Monroe County is home to a National Champion as of July 17th. Dallas Ward, daughter of Clint and Christa Ward brought home the Ladies SCTP National Championship after shooting a score of 572 out of 600. The tournament takes place over the course of 6 days with 100 targets shot per day. Each competitor shoots 200 sporting clays, 200 skeet, and 200 trap.
Dallas is a Senior at FPD in Macon and has been shooting since the 8th grade. Her father, Clint, says their family are big hunters, fishers, and shooters and when she approached him the Summer before her 8th grade year, they got right to work. “I wanted to start working with her early so that she could join the team and be competitive,” says Clint.
Dallas began practicing as a right-handed shooter and spent about six months learning that way. As the school season approached, they realized that something was off. After doing some research, they learned that Dallas was left-eye dominant. “We switched almost overnight and she began shooting left-handed just before she began competing. That was a big adjustment that she handled really well”, says her father.
Fast forward to 2021 and Dallas is dominating the competitive shooting scene at the local, state, and national level. Earlier in the season she competed at the regional and state tournaments where she took home the “High Over All” or HOA award for short, which goes to the shooter with the highest score out of both the men’s and women’s field.
Dallas practices for events 3 days per week and shoots about 300 targets per week in all disciplines. In addition to competing on the FPD team, she also shoots for the Central Georgia Elite Shooters team which is who she competed with at the National Championship. Her team came in 3rd place overall with only 17 targets separating them and the winning team out of Savannah.
After graduating from FPD she will attend UGA to major in Business and Finance. Dallas chose not to compete for the school team but instead compete on the NSCA Pro circuit which is the highest level of competitive shooting.