Sharpshooter: GF's Butler takes 2nd place in Champions competition

Friday, June 7, 2019
Green Forestís Billy Jack Butler finished second in the Champion of Champions competition Saturday in Jacksonville.
Photo courtesy of Keith Kilbourn

By Scott Loftis

Green Forestís Billy Jack Butler finished his high school trap shooting career in impressive fashion, finishing as the runner-up in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Programís Champion of Champions competition on Saturday at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex.

Butler was one of just six senior shooters from across the state to qualify for the Champion of Champions competition by recording a perfect score during their regional tournaments. Butler accomplished that feat during the West Senior Regional on May 18, also at the Jacksonville complex, hitting all 50 of his targets that day.

In the Champion of Champions format, shooters began shooting from 19 yards away, then move back in two-foot increments, shooting from three stations at each distance.

Butler made it to his third shot from 25 yards before missing.

ďHe had a good day,Ē said Green Forest shooting coach Keith Kilbourn.

Butler wasnít the only Green Forest shooter competing on Saturday. A Green Forest squad also qualified for the state tournament by finishing fifth among more than 60 teams competing in the regional tournament. The Green Forest team was eliminated in the first round of the state competition but just reaching that level was an accomplishment: It was just the second time in the past six years that a Green Forest shooting team qualified for state.

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