Final Scores & Match Report
The 2019 Edition of the Ohio Valley Regional (OVR) is in the books and based on the scores, OVR Shooters came prepared to compete . . .
Friday featured a 22 BPCRA Regional match which, unfortunately, was not well attended (the torrents of rain throughout the week may have influenced some potential shooters). Although many of our regular shooters passed, we were encouraged with a couple new shooters that put in some serious miles to get here – they were rewarded with a gorgeous looking day. Of course, looks can be deceiving here in Kentucky and that ‘interesting’ wind pattern that drives most of us bonkers showed up with a vengeance. In the end, 2 shooters separated themselves from the pack: Don Guthrie won the match with a 46/60 and Bob Frame came ever so close with a 45/60 that included 10 chickens! Great shooting to you both and thank you to all of you that competed.
Saturday started out looking iffy weather wise but turned out to be just about perfect shooting weather with only a brief ‘sprinkle’ just to cool things down. The timing was perfect as it came between relays and the target setters appreciated the cooling spritz. Did I mention the shooting was competitive? Only 1 target separated 1st from 3rd. Randy Weeks won the Irons on Saturday with a 26. On the Scope side, things were just as tight with a 2-way tie for 1st – Arvid Englund’s 4 chickens earned him the victory.
Sunday was an even nicer day with abundant sunshine and just the right amount of switching winds to help you pull your hair out. The Iron field was even more competitive as 3 were tied @ 27. Russel Rorrer prevailed with a convincing 29; that score combined with his Saturday 26 also earned him the overall aggregate and OVR 2019 high score honors. The Scope class was rather competitive with Mark Finney coming back strong with a 26 to win the day. The aggregate Scope match winner was Stan Reed proving once and for all that consistency wins aggregates as he prevailed with matching 25’s.
Last but certainly not least, the 2019 Chicken Bowling Championship of the World (yes, this is a real thing) was won by a new shooter with nerves of steel as no amount of cat calling and cajoling could break his concentration; congratulations to Justin Abrams, your customized, one of a kind hat will be arriving in 2-3 weeks.
Interestingly, the Iron shooters were consistently better than the scope shooters this weekend in both the daily matches and the aggregate overall scores. Full scores have been uploaded to the the website and you can even download an Excel version to review on your own time. John Bly won the Full Scope Package graciously donated by Dan Zimmerman of DZ Arms.
Staging a Regional Match means putting a lot of moving parts into the right place. I’d like to thank a David Miller who put in stupid hours in nasty conditions to get the range ready; also a big thank you goes out to Susan Hyslop for spending 3-days in the kitchen preparing food and another 3-hours at the range cooking all of that food for our Match Banquet, it appears that everyone enjoyed themselves at dinner. And finally, a big thank you and a virtual hug goes out to Dee – the best looking target setter in all the land – you and the girls kept things moving right along despite the mud, and water, and rain, and heat – thank you from all of the competitors.
We’re already looking forward to the Kentucky State Championship (September 27-29) and the planning is well under way. We have a couple of matches in July and August (see schedule below) and would love to see more shooters attend these as well as a few of our practice sessions – think of it as the never ending pursuit of perfection – can’t be had in Kentucky but it’s definitely with trying!
Until next time, thank you to all of you that travelled long miles to compete here in Kentucky, we appreciate you.