I lost two points in the first string of fire for the day. I still had two more strings to shoot. With the crowd I was shooting with I just figured the rest of the match was just going to be practice from that point on. Surely there were going to be at least one or two cleans for the match. Saturday was our annual Wes Hall Memorial 300 yard match at Plantation Range just north of Seattle. Always a cold and damp location to shoot and this one proved no differently. We usually have such calm conditions that clean scores are a given and it is the X count that wins the match.
I still treated every round with importance. I was determined for my own ego to stay clean (perfect score) for the rest of the day. I just needed to assure myself it was I that screwed up and not blame it on the ammo or something. (Which is easy to do!) The two nines I shot were flyers that I did not call so I was a little wigged out. But the next two strings were perfect and my X count for the day was pretty good. My final score was 598/600 with 39X. Still, I assumed I was down the list of scores. I did not see the final scores until they were announced and was pleasantly surprised to hear I took 2nd overall. Moral of the story is not to give up because you never what the rest of your competition is doing. But the fun part of my story for the day is our winner of the match.
Gary Rasmussen a NW local has been shooting Palma and High Power for a long time. He has been a member of the US Rifle Time for many of those years as well as recently a coach. At this Plantation rifle club Gary has been range master for 20 plus years and he just retired a month ago. All of those years he has rarely been able to compete in any of his own competitions with us since he served as match director. Now, one month after retirement he joined the rest of us on the line. So it could not be more fitting that he won the Wes Hall Memorial. With a 599/600 and 44 X he took home the glass bowl trophy. Congrats Gary!