SELKIRK’s Elaine Pearson led the way on Saturday at Culzean Castle in the BL-BS Scottish Clout Championships.
The Ettrick Forest Archers stalwart hit a fantastic 115 score from 43 hits – including a superb 6-5-5 triple and two clouts – to win the Saighead na Cadhain arrow, the Fairfield Cup and silver medal, edging rival Barbara Campbell into second place.
Delighted Pearson admitted she was still “cheesin’ it” when TheSouthern spoke to her on Tuesday.
She told us: “I was totally amazed that I won due to the fact that my score for the first round was under the 50 mark – only a 45 – but a couple of good ends in the last quarter of the afternoon round helped to boost the afternoon to a score of 70 and when everything was totalled up I came out as overall winner.
“It’s great feeling, thinking ‘yes I can do it’. But it has to be said I enjoy the company on the shooting field so much that to win is very much an added bonus.”
Selkirk’s Evelyn Craig was also pleased with her score of 30, 71, 1, which earned her sixth place out of the 11 competing archers.
Also flying high for the Borders club was junior Sam Mackay.
While he had no direct opposition in the junior section, he was still eligble for a medal for his performance over the 120-yard clout.
It was another personal best for the youngster, amassing over 100 points for the first time with a 42-108-3 score.
He also won the Little Quaich, presented to the archer who hit the most clouts – three.
But what makes it all the more brilliant was the fact that he was using his new bow – that he only received that morning. And after the shoot, he proceeded to make the distance at the 180-yard men’s clout, where he will be shooting next season as he makes the step up.
So it was time for the club’s men to make their mark.
Unfortunately, none of them did enough to earn a medal, but the opposition was a class above.
Jimmy Stillie was top of the crop after an astounding second round made up for an indifferent first to score 26, 71, 1 and edge into fourth place overall out of 21 archers.
His son Martin was not too far behind, in sixth with a 33, 62, 0. The Scottish champion was Rory MacLachlan with an unbeatable 39, 90, 1.
Other Ettrick Forest Archers’ scores were as follows: 9, Jim Craig 25, 55, 2; 10, Douglas Anderson 23, 49, 1; 11, Kevin Janiak 23, 47, 0; 15, Mike Pearson 17, 33, 1.