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Walter Ostrom -
Inducted in 1981 ... Orangeburg native ... marksman who made his name as an expert trapshooter ... won the Amateur Championship of North America four times: 1952, 1956, 1957 and 1962 ... he became only the fourth man in the history of the tournament to win two successive years ... he also captured the New York State championship three times: 1952, 1956 and 1959 ... in 1952 and 1955, he was High Overall Champion of New York State ... Ostrom also won three Eastern Zone titles, in 1955, 1956 and 1961, and was named to the All-American trap team, selected by Sports Afield magazine, in 1956 and 1958 ... in 1953 and again in 1957, Ostrom won the Grand American tournament in Vandalia, Ohio, hitting all 200 targets for a perfect score ... he had near-perfect scores in the 1952 North American championships (199 out of 200), 1955 Eastern Zone (199 of 200), 1959 New York State championships (197 of 200), 1961 Eastern Zone (199 of 200), and the 1962 North American championships (198 of 200)... from 1949 to 1963, he shot at 42,975 targets and broke 41,441 for an average of 96.43 targets hit out of every 100 shot at ... Ostrom used a Model 12 Winchester pump gun ... his trapshooting career began in 1947, after he returned from World War II ... he first joined the Rockland Shooting Club in Orangeburg in 1947, switched to the New Jersey Gun Club, then joined the New York Athletic Club in 1951, when he really began to blossom as a shooter.

 


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