A five-member team representing South Carolina, which included Evelyn Elkins of Mount Pleasant, won the Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays National Championship in a competition held earlier this month in Marengo, Ohio .
South Carolina’s all-state team was made up of the top five sporting clay shooters in the state and included Wilkins, who represents Palmetto Elite Shooting in Mount Pleasant, as well as Turner Parcell, Carter Hinson, Christopher Marr and Wyatt Peay, all of whom represented the Mid Carolina Young Guns of Orangeburg.
South Carolina’s all-state team beat 917 of 1,000 targets in the competition, finishing four ahead of second-placed Tennessee and eight ahead of third-place Georgia.
The SCTP National Championship brought together 36 teams from all states to compete in clay, trap and skeet sports. South Carolina’s trap and skeet teams did not place in the top three in their disciplines. But Palmetto Elite Shooting brought in another all-state member of the SCTP Nationals in Trinity Morris, which got all states into the trap.
Morris is coached by her father, Rob Morris, while Wilkins is coached by her father, Eric Wilkins.
“You shoot individually and you also score as a team, and Evelyn came back with a Sporting Clays National Championship belt buckle,” said Eric Wilkins.
“There were almost 4,000 kids at this event, some as young as sixth grade and there were even a few college competitors. We were there for eight days and they shot a multitude of disciplines.”
Elkins explained that each all-state team was made up of shooters who finished in the top five statewide in their discipline to qualify for national championships.
Evelyn Wilkins won the SCTP State Championship for having the highest cumulative score in any discipline. The 16-year-old attends Crown Leadership Academy.
Trinity Morris, 15, is a student at Lucy Beckham High School.
Blue Sky, owned by Greg Smith and captained by Jay Weaver, entered the Edisto Invitational Billfish tournament with a huge points lead in the SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, having won the previous two Governor’s Cup tournaments, the Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament and the Carolina Billfish. Classic.
With 4,650 points out, Blue Sky had a 2,000 point advantage over second-placed Buddy Rowe and 2,450 points ahead of third-placed Showtime.
And although Blue Sky did not complete the sweep with an Edisto win, placing third, the crew managed to rack up as many points as first and second place finishers Sportin’ Life and Reel Hook Up and claim unofficially the 2022 Governor’s Cup Title.
Sportin’ Life, Reel Hook Up and Blue Sky all finished the Edisto tournament with 1,400 points, scored from seven sailboat outings, with the tie broken based on the first boat to reach that number.
Buddy Rowe scored 600 points at Edisto, while Show Time was not listed.
Edisto participants released three blue marlins and 60 sailfish. During the three tournaments of the 2022 Governor’s Cup, participants released 34 blue marlin, one white marlin and 153 sailfish.
There were three additional blue marlins that were taken on board and weighed, the heaviest being a 532.1 pound catch by the Hydrosphere boat during the Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament.
Official results will be released after the Governor’s Cup Committee meets and certifies the score.
American yacht club
America’s Boating Club Charleston will be hosting boating safety classes August 6 and 27 at 1376 Orange Grove Road, Charleston. The course starts at 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Successful participants are awarded the SC Department of Natural Resources Boater Education Card. The cost is $45 for adults and $15 for additional household members sharing the text. Bursaries are available for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Call 843-312-2876 or email [email protected]