Livingston comes from behind to win title

BRAIDWOOD’s Summer Series climaxed on Sunday as eight clubmates came together in one squad to shoot off over 80 clays for the Selkirk Glass Champion’s Trophy.

Billy Williamson of Linlithgow Bridge and Whitburn’s John Ross carded the highest score on the first 40-clay layout, sharing the lead on 33, a single point ahead of Donald Livingston from Edinburgh.

But after the break, Livingston made sure the trophy was his for the fifth time, taking the afternoon session on an outright win with a score of 36 and making him the 2011 Summer Series Champion on an overall score of 68.

As well as the Summer Series shoot-off, the remaining 50 guns had the opportunity to contest the Summertime Trophy over the same course.

Just as the shoot-off squad found out, targets were affected by the brisk westerly wind buffeting across the ground.

Jack Carlyle (Dalton) fared best in the first round, shooting 35 ex-40 to win the trophy outright. Davy Craig (Edinburgh) and Andrew Robinson (Cumbria) shared runner-up slot on 34 with no less than five ground members on the third highest score of 32.

Robinson put in the best show in round two finishing on 33, two clear of Craig. Jim Watt of Whitekirk, Bedlington’s Stuart Dawson and Heriot’s Keith Learmonth all shot 30 to tie third place.

When overall scores were tallied Robinson’s total of 67 won him the day’s aggregate medal. Craig was closest on 65 while Watt and Dawson both shot 62.

The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, September 11, when Galashiels’ Ali Cumming defends the JB Millennium Quaich. Entries close at 12.30pm, all welcome.