The first Laporte World Sporting Southern Championship was held at Wylye Valley Shooting ground in September.
Ground owner Ian Stones had set a fair but testing course with the par 90ex-100 being achievable and believing a possible 94 could be done by an in form shooter. However, Paul Bachelor from Warwickshire stormed through the course shooting his first 75 targets straight and finishing the course on 96ex-100.
This left the field chasing a score that was hard to even get close to, let alone match or better. At the end of the first day Andy Head with his score of 90 was closest to Paul with Stuart Rudling and Chris Durrant both just behind on 89.
In the second level (handicap added) Andy Head was out in front on 102 using his true score of 90 plus his handicap of 12 shots. In second place was R Mellish on 95, Graham Fergusson on 94 with Aldis Kartocuis and John Heagren both on 91.
As expected Paul Bachelor’s score of 96 could not be matched or bettered on day two leaving him out in front and the first Laporte World Sporting Southern Champion, picking up the £400 High Gun prize. Chris Daniels from Staffordshire took second place and £300 with his score of 92.
In the second level (handicap added) Shaun Whatley using his handicap of +25 took first place and the £300 prize money ending up on 110. With an excellent true score of 85 this will mean he will lose 20 shots from his handicap next time round.
Full results can be found on the World Sporting website along with future shoot dates. Visit www.worldsporting.net for latest details.