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Focused Sasso beats record field at NCB Capital Markets Open

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman

A record 170 shooters faced off at the NCB-Capital Markets Sporting Clays Open, at the Woodleigh shooting range in Clarendon, where the competition lived up to "premium" billing courtesy of some

competitive and absorbing shooting, which saw new

winners crowned in the respective categories

With keen competition from start to finish, fierce rivalries and all-out competition added much life to the family setting. And not even a downpour could prevent Christian Sasso from upstaging former winner, Shaun Barnes, in the A Class.

When the smoke cleared, Sasso hit 90 birds to finish ahead of Craig Simpson 88, who was runner-up.

Simpson was somewhat consistent in his form, having finished in the top three last year. Errol Ziadie, 84 birds, was third.

"I am happy with the win. My performance, I would say, I could have shot little better. It was a little difficult with one or two birds, but I just kept focus and I'm happy to pull it off," Sasso told The Gleaner.

Upstaging favourites

He did not shoot at last year's tournament, but was more than capable hands this year, even upstaging favourites en route to the win.

"I learnt a lot today, (Sunday) had good run-ins with Shaun Barnes, Errol Ziadie and (father) Leighton Sasso," he added, noting that his 90 birds is not his best, just yet.

"To be honest, I could have done a little better. Had I been practicing I could have shot about 94 or 95," he explained.

"It's now evident that I have to be on the national team," the champ underscored.

In the meantime, the ladies section was almost a family affair, with Cassandra Chin winning with 54 birds and mother Camille Chin (52) second. Marguerite Harris was third with 50 birds.

National coach/tournament organiser, Khaleel Azan, praised the family atmosphere at Sunday's event.

"Sunday was the largest shoot ever; it outnumbers the participation of normal club shoots in the United States and the United Kingdom," he assessed.

"NCB Capital Markets has put in tremendous effort to make this a premium event," Azan, continued.

NCB Group's marketing manager, Nichole Brackett-Walters, lauded "an awesome turn out".

"The Jamaica Skeet Club, as organisers of this event, have proven that this tournament is well deserving of our (NCB) support. We are on board again and look forward to continue participating," she outlined.