108th Westy Hogans
September 11-13, 2015
Elysburg, PA

The 108th Westy Hogans (2015) ....................

The annual Westy Hogans Tournament was completed on Sunday on a cold and windy day. On Saturday, the singles championship was held in an all day rain storm which dumped over an inch of rain on the home grounds. The shoot attracted 787 shooters from 18 states. Hani Hafez of  Wilton, CT, shooting from the 25 yard line, claimed his first Westy Hogans handicap title with a 97, the lowest score in the handicap championship since the shoot moved to Elysburg in 2003. Hani also won the singles crown back in 1984 with a 200 straight at Pine Belt, NJ, 31 years between championships.  Michael Hoover of Tyrone, PA did not miss a singles target during the tournament, breaking 100 straight to claim the AAA title in the singles class championship, than broke a 200 straight to win the Westy Hogans singles title for the first time. Jon Zadzora of Slatington, PA finished second with a 200. Brad Heath of Binghamton, NY broke a field high 98 for the doubles crown. This was his second major Hogans title, winning the HOA back in 2007. John Paul Manetta II won the HAA and the HOA titles. Manetta is a former Westy Hogans doubles champion, winning that title in 2012. His father, John Manetta,  once owned this shoot, winning three doubles and three HAA crowns. Both are from Berwick, PA. The preliminary handicap title went to Edward Sharpe of Clifton, NJ with a field high 99 from 19.5 yards. Debbie Ohye Neilson and Luke Cowart each took home seven awards. 

Sheila Clark of Tannersville, PA won her first Lady of America title with a 193 while Doug Pfaff of Chestertown, MD won the Westy Hogans Challenge with a 194. 

The 107th Westy Hogans (2014) ....................

is now history. Shooting in perfect weather, 829 shooters faced the Star traps for the last time. Next year the PSSA will install all new PAT traps. Targets were up in all 5 events over last year.

Michael Lipetz of Kensington, CT broke 200 to secure the singles title. Greg Presson of Schwenksville and Mark Invidiato of Basking Ridge, NJ also turned in perfect scores. Michael Blaisdell of Keen, NH turned in the only perfect 100 to win the twin bird crown. Blaisdell owns this club. Harlan Campbell Jr. of Tribune, KS won the Handicap title with a 98 from 27 yards. Harlan is a 19 time All American and the current team captain. Paul Kozemko of Mountain Top, PA and Eugene Patrick of  Grassflat, PA also had 98's. Campbell also secured the HAA and also defended his HOA title. Debbie Ohye Neilson won her 9th Lady of America title while winning seven awards, including the Lady I HAA and HOA titles. She also won the Lady I doubles crown. Richard Shaffer of Windber and Kay Ohye tied for the Westy Hogans Challenge with 193x200. Shaffer took the trophy by forfeit. Lisa Long won the Lady II HOA while Kim Bateman won the Lady II HAA. Christian Koerbler of Germansville, PA won six Sub-Junior awards while Ian Darroch of Aliquippa, PA won 6 Junior Gold titles. Flashback to the state shoot when Ian won 15 times.

After the singles championship on Saturday the PSSA held a reception for Chuck and Becky Fritzges. Chuck was the long time shoot manager for all the PSSA shoots at Elysburg. Becky was a PSSA cashier. Both had a combined 80+ years of service for the PSSA.

The 106th Westy Hogans (2013) ....................

was a huge success. ATA shooters from 19 states shot at 314,300 targets, up 51,100 targets from a year ago. Every event saw an increase in entries from last year. All three days supplied perfect shooting weather. Harlan Campbell, the ATA Hall of Famer and 18 time All American (including 7 captains selections) from Kansas, won three of the five major shooting events (singles, doubles, HOA) in the first Westy Hogans owned and run by the PSSA. After 105 years the old Westy Hogans industry group disbanded in January of this year. The HAA was secured by Robert Malmstedt of New Jersey. This was his 9th major Westy Hogans title, including his third HAA. He also won the Westy Hogans Challenge, his fourth. In a huge surprise, 18.5 yarder James Gontar of Northampton broke 100 straight to lead the field in the championship handicap Sunday afternoon. His 100 straight was the first at the Westy Hogans since 1952, 61 years ago. It is also only the second perfect score in Hogans history. In 1952 George Granger of Flemington, NJ broke 100 at Asbury Park, NJ.

