The Clinton-Irwin Rod and Gun Club near Barkeyville, Pennsylvania, hosted the 11th annual Klody Memorial Open on June 8-10. John Klody was a tireless volunteer at this club during the time that the second field was being built, and field 2 is named in his honor.
Fourteen shooters shot at least one gun in this 5-gun shoot. Rich Vensel’s 388 took HOA champion honors, and Kenny Riddile was HOA runner-up with 387; Vensel was HAA champ with a 481.
The weather was variable, sunny, clear and calm on Friday and Saturday and very wet on Sunday. Unfortunately, the earlier prediction of rain for the entire weekend probably convinced some shooters to stay home.
Ten shooters went after Doubles on Friday afternoon. When the smoke had cleared, Ernie Avolio’s 94 was good for champion and A1. Other class firsts went to Chris Greenlee (B) and Mark Johnson (C).
Saturday morning’s 12-gauge event included 14 shooters. Rich Vensel smoked 100 targets, taking the 12-gauge championship and AA1. This was Rich’s first registered 100 straight, and his hat was appropriately vented. Avolio broke 99 and was A1; B, C and D firsts went to Scott Holman, Dale Snow and Gary Schuette, respectively.
Fourteen shooters also participated in the 20-gauge event on Saturday afternoon. Avolio and Riddile were high with 99s; after a short shoot-off, John emerged as champion and AA1, and Kenny was A1. Paul Augustin, Cecil Smith and Schuette, respectively, took B1, C1 and D1.
Sunday morning dawned wet; lots of Frogg Toggs and similar attire were in evidence. The 28-gauge event was first, and 11 shooters participated. Riddile was champion and A1 with a 98. Other class firsts included Avolio (AA), Vensel (B) and Jeff Riddle (C) after a shoot-off with Greenlee.
On Sunday afternoon, with the skies still leaking, it was time for the .410. Vensel continued his good shooting, despite the rain, and took the little-gun championship and AA1 with a nice 97. Class first places went to Augustin (A), Riddle (B), George Gleich (C) and Schuette (D).
Nice club, nice people, good birds, good lunches. Clinton-Irwin would love to see you at their next shoot.
– Contributed by George Gleich