Last updated on November 21st, 2017 at 06:57 pm
Elk River Sportsman's Club welcomed 52 shooters for the 2016 F-Class Mid-Range Championship. Both days were as close to perfect weather wise as you could have. Mostly sunny skies and low 80’s for temperatures made for great scores and close competitions.
On the FTR side, day one ended with a tie between Drew Rutherford and Ed Higgins with scores of 592 – 25X. Drew shot the high score of the day in match one with a 200 – 14X. Chuck Laitinen and Al Quast were close behind with scores of 589 – 21X and 589 – 25X. Alex Hagerman also shot a great score as an unclassified Master with a score of 586 – 25X. Day two brought similar conditions as day one, and Chuck Laitinen caught fire, shooting scores of 199-10X, 200-7X and 199-5X. Chuck finished with a 2 day aggregate score of 1187 – 43X. Ed Higgins was second with a score of 1175 – 46X, and Drew Rutherford was third with a score of 1173 – 43X.
The F-open side had one of the tightest competitions in recent memory between Brian Bowling (Memphis, Tn.), Eric Johnson and Chris Longley. All three dropped one point in Match 3 and ended day one with scores of 599 – 34X (Eric), 599 -32X (Chris) and 599 – 42X (Brian). Day two brought more of the same between them, with cleans on matches 5 & 6. Match 7 had a lot of mirage for the afternoon relays that switched back and forth constantly. You could go from 9-ring to 9-ring if you missed the switches. Brian and Chris both dropped one(1) point in the match and Eric dropped two(2). The last point totals were 1198 – 83X for Brian, 1198 – 73X for Chris, and 1197 – 76X for Eric. Since Brian is not a Minnesota resident, Chris Longley is the 2016 F-Open Champion.
We had outstanding sponsors for our raffle table that totaled over $4000.00. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to win some outstanding prizes. We invited Dr. Ken Erickson to present the F-Open traveling trophy, who the trophy is named after. Ken shoots with us in our Monday night league matches, and shot a 200 – 9X on July 11th as a 91-year-old! A framed picture of the target to commemorate the score was presented to Ken.
It was a weekend of great competition, camaraderie, and plenty of laughs to make it a fun event for everyone.