The 3F Club in Lewiston, New York, hosted the 3F Classic on July 20-22. The top-100 shoot was sold out, with 50 shooters attending from New York, Pennsylvania and Canada. The 3F continues to host one of the top money shoots in New York, with over $3000 added money and complimentary breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails for all shooters. Plans for 2019 include $4000 added money and capacity of 60-plus shooters.
Friday started with Doubles with swirling winds and tough conditions. Ian Smingler emerged as champion with a lone 98, followed by Peter Bogdon’s 97 for runner-up. Class winners were Dan Walker AA1, Jeff Ventry A1, Colin Smingler B1, Garland Taborn C1 and John Cicora D1.
Saturday brought clear and bright sunshine with light winds and temperatures in the 90s to the Niagara region for the 12-gauge event. Targets were perfect, and five perfect scores were posted by Ed Smith, Don Lewandoski, Steve Wood, Jeff Ventry Jr. and Peter Bogdon, who picked up his first 100 straight in registered competition. After 10 stations, Ed Smith captured the crown, with Lewandoski runner-up. Class winners were Steve Wood AA1, Peter Bogdon A1, Bryan Jensen B1, John Cicora C1, Bryan Bale D1 and Randy Cook E1.
Following the lunch break, shooters took to the field for the 28-gauge event, in which Dana Driscoll posted the lone 100 to win the championship. The 99s were called to the shoot-off field to battle it out for runner-up, with Ian Smingler outlasting Steve Wood to for runner-up. Class winners were Steve Wood AA1, Bruce Raymond A1, Bryan Jensen B1, Al Morris C1 and Randy Cook D1.
Sunday morning the thunderstorms and wind hit. By the time the first flight went off, the conditions settled with a slight drizzle and moderate wind, and sunshine emerged for the second half of the 20. The 20-gauge event concluded with two 100s and five 99s being posted. Bernie Lenehan outpaced Jeff Ventry for the championship. Class winners Ian Smingler AA1, Doug Paddock A1, Matthew Lenehan B1, Johnny Sibani C1 and Randy Cook D1.
For the .410 final event of the day, the sun was shining and the winds moderate. One lone 99 was enough for Ed Smith to capture the championship. Three 98s shot off for runner-up, taking only one station for Jeff Ventry to claim runner-up over Matt Kelley and Dave Sobiegray. Class winners Kelley AA1, Sobiegray A1, Dave Troiani B1, Doug Goodman C1 and Jeff Ventry Jr. D1.
Ed Smith captured the HOA crown with a fine 396. Dana Driscoll took runner-up with a 393, and class winners were Matt Kelley AA1, Dave Sobiegray A1, Bruce Raymond B1, Johnny Sibani C1 and Steve Dickerman D1.
Thank you to all of our dedicated sponsors, and special thanks to Duane Manth and Manth Mfg., without whom we would not be able to offer the added money and the venue to enable us to grow the shoot year after year. Thanks to Randy Cook for his generous donation for the 20-gauge B-C-D event. Also, thanks to our referees and all our volunteers who made this shoot possible: Mike Clarke, Jeff Ventry, Garland Taborn, Dave Sobiegray, Rich Falcone, Tim Baldwin, Jackie Ventry and Lisa Kelly. Thanks to all the shooters for making our event a growing success.
Please join us again next year, bring along new shooting friends and pass the word. Make it a vacation – there’s lots to do in Niagara Falls, Lewiston and Youngstown, NY.
– Contributed by Dave Sobiegray