Teen skeet shooter bags a perfect score in recent trapshoot tourney

Showing off his award from the six-day Cardinal Classic shooting competition is 15-year-old Gabe Watkins, of Huntington. Gabe recorded 100 out of 100 targets broken in the handicap event on Sunday, Aug. 23, which was the final day of the competition.
Showing off his award from the six-day Cardinal Classic shooting competition is 15-year-old Gabe Watkins, of Huntington. Gabe recorded 100 out of 100 targets broken in the handicap event on Sunday, Aug. 23, which was the final day of the competition. Photo provided.

Gabe Watkins, a 15-year-old skeet and trap shooter from Huntington County, competed at the six-day Cardinal Classic, an Amateur Trapshooting Association event at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH.

Watkins recorded 100/100 targets broken in the handicap event on Sunday, Aug. 23, which was the final day of competition.

The handicap event has shooters shooting from different distances, based on their experience and skill levels. Therefore, Watkins was shooting against shooters of various ages and abilities. There were over 750 competitors in that event.

According to organizers of the event, in the history of the Cardinal Center, which opened in 1987, only 16 shooters have recorded a 100 in a handicap event. The most recent 100 was recorded in 2007.

Watkins also competed in the Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championship, where he won his age division in trap.

His high scores were an integral part of his squads winning state champion honors in both skeet and trap.