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Inaugural Clay Shooting event raises more than $15,000 for scholarships

2016-clayshoot-team-winnerBy Erika Neldner

The inaugural Reinhardt University Clay Shooting Classic at Garland Mountain Sporting Clays brought in more than $15,000 for student-athlete scholarships.

“I could not be more proud of the turnout,” said Jeffrey Pourchier, director of advancement for athletics, who was led the charge in planning the event. “We had almost 20 four-person teams and great sponsor support, and we are ready to get started planning the second annual event.”

The Clay Shooting Classic was held Oct. 14 at Garland Mountain Sporting Clays in Waleska. The first of its kind a Reinhardt, the tournament was set up like a golf tournament but with clay shooting instead. Garland Mountain Sporting Clays, located just a few miles from Reinhardt’s main campus, opened earlier this year and once taking a look at the facility, Pourchier said they knew they had to get an event planned.

“Garland Mountain Sporting Clays is an amazing facility located so close to campus,” Pourchier said. “It was a perfect fit for our event needs, and we are appreciative of their service and hospitality.”

Pourchier congratulated the winning team, which included Slade Lowe, Ryker Lowe, Keith Smith and Mike Lowe, as well as the top three individual winners. The first-place individual trophy went to Keith Smith, second place went to Mike Lowe and third place to Bill Mincey.  

PHOTO CAPTION (Above): The Top Gun Team included, from left, Slade Lowe, Ryker Lowe, Keith Smith and Mike Lowe. Photo by Jeff Reed. 

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