Team Benelli Top Placers at AR15.com-Rockcastle Pro Am Championships
ACCOKEEK, MD –-(Ammoland.com)- Nearly 350 shooters showed up this past weekend to compete at the AR15.com Rockcastle Pro Am Championships held at Rockcastle Shooting Center, located near Park City, KY.
Team Benelli 3-Gun Shooters were top placers among a strong field of competitors, successfully running and gunning some extremely fast stages where there was little room for error.
Team Benelli’s top placers included:
- 1st Place Junior’s & Lady’s Tactical Optics Division: Katie Harris
- 2nd Place Tactical Optics Division: Taran Butler
- 3rd Place Lady’s Tactical Optics Division: Julie Golob
- 4th Place Tactical Optics Division: Chris Sechiatano
- 5th Place Open Division: Tony Holmes
- 7th Place Tactical Optics Division: Rob Romero
Exhibiting her winning style once again at the inaugural AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro Am was Katie Harris, who took top Junior’s and top lady’s honors. Katie showed real grit and determination in this 3-Gun competition by coming in 45th overall in a field of 171 shooters in her division. Katie did all this and still made it back to her Georgia hometown in time to participate in a local beauty pageant.
Taking the popular 3-Gun format to the next level, the AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro Am simultaneously conducted two distinct and separate shooting competitions. Each competition was designed to allow the greatest amount of participation possible within the time while maximizing fun, extracurricular events in the way of side matches, socializing and learning. Team Benelli member Patrick E. Kelly conducted a 3-Gun clinic for shooters new to the sport, taking time to explain and answer questions about the intricacies and nuances of multi-gun competition.
“By using a pro/am type format we were able to run two matches at the same time at this event,” said match director, Jeff Cramblit. “The pro’s shot eight stages, providing every bit of the usual major match challenges by making use of the natural terrain of Park Mammoth, while the amateurs shot on seven similar stages tailored of a slightly less difficult nature.”
“By the end of the competition shooters thought it had been an excellent match, with well run and very well thought out stages,” outdoor writer and Team Benelli 3-Gun Shooter, Bryce Towsley, observed. “Rockcastle Shooting Center is large enough to allow some imaginative stages that looked deceptively easy. I think this will turn into one of the top 3-gun shoots in the country—a “must-do” for the future.”
“Though this was just my second 3-Gun event, this is one of the most balanced matches I have had the pleasure to compete in,” said Team Benelli member, Julie Golob. “Accuracy, precise position work, shooting on the move, fast transitioning and gun handling skills were all tested, and the staff did an amazing job creating and running stages that were both challenging and incredibly fun to shoot.”
“It was a very good match and great for new shooters. The prize table was amazing,” Team Benelli member, Taran Butler, commented. “I will be back next year for sure!”
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