British Open English Sporting & Sportrap Day 3 Report


Steve Brightwell was in action on day three of the British Open English Sporting at High Lodge Shooting Ground. Looking to retain his 2015 British Open title, Steve shot a score of 108 ex 120 to progress to the finals day in the Veterans category.   Having narrowly missed out on the British Open Sportrap last year, Steve was looking to go one better this year, his score of 90 ex 100 left him tied sixth overall and a little short of contending for the title this year.   2016 English Open English Sporting High Gun Chris Childerhouse was also shooting on Friday at High Lodge. He recorded 112 ex 120 which will see him also return on Sunday to shoot.   Team England English Sporting captain Arnie Palmer shot 110 ex 120 and was satisfied with his score: “I enjoyed it to be honest. It wasn’t as simple as everybody was making out, some tricky targets, but they’ve got to be hit and you’ve got to work hard for them. I’ve struggled round and dropped ten targets, but I’ve enjoyed it, so all power to Biddy and his course builder.”   In the Sportrap, Hampshire shot Luke Elliott registered the highest score of the day with 92 ex 100 to put him third overall with one day of the competition remaining.   It wasn’t just the course which threw out a few surprises. Richard Markham’s wife and friends surprised him for his wedding anniversary by bringing him to High Lodge to shoot the British Open.   Speaking after his round Richard said:” It’s been very good, first real major shoot I’ve had, I’ve only done about three of four now through the CPSA and I’ve enjoyed it.”   He added: “I’m really thrilled to be here, it’s great, I’m now staying in one of the lodges here and it’s lovely.”   Among the sponsors exhibiting in the village at High Lodge is cartridge manufacturers Gamebore. Representing the company, David Scott said: “As suppliers into this industry I think it’s beholden on all of us to try and support shooting in whatever way we can. We like to be at these major events because it gives an opportunity to talk to all classes of shooters, whether they are the very top people or the beginners and new entries into the competition.”   He added: “Shooters are the key, we like to get the feedback and we like to be able to answer their questions and tell them why our product is difference, what makes the performance of our cartridges stand out from everybody else’s.”   To view the full day three results for the English Sporting click here and for the Sportrap click here.