- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

HEADLAND, Ala. (AP) - A Dothan man has been inducted into the Alabama Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame.

Bob Jenkins, 72, began shooting skeet in 1965 and is a lifelong member of the National Skeet Shooting Association. He estimates he’s shot over 100,000 registered targets and many more in practice.

Jenkins was inducted Wednesday, the Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/298NSry) reported. He was surprised by his friend Dave Long, who as inducted into the Alabama Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jenkins and Long traveled many roads together over the years to skeet shooting tournaments throughout Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Jenkins wasn’t able to attend the recent state championships held in Childersburg due to some family matters. He was in for a surprise when some of his friends returned to let him know he had been honored this year during a banquet at the conclusion of the state championships.

“It was sort of a shock to me,” Jenkins said. “When the guys came back from up there, one of them called me and said, ‘Hey, you got inducted into the skeet shooting hall of fame.’

There have been 29 inductees since the inception in 1996.

Jenkins is the current president of the Headland club, but says Earl Beamon pretty much oversees the operation. He lists winning overall championships at tournaments several times in the Bahamas as a career highlight. He said one of his goals is to introduce more youngsters to the sport.

Jenkins said one of his goals is to introduce more youngsters to the sport.

“It’s a sport that teaches discipline, as well as you have the competitive nature of the sport,” Jenkins said. “So it’s really good for a young man to build on. It brings him up in a hurry from being a boy to being a man, because you’re doing a man’s game out there.”

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