By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Houston Carson brought home some special hardware from his recent trip to Illinois.
The incoming Munford High School senior won the national championship for the Varsity Division as the top individual shooter with a perfect score of 200 of 200 clay targets. Also, Carson was awarded the, “Rudy Cup” as the top shooter from the Volunteer State at the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s National Championships held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.
“So excited for him,” Carson’s mother Angie said. “He knows as well as I do, to God be the glory!”
Carson was among more than 2,800 participants at the even with 25 percent of the field coming from Tennessee. He is now the 2015 National Champion for Varsity Male Trap Shooting.
Carson’s teammates from the 4-H team of the T-County Clay Busters, nearly 30 members, earned several honors as well including Kaitlyn Bradley of Atoka. She won second place in the American Trap Handicap.
Among all the T-County Clay Busters awards, the Rudy Cup is one of the highlights with the traveling trophy residing at the Nashville Gun Club.
Carson, 17, also won a national championship three years ago in the Junior Division. He’s been shooting for five years. Patriot Bank was one of his local sponsors for his most recent trip to Nationals.
T-County Clay Busters are part of the University of Tennessee’s 4-H Shooting Sports Program. The program is open to all Tipton county youth from the fifth grade and up.
For more information on the T-County Clay Busters contact Joe Simmons via e-mail at TNTrapper@yahoo.com or on Facebook at T-County Clay Busters 4-H Shooting Sports Program
Carson is the son of Angie and Dennis Carson and grandson of Janice and Doug Laird and Charlotte and Johnny Carson.