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Barnes, McMaster take 200 Summer Open

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:11 AM
Top gunner, Shaun Barnes, takes aim at a target at the 200 Summer Open Sporting Clays at the Worthy Park Estate in St Catherine at the weekend.
Top gunner, Shaun Barnes, takes aim at a target at the 200 Summer Open Sporting Clays at the Worthy Park Estate in St Catherine at the weekend.

Shaun Barnes and Aliana McMaster are champions of the Jamaica Skeet Club’s (JSC) first tournament of the year. It took place at the Worthy Park Estate in St Catherine at the weekend.

The conditions which ranged from extreme heat to heavy rains were challenging for the shooters who faced 17 stations so spread out across the course, they had to drive to get to them.

Top gunners Barnes and Christian Sasso, who both represented Jamaica at the Pan American Games in 2019, were in fine form, scoring 92 and 91, respectively, on day one, and came back on the second day to post identical scores of 86 each. They were the only shooters to post scores above 90 during the tournament.

At the end of the two day days of stiff competition, Barnes was declared the highest overall (HOA) winner with a combined score of 178 while Sasso was the runner-up on 177.

“I thought it was very entertaining course and as a result, I am very happy and pleased with my performance and look forward to shooting courses of similar nature in the near future,” he said. “Because of COVID-19 protocols all the shooters weren’t allowed to shoot at the same time so we had to be separated and shot at different times, so I shot at 9 a.m. on Saturday, which was very hot. The sun was out blazing. The advantage was that we could see the targets a lot better but the conditions were the total opposite on Sunday.

Barnes said that the rainfall made the targets difficult to see.

“Things like your glasses fogging up or with the water beating down your glasses made it even more challenging,” he said. “Overall, it tested your ability to focus and played a lot on your mind and tested your mental game. So with all the conditions that we faced, I am even more pleased that my score was good enough to take home the HOA trophy.”

McMaster posted scores of 78 and 73 for a combined total of 151.

She agreed with Barnes about the disadvantage created by the weather.

“The rain affects you so much regarding the lighting, the background, the environment. It changes and it can be distracting,” she said. I am truly grateful to come out with such strong scores for this shoot and with the support and guidance of my squad I had a good time over the weekend.”

Five shooters gained promotions after winning their classes.

Mark Desnoes was promoted to A Class, JJ Ralston moved up to B Class, Winston Quest to C Class, McMaster to D Class, and Noah Vaughn was promoted to E Class.

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The top three in each class

A: Chad Ziadie 175, Ray McMaster 173, Craig Simpson 172

B: Mark Desnoes 161, Evan Thwaites 147, Kingsley Chin 146

C: JJ Ralston 175, Brandon Laing 162, Ryan Chung 156

D: Winston Quest 155, Justin Samuda 151,d Anthony Desnoes 149

E: Aliana McMaster 151, Gregory East 130, Tej Banhan 116

Hunters: Noah Vaughn 140, Benjamin Jardin 136, Lukas Tompson 123

Ladies: Aliana McMaster 151, Wendy McMaster 144, Marguerite Harris 123

Juniors: JJ Ralston 175, Mark Desnoes 161, Noah Vaughn 140

Sub Juniors: Aliana McMaster 151, Lukas Tompson 125, Lori Anne Harris 111