PERHAPS it was the sunshine that fetched everyone out shooting at the weekend.
Susan Bontoft and Mike Haw, representing the event sponsors Hull Cartridge Company, were delighted by the 111-gun turnout to contest the South of Scotland Sporting Championships.
Braidwood enjoys dual registration with the Scottish Clay Target Association and the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, so scores count with both governing bodies.
The event was also vital as one of the selection shoots for anyone attempting to make this year’s Scottish national squad – and competitors arriving from as far afield as Devon and Inverness.
The morning started calmly with just a light breeze. Perhaps those who arrived later faced a disadvantage as the wind picked up.
Eventual B Class winner, Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) predicted a 92 win as he handed in his card along with his cousin’s, Stuart Donaldson (Wallyford). Donaldson posted an early 89, leaving him to wait anxiously till the last cards were submitted to see whether it was good enough to win. It was, and Donaldson claimed the title and the Clay Cascade Trophy from clubmate Alex Brown (Newtongrange), last year’s holder.
Last man round the course, Stewart Cummings (Hopetoun Estate) shot the next best score of 82 to win AA Class. Brown lay second on 76 just a single point ahead of Jack Carlyle (Dalton). Tony Maher (Fife) took the lead in A Class on 79. Tom Carmichael (Airdrie) was a worthy second on 78 while Gordon Boertien (Lockerbie) and Robert Bruce (Broxburn) shared third place on 77.
In B Class Dave Allison (Hawick) was runner-up to Lindsay Gordon. Gordon came home in 77 with Allison only two behind on 75. Highest scoring lady of the day, Audrey Boyd (Bonnybridge) tied third place with Bob Archibald on 72.
And 73 was good enough to clinch C Class for Perthshire’s Ian McCormack.
Another lady, Sharon Niven, tied second place on 71 with Jim Logan while David Frazer (Ecclefechan) slipped into third slot on 67.