Comprised of girls and boys from middle school to high school and even college, the 17 South team has a total of 31 athletes who were shooting for targets and competing against youth from all over the state of Georgia in the hopes of winning the state championship. This event was free to attend and open to the public.
Shooting sports are growing in popularity, which is evidenced by the fact that 153 youth shooters participated in last year’s championship, which has more than doubled in 2020 with roughly 450 shooters. Only two local clubs participated: 17 South Rod and Gun Club and Forest City Gun Club.
“It’s so exciting to be teaching the art of shooting to these young athletes,” said Ronnie Chambers, a 17 South coach. “This is a sport where the outcome of the competition depends on your skill level and hard work. Your height, size and gender won’t hinder your success. Every single team member was able to participate and scored individually, so you’re always working to improve your personal score. But then that score is combined with the teams for a collective total. So, you’re also supporting each other and building one another up.”
17 South shot Trap together at 1 p.m. on Friday. Throughout the rest of the weekend, the team members shot sporting clays individually. Then on Sunday at 3 p.m., the team came together once again to shoot Skeet.
17 South Rod and Gun Club, located at 5899 N Coastal Hwy, Fleming, GA, is a family-friendly, members-only shooting club covering 300 acres. Members have access to multiple outdoor ranges to include a .22 only kids range, 500-yard range, multiple 100-yard ranges, 50-yard pistol range, 25-yard pistol range, and multiple tactical bays, and a 10 station 3-D archery course. There are 2 Skeet fields as well as Trap, and a world-class sporting clay course with 10 stations. Inside the Clubhouse members can purchase equipment and ammunition in the pro-shop, or get a cold beverage at the bar. The Clubhouse can also be rented out to members for events or meetings. The pond out front is stocked with Panfish, Catfish and Bass for catch and release. For more information, visit https://www.17southrngclub.com/