American Field

Special Bulletin

Masters Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Steve Standley | Mar 07, 2019

Albany, Ga. — On March 1 the Southern Field Trial Club hosted its 36th annual Masters Open Shooting Dog Championship across the quail-rich courses of Nonami and Wildfair Plantations south of Albany, Ga. Great appreciation is due to owners Ted Turner (Nonami) and Joe Davenport (Wildfair) for access to their private estates.

The first day’s temperatures ranged in the 50s and 60s with on and off drizzling rain and overcast skies. Approximately 100 native coveys were moved, either pointed or seen flushing wild, on this one day.

New stringent qualifying standards resulted in a field of 28 entries. The quality of the performances was extremely high with eight dogs having six or more finds.

Miller Unfinished Business, five-year-old white and orange pointer male owned by Benjy and Teresa Griffith of Macon, Ga., and handled by Joel Norman, earned the title of Masters Open Shooting Dog Champion for the second time in the last three years. Business displayed great class on the ground as he stopped, high and proud, eight times for the gun. Excellent manners were on full display for all to enjoy.

Runner-up laurels were awarded to Hale’s Southern Touch, eight-year-old white and liver pointer female owned by Dr. Jeff Hale of Russellville, Ark. Touch offered a gutsy eight find performance during high afternoon heat. Her strong drive was evident as she never backed off her forward search. She finished with power and determination.

Judges for this renewal were Geoff Beane of Kenansville, Fla., and Nathan Phillips of Oakland City, Ind. Their knowledge and experience are respected. Their full and fair attention was appreciated by all.

Thanks are also extended to Kevin Beane, Ronnie Beane, Ray Pearce and their staffs. The Southern Field Trial Club is also to be commended for working to make sure this continuous course, wild quail championship continues.


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