3rd Annual Challenge - 1999
As a result, Katha scored a so-so 15 the first day as she and Dave never knew where the bullet would land. Roger McMillin, the silver fox, shot a respectable 20 and Tom Berwick managed a 24 for the first days competition. While not finishing in the prize hunt for the day, both were satisfied with their scores considering shooting on a new range for the first time and the wind conditions.
Did I mention WIND? On Sunday morning, we were met with the wind directly out of the south, at our backs pretty much, and the day starting out overcast and with gusty winds from 8-12mph. This was just a taste of things to come. As the day progressed, the overcast grew thinner and the wind grew stronger. By the time Tom shot at chickens, southerly gusts were reaching the 25mph range on that barren firing line. There is nothing to break the onslaught unless someone happens to walk behind you as you shoot.
Roger & Tom both managed a score of 22 on the final day and where extremely happy to do so. Roger managed 2 chickens by "firing as the chicken passed through the sight" and Tom was skunked. Never can get settled in during strong wind conditions. Its amazing how much swing the end of the barrel can get while your body is swaying in the wind.
We had a shoot-off between 2 AAA shooters for the Championship. These guys will not remain AAA much longer. I should mention that on day 1 there were only 2 Master Class scores recorded and interestingly enough, 4 on the final day during the high wind.
The shoot-off occurred between Steve Graebner and Richard Brinkman. BPCR, Inc., the host club, has the shoot-off occur on chickens, but each competitor is allowed to shoot a standard 7:30 minute run on sighters and chickens. As I recall, Steve managed 1 hit out of 5 and Richard got the egg. In their defense, the wind was gusting about 25-30mph during that string of fire.
A tie had to be broken on the high chicken count between Mon Yee and a little known female shooter by the name of Dyan Rochelle. Dyan is generally the high woman in every tournament she enters and was tied with 6 chickens apiece with Mon. The 7:30, 5 chicken format was followed once again in the strong wind conditions. Dyan experience the same problem as Richard Brinkman with the dancing targets but Mon Yee nailed 2. Mon has only been shooting about a year now and is going to be a force to be reckoned with in this sport.
For his efforts, Mon was awarded a very nice Harold Forcum line box. Dont feel sorry for Dyan though. As high woman, she was presented with a very nice .22 Ballard courtesy of our good buddy, Steve Garbe and Ballard Rifle Company.
This was an enjoyable match to attend and compete in and if you have the opportunity and can garner one of the limited 80 shooting spots, I strongly recommend this tournament. Youll have a good time.