GA: Conv State Champ Results

by Tommy Steadman

The field of 15 was a little lean for a state championship, probably because of UGA football and the start of bow season. But the weather was bright and pleasant all weekend and, as far as I could tell, everyone had a good time.  A stiff wind kicked-up by mid-morning both days dampening the scores and X-counts somewhat but resulted in an exciting shootout between the top five shooters – Steve Hardin, Don Greene, Ed Foley, Eric Uptagrafft and Mike Carter.

When it was all over, 2011 US Palma Team member and current River Bend Gun Club president Steve Hardin emerged as iron sight champion, any sight champion and match winner with 3193-226x.  RBGC member and 3-time Georgia state champion Don Greene was runner-up and High Master with 3190-235x . Tennessean and former USMC service rifle team member Ed Foley was 3rd with 3190-224x.

Larry Sollars, 3182-194x, was 1st Expert and Michael Encinas, 3175-167x, was 2nd Expert.  Austin Fletcher, an intermediate Ormond Beach, FL, was the only junior entered and his solid score of 3173-184x earned him a bronze medal for 3rd Expert

Sandra Uptagrafft, member of the 2012 US Olympic Team (Women’s 10 Meter Air Pistol and Women’s 25 Meter Sport Pistol) and wife of Eric Uptagrafft, shot an unsanctioned but regulation NRA F-class course of fire.  Sandra shot well and appeared to enjoy her rifle experience and the precision and high scores and x-count relative to pistol.

Judge Jim Hinkle was CRO and called the match, David Dye was chief scorer and yours truly served as statistical officer in the absence of my bride, Linda.  Dennis Lindenbaum withdrew from competition after the iron sight championship and graciously returned today to lend his scoring talents and complete his duty as Jury Chairman (other jury members included Dave Rabin and Mike Carter).

There are just four more smallbore rifle prone match dates remaining in RBGC’s 2014 season.  200-yard 3X200 matches on October 4 and November 1 and NRA sanctioned (Approved) metric 1200’s on October 18 and November 15.  Contact Doug McNash ( for information about the 3X200 prone matches. Requests for information about NRA smallbore rifle prone matches at RGBC can be directed to me at

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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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1 Response to GA: Conv State Champ Results

  1. Bob Yakushi says:

    Thank you for a great 2 day match. Learned a lot about that RBGC wind!



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