Past Westy Hogan Champions

2015
2015 Westy Hogans Payout Sheet
2015 Alphabetical List of Trophy Winners
2015 Trophy Winners Listed By State
 2014
2014 Westy Hogans Payout Sheet
2014 Alphabetical List of Trophy Winners
2014 Trophy Winners Listed By State
 2013
2013 Westy Hogans Payout Sheet
2013 Alphabetical List of Trophy Winners
2013 Trophy Winners Listed By State
 2012
2012 Westy Hogans Payout Sheet
2012 Alphabetical List of Trophy Winners
2012 Trophy Winners Listed By State

NOTE TO READERS: Wins listed under photographs show "some" wins at the 2015 PA Grand.
In many cases the shooter had multiple wins, many not listed. See 2015 Alphabetical
 Listing above for a complete list of wins for each shooter pictured.

Photos by Blue Dog Images

  

  

Michael Hoover
Tyrone, PA
Singles Champion
AAA Class Champion

Brad Heath
Binghamton, NY
Doubles Championship
Champion

 Hani Hafez
Wilton, CT
Handicap Championship
Champion

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John Manetta II
Berwick, PA
HAA, HOA Winner
Doubles Runner-up

Sheila Clark
Tannersville, PA
Lady of America
Lady RU, Lady 1 Class

Debbie Ohye Neilson
Audobon, PA
Lady 1 HAA, HOA
Lady 1 Singles Champ.

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Richard Hamilton
Fleetwood, PA
Singles Chair Champ.
HAA Chair Champion

Kate Schmidt
Dublin, PA
Lady 2 HAA, HOA
Lady 2 Champ. Doubles

Larry Shade
Hamburg, PA
Vet HOA
Vet Runner-up Doubles

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Aaron Hower
Elysburg, PA
Junior HOA
Jr. Winner, Singles Class

Wesley Beaver
Danville, PA
Sub-Jr. Hdcp. Champ.
Sub-Jr. RU, Doubles

Luke Cowart
Kennett Square, PA
Sub-Jr. Singles Champ.
Sub-Jr. HAA, HOA

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Megan Darrough
Drums, PA
Sub-Jr. Runner-up
 Singles Championship
Sharon Miller
Jerome, PA
Lady 2 Winner
Singles Championship
Jon Zadzora
Slatington, PA
Runner-up
Singles Championship
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Levi Watson
Turbotville, PA
Runner-up
Handicap Championship
Bart Walker
McMurray, PA
Vet Winner
Doubles Championship
Linda Rex
Coplay, PA
Lady 2 Runner-up
Singles and Prelim Hdcp.
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Ian Darroch
Aliquippa, PA
Jr. Gold Hdcp. Champ.
Jr. Gold HAA Champ.
Christopher Vendel
Rochester, NY
Jr. Gold Singles Class
 Champion
Peter Ducharme III
Bangor, PA
Sr. Vet Singles Champ.
 Champion
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Samuel Astuto
Rochester, NY
Class A Champion
Singles Championship
Gerry Ostrander
Locke, NY
Vet Champion
Preliminary Hdcp.
Jerome Stefkovich
Avella, PA
Sub-Vet Champion
HAA

 

Scores Provided by RJ Stuart Computer Services
Photos by Blue Dog Images
Research provided by Richard Hamilton

