National Amateur Invitational Championship
Grand Junction, Tenn. — After two full days’ delay, the National Amateur Invitational Championship was finally concluded Friday, December 9, at Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tenn.
Marques Lucky Strike, owned and handled by John Ivester of Hunterville, N. C., is the honored victor. Runner-up laurels went to Mohawk Mill Blaze, owned and handled by Gary Winall of Powhatan, Va. Marques Lucky Strike was consistent in his three-day performance. He had the necessary strong all-age race and an excellent piece of bird work each of the three days of the Invitational endurance format.
Mohawk Mill Blaze put in a tremendous race on all three days with an outstanding stand on birds in the finals.
The National Amateur All-Age Invitational Championship is a trial that handlers endeavor the full season to earn a coveted invitation to participate. Qualified participants for this 42th renewal included: Game Maker, owned by Dr. Fred Corder of Corinth, Miss.; Mohawk Mill Blaze, Gary Winall of Powhatan, Va.; Marques Lucky Strike, John Ivester of Hunterville, N. C.; Boxwood Bandana, Michael Shears of Franklin, Tenn.; Marques Lucky Strike, John Ivester; Mohawk Mill Pirate, Gary Winall; Erin’s Whiskey River, Sean Derrig of Bannockburn, Ill.; Small’s C D, Mike Small of Evansville, Ind.; Mohawk Mill Lexus, Gary Winall; Wiggins River Knot, Don Wiggins of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; and Prodigy’s High Anxiety, Betty Shearouse of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Judges for the Invitational Championship were Jim Crouse of Dixon, Ky., and Jim Waddell of Brownsville, Tenn.
While the winners take top billing, the weather deserves a sidebar. In a word: awful. Snow and cold temperatures brought the running to a halt for two full days.