New Green Hat Smith caps it all by winning Ian Hume Shield

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ALTERNATE heavy downpours and blistering heat made it almost impossible for shooters to decide what to wear for Sunday’s contest for the Ian Hume Shield.

The quandary was, don a raincoat and swelter between showers or just wear a skeet vest and end up soaked to the skin?

The uncertain weather and increasingly blustery wind failed to deter a good crowd from turning out to shoot.

Average scores were buoyant, too. Almost a third of the guns shot 75 per cent or more in the trophy event – that figure increasing to half the field on the second layout of the day.

Kyle Smith (Dunbar) finally realised his ambition of winning a Braidwood Green Hat. Having led overall previously, he hadn’t yet conquered an outright trophy win – this time he did.

His winning score of 36 ex-40 saw him pip fellow 2010 Scottish team member Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) into second place by a single clay. Jim Brodie (Denholm), David Bertram (Earlston), Ali Cumming (Galashiels) and Keith Learmonth (Heriot) all shared the third slot on 34.

Although Smith managed a creditable 31 in round two, he slipped right down the leaderboard and out of the prize-listing. This time Brodie romped home on 38 ex-40, three clays clear of Joe Baumgart (Hawick). Billy Williamson (Linlithgow Bridge) shot 34 to take third place with Bertram, Learmonth and Jeff Ayrton (Melrose) just a point behind.

When the numbers were crunched Brodie was the day’s overall winner with an aggregate score of 72 ex 80, the only 70+ scored. Gordon was closest to him, having broken 69 with Bertram, Learmonth and Smith two back on 67.

The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, June 5. Up for grabs are the Cavers Quaich and the Arch Patterson Junior Trophy. Entries close at 12.30pm, all welcome.