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Sutherland marksman wins place in Scottish team for world clay target championships


By Caroline McMorran

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A YOUNG Sutherland marksman has gained a place to represent Scotland as a junior in the World Down the Line (DTL) clay target championships in South Africa in March 2023.

Hamish Munro made the grade after a stellar performance as part of a 40-person Scottish DTL clay target shooting team which competed in three events at Banbridge Shooting Ground in Northern Ireland earlier this month – the European Open, Home International and British Open all took place in the rural setting.

Hamish is presented with the prestigious Caledonian Cartridge trophy by the president of Banbridge Shooting Ground. The trophy was awarded for High Junior for Scotland at the British Open.
Hamish is presented with the prestigious Caledonian Cartridge trophy by the president of Banbridge Shooting Ground. The trophy was awarded for High Junior for Scotland at the British Open.
The five-strong junior team, from left, Hamish Munro, Alexander Hargreaves, Kevin Stewart, Finlay Shand and Molly Hall.
The five-strong junior team, from left, Hamish Munro, Alexander Hargreaves, Kevin Stewart, Finlay Shand and Molly Hall.

The two-day European Open had a field of 340 shooters and 200 targets. The Home International one-day competition shot over 100 targets between Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland; and the British Open had 370 shooters and 100 targets.

Over the four days of shooting Hamish, who shot as part of a five-person junior team, hit 499 targets out of 500.

In the European Open he shot 199/200 targets, scoring 585 points, which qualified him for a shoot-off for third place for his class. Unfortunately, he lost out by just one second barrel and one point – his score was 199/585.󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Hamish also shot very well in the Home International, winning his class and third junior placing overall. He scored 100/294. The junior team shot really well and missed out on runners-up place and came third by just only one point.

The British Open was where Scotland’s junior team really shone, winning by quite some margin - the first time Scotland has taken the top place.

Hamish’s dad, Marcus Munro, who runs the Highland Shooting Centre at Burnside, Altass, said: “Hamish ended up the highest Scottish junior for the second year in a row. He also came second in his class after a tough shoot-out with Mark Hunter of Northern Ireland. Both tied on 100/296.

“The team spirit was excellent in Ireland with many of the Scotland team achieving personal bests.

“The big competition coming is the World DTL championships next March which will take place in South Africa. Hamish is now eligible to attend and represent Scotland as a junior - if he can manage.”

Mr Munro, who is the current Scottish DTL team manager, added: "Hamish would like to thank Creich Community Council for awarding him financial support to compete at the championships via the Rock By Sea personal development fund."

To find out more about getting into DTL or trying other clay shooting, email Mr Munro at the Highland Shooting Centre: info@highlandshootingcentre.com


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