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New sporting clays facility open at Seven Springs

July 2, 2009
By Larry Claypool, OVO Editor
SEVEN SPRINGS, PA — Pull. Set the clays free.

Under pressure to be completed before a its big debut event last month, the Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s new Sporting Clays facility is now open for business. The new state-of-the-art, three-course facility that features 42 stations, a practice area and two heated five-stands, hosted its maiden event, the 2009 Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot on June 24-28. From there the facility is ready to handle any crowd, whether it’s vacationeers wanting to get a round in while staying at the mountain resort or the serious shooter that’s ready for a league or tournament event.

Besides the first-class shooting stations, the new complex also features a 7,000 square-foot sporting clays lodge, a fully stocked retail pro shop, full-service restaurant and private dining room, and shower and locker room facilities for both men and women.

Mike Mohr, Sporting Clays Director and Level III Instructor, said he’s excited about the new facility, and ready to ramp up new leagues and events at Seven Springs. “We’re excited. The place is beautiful. Our goal is to be the Pebble Beach of sporting clays,” said Mohr. “We want to hold sanctioned events here, corporate events, leagues and youth events.”

Down the road, Mohr said his goal is to host the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) U.S. Open. “We’ve got a ways to go for that, but that’s my goal. We’ll have one of the nicest facilities in the United States. The potential is there. It could put us in the top five courses in the country,” said Mohr, who should know, he’s competed in the World English, Nationals and past U.S. Open Sporting Clays championships.

In 2011, the Seven Springs facility could host the Pennsylvania Sporting Clays Association (PSCA) State Shoot. Mohr said he’ll work hard to make that happen. “We’d love to host the state shoot here,” said Mohr.

The PSCA is sanctioned under the NSCA and is in Zone 2, with Virginia. Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky make up Zone 3.

Mohr’s staff can handle shooters of all levels with certified Level I, II, and III instructors. They’re also currently holding a Youth Clinic every Saturday morning to help kids get interested in shooting. By late summer Seven Springs will host a shooting league with a full slate of leagues on tap for next year. There also will be special home owner (Seven Springs Mountain Resort) days and other events. Private lessons are also available by appointment.

The next planned event at Seven Springs is the Original Wild Turkey Bourbon Sporting Clays Invitational, to be held Aug. 21-23. Saturday and Sunday will be the main events. Wild Turkey Bourbon master distiller Jimmy Russell will be on hand to offer bourbon tasting at the Sporting Clays Lodge restaurant. More details on the event will be available in the near future.

Seven Springs will also host the Pittsburgh Pirates Charity Sporting Clays Invitational on Sept. 17. The one-day event will feature many current and former Pirates players, who will participate.

During the busy summer months, Seven Springs Sporting Clays employs two course managers and 15 guides. Tammy Meyers serves as assistant manager under Mohr, who directs the facility and is the lead instructor. Jeff McCullough is a Level I instructor. There also is a course supervisor and maintenance supervisor.

Shotgun rental (Krieghoff and Beretta are available) and clays cart rental is available. Level I, II, or III instruction is also available by appointment.

For additional information on the facility, contact Meyers at the pro shop at 800-452-2223, ext. 7899. Visit their Website at: www.7springs.com.

For information about NSCA, visit their Website at: mynsca.com.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the state’s largest ski and four-season resort. Each year the resort hosts more than one million guests who visit the resort for skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, sporting clays, downhill mountain biking, mountaintop golf and more. Seven Springs also hosts more than 1,000 meetings, conferences and banquet groups per year. It’s located approximately one hour from Pittsburgh, easily accessible off exits 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Article Photos

The new state-of-the-art, three-course facility that features 42 stations, a practice area and two heated five-stands. Charles Jarvis is shown using the temporary course earlier this year.

Fact Box

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the state’s largest ski and four-season resort. The new Sporting Clays facility was opened in June.

 
 

 

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