Utley Wins TSRA State Service Riﬂe Championship for Eleventh Time
January 18, 2023Civilian Marksmanship Program▸State Director▸Texas▸Utley Wins TSRA State Service Riﬂe Championship for Eleventh Time
By Justin Burns & Ariana Perry
The annual Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) State Service Riﬂe Championship was held Oct. 28-30, 2022, at the Panola County Gun Club, in Carthage, Texas. The event was facilitated by Jerry Iliﬀ, the current TSRA Service Riﬂe Director, and marked the completion of the highpower season.
The weekend started with a team match on Friday morning, followed by the 800 Aggregate State Service Riﬂe Championship on Saturday and ended with an Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) match on Sunday.
This year, the event saw 37 shooters in attendance for the Texas State Service Riﬂe Championship. The top shooter of this match wins the Richard P. Crawford Excellence in Service Riﬂe Competition trophy, while the top 20 shooters from Texas are awarded a “Governor’s Twenty” pin.
This year’s winner was Justin Utley with a 793-45X. Utley has won the Texas State Service Riﬂe Championship 11 times. Second place was Gary Troxell with a 790-35X, and Michael Cameron was third with a 788-26X. High Senior was Dan Pate with a 778-31X. High Woman was Ariana Perry with a 745-11X. High Junior was Blackston Fisk with a 776-23X.
On Sunday, a CMP EIC match was held to ﬁnish up the weekend. The overall match winner was Justin Burns with a score of 491-16x. Tying Burns but finishing in second was Dan Pate. The tie was broken by the 600-yard slow ﬁre scores. Chance Cavin ﬁnished third with a 489-16x. EIC LEG points were awarded on Sunday to Bruce Finley with a score of 481-13x and Ariana Perry with a score of 478-8x.
Overall, this was a successful weekend of matches in Carthage and a great way to end the 2022 season.
The TSRA State Service Riﬂe Championship will be held again on April 1, 2023, at Panola County Gun Club near Carthage, Texas. Start making plans now to attend. For more information go to http://epcgc.com.
About the Richard P. Crawford Excellence in Service Riﬂe Competition Trophy:
Beginning in 2010, the Richard P. Crawford Excellence in Service Riﬂe Competition Trophy has served as a symbol of excellence to service riﬂe competitors. It was ﬁrst unveiled at the Service Riﬂe Championship in Camp Swift, Texas, and is presented to the top competitor at the State Service Riﬂe Championship.
It was named and bears the likeness of Rick Crawford who was a former TSRA Oﬃcer, TSRA Service Riﬂe Director, Captain of the Texas Service Riﬂe Team and long-time highpower competitor in Texas. Rick earned his Distinguished Riﬂeman badge in 1989 and was a driving force for highpower in Texas from the 1990s up until his death in 2011.
This trophy was commissioned by David Wilson, Robert Langham and Alan Wilson, who wanted a national level trophy for Texas Service Riﬂe Shooters. It was paid for entirely by donations from highpower shooters.
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