Five members of Emerald Clay Team competed in the SCTP Trap State Championship Saturday November 9th. The Championship was hosted by members of both S.C. 4-H & Clemson University 4-H programs, along with officials from SCTP. This year’s event was held at the NWTF Palmetto Shooting Complex located in Edgefield, S.C.. Emerald athletes competed against over 400+ registered shooters on October 26th at one of three locations being utilized across the State to qualify for the invitation to compete in the State Championship in Trap. Only the top 150 shooters across all division received the honor and invitation.
Emerald athletes were challenged the moment they stepped out of the vehicle. The squad took the trap field at 8:30am and weather conditions weren’t the most favorable. It was 30 degrees with a moderate breeze blowing which posed a challenge in itself. Even with adverse conditions the Emerald Clay Team competed with focus and determination.
Emerald’s highest placement came from Ryan Burrell who shot 67 and took home 5th place in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division. Competing in the same Division, Nathan McKellar shot a 53 and took home 11th place. Ryan and Nathan were competing against the top 26 shooters in the State. Grant Whitehead was the only representative in the Junior Varsity Division and took out 67 targets which gave him the 20th spot out of 29 shooters. The Varsity Division had two shooters qualified. Mason Bacot and Grayson Dixon competed against 60 athletes from across the State. Mason shot 49 and took home the 13th place in the Varsity Ladies Division and the Varsity 58th position overall. Grayson Dixon took home the highest team score with an 84 which locked him into the 15th place Varsity overall.
The Emerald Clay Team is now engaged in preparing for Skeet, which is first leg of SCDNR Governor’s Cup on December 13th and 14th.