Kyle Sole rallied from a 0-1 deficit in the finals of the 3GN Shoot-Off to knock off Adam Maxwell and win his first 3GN Pro Series event at Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club recently.
In the first of the best out of three matchup, it was Maxwell that jumped out first, laying down a solid run with all three guns to take the early advantage.
“I lost on the shotgun,” Sole said. “I got kind of excited. I shot the first four clays, and I told myself ‘man you’re really moving at a good pace,’ kind of the stupid, immature me I guess, I fluked it. I came back the next two runs, settled down, and went one-for-one.”
And in the next two runs Sole was decidedly more aggressive from the start, laying down solid runs on shotgun and rifle before closing strong with the pistol. After tying the contest at one win apiece, during the final bout, Maxwell had a malfunction with his shotgun, putting him at a serious disadvantage, while Sole cruised to the win.
“Pretty damn awesome – pretty damn awesome,” Sole exclaimed after the win. “If you’d have told me a year ago after the last Pro match that I’d be winning the next one, I’d have told you that you were crazy. But after Nationals I just started grinding man, started working out, getting foot speed. Aggressive baby, that’s the way to do it.”
While Sole looked outstanding in the finals, the young pro had to earn it every step of the way, surviving a field that included Rick Birdsall, Rob Tate, Tim Yackley and Jay Carillo, who along with Sole and Maxwell arguably comprised the most complete Pro Series field of the season.
After missing the cut on stage 1, Sole battled through the eliminator, setting up a semi-finals matchup in the shoot-off with Yackley, who most would have named the favorite. But Sole was the aggressor getting in and out of positions, while the shooting was pure for the upset, setting up the finals matchup with Maxwell.
“I think I surprised a lot of people,” Sole said. “The whole lineup is just stacked. Rick Birdsall, factory champion; Rob Tate, hell of a shooter, been shooting for ages—a lot of experience, a lot of talent, so tonight it was all about keeping your head together and not let the lights and the crowd press you up. I’m happy.”
Sole’s victory came on the heels of previously winning the biggest match of his young career, after taking first place in the North Carolina 3GN State Championship only a couple of weeks prior, knocking off yet another field full of top talent.
“It’s been a fun couple or three weeks to say the least,” Sole explained. “I’m ready to get back home and lay low for a minute, a lot of adrenaline.”
An interesting note, Sole notched both of these signature wins win a new rifle he received from his new sponsor, Roughneck Firearms, just days prior to the NC 3GN State Championship.
“I just got this gun literally last week. Pulled it out of the box on Friday, shot a match with it on Saturday, ended up winning the match with it.”
To watch Sole’s big win, and all the action from Pro Series Event #5, click HERE. https://livestream.com/3gunnation/events/7191487/videos/153720519
The 3GN Pro Series, and 3GN Live, return this upcoming weekend as part of the 3GN East Regional Championship, presented by NRA Sports. Along with a full weekend of Regional Championship shooting and live broadcasts, 3GN will host two 3GN Pro Series Events this weekend, with two fields absolutely loaded with talent.
3GN Pro Series Event #6
- Greg Jordan
- Ravin Perry
- Ty Starling
- Gabe Dietrich
- Bruce Taylor
- Mike Green
WATCH LIVE HERE Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM EST
3GN Pro Series Event #7
- Mark Hanish
- Joe Pitha
- Tommy Smith
- Joseph Guthrie
- Garrett Howell
- Jarred Schaffer
WATCH LIVE HERE Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM EST