May 4, 2009

Leatham, Munson Win Single Stack Titles

BARRY, Ill. — Rob Leatham and Lisa Munson captured the 2009 U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Single Stack National Championship May 2 at the PASA Park range here.

The match drew more than 255 top 1911 pistol shooters from around the country.

On the men's side, despite winning just one of the 20 stages, Mesa, Arizona-based Leatham led through the entire competition and finished with a final score of 1197.4090. The win represents Leatham’s 15th straight in the match that was previously known as the Single Stack Classic.

Lisa Munson

Lisa Munson (Marysville, WA) won the women's USPSA Single Stack National Championship May 2.

Munson, of Marysville, Wash., led the women for the first four stages then fell to second on stage five and third on stages six and seven. She regained the lead on stage 16 and held on through stage 20 for the win.

Among the men, Chino, Calif., resident Michael Voigt rallied back from finishing ninth in 2008 to take second place just over 19 points behind Leatham. Taran Butler of Simi Valley, Calif., claimed third for the second year in a row by winning four stages.

Rounding out the top five were Todd Jarrett of Hopewell, Va., and B.J. Norris of Tyler, Texas, in fourth and fifth shooting 1151.1429 and 1112.6781 respectively.

Rounding out the top five women were second-place finisher Kippi Leatham of Mesa, Ariz., and Kay Miculek of Princeton, La., in third. Julie Golub from Glasgow, Mont., and T.D. Roe took fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Single Stack Nationals were established in 1994 as the Single Stack Classic by pistolsmith Richard Heinie, and then USPSA Illinois Section Coordinator, Russell Cluver. The match was designed specifically for the 1911 model pistol and no other pistol design is permitted in the competition.

In 2006 USPSA designated the popular match as a national championship and it has remained the preeminent showcase for the venerable 1911 ever since.

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