Shining example set in Quaich

THE week’s weather may have hit a few highs and more lows, but lady luck was with the competitors for Braidwood’s Sporting Competition on Sunday, presenting them with a warm and pleasant day, and great shooting conditions.

Just as well for the 60 guns that turned out to contest the October Quaich. Jim Black set an interesting course, introducing a few brand new clays and tweaking several others. The result was welcomed by all – the verdict: “A good shoot.”

Three guns drew the trophy round on 36 ex-40, resulting in a shoot-off to determine this year’s Quaich winner.

Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) gave a demonstration on dusting clays to deny John Ross (Whitburn) and Dave Allison (Hawick) the silverware on this occasion.

Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) and Joe Baumgart (Hawick) only just missed out on making it a five-way shoot-off, sharing the second highest score of 35.

The second layout fell to on-form Dawson, the only man to score 36, ahead of no less than five clubmates, including Livingston in runner-up slot one behind. That meant that both men broke that elusive 70 ex-80 barrier to share the day’s aggregate title from their matched scores of 71 apiece. Neil Cattanach was closest on 69 with Donaldson nipping his heels on 68.

The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, October 23, when Stuart Donaldson has the opportunity to defend the Ian Graham Cup, and Bob Goldie returns the Whinneybrae Rosebowl. Entries close at 12.30pm. All welcome.