Marengo hosting largest youth clay shooting event

Staff report

With a record number of teams and athletes registering, attendance at the upcoming 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Programs (SCTP) National Championships is on track to break records in all facets of the tournament and clay target shooting.

The national event is scheduled for July 8-15, in Marengo, at the Cardinal Shooting Center.

With over a million competition targets scheduled to be thrown, teams from 23 states will compete for national titles in skeet, sporting clays, singles trap, handicap trap, double trap, skeet doubles and bunker trap, a news release states. This year’s event has 5,300 registrations (up over 700 from the best year on record).

With practice rounds and side games, this year’s event will easily see over 1.5 million total targets thrown, making this the largest youth clay target shooting tournament in the world.

“That’s a lot of clay in the air — roughly eight semi loads of targets,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP national director and national tournament director. “Our industry sponsors and support have to be excited about that. I know our target sponsor, White Flyer, is very excited about this year’s tournament. This year’s nationals is a testament of the strong support we receive from the industry as well as the dedication of our teams, athletes, coaches and families. We couldn’t be more excited to see these numbers and welcome everyone out to see this year’s event.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring or donating to this year’s national event, there is still time. Contact Tom Wondrash at or visit

Staff report