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Ziadie tops NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clay Open

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Former national champion, Errol Ziadie, says a combination of experience and pressure on his opponents may be the reason why he was able to claim the 2012 NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clay Open at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

Veteran Ziadie, who was not listed as one of the favourites heading into the tournament, came out on top after scoring a 118-114-point win over Ian Banks in a sudden-death shoot-off.

The competition went into sudden death after both players were tied at 114 at the end of a three-station, top-five shoot-off, which like the World Championships was used to determine the overall champion.

"The win came as a surprise to me as there were a lot of new and young shooters who, coupled with other senior shooters, made the tournament very difficult," said Ziadie, who has represented Jamaica at many international tournaments.

"This was especially so in the shoot-off, which was tough and pressuring, especially for those players who got a lot of the media spotlight heading into the tournament.

"However, I think that my experience allowed me to stay focused and I am happy for the win," he declared.

The top five were selected from a preliminary-round pool of 160 shooters, the largest ever for a national tournament. The preliminary round included 16 stations and 100 targets.

Bobby Chang, who led in the early part of the shoot-off but faded towards the end, finished third on 122 points, with Leighton Sasso, 109, and dethroned champion, Shaun Barnes, 106, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Other winners on the day included: James Lechler (Beginners - 63), Zachary Lazarus (11 and under - 59), Brandon Reid (Sub-Juniors - 79), Chad Ziadie (Juniors - 86), Toni Barnes (Females - 78), Robert McMillan (Class E - 78), Glenn Brooks (Class D - 83), Bradley Clacken (Class C - 86) and Marc Barnes (Class B - 90).

Meanwhile, the Shoot For Charity section was won by Andrew Dunbar Sr and Andrew Dunbar Jr, who participated on behalf of the Jamaica Association for the Deaf.