AT the latest outing at Braidwood Sporting Clays, Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) arrived in defence of the Cavers Quaich and Mikey Nairn (Galashiels) defended the Arch Patterson Junior challenge.
Although both put in a good show, neither retained their trophies, the Quaich going to Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) and the Junior trophy to Sandy Thomson (Dunbar).
Not only were the guns facing a reasonably stiff layout over the first 40, the weather had reverted to a wintry chill, putting everyone back in big coats and boots. Gordon carded 33 ex-40, pipping Nigel Rock (Kelso) into runner-up slot. Livingston shared third place with Davy Craig (also Edinburgh) and Colin Scott (Hawick) on 31.
Thomson took the Junior trophy on 26 ex 40. Nairn was second on 21 while Ryan Stewart (Melrose) came third on 18.
The general feeling was that the second layout of the day was slightly easier, although that wasn’t borne out by a huge leap in scores. Jim Brodie (Denholm) put in the best score of 34, leaving Gordon, Livingston and Davie Scott (Haddington) sharing runner-up position on 33 each. Craig and Andy Gach (North Berwick) had the third highest score of 32.
When it came down to calculating the day’s overall scores Gordon’s absolute consistency, 33 both rounds, earned him the aggregate title. Livingston was closest on 64 while Brodie and Craig both ended up on 63.
The next shoot, on Sunday, is for the Ronnie Sharp Cup. Brodie had a clean sweep in the same event last year, winning the trophy on 37 ex-40, cleaning the second round and taking the aggregate title on 77 ex-80. Entries close at noon. All welcome.