Brain Whalen's impressive resume states he has "no equal in Chautauqua County relative to his accomplishments in the field of trap shooting." That's an understatement since Whalen's career statistics and honors are both lengthy and incredible. Here's just one example: In 1977, at the age of 30, he won the United States Open Skeet Championship with a score of 100 straight to make the cut and take the title, hitting 175 straight clay targets. That same year, Whalen also earned the crown in the New York State Skeet Championship. It those kinds of accomplishments that earned Whalen induction into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
Whalen, who lives in Bemus Point, was born in Jamestown in 1946 and graduated from JHS in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army for three years before returning to his hometown and went to work for National Fuel Gas, where he remained for 34 years. He was also a partner with his father, Pat, in Chautauqua Shooters Supply.