Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:01 pm PULL — J.T. Ragsdale, a senior at Obion County Central High School and a member of the Obion County 4-H Shooting Team, recently competed in the 2010 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships in Sparta, Ill., as well as in the A.I.M. Grand Championships held in conjunction with The Grand earlier this month. The Grand American World Trapshooting Championships is one of America’s oldest sporting events. It has evolved into the premier shooting event in the world, with nearly 7,000 competitors. This storied event dates back to 1893 when the first Grand American was held at Dexter Park in Long Island, N.Y. In 1900, the first Grand Americam using clay targets was contested at Interstate Park in Queens, N.Y. The Grand American takes place in Sparta at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex, about three hours from Union City. This facility has 120 trap fields, which stretches over 3 1/2 miles. There are 1,000 camp sites. A.I.M. is the scholastic and collegiate division of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (A.T.A.) and stands for Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship. Ragsdale is the son of Richard and Greta Ragsdale of Union City.
Published in The Messenger 8.31.10