AS Sunday hosted the last competition of 2012 at Braidwood, Jim Black altered the format to four pairs on 10 stands, shooting the same layout twice, to ensure all those taking part could complete their cards before light deteriorated.
Although dry, a bitter and gusting wind played with the targets.
Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) broke 38 ex 40 in the first half, winning the Roger Tyrer Trophy outright. Runner-up slot was shared by Jim Brodie (Denholm) and Cumbrian visitor George Brown, who both scored 36, whilst the third score of 35 also resulted in a tie between Ali Cumming (Galashiels) and Stuart Ferguson, who was visiting family in the Borders over the Festive break.
Shooting the same layout again didn’t mean an automatic improvement in scores. In fact, most of the leading guns fell back a point or two, except Cumming who bettered his tally to win the second half on 36. Nigel Rock (Kelso) broke 35 to take second, and Jim McPhillips (Bathgate) shared third with Northumbrian visitor, Darren Clark, on 34.
Consistency was the key to success this week. Cumming picked up the Aggregate title with his overall score of 71 ex 80. Dawson was only a single clay adrift and the only other man to break the magic 70 barrier. Brodie just fell short on 69, the next three slots occupied by visitors; Brown 68, Clark 67 and Ferguson 66 respectively.
The next shoot and first of 2013 is on Sunday, January 13. Entries close at noon – all welcome.