EVENT #  1 - SINGLES CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
ENTRIES 558
WEATHER: SUNNY, MILD
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CLASS AAA WINNER HOOVER MICHAEL E TYRONE PA 100
CLASS AAA RUNNER UP MANETTA II JOHN P BERWICK PA 100
CLASS AAA 3RD PLACE POLLAK AARON J STARKSBORO VT 100
CLASS AA WINNER FLEXER ERIC M PALMERTON PA 100
CLASS AA RUNNER UP WINIGRAD MICHAEL A DRESHER PA 99
CLASS AA 3RD PLACE BLEVINS JAMES L GETTYSBURG PA 99
CLASS A WINNER HUBER JR LARRY E BREINIGSVILLE PA 100
CLASS A RUNNER UP MILLER WAYNE E JEROME PA 99
CLASS A 3RD PLACE SMITH JORDAN K WESTSUNBURY PA 99
CLASS B WINNER MANNING JON C SCIO NY 99
CLASS B RUNNER UP VAZ VITALINO M FARMINGVILLE NY 98
CLASS B 3RD PLACE WILLIAMS ROBERT G DOYLESTOWN PA 98
CLASS C WINNER LATONA JOSEPH E EXTER PA 98
CLASS C RUNNER UP RUFFINO PHILIP HOWARD BEACH NY 98
CLASS C 3RD PLACE COX KENNETH R OXFORD NC 97
CLASS D WINNER PRETO JOHN DAVID EAST NORTHPORT NY 99
CLASS D RUNNER UP MCCOMBIE JR JOHN BAYVILLE NJ 98
CLASS D 3RD PLACE BATESKO RICHARD J WHITING NJ 96
SUB JUNIOR WINNER COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 98
SUB JUNIOR RUNNER UP FEY COLTON J HEGINS PA 87
JUNIOR WINNER HOWER IV AARON ELYSBURG PA 98
JUNIOR RUNNER UP FOOSE TRAVIS D FLEETWOOD PA 98
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER VENDEL CHRISTOPHER ROCHESTER NY 96
JUNIOR GOLD RUNNER UP MALONE JUSTIN BRANCHVILLE NJ 87
SUB VETERAN WINNER OTT LESTER R LOCK HAVEN PA 100
SUB VETERAN RUNNER UP MARSHALL JASON B WINSTED CT 100
VETERAN WINNER OSTRANDER GERRY D LOCKE NY 99
VETERAN RUNNER UP MIRANDA KEITH C COMMACK NY 99
SR. VETERAN WINNER OEHRLI NILES L COGAN STATION PA 100
SR. VETERAN RUNNER UP HARTLEY TOM JR CAMBRIA HEIGHTS NY 100
LADY 1 WINNER OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 98
LADY 1 RUNNER UP CLARK SHEILA F TANNERSVILLE PA 98
LADY 2 WINNER SCHMIDT KATE A DUBLIN PA 99
LADY 2 RUNNER UP BATEMAN KIM S SLIPPERY ROCK PA 97
CHAIR WINNER HAMILTON RICHARD C FLEETWOOD PA 96

 

                      EVENT #  2 - FRIDAY PRELIMINARY HANDICAP
                  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
               ENTRIES 536
                WEATHER: SUNNY, MILD

TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CHAMPION SHARPE EDWARD E CALIFON NJ 99
RUNNER UP MCDONALD JOHN FRED JACKSON NJ 98
3RD PLACE OSWALD ROBERT M GREENLAWN NY 97
4TH PLACE VERGATOS NICK BELLMORE NY 97
5TH PLACE SHAFFER TERRY M SANDYSTON NJ 97
6TH PLACE MIKO JUDE A PORTAGE PA 96
7TH PLACE DOORLY BRENDAN P NAZARETH PA 96
8TH PLACE RAY KRIS J KIMBERTON PA 96
SUB JUNIOR WINNER COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 90
SUB JUNIOR RUNNER UP MCCOY NOAH M PLYMOUTH CT 82
JUNIOR WINNER HOWER IV AARON ELYSBURG PA 96
JUNIOR RUNNER UP REX DANIEL A AUDUBON PA 96
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER VENDEL CHRISTOPHER ROCHESTER NY 95
JUNIOR GOLD RUNNER UP MALONE JUSTIN BRANCHVILLE NJ 87
SUB VETERAN WINNER WADE MARK T WESTFIELD NJ 96
SUB VETERAN RUNNER UP ASTUTO SAMUEL ROCHESTER NY 95
VETERAN WINNER OSTRANDER GERRY D LOCKE NY 95
VETERAN RUNNER UP SHADE LARRY M HAMBURG PA 94
SR. VETERAN WINNER GEYER RICHARD K HELLERTOWN PA 96
SR. VETERAN RUNNER UP SCHAFFER SR DONALD LANGHORNE PA 95
LADY 1 WINNER SHEAFFER SUZANNE GROTON NY 95
LADY 1 RUNNER UP CLARK SHEILA F TANNERSVILLE PA 95
LADY 2 WINNER SLIMM PATRICIA L BLUE ANCHOR NJ 95
LADY 2 RUNNER UP REX LINDA D COPLAY PA 93

EVENT #  3 - SINGLES  CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

ENTRIES 524
WEATHER: COLD, ALL DAY RAIN, WINDY
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CHAMPION HOOVER MICHAEL E TYRONE PA 200
RUNNER UP ZADZORA JON D SLATINGTON PA 200
CLASS AAA WINNER LOBO ANTONIO T EASTON CT 199
CLASS AAA RUNNER UP CAMPBELL JR HARLAN TRIBUNE KS 199
CLASS AAA 3RD PLACE LANDON CHRIS A POPLAR RIDGE NY 199
CLASS AA WINNER PFAFF DOUGLAS E CHESTERTOWN MD 199
CLASS AA RUNNER UP MOLINA FRANCISCO J NEWARK MD 199
CLASS AA 3RD PLACE ALDRIDGE ROBERT W LANDENBERG PA 198
CLASS A WINNER ASTUTO SAMUEL ROCHESTER NY 198
CLASS A RUNNER UP MOORE LARRY J SOUTH SHORE KY 197
CLASS A 3RD PLACE HAMILTON  KAYLYNN OLEY PA 197
CLASS B WINNER PADOVANI RAYMOND J MILFORD NJ 198
CLASS B RUNNER UP RYAN MARK BETHLEHEM PA 197
CLASS B 3RD PLACE KOONS JACOB C HEGINS PA 196
CLASS C WINNER COX KENNETH R OXFORD NC 199
CLASS C RUNNER UP MORGAVIO PETER J HARWICH MA 198
CLASS C 3RD PLACE REINHARD D SCOTT NEW TRIPOLI PA 196
CLASS D WINNER MOORE RYAN MOUNTAINSIDE NJ 195
CLASS D RUNNER UP BATESKO RICHARD J WHITING NJ 193
CLASS D 3RD PLACE CLARK SHEILA F TANNERSVILLE PA 193
SUB JUNIOR WINNER COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 198
SUB JUNIOR RUNNER UP DARROUGH MEGHAN R DRUMS PA 192
JUNIOR WINNER REX DANIEL A AUDUBON PA 195
JUNIOR RUNNER UP ZADZORA DAWSON D SLATINGTON PA 195
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER MCGUINNESS PATRICK CORNWALL ON HUDSON NY 198
JUNIOR GOLD RUNNER UP VENDEL CHRISTOPHER ROCHESTER NY 198
SUB VETERAN WINNER WADE MARK T WESTFIELD NJ 199
SUB VETERAN RUNNER UP GREEN  THOMAS A SR PITTSGROVE NJ 199
VETERAN WINNER SHARPE EDWARD E CALIFON NJ 198
VETERAN RUNNER UP WAGNER ROBERT H PRATTSBURG NY 198
SR. VETERAN WINNER DUCHARME III PETER BANGOR PA 198
SR. VETERAN RUNNER UP ROBBINS EDWARD R PINE CITY NY 196
LADY 1 WINNER OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 199
LADY 1 RUNNER UP VAN BLARGAN HENSEL NORTHAMPTON PA 198
LADY 2 WINNER MILLER SHARON C JEROME PA 194
LADY 2 RUNNER UP REX LINDA D COPLAY PA 194
CHAIR WINNER HAMILTON RICHARD C FLEETWOOD PA 193

