Koenig wins fourth consecutive overall title
Robert Vadasz, Enoch Smith, Jessie Duff, Tiffany Piper also capture 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Championships
Columbia, Missouri - Finishing with a 1920-183x, defending champion Doug Koenig battled through his final event at the 2013 MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup Championships to win his 15th overall title. But it wasn't a cakewalk. Pushed through every stage of the competition, it was exactly what competitors and fans expected to see.
Out of the four events that combine for the Bianchi Cup title, top shooters Doug Koenig, Carl Bernosky and Bruce Piatt all had the same one left - Moving Target.
Moving Target is a four stage event shot at 10, 15, 20 and 25 yards. Competitors have six seconds to fire six shots at a target moving along a sixty foot run - two runs per stage.
Piatt was up first. A perfect points score until that point, he dropped two points to cement his final score at 1918-176x.
Now, a 1918 is a score almost every shooter dreams of, but this was for the title. In the zero-sum game of top level action pistol shooting, anything less than perfection is likely to cost you a championship.
Unless Bernosky or Koenig dropped any points, which is always possible, the title would fall with one of the two.
Having a place in the spotlight is no surprise for Bernosky ... when it comes to high power rifles. As a 10-time NRA National High Power Rifle Champion, he's been there before. But this was action pistol. You can't drop points here. Not if you expect to win.
Burning through shot after shot, Bernosky was steady and steely while recording the top Moving Target total for the match, a 480-43x. Having left nothing on the table, it was all up to Koenig, would he seize another title or fall to a new champ? Aside from needing to stay perfect to match Bernosky, Koenig needed more tie-breaking X's to secure the title - so that's just what he did.
Finishing with a 1920-183x, Doug Koenig put another notch on his belt - 15 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup overall championships, his fourth in a row. Everyone else was mathematically removed from the championship equation. Koenig was perfect in points with X's no one could touch.
"I need a beer," Koenig exclaimed to the delight of the crowd.
Pushed to second, the consummate professional Bernosky was among the first to offer congratulations. The two have grown to become close friends over the years and Koenig was proud to see how far Bernosky, the High Power Rifle master, had come.
In the Metallic Division, Senior Border Patrol Agent Rob Vadasz won his fifth title in a row while teammate Enoch Smith captured his first Production championship. Jessie Duff took home her third Women's Championship title while Tiffany Piper added another Junior title to her shelf.
Congratulations to our 2013 Bianchi Cup Champions and stay tuned for more from tomorrow's Colt Speed Event, Celebrity Pro-Am and Awards Ceremony.