|Buffalo Match Results
October 13, 2007
Before putting typed
words to ‘electronic’ paper to describe the 2007 YCSA “Hawkeye” Pierce
Buffalo Championship, I re-read my previous write-ups of the match since I
became involved with it just to make sure I didn’t misrepresent any
On to factoids:
This year’s match had
one less entrant than 2006 & 2005 but four more than 2004 & 2003.
The 2007 edition had the highest number of ‘gong’ hits ever - 14. Previous
high was 9. I didn’t tally up the body hits for comparison because some
might challenge my ability to count above the number twenty. There were no
‘X’ hits, which haven’t been recorded since 2003 & 2004.
Now we return to
my opinionated commentary:
shoot-offs in the past but the one required this year was the most memorable.
The first two shots for score were equally outside (but not by much) the gong to
the right. The second two shots were driven by the down-range wind to the left
side of the gong with the dispersion between them from center not more than an
estimated 4 inches.
The one thing that was
NOT missing from the match, however,
was how much it resembled previous matches in spirit & the weather in which
it was conducted. Friendly taunting was allowed & was evident through out the
match. For example, someone stuck their tongue out at me (no names will EVER be
revealed) while I was on the scope spotting for the 2nd relay.
Then there were the
spotting boards . . . . I’ve never seen tighter groups on the ‘Wooly
Beast’ in any previous match. The switching headwind did give a bunch of
vertical to our shots but the
horizontal spread was amazing – there were VERY few shots that went outside
the gong to the left or right by more than a minute of angle.
trophy for the match has now moved from the custody of LeRoy Tanner to Gary
Well done, Gary !
Treasure the time you have it & rest assured we’re coming after it next
I’d also like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Liz Riddles for helping again this year with keeping score ! She has been helping with this match for several years now & I have been remiss in not giving her DUE recognition ! ! ! !
Last but not least – next year’s match prep starts tomorrow & I’m throwing down the gauntlet to the “wood’s” who didn’t compete this year. I’ll go even further by offering a prize [other than the traveling statue & plaque] to the match winner ! !
|O. J. Riddles||5||1||6|
* Tie broken by Shoot-Off