Boertien wins frozen turkey shoot

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BRAIDWOOD’S 2011 competition calendar concluded on Sunday with the annual Christmas Shoot and dinner.

Although bitterly cold, the weather was kinder than 2010, allowing a fantastic turnout of 87 guns to shoot for the four trophies on offer.

With daylight at a premium, Jim Black set the layout over eight stands of six and a single pair, giving a total possible score of 50.

Hard frost prevented the use of one of the traps up on the top of the hill, but with the help of the gas cooker igniter, he managed to thaw the remainder out and the day went off smoothly.

Gordon Boertien (Lockerbie) finished the clear leader, winning the Hamish Smith trophy outright, on an excellent score of 45. Billy Williamson (Linlithgowbridge) was runner-up overall with the next highest score of 42 securing him the brand new Veteran’s Shooter Hip Flask Trophy. The Junior Shield was secured from a score of 36 by Ryan Stewart (Melrose) whilst Melanie Thomson (Loanhead) shot to 31 to lift the Ladies’ Bronze.

By 2pm most of the squads had made it back to the clubhouse – frozen to the marrow. Never was a bowl of steaming soup so welcome! After a full turkey dinner for 107, the day culminated with the prizegiving and the Christmas draw.

As is customary, all participants bring a prize and everyone wins a prize to take home. Although he couldn’t make it on the day, Al Ritchie (Galashiels) was the lucky winner of an enormous luxury hamper, just in time to enjoy for Christmas.

The next shoot at Braidwood and first of 2012 is on Monday, January 2 – Donald Livingston defending the Roger Tyrer Trophy. Entries close noon. All welcome.