The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 17, 2013

Local sports in brief 7/18/2013


NWTF hosting ‘Learn to Hunt’

The Whitehorse Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will play host to a “PA Learn to Hunt” event on Sept. 28 at Buffer Creek Sporting Clays near Sipesville.

The event is part of a pilot program sponsored by L.L. Bean to celebrate its 100th anniversary. It is designed to introduce youth to hunting through hands-on instruction in safety, ethics and shooting skills. The Whitehorse Mountain event will include a pheasant hunt.

Participants must be accompanied by one parent or guardian, but no prior hunting experience is necessary.

Information: John Hayes at 267-5866 or

PFBC may allow five-hook rigs

HARRISBURG – State fish and boat commissioners gave tentative approval on Tuesday to a proposal that would change the longtime restriction of three or fewer hooks on a fishing line.

Within the last few years, anglers have asked the PFBC to use the “Alabama rig,” an umbrella-type rig with five lures on short wire lines that merge to one point to attach to a fishing line.

If adopted on a final rulemaking, the change would take effect after being published in the PA Bulletin.


Fitzgerald sets tourney record

Adam Fitzgerald set a tournament record of 67 gross in the 13th annual Somerset County Amateur Championship held at Oakbrook Golf Club. He was the first player to shoot in the 60’s during the event.

Fitzgerald, from the Somerset Country Club, was a PGA professional who petitioned the USGA to get his amateur standing reinstated. The organization granted his request and he is a certified amateur.

 Vileska Gelpi of Middlecreek Golf Club, who shot a 114 in the girls 18 and under division, is the youngest division winner in tournament history at 10-years-old.

Bob Minnick of Piney Run Golf Club shot a 60 net, the third lowest net score in 13 years of the tournament.