by Joe Graf
The 2014-2015 Rhode Island Indoor Smallbore rifle season has come to an end. This was a challenging year due to the number of storms causing a record number of make-up matches. When the season did finally end the competitors gathered at the Smithfield Sportsman’s Club to enjoy a dinner together and learn that South County Rod & Gun Club took top honor by compiling a 15-3 record for the season. Cumberland Beagle was able to secure second place and Smithfield Sportsman’s Club sneaked into third.
Al Thurn, firing for South County, had another impressive season. His 262 season average earned him a return to the top of the podium for the second year where he collect gold in the league’s individual awards. Cumberland Beagle’s Ed Jaques took silver, ending the season with a 248 average. Rounding out the top three and earning bronze was Ed’s teammate Dennis Gath. He averaged 240.
Dick O’Rourke, representing South County, fired a 236 average and went home a plaque for top average using iron sights. High in class awards went to Al Thurn, High Expert, Ed Jaques, High Sharpshooter, and Dennis Gath, High Marksman.
Rounding out the awards is the Most Improved award. This went to Smithfield’s Ken Olsen. His 230 average was 13 points better than his average from the 2013-2014 season.