Team Winchester sporting clays sport shooters continued their winning ways this month, with the latest victory arriving over the weekend at the 2023 Gator Cup, held at Back Woods Quail Club in Georgetown, South Carolina.
The Gator Cup sporting clays event is hosted by Fred and Maria Fanizzi, a last name that may be familiar to readers—they are the parents of Team Winchester shooter Joe Fanizzi. The Fanizzi family, along with Back Woods Quail Creek owner Rick Hemingway, have garnered a well-deserved reputation for conducting one of the most highly regarded shoots in the country.
Last year, Back Woods Quail Club hosted the NSCA U.S. Open for Sporting Clays to much success.
Matching the superior competition at the 2023 Gator Cup was a superior showing from some of Team Winchester’s finest. Desi Edmunds was crushing clays throughout the event, racking up wins in the Five-Stand, A.I.M. Shooting Preliminary and Friday Preliminary competitions. Additionally, she was the runner-up in the Main Event (159) and FITASC match (82).
Connor Daniel once again showed why he is a promising future star with his Sub-Junior win of the Main Event, besting the competition by 15 total birds.
Anthony Matarese, the most decorated American FITASC shooter, added another FITASC title to his resume, as well as the 28-Gauge title. Matarese also locked up a win in the A.I.M. Shooting Preliminary event and third place in the Main Event with his 186 score.
In addition, 2022 National Champion Zach Kienbaum landed the Super-Sporting (95) and Friday Preliminary (96) event titles.
“Team Winchester is off to an amazing start in 2023 and these individuals once again showed off their superior talents at the highest level of competition,” Jason Gilbertson, director of marketing for Winchester Ammunition said. “We are honored to continue our support of the Gator Cup, Powered by Winchester, and we thank the Fanizzi and Hemingway families for their continued hard work and hospitality. The Gator Cup is a first-class event and Back Woods Quail Club is a premier range and dealer of Winchester ammunition products.”
See the full results of the 2023 Gator Cup at the Score Chaser website.