renewal of the Westy Hogans Annual Trapshooting Tournament was held on
Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th. Held from 1907 to
1973 in and around Atlantic City, the tournament moved to Parkers in New
York for 1974 and 1975, than back to New Jersey (Pine Belt) from 1976 to
1985. In 1986 they moved to another new home, this time to Thurmont, MD
for the next 13 years. The tournament was held in Millington, MD for 4
years, from 1999 to 2002. The tournament was hosted by the PSSA at
Elysburg in 2003 for the first time.
Ollock of Mainesburg, PA won his second Westy Hogans Singles Championship
with 199. He won a huge shoot-off of 199's, 23 in all. This was Ollock's
second major Westy Hogans title of any kind. Lester Ott of
Williamsport was runner-up. Debbie Ohye broke a 199 for the ladies title while
Rudy Bertolini (CT) topped
Vets with a 199. Justin Balleau (CT) won the Junior crown and Thomas
Janson (MD) was king of the Senior Vets.
On Sunday Chris
Vendel won the feature
twins with 99. Joel Etchen finished second with 98x100. The
ladies title went to Ohye with 98. Keith
Miranda (NY) topped the handicap
with the only 98.
Chris Vendel was the all-around leader for the tournament with 392x400
and also paced high-over-all scoring with 788x800, and he also won the Challenge
Trophy for the
second year in a row with 196x200, based on the combined score of the second 100 in the main singles plus the
The Lady of America trophy was
awarded on Friday's singles and second handicap events. Debbie Ohye
earned the honor for her 198 tally, a four-bird lead over Marilyn
Ed Hale's of Bristol,
CT lone 99 in winning Friday's preliminary handicap earned him two yards
to the 27. Ed transitioned from right to left-handed shooting three
years ago due to deteriorating vision in his right eye. Having achieved
the 27 both right and left-handed is a Herculean achievement.