The 3F Club in Lewiston, New York, hosted the 3F Summer Classic on July 19-21. The top-100 shoot was sold out, with 50 shooters attending from New York 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.
Friday’s doubles event saw bright, sunny skies and light winds. Congratulations to Don Lewandoski on his first 100 in doubles and winning the championship outright. Dess Ivanov, Peter Bogdon and Rick Laurito, with 99s, shot off for runner-up. After a box and a half, Laurito bested Ivanov. Class winners were Dess Ivanov (AA), Mike Ferchaw (A), Victoria Ferchaw (B), Al Morris (C) and John Cicora (D).
Saturday brought on the heat wave with temperatures in the mid-90s and a heat index of 105 – that’s hot for us northerners. The 12-gauge event was also hot, with five 100s posted by Aaron Benton, Peter Bogdon, Dess Ivanov, Scott Janowski and Ed Smith. After five stations, Bogdon bested Ivanov for the championship. Class winners were Aaron Benton (AA), Mike Ferchaw (A), Bryan Jensen (B), Mark Jesske (C), Al Morris (D) and Steve Dickerman (E).
Following the lunch break, the shooters took to the field for the 28-gauge event, with Aaron Benton posting the lone 100 to win the championship. Dale Patterson, Hunter Dickerman and Colin Smingler with 99s battled it out for runner-up, with Patterson taking the second spot on the podium. Class winners were Hunter Dickerman (AA), Colin Smingler (A), Matt Lenehan (B), Scott Macintosh (C) and Todd Abbey (D).
On Saturday night, shooters were treated to a top-notch dinner, with hors d’oeuvres, shrimp, fruit trays, dessert table, cocktail hour and a traditional roast pig stuffed with chicken halves and all the fixings. It was a meal fit for a king.
Sunday morning’s first flight had challenging lighting conditions, light rain, then partly cloudy and bright sun with the big, white puffy clouds we all like. Rick Laurito’s, Dess Ivanov’s and Aaron Benton’s 99s were high for the 20-gauge. After a lengthy shoot-off, Laurito closed the door on Ivanov for the championship. Class winners were Aaron Benton (AA), Bruce Raymond (A), Aaron Burnett (B), Daniel Lourenco (C) and Todd Abbey (D).
For the .410, the final event of the day, the winds were moderate and the bright sun sweltering hot. A lone 100 was enough for Dess Ivanov to capture the gun championship, and Benton’s 98 took runner-up. Class winners were Steve Wood (AA), Dale Patterson (A), Colin Smingler (B), Scott Macintosh (C) and Steve Dickerman (D).
Aaron Benton captured the HOA crown with a fine 397, withstanding the pressure from Ivanov with a 396 for runner-up. Class winners were Ed Smith (AA), Dale Patterson (A), Mark Jesske (B), Scott Macintosh (C), Steve Dickerman (D) and Jim Hunter (E).
A special thank you to all of our dedicated sponsors, and thanks to Duane Manth and Manth Mfg., without whom we would not be able to offer the added money. Thanks to the venue that has enabled us to grow the shoot year after year. Thanks to Randy Cook for his generous donation for the 20-gauge B-C-D event. Thanks also to our referees and all our volunteers who made this shoot possible: Mike Clarke, Jeff Ventry, Fredo Vanoni, John Lucas, Dave Sobiegray, Rich Falcone, Tim Baldwin, Jackie Ventry and Lisa Kelly. Thank you to all the shooters for making our event a growing success. Please join us again next year and bring along new shooting friends. The 3F will also be a host club for the U.S. Open iShoot. Make it a family vacation, as there are lots of things to do in Niagara Falls, Lewiston and Youngstown, New York.
– Contributed by Dave Sobiegray
Photo ID, left to right – Champions
Peter Bogdon 12-gauge
Aaron Benton 28-gauge & HOA
Dess Ivanov .410 and & HOA runner-up
Don Lewandoski Doubles champion
Rick Laurito 20-gauge