Livingston Snr shows junior how it’s done

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DESPITE a number of shooters heading to the Scottish Sporting Championships at Glenlivet in Moray last week, Braidwood held two separate events.

The Summer Series Championship Shoot-off was held over 80 targets, and at the same time, the Summertime trophy was up for grabs.

Having entered the shoot-off as favourite and defending gun, Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) started as he meant to go on, matching Jim McPhillips’ leading score of 32 ex-40 over the first, more difficult layout of the day.

Jim Brodie (Denholm) was only two off the mark at the halfway stage.

But in layout two, Livingston headed the scoreboard outright, one clay better than his son Scott and Nigel Rock (Kelso).

The end result, a clear win for Livingston Snr, whose total score of 68 ex-80, the highest of all guns on the day, secured him the Selkirk Glass Trophy for another year.

Dave Allison (Hawick) topped the leaderboard in round one to win the Summertime Trophy with a score of 34 ex-40. John Ross (Whitburn) took runner-up slot with his 32 breaks, while Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) was third on 30.

Fortunes changed in round two. This time Dawson pulled out all the stops, finishing on 36, a score matched by Colin Scott (Hawick) making them joint leaders ahead of Dean Curtis (Longframlington) who broke 35. Ross had the third-highest score of 34.

When overall scores were tallied, they revealed a tie for the day’s aggregate slot, Ross and Dawson both completing the event on 66 ex-80. Having slipped back to 29 in the second half, Allison finished with the second-highest score of 63, Eric Forster (Earlston) next on 61.

The next shoot at Braidwood is this Sunday when Jim Brodie has the opportunity to defend the JB Millennium Quaich.