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Marksmen `Pulled' Together and Raised $89,000 For Special Olympics Texas.

Sports Editors/News Desk

HOUSTON--(BW SportsWire)--March 27, 2002

During the third annual Conoco Sporting Clays Tournament on March 23, some 470 experienced marksmen -- many who were new to sporting clays -- aimed at 24,000 clay targets to raise funds for Special Olympics Texas. A total of $89,000 was collected, representing a 68 percent increase over last year's effort.

"Top guns" received a custom leather shell pouch emblazed with the tournament logo. Bill Henn of Halliburton KBR was the overall male winner with a score of 59. The overall lady winner T. K. Garrett scored 51. Cole Storey led the youth division scoring 56. Pride International took top team honors with a combined score of 276.

March winds were surely to blame for no one taking home the Dodge Ram trucks provided by Lawrence Marshall. A perfect 50 out of 50 targets were needed to compete for the two vehicles.

Volunteers and participants received a host of tournament perks such as a specially designed cap and T-shirt, and a bounty of door prizes. Additionally, Pride International cooked up breakfast burritos for the morning shoot crowd, while Xtreme Texas Cookers provided a barbecue lunch with all the fixings.

"Special Olympics Texas is thrilled to be a recipient of Houston's generosity," said Lynne Wilcox, Special Olympics Texas regional manager. "The monies raised will be used to support our sports competitions and new athlete leadership programs," said Wilcox.

For more information about Special Olympics, or to pre-register for the March 22, 2003 tournament at American Shooting Centers, visit the Conoco Sporting Clays Tournament Web site at www.sotxsportingclays.conoco.com, or call the hotline, 281/293-4499.

Fox 26, UPN 20, and 104 KRBE were media partners of the Conoco Sporting Clays Tournament. The tournament was sponsored by Schlumberger, Weatherford, Elite Shooting School, Halliburton, M-I, Pride International, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Tesco, Varco, Xtreme Texas Cookers, American Shooting Centers, Environmental Rig Solutions, Halliburton KBR, Marathon, National Oilwell, Parker Drilling Co., RDM Enterprises, Sodexho, Tidewater Marine, Wood Group, Cash Allen and Lawrence Marshall.

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