Most people who have a hobby find it relaxing to spend time doing some shoots at clay targets that are hurling through the air at high speeds. It is one of the most popular and challenging shooting hobbies in the world.

For Cole, clay shooting is more than just a hobby. He has earned the bragging rights for winning the state 55 and older veteran division in the Tennessee State Championship Sporting Clays and in the US Open Championship shooting event in Georgetown, S.C.

As owner of BCS Contractors in Waverly, Cole can plan his work schedule around shooting trips. When not traveling he is practicing to improve his already great skills. Cole often goes to Ultimate Sportsman Adventure just past Interstate 40 on Highway 641 in Decatur County. He says it is a great place to go if anybody is interested in hunting or shooting.

Traveling and meeting new people are two things Cole really enjoys about the sport. I love to meet the people. It is a lot of fun. You get to meet people from all over the world.”

Often his wife Sheila will travel with him to shooting events. “If it is a place she has never been, she enjoys going with me.”

Cole’s most current project is attempting to qualify for Team USA. He has trips planned to Lakeland, Minn., Kennedyville, Md, and San Antonio, Texas. He has already earned second place in the points race and third in FITASC event. If he qualieys for the team, he will take his hobby to a whole new level and become the only person in Benton County to be such an accomplished sports shooter. (Courtesy Janet Higdon, Camden Chronicle)

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