Defending Champ Doug Koenig off to strong start at Bianchi Cup

Jessie Duff at the 2013 Bianchi Cup
Jessie Duff shooting prone during the Practical event at the 2013 NRA Bianchi Cup

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Columbia, Missouri – -( Scores are out for the first day of shooting at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup and they’re just what we expected as defending Champion Doug Koenig captured the Practical Event lead with a 480-45x. Just three x-ring hits short of a completely perfect score, Koenig made the most of his opening day.

Despite his practically perfect performance, Koenig is not in the lead. He isn’t even in the top five. It’s not a performance issue, it’s a procedural one.

Bianchi is a three-day event. A three-day event in which four stages are shot. Yesterday, for example, our defending champ was shooting Practical. Today he will shoot Barricade and Falling Plate. On Friday, the final day, Doug will make his final charge on title 15 while going headfirst into Moving Target.

This is true for most shooters. Not that they’ll be making a charge for the title on Moving Target Friday, but that they will, as some point, shoot two events in one day. That’s why the overall rankings/scores may look a bit off at the moment.

That isn’t to say that the shooters who started the day on top are bad. Everyone there maxed out on points while jockeying though x’s. The leaderboard will continue to change the next couple days as shooters complete each of the four events … just don’t be surprised to see a few of today’s leaders back on top when everything’s done.

And while the final results are likely to come down to the x’s, don’t forget that a single slip-up can throw them far down the list and out of contention.

Here is the total aggregate’s leaderboard following Day 1:

THe 2013 NRA Bianchi Cup

1Karl Piper960-94x
2Bruce Piatt960-88x
3Mickey Fowler960-66x
4Steve Weathersby958-91x
5Geoffrey Matthews958-71x

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