Junior Captures Title at 2014 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship

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An Eastern Kentucky University student from Richmond captured the title at the recent 2014 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship.

Wes Burton, a junior criminal justice major and 2012 graduate of Madison Central High School, placed first in Class B in the Main Event with a score of 168 and in the 5 Stand competition, where he shot 90 of 100. He also won a shoot-off for the Freedom Cup Championship after shooting 81 out of 100 clays to tie for first.

The event, the nation’s second largest National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) shoot, was held June 2-8 at Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan.

“It was very exciting and rewarding for all my hard work and dedication to pay off,” Burton said. “Going into the event I felt I was a serious contender, but never dreamed of the success. With each shoot I continued to increase my skills and my class. In the next two shoots I hope to build my skills to best represent myself, EKU and Kentucky in the NSCA National Championship (in San Antonio this fall).”

Burton is president of the 15-member EKU Trap and Skeet Team.

Published on June 12, 2014