Brookwood’s clay target team recently completed its season with impressive results. In only its seventh year in existence, Brookwood shooters continue to climb the ranks in competition. In last month’s GISA state competition at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, the team placed seventh out of 22 schools. Students competed in a round of sporting clays, four rounds of trap, and four rounds of skeet, shooting a total of 300 targets over the two-day contest.
Of the 12 high schoolers qualifying for state, Ross Murphy (shooting 264), Callan Walker (261), and Grant Gaston (257) were the high scorers for the varsity team. Ava Cauley placed 10th for all females in trap. In the Middle School division, eighth grader Max Powers placed third in trap for boys and 18th out of 115 shooters overall. According to Coach Mike Simpson, this is just the beginning.
Brookwood has been very fortunate to team up with the experienced coach. Simpson, who began coaching youth shooters over two decades ago, has numerous accolades to his name. He was named USA Shooting’s Coach of the Year for 2013 as well as having coached a USA Shooting National Champion and numerous Junior Olympic medalists. His facility, Bridge Creek Clays and South GA Youth Shooting Club, is one of only eight certified USA Olympic Shooting Training centers for the Olympic clay target sport. Through this program, students are also educated in conservation and the rich hunting heritage of South Georgia.
As a member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), Brookwood competes under the guidelines of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), which was founded in 2007. Students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to participate in the growing sport. Although the team season has ended, shooters can continue competing in the Scholastic Clay Target Program that runs January through Summer.