Karl Maust’s resident titles in Michigan and Ohio reached a total of 25 from 1925 through 1949 – ten in singles, seven in doubles, and eight in the all-around. He also won two championship races as an amateur at the Grand American, the first in 1931 and the other ten years later.
Maust’s Grand American Championship in 1931 was the Clay Target, and the Champion of Champions crown was his ten years later. He also won several class and runner-up trophies from 1927 through 1942, including AA in the C of G in 1928, H.O.A. runner-up laurels after a tie for the title in 1931 and 25-yard honors in the 1932 GAH. He also led all scoring on the 500 singles targets at the 1941 Grand with 495. While registering as an industry rep, Maust received the runner-up industry award in the 1937 Clay Target race, and two years later he headed reps in the Class Championship.
Dominating Michigan’s 16-yard and doubles ranks from 1925-1935, Maust began with the singles championship in 1925 and followed with 16-yard titles in 1926, 1929, 1931, and 1934. He also garnered twin-bird honors four times in those years, in addition to the runner-up prizes in doubles in 1933 and in singles in ‘35. The Michigan all-around titles were his in 1926, 1929, 1933, and 1935. Maust moved to Ohio where he won that state’s doubles crown in 1940, the same year he finished runner-up to Joe Hiestand in the all-around after shoot-off. Maust was Ohio’s singles and all-around champ in 1941 and 1942, and he included the doubles crown that latter year. He was doubles runner-up in 1941 and finished third in doubles and second in the all-around in 1943. He returned to Michigan to earn singles, doubles, and all-around titles at the 1948 state shoot, and he retained the singles award the following year.
Maust was chosen for first-team All-American honors in 1931 and 1941, and he was named to the second team in 1948. He registered 62,100 singles targets during his career. Maust, who became a life ATA member three years after the association’s inception in 1923, passed away in October 1949 in an automobile accident on his way home from a shoot.