Welcome to the future of sporting clays. Without guys like this we don't have
anything to look forward to in this sport. In the almost ten years I have been
around I have felt like the young kid in a sea of old farts. Although I have a
long way to go before I hit any concurrent I sure wish I had started in my early
teens. This month's edition of the IL Shooters You Should Know features our 2010
All State Sub Junior. Nick Clement from Virginia, IL. Nick is about the smartest
shooter you'll see out on the course. With a full schedule of hunting, fishing,
football, and riding 4 wheelers, he is also on the High Honor Roll and is in the
National Honors Society. With such a busy schedule Nick also manages to spend
some time with friends. At just 15 years old, Nick has been
shooting sporting clays for one year and has already achieved the level of B class.
Nick was first introduced to target shooting when he was just 9. His first
memory was when he went along with his dad and Bill & John Ryman from Ryman's
Guns to Illini Sporting Clays. With a 20 gauge youth model he surprised
everyone by beating them all. A friend of Nick's Dad introduced him to Sporting Clays. He invited them to come to shoot and Nick has been hooked
ever since. Nick already has a list of greatest memories that include; in his
first event with over 100 competitors he was 2nd in class, 1st in Sub Jr, was
the South Zone Sub Jr. Champion, moved from D to B class in only 4 months and has
been named the 2010 IL State Sub Jr. Champion. The big topper to these great
achievements is that this was all done in his first year of tournament shooting.
In a very short time Nick has become a shooter to watch.
Shotgun: Beretta AL391 Tekny's Gold
Illini Sporting Clays
Nick’s Other favorite places to compete:
Jacksonville Sportsman's Club, Jokers Wild, Otter Creek, Fallers & River Hills
Bill Peterson helped Nick get started with the
basics but does yet have a specific coaching process. He believes that his
good hand eye coordination from playing baseball has significantly help his
game. Nick would like to keep having fun and suggests we come up with ways to
make it easier for newcomers to get started. He believes, and I think we can all
agree, the more participants we have the better it will be for all of us.
Cheaper, more options and a stronger future.
After a few of these profiles and meeting 100s of shooters across the country I
have seen a trend that I would like to share. Almost everyone I have ever met
in this great hobby was brought in by a friend or acquaintance from another
shooting sport or similar hobby. Very few of us came in our own. I challenge
everyone out there to bring someone new to the next event. If you need help with
getting them started I am sure that anyone else will help you with additional
gear, some guidance and another friend to join the squad. If I'm there I would
love to help another join our great sport.
See you on the course… Dan Grebel
If you know someone else that shooters should know, please see me on the course.
Past Spotlight Articles
Dr. Ralph Everson
Small Framed Big Shots - Michael Iverson
Lyle R. Shear
David P Lauzen
Upland Hunt Club
The Pennell Family - Doing it Right
Gary Fitzjarrel II - FLC Shooting Grounds
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