Bobby Pope

Macon’s Morgan to enter skeet shooting Hall of Fame

David Morgan
David Morgan

Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about the skeet-shooting world.

I am familiar with Macon’s T.J. Maddox, who was a dominant figure in skeet competition in the 1970s and 1980s. Between 1971 and 1982, he won six Georgia State Skeet Shooting Championships. He won titles in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1982. He was chosen for induction into the National Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame in 1986 and for the Georgia State Skeet Hall of Fame in 1993.

If Maddox is the best skeet shooter to come out of Macon, then David Morgan wouldn’t be far behind. I just recently learned of his accomplishments, and he has an impressive resume in the sport even though he didn’t take it up until he was 70 years old. He will be inducted into the Georgia Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame during the Georgia Skeet Shooting Association’s Championships at the South River Gun Club in Conyers this weekend.

Morgan, a 1953 graduate of Lanier, where he played baseball and was a member of the Poets’ rifle team and winner of the Randolph Hearst Trophy as the school’s top marksman, has been a hunter and outdoorsman his entire life. The basement of his home is like a museum and houses the many trophy mounts he has gathered while hunting, including the World Turkey Slam, which features six different turkeys from around the world, quail, fish and even a bear. Morgan is also an avid runner and has competed in all 39 Macon Labor Day Road Races.

Morgan was in the railroad industry for four decades, starting out with Central Georgia, and retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad in 1999, and was an engineer for 25 years. He was fishing almost daily but got bored with that activity and visited the Ocmulgee River Gun Club and started off competing in sporting clays, but soon changed to skeet. In the 12 years since, he is a three-time Veterans All-American, including this year. He was also a 2016 NSSA Class B second-team American. In addition, he was named to the Georgia Skeet Shooting Association Open Class All-State team in 2015, as well as the Georgia Senior Veterans All-State team.

His honors include competition nationally and internationally. He is currently in first place in the NSSA Senior Veterans Division in the United States and is in first place in the World Senior Veteran division of skeet shooting.

His gun of choice for competition is the Browning 725 with all the chokes and is adaptable to be used in four gauges: 12, 20, 28 and 410.

At age 82, Morgan is believed to be the oldest competitor in skeet shooting in Georgia, if not the entire United States.

Shooting teams are growing in popularity at the high school level. FPD, Stratford, Tattnall and Windsor all sponsor skeet and clay sport shooting teams.

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