2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup honors champions to close out spectacular year
Columbia, Missouri - Kevin Angstadt was last seen at Saturday night's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup awards ceremony with a grin from ear to ear; and with good reason. He'd just accomplished two longterm goals at the National Action Pistol Championships. The first, to shoot a perfect score of 1920. The second, to win it all.
As hard as this is to believe, a perfect score at the Bianchi Cup is not a guaranteed win. Many of the best shooters in the world travel to Columbia, Missouri, for a chance to win John Bianchi's coveted trophy and competition is tight. If your name isn't Doug Koenig, you're going to find the 15-time champion waiting for you at the top. Competitors who have shot 1920 are part of an elite club. But it's not unheard of for championships to come down to the tiebreaking X's between two perfect shooters.
It didn't come down to the tiebreaker this year, though. Kevin Angstadt's name sat alone at the top of the scoreboard. The only person to reach 1920 this year.
"The dream for all action pistol shooters is to come here and shoot a 1920," Angstadt said. "I was just hoping to get second place, but to win the whole thing? That's unreal."
The new Bianchi Cup champion was as gracious as he was cheerful while accepting words of congratulation from shooters, spectators, and staff alike. Koenig, who placed second with a 1918-182x, was the first to congratulate Angstadt on his victory. Rounding out the top three was Nigel Gordon with a 1918-152x.
Angstadt spoke kindly of his fellow competitors when he took the microphone after receiving his Bianchi Cup trophy, referring to the friendly, close-knit Bianchi Cup participants as a fraternity.
"Unlike any other shooting sport I've been a part of, I look forward to coming here every year to be with my friends," he said.
Among all of 2013's champions, Jessie Duff was the only one to hold on to her title. Every other trophy at this year's award ceremony reflected a different face than last year.
Below are the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup champions:
- National Champion: Kevin Angstadt - 1920-171x
- Metallic Division: Kevin Worrell - 1907-127x
- Production Division: Rob Leatham - 1884-132x
- Open Division: Doug Koenig - 1918-182x
- High Senior: Kim Beckwith - 1908-143x
- High Junior: Louis Surgi - 1838-111x
- High Woman: Jessie Duff - 1893-135x
- High Grand Senior: Adam Lennert - 1897-153x