Elaine’s wall to wall success comes without sacrifice

Elaine Pearson is presented with the Dick Galloway bow by BLBS Scotland main man Hugh McBrien in the walled garden at Culzean Castle
Elaine Pearson is presented with the Dick Galloway bow by BLBS Scotland main man Hugh McBrien in the walled garden at Culzean Castle

CULZEAN Castle in Ayrshire is possibly best known for being the setting of Lord Summerisle’s imposing home in the Wicker Man movie.

But if the locals were really into pagan sacrifice, they would probably know better than to approach Ettrick Forest Archer Elaine Pearson on Saturday.

Following on from her recent run of good form in which she took the ladies’ Scottish Target Championship title, the Selkirk longbow legend won the annual Zingari contest, held in the castle’s walled garden.

She pipped Betty Wylie to the top spot with 77 hits and a score of 307, including six golds and one inner, winning the Dick Galloway Bow and a silver medal – as well as the colours prize for the first archers to get all three arrows in the same circle.

Wylie took bronze for the highest score (337) and Kim Oliver won the medal for most golds (eight).

Unfortunately, the men of the Selkirk club could not match this feat, but it was mostly down to the imperious form of Alan Beatty, who took the gents’ title with 90 hits for a score of 492, including 12 golds and no inners. The small bronze medals went to Hugh McBrien and Bosco Hazard.

For Ettrick Forest, Alan Walker led the way in sixth place with 77, 313, 7, 0. Other Ettrick Forest results: 8, Jimmy Stillie 71, 339, 8, 1; 9, Mike Pearson 70, 336, 8, 0; 11, Martin Stillie 68, 304, 3, 0; 15, Douglas Anderson 50, 216, 4, 0; 16, Alex Blake 49, 207, 4, 0.