SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- -Sporting Clays is the hottest clay target shooting sport. This year, 122 shooters vied for the Maine State Championship. Cousins ended up tieing for the title and Bubb Copp ended up the winner when Keith MacDonald went home before the shoot-off.
"I knew Bubb would win if the scores held up," said MacDonald who is the lead shooting instructor at L. L. Bean. "Let's just say I shot a little over my head and Bubb shot a little under his," quipped the personable MacDonald.
Sporting Clays is like golf with a shot gun. Competitors form squads of five and walk to different posts. At each post they fire up to eight shots at clay targets being launched from different locations and flying at different angles.
"I thought my score would be close," said Copp who shot ninety out of a hundred. "I got done and went into the clubhouse. I was sort of listening to scores. When a couple of the real top shooters said they hadn't done as well as me, I got thinking, 'this is pretty interesting.'" He then saw his cousin and asked, "How'd you do."
"I got a ninety!" said the smiling MacDonald, who assumed Copp had shot a higher score. Copp thought his cousin had heard his score and was teasing him.
It was no joke. The cousins had tied and a shoot-off would take place if no one bested their score during the afternoon flight. That's exactly what happened, but during the three hour wait. MacDonald went home. "I had things to do and I probably couldn't beat him," said MacDonald. "I'm very comfortable with him being the champion."
"So am I," quipped Copp who becomes the first Mainer to win state titles in all three clay target sports; skeet, traps and now sporting clays.