GA: Smallbore Prone Season Opener

2014 Smallbore Rifle Prone Season Opener

Mike Upchurch, Match Winner

Mike Upchurch, Match Winner

Mike Upchurch took the lead in match 1 of four matches at RBGC’s 2014 season opener on March 15 and was never headed. The tournament drew 19 entries and was held on the newly renamed Mark Skutle Range in honor of the late great American, Mark Skutle.

At the midpoint of the 1600 tournament, Mike had posted a perfect 800, 2 points better than eventual runner-up Don Greene and 3rd place Steve Hardin. The already “switchy” winds continued to increase in velocity over the course of day frustrating most of the field. But Upchurch lost just three points in the final 80 shots and held on for a 1-point win over runner-up Greene and 2-points over third place Hardin.

Dennis Lindenbaum and Tommy Steadman, the two most senior seniors in the tournament mutually agreed to simultaneous withdraw after 120 shots (ostensibly to help score targets) conceding high senior honors to eventual third place overall Steve Hardin. Lindenbaum won the geriatric 1200 with a mediocre 1192-59x, besting Steadman’s sub-mediocre 1184-54x.

Following is a summary of the final match results and class winners:


Mike Upchurch EX 1597 115X Match Winner

Don Greene MA 1596 117x Second

Steve Hardin MA 1595 101x Third

Howard Pitts MA 1588 106x 1st Master

Wayne Forshee MA 1586 109x 2nd Master

Larry Sollars EX 1594 107x 1st Expert

Cindy Forshee EX 1583 74x 2nd Expert

Keith Jarriel SS 1574 103x 1st Sharpshooter

John Anderson MK 1557 60x 1st Marksman

Jonathon Moore F 1575 85x 1st F-Class

RBGC’s 200 yard smallbore prone season begins on Saturday, April 5 on the high power range. Registration will be at the 300 yard firing line parking lot and the match begins at 9:00 AM.

For details about this event, please visit our website at or contact 200 yard SB match director Doug McNash at

The next smallbore rifle prone match will on Saturday, April 19, on Mark Skutle Range (formerly MP2). The match begins at 9:00 AM.

For information about RBGC’s monthly smallbore prone matches see visit RBGC’s website at or you may contact match director Tommy Steadman at or call 404-713-4323.

About Tommy Steadman

A latecomer to competitive shooting, Tommy Steadman began shooting smallbore prone in 2005 at age 61. Tommy holds NRA master classifications in smallbore prone and high power midrange prone and was the 2008 NRA Georgia state smallbore champion. Tommy holds two NRA 2-man team conventional senior national records with perennial teammate Charlie Kemp. Tommy retired in 1997 after a 33 year career at AT&T and now works for a large national homebuilder. Tommy lives in Roswell, GA with Linda, his high school sweetheart and bride of more than fifty years. Tommy is an endowment member of NRA and life member of Georgia Sport Shooting Association and River Bend Gun Club where he is a Life Director and runs the smallbore match program. Other smallbore affiliations include the Black Hawk Rifle Club and Stinknik.
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