The weather was amazing with sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures for the 2019 Hamburg Open on July 12-14 at Hamburg (New York) Rod and Gun Club. The first event of the weekend was doubles. Peter Bogdon was the champion, and runner-up was Mathew Kelley. Class winners were Ricky Laurito (AA), Dana Driscoll (A), Mike Smith (B), Gregory McChesney Jr. (D) and Junior Champion, Ryan Meger.
Saturday came, and the weather conditions were wonderful again. In the 12-gauge event, we had two 100s. After shoot-offs, the results were Dave Sobiegray as champ, Mathew Kelley runner-up, Peter Bogdon (AA1), Scott Van Etten (A1), Samuel Heusler (B1), Victor Stirpe (C1), Arnold Smart (D1), Jerry Reeves (E1) and Junior Champion, Ryan Meger.
We broke for lunch (thank you to Guy and Sharon Otis and Paul Barnas Jr.). In the 20-gauge event, Colin Smingler had the only 100 for the championship. Peter Bogdon was runner-up. Class winners were Mathew Kelley (AA), Matthew Lenehan (A), Ricky Laurito (B), Cynthia Johnson (C), Gregory McChesney (D) and Junior Champion, Ryan Meger.
Everyone enjoyed dinner that night with pork chops and chicken cordon bleu provided by ZJ’s Restaurant. A nice cocktail party was put on by our club’s past president, Jim McAndrews.
On Sunday, the weather cooperated again with a great start for the 28-gauge event. Event champion Ryan Meger had the only 100. Other finishers include runner-up Peter Bogdon, Dana Driscoll (AA1), Dave Sobiegray (A1), Douglas Paddock (B1), Jerry Reeves (C1), Ricky Laurito Jr. (D1) and Junior Champion, Ryan Meger.
After the lunch break, the weather conditions were perfect for the .410 event. Mathew Kelley came out as champ, runner-up was Bernard Lenehan, and class champs were Ryan Meger (AA), Ricky Laurito (A), Matthew Lenehan (B), Cynthia Johnson (C), John Cicora (D) and Junior Champion, Ryan Meger.
HOA was won by Mathew Kelley with a 396, and runner-up was Ryan Meger (394). Class winners were Bernard Lenehan (AA, 387), Peter Bogdon (A, 391), Matthew Lenehan (B, 384), Ricky Laurito (C, 369), Arnold Smart (D, 326) and Junior Champion, Ryan Meger (394).
Thanks to all the sponsors and patrons of the 2019 Hamburg Open for your support that helped make this a great shoot. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the 2020 Hamburg Open. I would like to thank the following sponsors for sponsoring events: Doubles, Ventry’s Heating and Air Conditioning; 12-gauge, Manth Manufacturing Inc.; 20-gauge, Artisan Stock and Gunworks; 28-gauge, Hamburg Brewing Company; Red Hot, Maxwell Murphy Attorneys At Law; .410, J. Mills Distributing Company; HOA, Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More Restaurant; and Last Dash for Cash, Fiocchi Ammunition.
– Contributed by Paul Barnas