 

EVENT #  4 - DOUBLES  CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

ENTRIES 356
WEATHER: VERY COLD, CLOUDY AND WINDY
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CHAMPION HEATH BRADLEY J BINGHAMTON NY 98
RUNNER UP MANETTA II JOHN P BERWICK PA 97
CLASS AAA WINNER CAMPBELL JR HARLAN TRIBUNE KS 96
CLASS AAA RUNNER UP MCCARTHY PATRICK M DALTON OH 96
CLASS AAA 3RD PLACE VENDEL CHRIS ROCHESTER NY 95
CLASS AA WINNER PFAFF DOUGLAS E CHESTERTOWN MD 96
CLASS AA RUNNER UP STEFKOVICH JEROME AVELLA PA 96
CLASS AA 3RD PLACE POLOJAC MARK ALIQUIPPA PA 95
CLASS A WINNER BARRANCO VINCENT STATEN ISLAND NY 95
CLASS A RUNNER UP BREIGHNER BETHANY ABBOTTSTOWN PA 94
CLASS A 3RD PLACE SINGH SAUMYENDRA BRENTWOOD NH 94
CLASS B WINNER MALISZEWSKI FRED LOCKPORT NY 94
CLASS B RUNNER UP WERTZ DAVID TYRONE PA 94
CLASS B 3RD PLACE DOORLY BRENDAN P NAZARETH PA 94
CLASS C WINNER JOSEPH FRED C TREVOSE PA 92
CLASS C RUNNER UP LONG RICHARD A COUDERSPORT PA 92
CLASS C 3RD PLACE BIRD ROBYN M NEW CASTLE PA 91
CLASS D WINNER SHOPE BENJAMIN R PORTAGE PA 93
CLASS D RUNNER UP CLARK CAREY R TANNERSVILLE PA 88
CLASS D 3RD PLACE AMICK AARON W CHESTERTOWN MD 87
SUB JUNIOR WINNER COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 88
SUB JUNIOR RUNNER UP BEAVER WESLEY E DANVILLE PA 88
JUNIOR WINNER MOOD EVAN LINELEXINGTON PA 97
JUNIOR RUNNER UP HOWER IV AARON ELYSBURG PA 94
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER VENDEL CHRISTOPHER ROCHESTER NY 95
JUNIOR GOLD RUNNER UP DARROCH IAN K ALIQUIPPA PA 95
SUB VETERAN WINNER LOOMIS CHARLES R NORTH WARREN PA 97
SUB VETERAN RUNNER UP HUBER STEVEN G ORWIGSBURG PA 97
VETERAN WINNER WALKER BART J McMurray PA 94
VETERAN RUNNER UP SHADE LARRY M HAMBURG PA 94
SR. VETERAN WINNER HOSTETTER SHELDON LEBANON PA 95
SR. VETERAN RUNNER UP RUHL WILBUR E ELIZABETHTOWN PA 92
LADY 1 WINNER DECKER TIFFANY J JAMESTOWN NY 96
LADY 1 RUNNER UP OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 96
LADY 2 WINNER SCHMIDT KATE A DUBLIN PA 94
LADY 2 RUNNER UP CARNEY PEGGY NEW HOPE PA 90
CHAIR WINNER HAMILTON RICHARD C FLEETWOOD PA 74

 

