4-H shotgun team fares well at Jr. U.S. Open

July 1, 2014

NEWBERRY — From June 19 through June 21,2014 Newberry County 4-H and Mid-Carolina Gun Club 4-H Shotgun Teams formed three competitive squads in their respective divisions proving that 4-H in the area is “Making Our Best Better.”

These nine young men competed against a 170 youth and collegiate shooters from around the nation to compete at the Backwoods Quail Club in Georgetown, S.C. the former home of the 2013 U.S. Sporting Clay Open.

They shot in a 1000-target preliminary event and a 200-target main event.

The preliminary event proved challenging, but eventful as the intermediate squad of Newberry 4-H’s own Dillon Morris and two of Mid Carolina 4-H team members, Conner Mills and Christopher Fleury, earned first place with Mills earning a third place preliminary event individual finish. These young men placed third in the main event as well.

The second intermediate squad comprised of Newberry 4-H’s Reuben Sutton and Mid Carolina 4-H ’ s Carter Hinson and Cody Carroll gave a great effort in both events.

Sutton shot a personal career high 81 out 100 clays in the preliminary event to anchor his squad mates in their first time competing at that level.

Carter and Carroll posted impressive scores as well for their first appearance.

The Senior Varsity Squad comprised of Newberry 4-H ’ s Patrick Mills and Mid Carolina’s Hunter Mills and Corey Sease posted competitive scores as well.

Patrick Mills earned an individual second place finish in the preliminary event after posting a score of 94 out 100 to tie a shooter from Orangeburg Prep. Mills won by two targets in a shoot off.

Squad mates Hunter Mills and Corey Sease remained competitive through out the meet as well.

Sease will attend Clemson University this fall where he will compete on the Tiger Shotgun Team.

If young people, ages 9 to 18, in the area are interested in 4-H and would like more information about joining the team or other 4-H clubs, please call Alana West at 276-1091.