Charity sporting clays tournament marks 20th year

Kadel Murdock tracks a sporting clay during the 20th Sporting Clays Tournament Sunday. The annual tournament benefits MU Children's Hospital.

Shooters of all ages said Sunday they enjoyed combining one of their favorite sports with a good cause.

Sunday brought the 20th annual Sporting Clays Tournament benefiting MU Childrenâ??s Hospital, held at River Hills Sporting Clays east of Boonville. Curtis Murdock and his son, Kadel, were among the 95 people who came to the shoot this year. He said he takes part in charity shoots whenever he can.

â??Thatâ??s the main reason, itâ??s for a good cause, and I love to shoot,â?? he said.

J.R. Robinett, who has helped organize the event since its inception, said the tournament has raised between $100,000 and $150,000 for the hospital over the last 20 years. He said he took a bigger role in organizing the tournament to thank the hospital for all its help when his daughter was born prematurely.

â??I donâ??t mind going out and begging for some money for the hospital because of what they did for our family,â?? he said. â??Canâ??t thank them enough.â??

Robinett said the shoot usually draws about 150 people. He said the Labor Day holiday probably drove attendance down.

Beth van Hoveâ??s team, The Master Blasters, beat six other University Hospital teams for the third year in a row at the tournament. Van Hove said University Hospital sends several teams to the shoot every year. She said she likes the challenging targets available at River Hills.

â??Itâ??s all about the kids. You come out, you shoot, you have fun, and then the kids benefit,â?? she said. â??What could be better than that?â??

Kristen Fritschie, the hospitalâ??s Childrenâ??s Miracle Network coordinator, said all of the money raised helps pay for programs and equipment at the hospital.