Bests mom by a single X after delays cause cancellation of Palma's 900 yards
Port Clinton, Ohio - Taking a page from Joe Hendricks' path to this year's High Power Rifle title, past NRA champ Michelle Gallagher shot a perfect 300-19x in today's Palma Match to win the 2014 National Long Range Rifle Championship.
Beginning the day two points down, Gallagher racked up fifteen 10s at 800 yards along with another fifteen 10s at 1,000. Though Palma traditionally includes a 900 yard phase as well, that portion of today's match was cancelled due to the morning's lightning storm.
"Talk about an exciting finish," said High Power Rifle Match Director Sherri Judd. "She hung in there after dropping a few points in the early rounds and finished strong."
The easy part was the shooting. The tough part was beating mom.
"After finishing at 1,000, I knew it was going to be close by I had no idea it would be that close," Gallagher said.
So close that she beat her mother, Nancy Tompkins, by a single X.
Finishing with a score of 1,096-63x, Gallagher completes her Camp Perry campaign as the overall champ with Tompkins in second and Brandon Keith Green in third.
NRA's Long Range awards ceremony takes place tonight, August 2, at 8pm in the Hough Theater at Camp Perry. If you're in the area, stop by and give Michelle a hand.
For more on NRA's Competitive Shooting Programs, visit their website at compete.nra.org