Conventional Prone Wrap Up
by Hap Rocketto
Anysight competition was tough. There was rain and wind and heat, and humidity, delays but the competition seemed to be inured to the discomfort.
Octogenarian Joe Farmer took day one of any sights with a 1200-108X. Intermediate Junior Clayton Hanson was second posting a 1200-97X, while IJ Woman Katelyn Kutz took third with a 1200-96X. Mike Carter rounded out the perfect scores with an 89X clean. There were nine 1199s and an additional 12 1198s.
At the end of the day defending champion Kevin Nevius down six, Farmer seven, and Hank Gray eight down knotted up at top.
Gray persevered on day four winning with a 1200-101. British visitor Richard Fowke, 1200-93X was in second followed by Nevius, 98X, Paul Nordquist, 88X. and Ginny McLemore, 87X.
The anysight aggregate champion was Nordquist with a 2399-186X followed by Mike Carter, of Tennessee, with 2399-175X, and Gray at 207X.
The close match at the top had Farmer as the sentimental favorite, with even Nevius pulling for him. It was not to be as the old gentlemen from Colorado let three shots slip into the nine ring.
When the scores were tallied Nevius had the fewest Xs of the top three but the most points, 4793-361X and was the first repeat champion since Tom Tamas in 95-96. The Ohio engineer is now in the position to challenge the 1936-1938 three-peat by Bill Woodring.
Gray, to only Army representative, was down eight points, a 4792, but had an impressive 399Xs while Farmer dropped ten but accumulated 372 Xs along the way.
Conventional has ended but the Metric Championship starts up on the 21st with many of the same players in place and Nevius looking to be the first to capture both titles in the same year.