And that designation won him a $10,000 scholarship to any college or university he wants to attend.
“I have won different things. I have never won a scholarship before,” he said.
Tyler, who is in 4-H, was competing in the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Junior Shootout on Feb. 8-9.
His dad, Robert Galbreath, said 4-H has had shooting competition about 25 years, and he hopes such a scholarship will be the model for more.
During the first day of the shoot, Tyler shot 100 targets out of 100.
He placed in the top five shooters in boys that first day and qualified for the finals the next day.
The top five boys and the top five girls shot the next day.
The San Antonio Livestock Exposition scholarship committee put forth $80,000 for first, second and third place.
A total of 25 guns, buckles and prizes were given away thanks to 25 large companies.
The second day of the tournament was difficult. Rain, drizzle and wind was the fare and the temperature was about 50 degrees.
Shooters shoot in all weather except lightening and tornados.
Still, Tyler shot 24 out of 25 targets to be declared the champion.
Tyler shoots a Caesar Guerini 12 gauge shotgun.
“I’m thinking about Shiner University in Kerrville and also Texas A&M University,” he said.
He said he would like to study engineering in the petroleum and mechanical fields.
Tyler is currently an honor roll student and in the National Honor Society.
He works a part-time job at Crofutt’s Sandwich and Bakery in Bayside.
“School takes most of my time ... and shooting,” he said.
Tyler has been shooting a shotgun for the past six years, but he was averaging 10 to 15 competitions per season.
Last year, he was ranked fourth. The year before that he was the No. 1 skeet shooter in the state.
Asked how many competitions he’s entered, he said, “Too many to remember. It’s a lot. I’ve had 16 shoots this year,” he said.
He plans on competing in San Antonio on March 23 at a shooting classic. He will shoot only one day of the three-day event.
“It’s a money shoot. Nationally ranked people will be there,” he said.
Right now, however, word is getting around Woodsboro High School about Tyler’s winning.
Humble and happy would describe Tyler right now.
“Honestly, it’s just fun. I just enjoy shooting. You have to have determination and concentration, and you have to practice.”