Dunbar gun Smith shows the older members the way in Bruce Medal

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AS THE sun popped out its more than welcome head on Sunday, guns at Braidwood Sporting Clays had two trophies to play for.

The seniors contended the Bruce Medal, while the juniors shot for the Braidwood Junior Shield.

Both trophies were awarded to the relative highest scoring individual over the first-40 leg of the day’s sporting shoot.

Twenty-one-year-old Kyle Smith of Dunbar outshot his elders to win the medal outright on an excellent 38 ex-40. Eight of the next 11 guns could be classed as Veterans (60 and over) – David Bertram (Earlston) and John Craig (Edinburgh) sharing runner-up slot on 35. Joe Davidson (Cockermouth) was absolutely delighted to retain the Junior Shield for a second time after carding a creditable 30. That just goes to prove age, at both ends of the spectrum, are no barrier to great shooting.

Scoring on the second 40 was extremely tight, only five clays separating the top 22 guns. This time Billy Williamson (Linlithgow Bridge) and Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) carded 35 each to share the top slot.

Eric Forster (Heriot) was one away on 34, while John Ross (Whitburn) and Scott Livingston (Edinburgh) both broke 33.

Despite having dropped back to a score of 31 ex-40 over layout two, Smith’s overall score of 69 ex-80 was sufficient to earn him the aggregate high gun award. Craig was closest with his overall score of 67, Williamson, Dawson, Joe Baumgart (Hawick) and Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) right up there too sharing third slot on 65.

The next 80 sporting event is on Sunday, July 29. Trophies are at stake in Senior, Junior and Veteran Lady classes.

Jim McPhillips was last year’s winner of the magnificent Border Bakery Cup, Donald Livingston the Grouse Veteran, Liz Shanks the Findlay Ladies Cup and Michael Nairn the Graeme Mowitt Junior Cup. Entries close at noon, all welcome.