Craig Simpson, Renee Rickhi take senior titles at NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays

By March 15, 2019

Craig Simpson, Renee Rickhi and Roman Tavares-Finson were the winners of their respective categories at the NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays last weekend.

One hundred and thirty-nine shooters competed in windy and rainy conditions at the Woodleigh Shooting Range in May Pen, Clarendon, and in the end, Simpson, with a score of 87, took the top prize.

“It was a good course.  The conditions were challenging.  We had periods of rain so it tested your focus and I was able to hold it together for 17 long stations and it was an enjoyable day,” he said. “Clay shooting is really about shooting against yourself and fortunately today the scores were in my favour.”

Simpson said his mental preparation for the tournament is what made the difference. “The preparation for competition is all mental,” he said.  “It’s all about making sure that you can deliver on the day, so you practice forever but unless you can execute on the day it makes no difference.  So my preparation would be I would say ninety percent mental.”

Five shooters engaged in a shoot off after they were tied on 86. Leighton Sasso, Greg Chung, Bobby Chung, Ray McMaster and David Subaran battled for the remaining spots in the end, Sasso bagged four of six birds to take the runner-up spot.

Greg Chung (4), Bobby Chung (3) and Ray McMaster (2) were next in the pecking order in A Class.

Meanwhile, Rickhi scored 64, the same score as second place Isabelle Chin, but got the win by way of long run.  Defending champion Wendy McMaster (61) ended in the third spot.

“It’s amazing.  This is one of the biggest tournaments and I think I placed third once in this tournament, so for me to win is like amazing.  I feel on top of the world,”Rickhi said. “The course was  hard course, the birds, they were just tricky so I had to take my time to read them a little bit better.”

Leighton Levy

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