Monday, December 5, 2011

Arizona State Palma Championships

On the way to the range this morning I realized today would be a much different day than the previous two. I mean lets face it, snow on the ground in west Phoenix is about as rare as Obama telling the truth! Indeed sports fans, a clear sky, cold weather and an eye watering gusty wind from the north greeted relay one this morning at the 800 yardline. I saw several folks break out blankets to drape over themselves as they took the line this morning. The three leaders, Gustin sling, Salazar F-TR and Gosnell F-Open took the conditions in stride and claimed the win in there respective divisions in fine form.

Bob Gustins 1343-81X was five points better than Phil Hayes,1338-66x and seven better than third place finisher Pete Church's 1336-79X. Congratulations Bob, those offset sights must be working pretty darn good! The bipod boys and girls on the other hand proved to be the most tightly contested match as Salazars 1308-37X just edged out runnerup John Chilton's 1306-55x and Michelle Gallagher's 1305-43X. The bumper jack bunch had some toe to toe action themselves as Gosnell and Steven Blair mixed it up all weekend, but when the mud and the blood and the guts and the beer were squeeged up Gosnell stood alone, for the second time in as many weeks, as Arizona's State F-Open Champion. Dave's 1330-56X contained some of the most consistant shooting of any of the division. Blairs 1323-54X was a full twelve points over third place finisher Steven Shaws 1312-42X finish.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners we hope to see all of you and a whole bunch more out for the Berger Southwest Long Range Nationals in February. Also a big thank you to Lila Sweringen for stepping in when Fred got snowed in, and running a very good match for us all!

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