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Ziadie takes first shot

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman

Veteran shooter Geoffrey Ziadie registered the first win on the local skeet shooting calendar, firing an impressive 90 of 100 birds to claim the High Over All (HOA) spot at last Sunday's Driftwood Gun Club sporting clays challenge.

This year's clay shooting season opener was held at a new DaCosta Farms venue in St Catherine, with a field of 116 shooters competing.

Ziadie finished two points ahead of runner-up Robert Yap Foo, another seasoned shooter, who hit 88. The A Class top spots were decided by; Richard Sleem with (87), Christian Sasso (85) and Greg Chong (85) birds, respectively.

Margeurite Harris (67) topped the Ladies Class.

Meanwhile, Zachary Chen (87) took the junior class, while Roman Tavares Finson (80) claimed sub juniors honours while Jonathan Ralston hit 62 birds to win sub - sub juniors.

While praising Ziadie's win, Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan noted that the course was shot under challenging conditions of 30 mph wind and heat, which tested the physical and mental toughness of the shooters.

"The winning scores (were) generally impressive, noting they will help a number of the island's top shooters prepare for overseas tournaments starting in February in Florida," said Azan.