5 time All-American, Andy Suda was born and raised on a family farm in North Dakota. He started shooting trap in the 1980s and joined the ATA in 1987, one year after his father, William. Bill is an award winning North Dakota trapshooter, twice president of the North Dakota Trapshooting Association, and member of the North Dakota Hall of Fame. Bill taught Andy the fundamentals and mentored him in the sport.
Andy was successful at trapshooting early on in his life, making the All-American team 4 times as a sub-junior and junior. He attended Frank Little and Frank Hoppe clinics but his father remains his greatest influence. Andy´s fondest trapshooting memories are the long road trips he took with his dad around the U.S. One highlight of his career was when he and his dad both shot 100/100 in the Sunday preliminary doubles at the 2011 Grand American.
Andy attended Purdue University where he was a member of its dominant ACUI American trapshooting team with T.J. Arvas Jr, John Voliva, David Guaresimo, Eric Weikum, Bryan Nemec, and Dave Huffman. After graduating in 2000 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Andy continued his trapshooting dominance in Michigan and surrounding states.
Andy’s shooting career has lasted half his life. Andy has excelled in all 3 disciplines but it is doubles he enjoys the most. He has won the Michigan State Doubles title 6 times. Andy feels the High-Over-All is the most important because of the consistency it requires to win. And he has been consistent, winning the Michigan State HOA Championship 9 consecutive years. He has been the Michigan All-Around Champion 3 times and, in just the past 10 years he has won 11 trophies at the Grand American, 34 Great Lakes Grand trophies, 48 Michigan State awards, in addition to winning at Ohio, Indiana, and Central Zone Shoots. He was the Michigan All-State Team Captain in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Andy is AAA-27-AAA and has been on the 27 yard line since the early ‘90s. At the 2010 Grand, he shot his personal best in the thousand target race (400 singles, 400 ‘caps, 200 doubles).
Andy has had to adjust his priorities since becoming a husband and father. He strives to balance his life as husband to Melanie, and dad to Anna, Alexa, and Anton, with his work schedule and competition schedule. He credits his wife Melanie as being a positive influence on his life and shooting. As for his trapshooting legacy, Andy wants to be known as a gentleman and a tough competitor. But more important, he wants to be known by his kids as the best husband and daddy in the world.