On a sunny, but surprisingly cool morning (try 33 F in September), we had twelve (12) shooters compete in the third Suburban Mid-Range Prone match of 2020.
Ray Gross shot the score he should have shot two weeks ago in the State Mid-Range Prone Championship. However, today he busted a 600-39Xs. It certainly wasn't Ray's first 600, and hopefully not his last either. It was a very nice score from a .223 Palma Rifle.
Mike Ruhlman was high F-Open with a 597-34X. Lastly Doug Boyer was the only F-TR shooter, and finished with a 573-8X, a far cry from his State Championship finish. We have to wonder what broke.
The 2020 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship was held on Saturday, September 5, the year of the Coronavirus (2020). There was a few of milestones reached for this match:
- The largest turnout we have ever had. We had 32, which is capacity. We have had matches prior that filled to capacity the week before, but with "morning of" cancelations we had never had a full line before.
- During this match we added competitor 424 in our database (Robert O'Donnel). At the same time we had competitor 1 from the database (Ed Gostomski) as a competitor.
- For the first time in a long, long time, we had more sling shooters than F-class (Thank you, Jamie Root!).
- We had sufficient entries to have awards for five categories: F-Open, F-TR, Any Rifle, Palma Rifle, and Service Rifle.
The day was overcast and ultimately rainy. After a vote was conducted it was decided to shoot the entire match at 600 yards, and to deploy our rain covers on the line. So, you tended to get damp when you weren't shooting, but you and your equipment stayed dry while you were shooting.
So, we have quite a list of winners:
Any Rifle: Chris Whitney with a 599-37X, out Xing Matt Wieczorek who posted a 599-25X.
F-open: Mike Ruhlman wins in a run away with 598-34X besting Dave Strycharz with a 593-25X.
F-TR: Doug Boyer with a score almost high enough to win in F-Open 598-33X. It was a contest with Austin Nelson finishing second with a 596-34X.
Palma: Hanne Brantner won the Palma Category with a dominating 598-39X over Jamie Root with a 593-29X. Since Hanne is not a Michigan Resident, Jamie is named high Michigan Palma Shooter.
Service Rifle: Tim Plowman fired a 587-20 besting Brock Murphy who fired a 583-22X. Unfortunately, neither Tim nor Brock are Michigan Residents, so Gordon Mason is named high Michigan Service Rifle Shooter.