Roger A. Smith

Inducted in 1996
State: KS

Kansas shooter Roger Smith began registering in 1967 after wife Mary’s brother, Mark Heinz, had introduced him to the sport a year earlier. Roger collected his first Grand awards after 200s in 1974--the Dayton Homecoming championship--and top AA laurels in the Singles Class race. In 1975 he ended as AA runner-up in the class l6s, and in 1976 be was fourth in AA of the class doubles after 98, and third in the High-Over-All with 966x 1,000.

Smith moved to the top of the 1977 High-Over-All with 965, and he placed third in the Champion of Champions competition after 100 and seven overtime rounds. In 1979 he was a member of the victorious Southwestern fivesome in the Division Team Race, and in 1981 he secured runner-up in the Dayton Homecoming after breaking 200.

The only championship target Roger Smith lost during the 1983 Grand American was his 30th in the title Doubles, and the resulting 399x400 stands alone as an All-Around record for the tournament. That same year Roger won the Clay Target crown with 75 in overtime following a 10-way tie at 200, and became the second 27-yarder to prevail in the Grand American Handicap, after a record five smashed 100 apiece in the field of 3,708. He lost his first bird in the GAH shootoff and posted 24 again in his second round for the victory. Just three other 399 All-Around scores had been recorded in all ATA shooting prior to Smith’s lone one at the Grand. In 1983 he also annexed Class AA honors in the High-Over-All with 980x1,000. The next two years he scored 976 and 971 for repeat wins of Class AA High-Over-All becoming the first to capture it two, and then three years straight.

Roger contributed 200 to a Grand record 997x1000 squad in 1975’s class 16s, and he was on a perfect 500 quintet in the 1980 homecoming.

Smith ended runner-up in the first Spring Grand American Singles Championship in 1977 after 200 and four extra rounds, and he snared the Handicap crown for 98 from 27 yards, won the All-Around with 394x400, and finished second in the High-Over-All for his 489x500. Three years later he captured the 16-yard title following 199 plus 50 straight, and in 1981 he earned AA honors in the Doubles Championship after a 99 tie for the crown and placed fifth in the feature handicap with his score of 97. He also was victorious in the Midwestern Grand.

Roger collected three Southwestern Division championships: the All-Around title with 396 in 1980, the singles in 1982 with 200, and the handicap in 1985 with a 99. The 400 he shot in overtime for the 16-yard title set a record for off-the-Grand-American grounds.

Smith earned his home state Kansas doubles and All-Around crowns in 1975 and 1976, and added the singles to the All-Around in 1977. He won the 16-yard championship with 200 again in 1981, and was winner seven years later with 199. His State handicap titles were in 1980 (99), 1981(97) and 1992 (98). He annexed additional twin-bird championships in 1978 (98), 1979 (97), and 1993 (98). He set a Kansas All-Around record of 394 in 1978, a score he bettered by one with a 395 the following year. He was the champ again in 1981 and 1988 with 392s, in 1989 with 388, and 1992 with a record-tying 395.

Before the founding of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, just one other competitor had ever captured the Clay Target and Grand American Handicap titles the same year. The year was 1914 when the Grand was hosted by the Interstate Association. Woolfolk Henderson posted a 99x100 for the Clay Target Championship, and 98 from 22 yards in a Grand American Handicap field of 515.

Roger Smith earned Trap and Field All-Around Average Awards in 1975, ‘76, ‘77, ‘78, and ‘81. He was named captain of the All-American team in 1984 based on his 1983 performance, was co-captain in 1978, and was selected for the team eight other times between 1975 and 1986.