The 2022 Penwell Memorial was held at the Grand Prairie Gun Club (Texas) on April 8-10. Close to 50 shooters managed to find ammo to participate in this fine event. The brisk winds that blew didn’t seem to deter anyone from having a great time. Adam Roberts won the Doubles event on Friday with a 97. Runner-up was Johnny DeLeon with a 96. Third was won by Jason Foshea in a shoot-off of 95s with Mike Schmitt.
The 12-gauge event was captured by Donny Penwell with a lone 99. Runner-up was determined by shoot-off of 98s between Layne Merritt, Richard Funk and Gary Edwards. Layne won runner-up with Richard Funk taking third and Gary Edwards A1.
The 20-gauge had three 100 straights – Jason Foshea, Gary Jaggears and Cody Sergeant, who finished champ, runner-up and third, respectively.
On Saturday night, the club treated the shooters and guests to a shrimp boil with all the trimmings. After the dinner, a Calcutta auction was held on the 3-man blind teams in the 28-gauge. This proved to be a very spirited event.
The club is fortunate to have volunteers who run the shoot, empty the trash, load the houses and prepare the meals. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who make the shoot possible.
Sunday brought more wind, with Jason Ward winning the event. Richard Funk was runner-up and Cody Sergeant was third. All posted 98s with the order determined by shoot-off.
Mike Gerschick won the .410 event with the high score of 96. Runner-up was Jason Ward with a 95. Greg VanBelois, Richard Funk and Johnny DeLeon battled it out for third, with Greg VanBelois claiming the victory.
At the close of the day, Jason Ward was the HOA Champion with a 389. Richard Funk and Mike Gerschick shot off scores of 387, with Funk taking runner-up and Gerschick third.
Many thanks to the Penwell family who donated custom knives to the gun champions and solicited sponsors for this event.
– Contributed by Randy Walhood