FOLLOWING the successful format of the Christmas Shoot, the first competition of 2011 at Braidwood welcomed shooters with two 40-target layouts based on 10 stands each.
With a great turnout and daylight at a premium, this ensured squads kept moving. No-one had to stand about too long in the cold and everyone finished in good time.
Ground owner and course setter Jim Black sneaked a new battue clay on to Stand 7, causing some consternation – fortunately with two pairs a stand the battues only accounted for two of the possible 40 each round.
Still riding high on his birthday win Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) bagged himself yet another trophy as his 35 topped the leaderboard over round one. Stuart Donaldson (Dalkeith) only just missed out on forcing a shoot-off, second on 34, while Jim McPhillips (Bathgate) and Bob Goldie (Haddington) shared third slot on 33.
Donaldson dug deep in the second half, pulling a perfect 40. On most other days Livingston’s second place score of 36 would have been an easy winner. Jim Watt (Whitekirk), Davie Scott (Haddington) and Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) all bagged 35 to tie for third place.
When scores were tallied, Donaldson’s 74 ex 80 demonstrated 92.5 per cent, accuracy securing him the day’s aggregate medal and prize. Livingston was the only other man to break the 70 barrier, completing his day on 71, six points clear of McPhillips and Gordon on 65.
The next competition is on Sunday. This time the Braidwood Challenge trophy is up for grabs, last won in January 2010 by Gordon Boertien (Lockerbie). Entries close at noon. All welcome.