Team Winchester capped off a tremendous shooting sports season after taking top honors in multiple events at the 2023 National Sporting Clays Association National Championships, held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, in October.
The NSCA Nationals served as the final event of the 2023 Championship Tour, Powered by Winchester, Winchester Ladies Cup and Winchester Top Shot Sub-Junior Program.
This year’s NSCA Nationals marked the largest sporting clays shoot in the history of the sport with more than 2,300 competitors.
Team Winchester was led by Connor Daniel, who defended his Sub-Junior Main Event title, handling some extremely tough targets throughout the week. Eric Harvey also shot an impressive score of 99 out of 100 to claim FITASC champion and 28-Gauge champion. Anthony Matarese, Jr., was in contention on the final squad of Super Squad, narrowly missing the podium for the main event but claiming champion of the Five-Stand event. Desirae Edmunds won the Winchester Ladies Cup Nationals event High Over All with strong performances in the Main Event, FITASC and K-Kup, also garnering third place in the overall annual Ladies Cup points race for 2023.
New for 2023 was the Top Shot Sub-Junior award category, introduced by Winchester Ammunition. This program provides additional recognition and prizes for the top Sub-Junior class of shooters that participate in the NSCA Championship Tour. The Sub-Junior class includes any shooter that has not reached the age of 16 on January 1 of the competition year and is one of the fastest growing categories of participants.
2023 Winchester Top Shot Sub-Junior Winners
- Connor Daniel, 273
- Griffin Howe, 261
- Gus Armstrong, 255
- Caden Carter, 253
- Kayla Wilgus, 250
Team Winchester NSCA Championship Event Highlights
- Joseph Fanizzi: Main Event Junior runner-up (277), K-Kup champion (97), Five-Stand runner-up (95), Junior FITASC champion (96)
- Eric Harvey: FITASC champion (99), 28-Gauge champion (98), Sub-Gauge HOA runner-up (270)
- Desi Edmunds: Winchester Ladies Cup Nationals Event champion (449), K-Kup Lady runner-up (93), FITASC Lady runner-up (93)
- Anthony Matarese, Jr.: Five-Stand champion (98), FITASC third place (97), All-Around runner-up (659)
- Connor Daniel: Main Event Sub-Junior champion (273), Super Sporting Sub-Junior champion (95)
Winchester Ladies Cup
The 2023 NSCA Nationals also marked the conclusion of year three of the Winchester Ladies Cup, with winners determined for both the San Antonio event, as well as the overall yearlong points race. The Winchester Ladies Cup provides added money that has been committed by Winchester Ammunition to help lift earnings within the Lady class and encourage increased participation from a broader group of shooters. An additional $5,000 is split among the top three lady shooters with the highest cumulative scores at each of the eight NSCA Championship Tour events, and $10,000 in additional prize money awarded to the three lady shooters with the highest cumulative scores for the entire season. In addition, the 2023 NSCA Nationals boasted the highest number of women shooters with more than 250 shooters in attendance.
2023 Winchester Ladies Cup (San Antonio Event) Winners
- Champion: Desirae Edmunds ($2,500)
- Runner-up: Karen Shedd ($1,500)
- Third place: Madison Sharpe ($1,000)
2023 Winchester Ladies Cup (Overall) Winners
- Champion: Karen Shedd ($5,000)
- Runner-up: Madison Sharp ($3,000)
- Third place: Desirae Edmunds ($2,000)
“We congratulate Team Winchester, and all competitors, on another excellent shooting sports season,” Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester Ammunition said. “This event is a prime example of how exciting the shooting sports can be, featuring some of the best sporting clays shooters in the world, the legendary Winchester brand and our famous AA target shotshells.”
See the full results of the 2023 National Sporting Clays Association Championships at the Score Chaser website.
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