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08/23/2012

Georgia Shooter Wins NWTF Sporting Clays Championship



Brandon Powell claimed the 200-Target Main Event Championship and the Preliminary competition at the Aug. 17-19 NWTF Turkey Shoot.
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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Brandon Powell of Comer, Ga., took top honors at the NWTF's 18th annual Turkey Shoot Aug. 17 through 19 at The Meadows National Gun Club.

Powell hit 191 targets - including 99 of 100 during Sunday's final round - to rally from a five-shot deficit and win the main event, a two-day, 200-target competition. Keith Higgins of Mobile, Ala., finished second, breaking 189 sporting clays.

"It was awesome to win this," said the 25-year-old Powell, after claiming his second Turkey Shoot main event title. "I had thought I could shoot 99 or 100 Sunday and still be out of it."

On opening day, Powell also won the Browning 12-gauge preliminary competition, breaking 97 of 100 targets.

Kevin DeMichiel of Macon, Ga., won the 5-Stand division in a three-way shootoff Sunday after hitting 46 of 50 targets.

A field of 464 participants, including many of the nation's top shooters, competed for $100,000 in cash and prizes. Plus, more than 100 guns were given away.

"The NWTF wants to thank The Meadows National Gun Club, the city of Forsyth and all the participants and sponsors," said Danny Young, NWTF vice president of marketing. "The NWTF is proud to host such a premier national shooting event. The skills displayed this weekend on an especially difficult course were amazing."

Sporting clays, which many describe as golf with a shotgun, is a form of shooting sports in which clay targets are thrown at different speeds, distances and trajectories to simulate a range of hunting scenarios.

Turkey Shoot proceeds benefit the NWTF's Wheelin' Sportsmen outreach program, which provides outdoor opportunities to people with disabilities.

Shooting events were designed for all ages and skill levels. Winners of the shooting events, arranged by class, were:

National Sporting Clays Association Division

  • Main Event, 200-target event
    • High overall, Brandon Powell - Comer, Ga.
    • Runner-up, Keith Higgins - Mobile, Ala.
    • AA, Perry Royal - Griffin, Ga.
    • A, Garrett Hodges - Portal, Ga.
    • B, Seth Woodall - Sylvania, Ga.
    • C, Chris McKee - Cordele, Ga.
    • D, John Manning - Birmingham, Ala.
    • E, Joshua Crowe - Dallas, Ga.
  • 5-stand event
    • High overall, Kevin DeMichiel - Macon, Ga.
    • Runner-up, Brandon Powell, Comer, Ga.
    • Master class - Jeff Vick, Northport, Ala.
    • AA, Walker Blitch - Statesboro, Ga.
    • A, Tommy Royal - Cochran, Ga.
    • B, Matthew Rountree - Hardeeville, Ga.
    • C, Ken Daniels - Statesboro, Ga.
    • D, Preston Bohler - Statesboro, Ga.
    • E, Howell Beach - Walterboro, Ga.
  • 12- gauge preliminary
    • High overall, Brandon Powell - Comer, Ga.
    • Runner-up, Jeff Vick - Northport, Ala.
    • Master class - Todd Simmons, Ideal, Ga.
    • AA, Chad Dixon - Kodak, Tenn.
    • A, Michael Warren - Rentz, Ga.
    • B, Hugh Smith - Toccoa, Ga.
    • C, Ken Daniels - Statesboro, Ga.
    • D, Ryan Shorkey - Charlotte, N.C.
    • E, Al Hayes - Columbus, Ga
  • Hunter Division
  • Main event
    • Ronald Lindsey - Albany, Ga.
  • 5-Stand event
    • Tim McKinney - Ninety Six, S.C.
  • 12-gauge preliminary
    • A, Stan Latham - Knoxville, Tenn.
    • B, Warren Lawrence - Baconton, Ga.

Results on sub-gauge, concurrent, pump, and side-by-side events, are here.

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