GUSTY winds, compliments of Hurricane Katia, certainly made things interesting at Braidwood on Sunday when a field of almost 50 guns converged on the Midlem ground to take part in an 80-clay sporting shoot, the first qualifying event of the winter series.
Even so, scoring was very tight with only five points separating the top 14 guns.
Jim Brodie won the first layout and the JB Millennium Quaich outright with a strong showing of 35 ex-40. Three of his clubmates, Jim Watt (Whitekirk), Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) and Rab Neil (North Berwick) tied for runner-up slot, two clays adrift on 33, while his son, Struan Brodie, had the third highest score of 32.
Bobby Bruce (Broxburn) and Jack Carlyle (Dalton) shared the lead over layout two – both breaking 35 of the 40 clays offered. This time Ali Cumming (Galashiels) hit 33 to sneak a single clay ahead of Brodie Junior and Kyle Smith (Dunbar) both on 32. Brodie Senior was part of a chasing pack of four, one away on 31.
When the overall position was calculated, two men shared the lead. Carlyle and Brodie Senior carded impressive 66s to tie the day’s aggregate slot. Watt, Bruce and Brodie Junior all finished on the next highest total score of 64.
The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, September 25, when Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) defends Christianne’s Crystal. Entries close at 12.30pm – all welcome.