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Trapshooting History Made: State Champion Tanner Cooper’s Grand Slam

Greenwood Shooter First in Arkansas to Achieve Grand Slam

Tanner Cooper of Greenwood completed Arkansas’ first “Grand Slam” on June 14, 2014 at Pajaro Gun Club in Ft. Smtih.

Tanner Cooper of Greenwood completed Arkansas’ first “Grand Slam” on June 14, 2014 at Pajaro Gun Club in Ft. Smtih.

We reported last issue the success enjoyed by the Greenwood Bulldog’s “Blazing Attack” Trapshooting Team and the “Pure Powder” squad. “Blazing Attack” is the 2014 State Champion Team. The Greenwood school district has about the largest number of trapshooting students participating of all Arkansas high schools. Arkansas has the largest participation nationwide in this rapidly growing sport. Arkansas is literally the center of the sport-shooting universe.

Now one of the anchors of that GHS team-seventeen year old Tanner Cooper-has made some state history and earned his place among the record setting trapshooting legends worldwide.

The week following the Youth competition, Greenwood’s Tanner Cooper earned the Arkansas State Championship title for all ages for the third consecutive year in both categories; Highest Overall Score having busted the most of 800 targets in a four day period, and the Highest-All-Around score breaking 395 out of 400 targets.

One week later, Tanner again made trapshooting history becoming one of about 450 shooters in the history of the sport to achieve what is called in trapshooting a “Grand Slam.”  No Arkansan in history has ever achieved it, until now. The designation requires successfully busting 200 out of 200 clay targets in singles competition and 100 out of 100 in doubles. The third leg of the Grand Slam is more challenging.

During the road to this success, shooters like Cooper are required to move further back from the targets as they have acquired a noted acumen in the sport. In Tanner Cooper’s case, his skill level requires that he be moved back to the 27 yard line…as far back as a competition shooter can be moved.

The finish of the “Grand Slam” is then to bust 100 out of 100 clay targets from that far back while having completed the other two requirements. Thousands of trapshooting enthusiasts shoot for a lifetime and never achieve even one of the three requirements.

At a competition Saturday, Tanner Cooper did just that. It was especially rewarding to have just participated with his team in the June 7th in winning the state championship with Blake Campbell, Remington Griffith, Pierce Evans and Trenton Cason and was only fitting that the three-time State Champion be the first in Arkansas to record a “Grand Slam.”

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