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PIRU, Calif. – Helping to set the tone for the rest of her team, Smith & Wesson’s shooting team captain Julie Golob knocked off defending champion Jessie Abbate to claim the Women’s Limited division title during Friday’s competition then outgunned Glock’s Randi Rogers on Saturday to take the Women’s Production title at the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships in Piru, California.
Golob accounted for two of the nine titles that Team Smith & Wesson picked up during the three day speed shooting competition.
“The Steel Challenge is one of the most intense matches on the circuit. The women competing here are incredibly talented and going into the event I knew I would have to be at the top of my game to win,” said Golob.
“The Steel Challenge is all about control for me and not shooting outside of my ability. It’s easy to get lured into shooting someone else’s pace but I was able to stay focused. I used a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro Series 9mm and Safariland production rig in both divisions. I love this set up and to be undefeated at this year’s Steel Challenge was an absolute thrill,” said Julie Golob.
In Friday’s Limited division match Golob won just three stages to Abbate’s five but finished with a final time of 113.72 seconds, outpacing Abbate’s 116.41 by 2.69 seconds.
On Saturday, again shooting the Smith & Wesson M&P, Golob went head-to-head with Rogers with each winning four of the eight stages. However, it was Golob’s performance on the stage called Outer Limits, where she picked up 5.01 seconds on Rogers, that gave her the advantage and ultimately the win.
Golob finished the Production event in a time of 121.20 seconds to Rogers’ 125.98, a difference of 4.78 seconds.
Earlier in the match Golob finished ninth overall with a time of 106.85 seconds in the Iron Sight Rimfire event where she was the only woman competing. Her fellow teammates, Phil Strader and John Bagakis, finished first and third respectively in the same event.
The Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships were held August 19-21 in Piru, Calif. For more information on the Steel Challenge and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, visit SteelChallenge.com, find us on Facebook or follow @SteelChallenge on Twitter.