Blue Grass trap shooters complete rare sweep of nine-state competition

mmaloney@herald-leader.comJuly 28, 2014 

Keith Parrott, left, Kevin Parrott, center, and Jordan Foley

WILMORE — Consider the odds.

One shooting tournament with 537 competitors from nine states.

Three shooters from one club sweep the top titles.

That's what happened recently as the Blue Grass Sportsmen's Club came up big in the American Trap Shooting Association's Southern Zone competition.

Keith Parrott of London won singles. His big brother Kevin won doubles. And Jordan Foley of Paris captured the handicap division.

The Blue Grass trio competed at the Central Kentucky Gun Club in Berea, while simultaneous zone shoots were taking place in Florida, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Keith Parrott, 23, was perfect in singles. After breaking 200 targets to tie for first, he broke another 125 to win in a shootoff.

Kevin Parrott, 30, broke 99 of 100 in doubles, then 40 straight in a shootoff.

Foley, 23, hit 99 of 100 targets, then 98 of 100 in a four-round shootoff.

As for one club sweeping those three titles in a zone competition, "I don't think that's probably ever been done," said Mike Senters, shotgun division manager at Blue Grass. "I don't know ... but the odds of it are pretty dad-burned low, I can tell you that."

Keith Parrott, who will graduate from Kentucky in December with a degree in mechanical engineering, won the Grand American Handicap event in 2011. He also won the State doubles in 2013.

He says his win at Berea "was cool because singles has always been my favorite game out of trap," he said. "I've had success in handicap and doubles, but I never have gotten a really big win in singles before even though that's what I work hardest at.

"This weekend, that was the first time I've broken 200 targets straight in a day. Then, on top of that, I went 125 straight in a shootoff, so (I) by far bested my one-day record in singles."

A graduate of Duke University and UK Medical School, Kevin Parrott is a cardiology fellow at UK.

While Senters likes to call Keith "Machine" because of his methodical knack for hitting targets, he refers to Kevin as "Machine Gun" because of his doubles skills. He's quick.

"I like to use the word 'efficient.' Speed comes through efficiency," Kevin said. "You have to just minimize all the unnecessary gun movements and be very precise with where you're looking so you see the target come out. It does come out looking a lot like speed, I guess."

Foley, a Georgetown College graduate, is a social worker in child protection services in Scott County.

His handicap win capped his club's three-event sweep.

"After the singles, I was kind of feeling down about it because I didn't shoot as well as I wanted to," he said. "... Handicap's never really been my strong suit of shooting."

Shooting from the maximum 27 yards out, Foley missed only the 13th target, then won in a three-way shootoff.

That completed a Blue Grass sweep.

"It says that there's some really great shooters that shoot out here," Senters said. "I'm very proud of these guys because they grew up shooting here, and that speaks a lot for the club, and they've done it as a family."

Beating the odds in the process.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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