Area youth compete in team shooting tourney

Submitted photo Pictured, from left, are George Morrow, head coach at North Central, and Brandon Pugh.

JOHNSTON — Strom Thurmond CTC Sporting Clays held its inaugural Palmetto Classic Sporting Clays Tournament on Nov. 11 at the Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, drawing nearly 200 youth shooters representing more than 25 youth shooting teams from across South Carolina. It was a successful tournament, which raised money for the Strom Thurmond CTC Sporting Clays Team.

“It was a fundraiser idea that ended up turning into a big tournament with nearly 600 people in attendance,” said Jeremy Brooks, head coach of the STCTC Sporting Clays Team. “We were able to secure the use of the Palmetto Shooting Complex to host the event as well as work with the National Wild Turkey Federation to secure Midway Endowment Funds to be given out to teams that participated. With the foundation funds, we were able to give away $31,500 to support youth shooting in South Carolina at (the) Palmetto Classic.”

The tournament began the morning of Nov. 11 with safety meetings for team coaches and shooters and wrapped up around 5:30 p.m. that evening with the presentation of awards. The awards ceremony was the culmination of the day’s events. There were 112 awards given out in three different divisions, with classes ranging from intermediate (eighth grade and below), junior varsity and varsity. The top teams for the tournament were Orangeburg Prep (first), Newberry Academy (second) and Live Oaks (third). The High Overall Athlete for the tournament was Riley Nordin from the Saluda 4-H Team, shooting 96 out of 100 targets for the day.

In addition to the main 100 target youth event, the tournament also had six individual shooting games for everyone to play. The games consisted of Skeet, Trap, Wobble Trap, Rabbit Flurry, Flurry and 5-Stand.

“It was a fun way to wrap up our preseason,” said Walker Kelly. “I even got the chance to have a shoot off with Chandler Gray, a shooter for the Clemson University Shooting Team.”

The team now goes into the competition season with their first South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation tournament set for Saturday at Backwoods Quail Club in Georgetown, and then a 50 Shot Skeet Qualifier at the Palmetto Shooting Complex on Dec. 12.

For more information, or to support the Strom Thurmond Sporting Clays Team, please call the Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center at 803-275-1767.