William R. "Dick" Turner
Year Inducted: 2005
When anyone familiar with the Blue Water Sportsman Association thinks about that club, they think of William R. “Dick” Turner.
He started there as a trap boy when he was nine years old and the club was located on Vincent Road in Clyde Township. After the clubhouse there burned in 1968, he and others were instrumental in building the facility on Ravenswood Road in Kimball Township.
Dick excelled in two areas.
He was and is an outstanding competitive trap shooter. In 33 years of competition, he has won over 20 State Championships in Michigan and four State Championships in Florida. Dick of course has won or placed in many Zone and Regional Championships over those years, shooting over 250,000 registered targets.
He is a legend as a shotgun division manager, a position in which he succeeded his father. As a teacher, mentor and tournament director he has no equal. His tireless attention to detail and his quality of operation of tournaments and practice facilities drew shooters from all over the country. His Labor Day Weekend Shoot would attract as many as 300 shooters who shot nearly 200,000 targets in the three – day event. In 1997, a trap field at Blue Water Sportsman Association was named in his honor.
He was inducted into the Michigan Trapshooting Hall of Fame in August of 2004.