13th Annual Seminole Cup
By Brad L. Glustoff
Page 54 of the May 2006
Lots of people go to
Florida in the winter for a variety of different
reasons. Some go for the nightlife at South Beach.
Others go for the interactive displays at Epcot Center.
But if sporting clays is your passion, the reason to be
in Okeechobee, Florida, February 22 - 26 was to compete
in the 13th annual Seminole Cup.
Presented by Seminole Gunworks along with title
sponsor Caesar Guerini USA, the 2006 Seminole Cup was
held at the spectacular Quail Creek Plantation. Boasting
2700 acres of land, two clays courses, and banquet
facilities that can accommodate more than 400 people,
it’s easy to see why Quail Creek got the nod when TM
Ranch could no longer host the event. Judging from the
feedback I got from both shooters and sponsors, this is
going to be a very long and happy relationship. More
than 400 shooters in attendance obviously agreed.
Okeechobee is located in south-central Florida, just
north of Lake Okeechobee. Its close proximity to both
Orlando (with Disney World and Epcot Center) and Palm
Beach (with its upscale shops and fine dining) makes it
an ideal spot for a family vacation. Add in Florida’s
famously mild winters and you’ve got a perfect reason to
escape the cold and snow of the rest of the nation.
Seminole is so serious about making sure you have a good
time at this event, that the Okeechobee Tourist
Development Council is actually one of the shoot's
sponsors. It’s also no coincidence that The Rhino Rally
was held the week before at Florida's Rhino Outdoors.
Even though there are many fine clubs in the southern
Us, Quail Creek is second to none. Under managing
partners Fred & Maria Fanizzi’s leadership, what
started as a privately owned quail hunting ranch was
turned into a world-class sporting clays facility. In
2002 Marty Fischer was hired to design their first
sporting clays course. From there they added in cart
paths, a fully stocked pro shop / clubhouse, and
stations with cover, gun racks, water and seating. Not
content to just offer world-class clay shooting, next
came the banquet facility that is now legendary for the
food they serve.
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