting takes place over several stages using numerous targets and different scenarios.

Drake won the Ladies Championship by achieving the best time in shooting out of all the women competing from Alabama. She qualified for the regional championship of Cowboy Action Shooting that will be held in Georgia in May 2004. Drake has practiced shooting for more than a year and uses a 45-colt caliber gun.

The SASS, which consists of more than 300 clubs across the U.S., holds a membership of more than 35,000 individuals and attracts hundreds of shooters and thousands of spectators each year.

Drake, who is a staff accountant in the college's Comptroller's Office, has been employed with BSC for seven years. She is a 1996 graduate of Birmingham-Southern.

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