Kirkland’s Travis Tomasie wins national handgun championship

Travis Tomasie of Kirkland has won his first national pistol title in the Limited Division at the Smith & Wesson Limited, Production and Revolver USPSA National Championships held earlier this month at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Okla. Tomasie is a sergeant with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.

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Kirkland’s Travis Tomasie defeated a field of more than 230 top competition shooters to win his first national pistol title

Travis Tomasie of Kirkland has won his first national pistol title in the Limited Division at the Smith & Wesson Limited, Production and Revolver USPSA National Championships held earlier this month at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Okla. Tomasie is a sergeant with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.

“It feels so good to finally do it,” he said of his victory over a field of more than 230 top competition shooters all vying for the coveted title. “I worked hard all year and felt as though I was peaking at the right moment here at the Nationals.”

Tomasie entered the final day of the three-day competition in second place just under a point behind Ted Puente of Wisconsin, and nearly two points ahead of Manny Bragg of Missouri. Todd Jarrett, the nine-time national champion was in fourth, a little more than 16 points back, but within striking distance.

But according to Tomasie, the final stages of the match seemed tailored to fit his shooting style, allowing him to move ahead.

“I went into day three behind, but with a very positive attitude and felt that, with the stages that remained, the technical shooting required and the difficult target placement, the course really played to my strengths and I had the advantage,” he said.

In the end, Tomasie won by more than 31 points with Jarrett in second surging on the last stage to move ahead of Puente. Finishing fourth was Shannon Smith of Florida, and Bragg took fifth overall.

“I’ve been watching Travis come along over the years and the guy’s an extremely good shot. I saw him shoot his first Nationals, and while I’d rather it was me in getting the trophy, I’m real happy for Travis,” Jarrett said. “He’s in the club now.”

Tomasie will soon compete in the USPSA Open & Limited-10 National Championships as part of the back-to-back format of the nationals. He’ll be competing in the Limited-10 Division against many of the same shooters.

The United States Practical Shooting Association is a non-profit membership association and the governing body for the sport of Practical Shooting in America. USPSA has over 17,000 members and more than 350 affiliated clubs, which host weekly matches throughout the country providing recreational shooters with the opportunity to test and refine their shooting skills in a safe, competitive environment. USPSA is also the US Region of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), which is comprised of approximately 67 nations. For more information, visit www.uspsa.org.

Travis Tomasie of Kirkland has won his first national pistol title in the Limited Division at the Smith & Wesson Limited, Production and Revolver USPSA National Championships held earlier this month at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Okla. Tomasie is a sergeant with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.

“It feels so good to finally do it,” he said of his victory over a field of more than 230 top competition shooters all vying for the coveted title. “I worked hard all year and felt as though I was peaking at the right moment here at the Nationals.”

Tomasie entered the final day of the three-day competition in second place just under a point behind Ted Puente of Wisconsin, and nearly two points ahead of Manny Bragg of Missouri. Todd Jarrett, the nine-time national champion was in fourth, a little more than 16 points back, but within striking distance.

But according to Tomasie, the final stages of the match seemed tailored to fit his shooting style, allowing him to move ahead.

“I went into day three behind, but with a very positive attitude and felt that, with the stages that remained, the technical shooting required and the difficult target placement, the course really played to my strengths and I had the advantage,” he said.

In the end, Tomasie won by more than 31 points with Jarrett in second surging on the last stage to move ahead of Puente. Finishing fourth was Shannon Smith of Florida, and Bragg took fifth overall.

“I’ve been watching Travis come along over the years and the guy’s an extremely good shot. I saw him shoot his first Nationals, and while I’d rather it was me in getting the trophy, I’m real happy for Travis,” Jarrett said. “He’s in the club now.”

Tomasie will soon compete in the USPSA Open & Limited-10 National Championships as part of the back-to-back format of the nationals. He’ll be competing in the Limited-10 Division against many of the same shooters.

The United States Practical Shooting Association is a non-profit membership association and the governing body for the sport of Practical Shooting in America. USPSA has over 17,000 members and more than 350 affiliated clubs, which host weekly matches throughout the country providing recreational shooters with the opportunity to test and refine their shooting skills in a safe, competitive environment. USPSA is also the US Region of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), which is comprised of approximately 67 nations. For more information, visit www.uspsa.org.


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