Lowndes Academy places in Sporting Clay Tourney

Published 3:09 pm Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Lowndes Academy participated in the first Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Sporting Clay Tournament earlier this month.

Twenty students participated and earned a third place score. The group barely missed second place with a 0.25% difference.

Tim and Cathy Rudder sponsored the students for the event.

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Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports hosted the event. More than 60 students attended the tournament.

They broke up into teams and went through a 16 station course. They shot 100 targets a piece.” Catherine Weldon from Lower Wetumpka, said.

Most students competed with either a 12 or 20-gauge shotgun.

Jerry Browning, director of operations, said AISA had been talking about starting a sporting clay sport. AISA sent out feelers to schools around Alabama to gauge interest.

“The sport is very big in Georgia and South Carolina,” Browning said.

AISA decided to start with an invitational tournament. They ended up with 17 different teams, four students per team. Students were male and female and teams could be male, female, or coed.

“The kids could be in 7 to 12 grade to participate. A lot of the kids have never shot before,” Browning said. “It was a great day for the kids; they just loved it.”