Geoffrey Ziadie emerged as the top shooter at the Proven Wealth Father’s Day Challenge 2013 Sporting Clay competition, after hitting 90 of the 100 targets during yesterday’s action at Fairway Farms, Bog Walk, St Catherine.
Seventy-two entrants – mainly in father-and-son pairings – matched their skills in shooting the moving targets on the 14-station course.
There were, however, three generations of Ziadies on show, as Geoffrey shot alongside his father Errol and sons Adam and Chad.
Three of the four Ziadies walked away with prizes, as Errol was third in the A Class and Chad also placed third in the junior category.
“It feels really good to be on top again,” Geoffrey Ziadie said. “I used to shoot a lot and then I took a break and I just started shooting back again this year.
“I have won a couple tournaments this year already, but it felt really good to win this one. The course was challenging, the heat played a big role, but it was a nice family day.”
Geoffrey, who had taken an 18-month break from the sport to focus on his business, is now back among the top five shooters on the island and looking forward to the All-Jamaica Championships which is slated for the middle of next month.
“My goal is to try and win the All Jamaica next month, which is the main championship for the year,” Geoffrey expressed. “My confidence is pretty high now, but I don’t want to get overconfident. I should do well if I can maintain my focus and keep my head down.”
Richard Azan Jr finished as the overall runner-up with a score of 89, having just last week won the National Junior Skeet Championships.
Ian Banks topped A Class with a score of 88, followed by Shaun Barnes (87) and Errol Ziadie (86).
Brandon Reid Jr shot down 77 targets to capture the B Class, with Ruel Chung (76) claiming second ahead of Junior Clarke (74).
Dermout Meany emerged as the winner of C Class with a score of 76. Paul Burke and Wayne Duquesney shot 71 targets each, but the former was awarded second place based on the long run.
MAIR DOUBLE WINNER
The long run is where the scores for two predetermined stations – in this case stations two and three – are added and the person with the highest combined score is given the nod.
Isaac Mair was the only double winner on the day, as he topped both D Class and the junior category with his score of 78, to finish ahead of Andrew Dunbar (70) and Andrew Hopwood (63).
Brandon Reid (77) was second in the junior category ahead of Chad Ziadie (71).
First-timer Jonathon Ziadie surprised the field to take the E Class with his score of 72. Matthew Josephs (63) placed second, with Christopher Barnes (62) third.
The sub junior category was captured by Matt Josephs (63) ahead of Simon Khouri (61), with Peter Mahfood capturing third (60).
Only two females featured, with Carolyn Chuck (61) narrowly getting the better of Patsy Kelly (60).