Big welcome for Bertram

NEWLY-instated ground manager David Bertram was in charge of the most recent shoot at Braidwood Sporting Clays and, having put in hours of preparation, was delighted when all went really well.

It was good to see so many guns on such a miserable day.

Davy Craig (Edinburgh) staked his claim on a place in the winter series by winning the Big Stirrer Trophy outright on a score of 37 ex-40, while Rab Neil (North Berwick) nearly managed to force a shoot-off with a 36.

A gap of three targets separated Neil from five guns, Jim Brodie (Denholm), Donald Livingston (Edinburgh), Stuart Dawson (Bedlington), Jed Burn (Kelso) and Jack Carlyle (Dalton), tying third place on 34.

Having dropped a few vital targets, putting him out of contention for the lead in round one, Brodie dug in deep to find himself top of the leaderboard on layout two with a score of 38. This time, Dawson was runner-up, one target light with Lindsay Gordon (Preston Pans) in third place on 35.

Brodie’s second round performance was enough to ensure he picked up the aggregate overall high gun on a score of 72 ex-80. The only other man to break the 70 barrier was Dawson, who achieved a score of 71. Neil, the first round winner was just shy on 68.

The next shoot at Braidwood is on Sunday when the prize up for grabs is the Mowitt Trophy currently held by Gordon Boertein (Lockerbie). Entries close at noon – all welcome.