On behalf of the officers and committee members of the 2008 Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Sporting Clays Tournament, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s event. Prior to detailing this year’s tournament, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for making last year’s tournament an overwhelming success. Due to your incredible support, the tournament contributed more than $50,000 to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund, $10,000 to the Bright Lights Foundation and $3,500 to the Brazoria 4H Club. This in itself speaks volumes of the companies and people who make up our industry. Again, thank you very much.
For the 2008 tournament, the SPE-GCS Sporting Clays Committee has decided to hold the tournament at Rio Brazos on Friday the 6th of June. The management team at Rio Brazos is extremely excited about hosting the tournament again for this year. The facility will be available for practice on the Monday through Thursday preceding the tournament from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. If you would like to rent Golf Carts for the tournament, please contact Rio Brazos at 713-854-5876. Additionally, this year we are planning to allow teams to register early at a location in the Houston Area. There will be more details about the time and location in the team captain’s letter prior to tournament day.
Once again, we are pleased to announce that in addition to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund this year, the committee has decided to support the Bright Light Foundation (BLF) as our outside charity. The Bright Light Foundation’s mission is to raise funds, in the spirit of compassion and fun, to assist with the medical needs of those within the oilfield community stricken by catastrophic illness. The funds raised by this foundation are distributed among selected families to assist with medical cost due to major illness. Last year this foundation was able to assist six families and I invite each of you to visit the BLF web site to read their stories at www.bright-light-foundation.com. I think everyone will agree with the committee that this is a worthwhile foundation for the funds raised at this year’s event.
The tournament is limited to the first 700 shooters (140 five-man teams). Last year’s sponsors will have first priority to renew their sponsorship. Sponsoring companies will receive a shooting spot preference and those with sponsoring levels that include a team will be guaranteed a spot. At least one team member must be a current SPE member and T.B.A.’s (To Be Announced) participants are acceptable. SPE-GCS reserves the right to limit the number of team entries per company, depending upon the response to the tournament. The entry fee includes: 100-target sporting clay round, a tournament gift, food, drinks and a wonderful day of fun and fellowship. Door prizes will be awarded and several shotguns will be raffled off. Trophies will be given to the top three teams in each class and the top male and top female shooters. Please note that this tournament was sold out last year by mid-May, so get your sponsorship and team entry forms in early.
Please help make this year’s tournament a success by showing your support in purchasing sponsorships, donating door prizes and/or participating in the event. Your support is vital to the success of the tournament. Additional information can be found at http://www.spegcs.org/ on the SPE-GCS Website.
Thank you for your participation and I look forward to seeing everyone on June 6, 2008.
Tim Riggs, 2008 SPE-GCS Sporting Clays Chair
Al Lew, 2008 SPE-GCS Sporting Clays Co-Chair