The 13th annual Clayton Snow Memorial was held at Meadville Sportsman’s Club in Meadville, Penn., on May 14. Clayton Snow was a long-time member and supporter of this club and was especially interested in encouraging young people to learn to shoot.
Despite forecasts calling for thunderstorms and rain, it was warm and partly sunny most of the day with light winds. Seventeen shooters participated in this 200-bird shoot (20- and 28-gauge). The high total score of the day (195) was turned in by Mike Zavasky who had a 96 in the 20 and a 99 in the 28; Dave Wilke was HOA runner-up after winning a shoot-off of 193s with Kody Hoth.
The shoot began with the 20-gauge event in the morning. Wilke shot a 97 for gun champ. Gary Trilli was runner-up after winning a shoot-off of 96s with Zavasky. Class champions included Hoth (AA), Zavasky (A), Gary Trilli (B), George Gleich (C) and Willis Proctor (D).
The 28-gauge event took place after lunch. Hoth was gun champ after he and Zavasky, runner-up, shot off their 99s. Zavasky (AA), Paul Augustin (A), George Kirik (B), Gleich (C) and Mark Jones (D) were class winners.
Samuel Marks handled registration and score posting. Samuel, his dad Sam, and Keith Snow pulled and scored. Becky Snow oversaw the food: KFC, potato salad, chips, chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies – yum! Marie Trilli made the shooting towels awarded to gun champs and runners-up.
Extra special thanks go to the Snow family for sponsoring this shoot by providing money and locally produced maple syrup as prizes to the gun and overall champs. Clayton’s widow, Kathleen, and two of his sons (Dale and his wife Janet, and Keith and his wife Becky) attended the shoot; Calvin Doctor, the Snows’ grandson, made the maple syrup.
– Contributed by George Gleich