OK… so we know that this isn’t a USPSA sanctioned event, but several top shooters in USPSA participate in the most accuracy intense of the action shooting sports. The NRA Bianchi Cup is one of the most enduring matches on the circuit and this year marked the 30th Anniversary. The Bianchi Cup is just 192 rounds, but every one of them counts. Like “Virginia Count” scoring, there are no make up shots at “The Cup.” Competitors draw from the holster and shoot at tombstone-shaped targets with a 4” X-Ring. There are four events; the Practical, Barricade, Plates and Moving Target.
Vera Koo has reigned as Ladies National Champion an amazing eight times starting in 1999. Other USPSA Ladies Champions have also joined the ranks of Bianchi winners – Judy Woolley, Sharon Zaffiro (Edington) and Julie Golob. Taking a year and a half off from shooting to start a family, Julie Golob returned to the 2009 Bianchi Cup after her first Cup win in 2007. At this year’s Bianchi Cup, Julie shot the third highest women’s score ever, a 1907 with 138x. Her performance also earned her the highest classification in the sport, NRA Action Pistol High Master and the coveted High Woman Award. We should all be inspired by Julie’s accomplishments. Julie G. has won more National titles (combining IDPA, USPSA, Bianchi, IRC, & Steel Challenge) than any other female competitor past and present. Welcome back, Julie!
Rounding out the top 5 women were:
New this year to the NRA Bianchi Cup – Production Division! Two USPSA Women’s Champions Randi Rogers and Annette Aysen squared off for top woman honors. Randi earned her first Bianchi Cup win in this division with a score of 1740, 93x, enough to place 5th Overall! Both Randi and Annette’s performances will hopefully inspire more women to shoot Production next year.
We also think it’s pretty awesome that two cousins competed in the Junior Category this year. They also teamed up and took third place Junior Team. Congratulations to Theresa and Sydney Surgi! Keep up the GREAT shooting!