by John Parker - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Above, starting from left: Second place SFC Adam Sokolowski, 2017 NRA National Pistol Champion Jonathan Shue and third place SSG Greg Markowski.
The NRA National Precision Pistol Championships have come to an end and we have a winner. Jonathan Shue is this year’s champion, finishing with a score of 2638-126X. The match, held at Camp Perry, OH, July 10-13 had over 500 competitors in attendance.
Shue (Mebane, NC) also won the Citizen’s Military Pistol Trophy as High Civilian of the National Trophy Individual and Team Matches.
In second place overall was SFC Adam Sokowloski (Midland, GA) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU). SFC Sokowloski’s score of 2636-124X additionally earned him the High Service award. Readers may remember earlier this year when SFC Sokolowski fired the first perfect score with iron sights at the NRA Bianchi Cup. His AMU teammate SSG Greg Markowski (Columbus, GA) finished in third place with a score of 2633-130X.
Last year’s champion Philip Hemphill (Hartselle, AL) earned two nods, High Police and High Senior. He finished the match with a score of 2618-108X. High Woman was Kimberly Hobart-Fleming (New Philadelphia, OH) with a score of 2536-78X. Juan Pena-Velasquez (Lawrenceville, NJ) won High Junior, scoring 2460-57X.
The Collegiate Champion was Christopher Miceli (Haymarket, VA) who finished with a score of 2518-78X. Grand Senior honors went to Steve Reiter (Tucson, AZ) with 2545-73X. The National Guard Champion was SPC Nestor Pena (Davenport, FL) scoring 2595-88X. High Army Reserve was SFC Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, CO) with 2625-117X. The High Air Force shooter was TSGT Terrence Sears (Belen, NM) with a score of 2575-79X.
For the Team Matches, USAMU Blue won the 4-Man Aggregate Championship scoring 3477-144X. Team members were SFC Patrick Franks, SFC Adam Sokolowski (also Team Captain), SFC James Henderson, SFC Lawrence Cleveland and SSG Greg Markowski. High Junior Team was NJ Gold Jr. with a score of 3048-37X. Team members were Trevor Houlis (Captain), Michael Perez Jr., Juan Pena-Velasquez, Tyler Nell, Connor Cherney, Devin Lacross and Coach Dorothy Speers.
In 2-Man teams, USAMU Gold was at the top with a score of 1712-53X. The team consisted of SFC Michael Gasser and SSG Ryan Franks. The High Junior 2-Man team was New York State Juniors with Heather Powers and Samuel Kwon finishing with a combined 1580-27X.
The NRA would like to extend a sincere thank you to match staff, sponsors and to everyone who attended this year.
Note: The full results of the 2017 NRA National Pistol Championships will be published in the August issue of the digital magazine.
Photos by John Parker
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