EVENT #  5 - HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
ENTRIES 495
WEATHER: VERY COLD, CLOUDY AND WINDY
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CHAMPION HAFEZ HANI WILTON CT 97
RUNNER UP WATSON LEVI M TURBOTVILLE PA 96
3RD PLACE MADKIFF JACOB KUTZTOWN PA 95
4TH PLACE KOONS JACOB C HEGINS PA 95
5TH PLACE TRIMMER LARRY E GLEN ROCK PA 95
6TH PLACE CLEPPER BEN G FREEPORT PA 95
7TH PLACE GAINES STEVEN E BALTIMORE MD 95
8TH PLACE NAGLE CALVIN A WAPWALLOPEN PA 95
9TH PLACE MCCARTHY PATRICK M DALTON OH 95
10TH PLACE WILLIAMS ROBERT G DOYLESTOWN PA 95
SUB JUNIOR WINNER BEAVER WESLEY E DANVILLE PA 95
SUB JUNIOR RUNNER UP COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 90
JUNIOR WINNER RODGERS DANIEL SCO CRANBERRY PA 94
JUNIOR RUNNER UP HOOVER JACOB M TYRONE PA 94
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER DARROCH IAN K ALIQUIPPA PA 93
JUNIOR GOLD RUNNER UP MCGUINNESS PATRICK CORNWALL ON HUDSON NY 89
SUB VETERAN WINNER SOLOE JOHN A MARTINS CREEK PA 95
SUB VETERAN RUNNER UP CACCIOLA  SR DENNI BATH PA 94
VETERAN WINNER FORTNEY LEIL E DILLSBURG PA 96
VETERAN RUNNER UP RUBINO STEPHEN T FLORAL PARK NY 96
SR. VETERAN WINNER CLARK EDWIN L ELLICOTTVILLE NY 95
SR. VETERAN RUNNER UP FREDERIKS PETER NEW HOPE PA 94
LADY 1 WINNER OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 91
LADY 1 RUNNER UP BARNEY CATHERINE EAST SYRACUSE NY 91
LADY 2 WINNER HUDICK KAREN A MANHEIM PA 94
LADY 2 RUNNER UP SCHMIDT KATE A DUBLIN PA 93
CHAIR WINNER HAMILTON RICHARD C FLEETWOOD PA 87

 

HIGH ALL AROUND (HAA)
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CHAMPION MANETTA II JOHN P BERWICK PA 389
SUB JUNIOR WINNER COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 376
JUNIOR WINNER REX DANIEL A AUDUBON PA 374
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER DARROCH IAN K ALIQUIPPA PA 385
SUB VETERAN WINNER STEFKOVICH JEROME AVELLA PA 385
VETERAN WINNER FEDERICI JOHN N HARRISVILLE RI 380
SR. VETERAN WINNER HOSTETTER SHELDON LEBANON PA 381
LADY 1 WINNER OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 386
LADY 2 WINNER SCHMIDT KATE A DUBLIN PA 378
CHAIR SHOOTER HAMILTON RICHARD C FLEETWOOD PA 354

HIGH OVER ALL (HOA)
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
CHAMPION MANETTA II JOHN P BERWICK PA 582
SUB JUNIOR WINNER COWART LUKE J KENNETT SQUARE PA 564
JUNIOR WINNER HOWER IV AARON ELYSBURG PA 566
JUNIOR GOLD WINNER VENDEL CHRISTOPHER ROCHESTER NY 573
SUB VETERAN WINNER WADE MARK T WESTFIELD NJ 573
VETERAN WINNER SHADE LARRY M HAMBURG PA 572
SR. VETERAN WINNER HOSTETTER SHELDON LEBANON PA 570
LADY 1 WINNER OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 578
LADY 2 WINNER SCHMIDT KATE A DUBLIN PA 562

 

LADY OF AMERICA
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
LADY OF AMERICA CHAMPION CLARK SHEILA F TANNERSVILLE PA 193
LADY OF AMERICA RUNNER UP OHYE NEILSON DEBOR AUDUBON PA 192

 

WESTY HOGANS CHALLENGE
TROPHY WINNER TOWN STATE SCORE
WESTY HOGANS CHALLENGE  PFAFF DOUGLAS CHESTERTOWN MD 194
WESTY HOGANS CHALLENGE RU