Craig is becoming a legend in shooting circles. He recently added the 2000 World Shoot Double championship.
The reporter marveled at 20-year-old Craig Kirkman’s composure as he interviewed the youngster who just had won the 1995 doubles World Championship and then again after the remarkable young man won the 1995 HOA World Championship and the Winchester 650 five days later. A year later he marveled again at the young man's quiet, unassuming manner after he won the 1996 Doubles World Championship. Then the reporter interviewed a still quiet, refreshingly polite 22-year-old who had just won the 1997 HOA World Championship, his second in three years.
You can't be thinking about the argument you just had with your girlfriend or wife, or the deer you shot last week, explains Liberty resident Craig Kirkman, when you're skeet shooting.
Kirkman knows what he's talking about, he won the sport's World Championship last October in San Antonio, Texas, and returns to the competition this week.
North Carolina produced its first world champion of 1995 and almost nobody, outside a small fraternity of sportsmen, knows his name.
Craig Kirkman, 21, of Liberty, a regular competitor at the skeet matches held at the Durham Wildlife Club, ventured to San Antonio, Texas, and captured the HOA 650 World Skeet Shooting Championship against over 1000 shooters.
Craig Kirkman possesses the great hand-and-eye coordination that all good athletes have.
In Kirkman's sport, it's an absolute necessity.
The 15-year-old Eastern Randolph High sophomore is a skeet shooter. A 1 1/2-inch tall target that is four inches in diameter and travels 45 miles per hour 15 feet off the ground is no match for Kirkman when he aims his sharp eye upon it. Pulling the trigger on his Kraieghoff Model 32 with Kolar tubes or Remington 1100 12-gauge gun, Kirkman will blow the moving object out of the air with great accuracy.