September 22, 2004
Wind and rain made shooting tough but that didnít keep the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club Junior Pistol Team from winning the National Junior Championship for the second year in a row at the July 12-18 National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.
The team competed as individuals in .22 rimfire, centerfire, and .45 caliber matches, scoring well in each. Sam Gardner bested 89 competitors to become first in Marksman Class and High Junior Marksman by scoring 2337-27X. Gardner qualified for the NRA-USA National Civilian Pistol Team with that score.
The OSC Junior Pistol teamís aggregate score beat 18 Sharpshooter teams, 25 Master Class teams, and one Master Class team. The team finished first among Sharpshooter teams competing against all age groups. "They shoot shoulder to shoulder with everybody," Ron Granroth, team coach, said.
In a special "Made In America Match," Team Captain Pat Miller finished second with a score of 1 959-9X and CeI Gardner finished third with 1912-1 4X. This match must be shat with American-made handguns and mnmunition.
OSC Junior Pistol Team members also scored well in Sharpshooter Class. Kurt Szyszkoski scored 2330-38X, earning 18th place. Ben Granroth was 20th with a score of 2326-39X. Jeff Tuomiís score of 2311-25X put him in 25th place.
Coach Bob Gardner shot in Expert Class against 224 competitors. He came in at 122 with a score of 2381-35X.
The OSC Jr Pistol Team was on stage to accept awards four times. Some were presented by pistol shooter Bill Blankenship, many times a National Champion.
The Ottawa Sportsmenís Club has sponsored the Junior Pistol Team since 2000. Shooters with potential are identified and recruited at the OSC Junior Shooting Sports Camp, held each June. Granroth and Gardner then train them in match shooting.
All the team members are graduates of the Junior Shooting Sports Camp that Granroth developed. Volunteers from the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club help run the training camp.
|Members of the Ottawa Sportsmens Club Junior Pistol Team pose after winning the National Junior Championship for the second year in a row at Camp Perry, Ohio.|
|(L to R): Bill Blankenship, Coach Bob Gardner, Cap't. Patrick Miller, Jeff Tuomi, Ben Granroth, Sam Gardner and Kurt Szyszkoski (not shown is Calvin Gardner)|
Club member Lee Arten, columnist for Woods-and-Waters News, also writes for Small Arms Review, Shotgun News, Gun Digest and other outdoor publications.
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