Ben Ellsworth, owner and founder of Kauai Sporting Clays was raised in Orem, Utah. Growing up in Utah offered a multitude of activities and Ben became a natural Outdoorsman. An avid skier, bird hunter, fisherman, as well as multi-sport athlete, you would rarely see him indoors while the sun was up.
Ben was drafted right out of high school in the 16th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and played in their system for 6 years as an infielder. He enjoyed seeing the country and making new friends from all over the world.
In 1999, Ben moved to Kauai to join his family’s charter fishing business. He quickly adapted to island life and the ocean, becoming one of a very few charter boat captains on the island. He successfully ran the boats and helped thousands of vacationers fulfill their dream of catching a Pacific Blue Marlin, Ahi, Ono, or Mahi Mahi.
In 2010, Ben’s time in the Hawaii tourism industry fostered his desire to start a family friendly sporting clay business based on the shooting skill set he acquired as a youth. His goal was to create a gun club that would welcome tourists and locals alike. He wanted to share his love for shooting while inspiring others to appreciate and understand clay shooting as a relaxing and entertaining sport.
In 2012, with the support of close friends, Ben founded Kauai Sporting Clays. His skill as a shooter, his passion for making the sport easily accessible, and his ability to communicate his love for the sport to others, has made the club the success it is today. To date, Ben has personally taught over 15,000 new shooters gun safety and proven, instinctive shooting methods.
Ben’s God-given talents have helped him to excel in everything thing he sets his mind to. He has won rodeos as a Team Roper, played in 2 U.S. Open golf qualifiers, as well as the following awards in his short clay shooting career:
2016 Western Regional A Class Main Event Champion
2015 20ga FITASC B Class National Champion
2015 Ducks Unlimited prelim C Class Champion
2015 Ducks Unlimited 20ga C Class Champion
2014 Pump Gun D Class National Champion
2014 Super Sporting D Class National Champion
Ben regularly competes in clay shooting competitions:
3/26/17 Western Regional Championship
5/21/17 California State Championship
4/17/16 Western Regional Championship
9/15/16 Nevada State Championship
10/30/16 National Sporting Clays Championship
2/15/15 Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot
10/25/15 National Sporting Clays Championship
7/18/14 Fun Shoot Sporting
7/20/14 Hawaii State Championship
10/5/14 Western Regional Championship
10/26/14 National Sporting Clays Championship
Ben thoroughly enjoys introducing new clients to the joys of clay shooting. He successfully incorporates teaching basic shooting skills with gun safety procedures. Ben’s enthusiasm is endless. His motto continues to be, ” Our home is your home. We are going to break some targets and have some fun.” This says it all.
Additional Sporting Accomplishments Rodeos
2007 Waimea Days #4 Champion Header Waimea, Kauai, HI
2008 Waimea Days #4 Champion Header Waimea, Kauai, HI
2009 Garden Isle Classic #11 Champion Header Kapaa, HI
Placed in numerous publinks, a Hawai’i State Amateur, and two U.S. Open Qualifiers.
Ben Ellsworth was drafted straight out of Orem High School, Orem, UT as 16th Round Draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals as a Short Stop/Infielder and played 6 years in their minor league system.