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February 04, 2016 1 min read

These are sad days for Chicago-area golfers. Unable to hit the links here and unwilling to jet off for a round or two in Florida or Arizona, some executives have swapped 9-irons for shotguns to shoot skeet.

“It's fun to see those little clay discs explode,” says Budd Eichner, a Plante Moran partner at the accounting firm's Chicago office.

Seven years ago, on a cold Thanksgiving weekend, Eichner was invited by banker friend Mike Hagen to shoot skeet at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette. Like many golf clubs, it offers shooting sports in winter. “I had never tried it and I got hooked immediately,” says Eichner, 58, who grew up in Highland Park playing golf and caddying at Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods.