Weather creates opportunity for rethink over stands

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ON SATURDAY afternoon, Jim Black toured the ground, picking out fresh combinations of targets for Sunday’s competition at Braidwood.

On Sunday morning plans were abandoned as strong winds gusted across the ground, making some stands impossible and some dangerous with fallout from broken clays.

Forced to rethink, Black chose to contain the event in the slightly more sheltered areas, shooting the same stands both rounds.

You’d think the opportunity to ‘practice’ over the trophy half might lead to a number of perfect scores over the second 40 – not so. The wind made sure of that.

Undeterred by the conditions, Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) made it three trophies in a row with his 34 from 40 securing the Challenge Trophy.

Last year’s winner, Gordon Boertien (Lockerbie), just missed out in forcing a shoot-off to retain it by tying runner-up slot with Hugh Sadler (Hawick) and Bob Purvis, a guest from Fife, on 33.

In general, average scores did improve in the second round. Livingston tied first place with Boertien and Stuart Donaldson (Dalkeith), all having shot excellent 37s.

John Kane (Langholm) shot his best score, one behind on 36, while Purvis, John Ross (Whitburn), Norman Taylor (Clovenfords) and David Bertram (Earlston) lay in third slot on 34.

A double-first guaranteed Livingston the day’s aggregate medal and prize from his overall score of 71. Boertien was the only other man to achieve 70 with Fifer Purvis nearest at 67.

The next competition is on Sunday, January 30. Jack Carlyle (Dalton) is the defending gun with the Big Stirrer Trophy at stake. Entries close at noon, all welcome.