Murphy's Hill shoot on today
With master American shooter Theo Ribbs' international expertise to help set today's 16-station course and over 140 early shooters registered, organiser Leighton Sasco is confident the inaugural Sasco Open Sporting Clay Championship will go down as one of Jamaica's most memorable and exciting.
The spotlight will be on some of Jamaica's best shooters, who will renew rivalries and battle each other for honours and bragging rights, starting at 10 a.m. today.
Competition takes centre-stage at Murphy's Hill, overlooking Ocho Rios, St Ann, approximately 90 minutes from Kingston via the new North-South Highway.
Competitors will square off among classes A to hunters.
"We have a world champion adding international touch to a local shoot here tomorrow (today). Good young shooters like Brandon Reid, Nickolai Clarke, Nicholas Chen and Chad Ziadie ... and the men will be very exciting," Sasco told The Sunday Gleaner.
Top shooters like Bobby Chung, Shaun Barnes, Craig Simpson, Ian Banks, Errol Ziadie, and national coach Khaleel Azan, are among those also expected to feature.
Sasco lauded sponsors Rum-Bar Rum, CB Chicken, Select Brands and SecuriPro Security for a "top-knotch show".
Entry fee for males is $1,000, while there are no fees for women and juniors.
Lunch will be on sale and the day will climax with a lyme and festivities in the evening.
Coach/president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, Khaleel Azan, lauded the organiser for "playing a major role in growing the sport".
"He (Sasco) has selected an amazing new venue and brought down a professional shooter and course setter. The response from the shooting fraternity has been excellent," Azan noted.
The Jamaica Skeet Club president added: "It is another step towards holding an international shoot in Jamaica, as part of sport tourism."