13 year-old Logan Taylor wins $100,000 with his Browning Citori.
Release Date: 8/30/2011
What it takes to win the $100,000 Grand American Challenge.
Topping your shooting friends at the local Saturday trap shoot is a big deal for most kids. But 13 year-old Logan Taylor went all the way to the big time when he won the $100,000 Grand American Challenge at the annual Grand American held at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Illinois. It wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination. Even though he is still in eighth grade, Logan has been shooting seriously for years. (He is shown in the photo practicing with his Browning Citori over and under.)
Logan won lesser events that eventually put him into position to compete with some of the top shooters in the country for the big prize. And what are his plans for his $100,000? Some will be used to buy a truck and he will put the rest aside for college. Since he's just 13, it will be a few years, however, before he can even take his new truck out on the road for a drive.
Logan has been shooting trap since he was just five years old. He shoots with the Cedar Hill junior squad at the Cedar Hill range in northwest Alabama. As reported by Dennis Sherer of TimesDaily.com, "Logan said going against the top shooters in Amateur Trapshooting Association competitions was nerve-racking. The winner-take-all shootoff featured the winners of eight handicap American Trapshooting Association events, the high average shooter from the events and a contestant drawn at random. Taylor shot from the 20-yard line in the championship event.
Logan said going against the top shooters in Amateur Trapshooting Association competitions was "nerve-racking."The winner-take-all shootoff featured the winners of eight handicap ATA events held around the country, the high average shooter from the events and a contestant drawn at random. “I was so nervous when I started that I could barely put a shell in my shotgun,” Taylor said. “But once I broke the first target, I knew I was going to do all right.”
His father, Donald Taylor, said it was hard to tell who was the most excited after the Belgreen school eighth-grader won a world-class shooting event.
“We were both jumping up and down we were so excited,” Donald Taylor said. “I thought he would do good, but I have to admit I didn’t think he would win it all. He done good.”
Although many in the audience were surprised and amazed that such a young shooter won the even, Logan says was less surprised. “I was very confident I would win,” he said. “I had been shooting good and just had a good feeling I would win.”
According to Tara Short, a spokeswoman for the ATA, “Everybody was excited for Logan . . . with five of the 10 competitors in the $100,000 challenge 20 years old or younger, everyone thought the kids were going to do good, but not many people thought a 13-year-old would win. When Logan won, everybody was cheering. His win shows that trapshooting is a sport you don’t have to do all of your life to have a chance of winning big.”
Logan shoots with the Cedar Hill Smokin’ Guns trap shooting team. They practice at Cedar Hill Trap Range near Belgreen, Alabama. Logan is not the only great shooter among them. The squad performed very well at the Grand and other events this year. The Cedar Hill junior squad, is made up of 15-18 year olds including Logan’s brother Jesse. The team won it’s class at the world championship and won the state tournament earlier in 2011. In addition, the sub-junior squad (12-14), won the state tournament. The sub-junior team 2, finished third at the state tournament. The pre-sub-squad (11-under) finished second overall at the world championship and won the state tournament.
“We’ve got a great bunch of kids. They swept the state and won a lot at the Grand American,” said coach James King.
Browning congratulates young Logan Taylor for his great shooting and amazing achievement. And we congratulate his dad and family for making it possible for a Logan to live out his dream as a top trap shooter.
Logan shoots a Citori Lightning Sporting -- our current line-up has Citori Target Shotguns configured similarly to this proven version.
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Photo, quotes and excerpts from a TimesDaily story used with permission of TimesDaily.com. Copy and reporting for this story was provided in large part by Dennis Sherer, Staff Writer for the TimesDaily.com news Website.
Read the original story by Dennis Sherer. Read more news or subscribe at TimesDaily.com. Original article published: Sunday, August 21, 2011