British Open English Sporting Preview


The 2016 British Open English Sporting is looking to be one of the best yet, with entries continuing to rise and the extra day introduced last year, remaining.  

The British Open is the final major championship of a busy 2016 and is hosted by John Bidwell and his team at High Lodge Shooting Ground in Suffolk. The Championship runs from August 31 to September 4 and will feature over a thousand shooters competing.

The event follows the same format as last year, with shooters all starting on stand one and taking on 120 birds during the qualification days in a bid to return for Sunday’s final. The finals day will then see the shooters fight it out for a place in the six man super-final to decide the overall winner.

The sponsored final on Sunday September 4th will see the top 5 people from each class (AAA, AA, A, B and C) and the top three from each category (Senior, Ladies, Veterans, Juniors and Colts) per day return to shoot. Any ties for places will be decided by countback. The final course will consist of 75 targets and at the end there will be a six man super-final where the best of the best will compete for the title of British Open English Sporting High Gun and the prestigious Daily Telegraph Cup.

Bidding to retain his 2015 British Open title, Steve Brightwell shoots on Friday afternoon. Elsewhere, last year’s Ladies High Gun Cheryl Hall shoots on Wednesday morning, with AAA Class High Gun Mark Winser and overall third place Aaron Harveyalso shooting on the first day. Last year’s B Class High Gun Spencer Basham enters the competition on Thursday. Limited places are still available to book on both Wednesday and Thursday - a fantastic opportunity to shoot among some of the biggest names in the sport.

The event will be kindly supported by Zoli (Edgar Brothers) and Gamebore. The Overall High Gun will be rewarded with a Zoli Z Gun, kindly supplied by Edgar Brothers, with 10,000 Gamebore cartridges being shared among category winners.

Richard Farrimond, Marketing Manager at Edgar Brothers on behalf of Zoli, said: “Edgar Brothers feel that it’s important to support events such as the British Open as they underpin the wider efforts of the CPSA to create a national competitive platform, where shooters of all ages and abilities can come together in a fun and friendly environment. This year is no exception, and Zoli are kindly sponsoring the High Gun for a fourth year running. One lucky individual will have the opportunity to walk away with one of the new Zoli Z-Sport High Rib Sporters, worth over £5,500!"

The British Open Sportrap also runs alongside the British Open English Sporting at High Lodge from August 31 to September 3. Last year’s High Gun Martin Myers shoots on the final day of the Championship and AAA Class High Gun Chris Childerhouse features on Friday September 2nd. George Digweed shoots on the first day of the event and will be looking to improve on his third place finish in the AAA Class last year. There are still spaces available across the first three days of the Championship and very limited spaces available for the final day, Saturday September 3.