Double hit sees Rocky win the Macdonald Cup

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ROCKY (aka Nigel Rock of Kelso) was the man of the day at Braidwood on Sunday, winning both the Macdonald Cup and the aggregate prize for the session’s overall high gun.

He was deprived of a clean sweep when he slipped back a bit over the second layout, which was won by Donald Livingston (Edinburgh).

Rock shot 36 ex-40 over the first layout, pushing Eric Forster (Heriot) into second place on 34. Bobby Bruce (Broxburn) and Dave Allison (Hawick) shared third place, hard on Forster’s heels on 33.

Livingston then shot his own 36 to win round two outright.

This time, Keith Learmonth (Heriot), Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) and Jim Brodie (Denholm) were only a single clay adrift, sharing runner-up slot. Although not in the top three, Rock was still in the prizes, sharing the fifth-highest score of the afternoon with four other clubmates.

Stand eight caused some grief with a number of experienced guns returning after the competition was over to figure out where they’d gone wrong. McPhillips’ verdict – overleading!

Rock had the highest overall score of 68. Dawson was runner-up on 67, Forster and Livingston tying third place on 65.

The first and away leg of the annual inter-club match against East Lothian Gun Club takes place on Wednesday, July 25. The return date is still to be arranged. Anyone wishing to take part should let Joyce or Lucy know on 01835 870280.

The next 80 Sporting at the ground is on Sunday, July 15, when both the Bruce Medal and the Junior Shield are at stake. Stuart Donaldson is the defending senior, Joe Davidson the junior. Entries close at noon. All welcome.