Gouge tops all N.C. shooters

Submitted photo | Jefferson Post – Ashe County native Noah Gouge had another tremendous performance in the North Carolina State Shoot, hitting more targets than any other resident of the state.

BOSTIC, N.C. — Ashe County shooting ace Noah Gouge made history at the North Carolina State Shoot. Gouge, 16, became the first junior shooter to ever hit 100 straight doubles targets in the history of the state trapshooting event.

The N.C. State Shoot featured 1,612 event entries from 259 shooters that represented as many as 14 states.

Noah was on point the whole week, winning 9 of 14 events and tying in one other. Gouge earned All-American points in 10 of the 14 events.

Overall, Gouge nailed 492 of 500 doubles targets, 382 of 400 singles targets and 363 of 400 handicap target, good enough for a final tally of 1,237 targets.

That number was good enough for Gouge to be the top shooter of all residents from the state or North Carolina regardless of age or class.

This was the 102nd NC State Trap Shoot and the competition was among the toughest to ever make the drive to Bostic. Noah competed with eight of the top juniors that were all striving to build up their All-American points. There were over 500 entries in the championship singles, doubles and handicap events. This shoot also set a new attendance record.

Gouge won the junior high all around and added in 200 All-American points thanks to his great shooting through the week and how strong the tournament field was. By surpassing the 500-entry mark, the competition factor for the shoot was a three instead of a two.

Noah hits the road to Winchester, Virginia for the Virginia State Trap Shoot, beginning July 1 and running through July 5.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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