Angry wasps and a tough course failed to stop this year’s Promatic Challenge at Kegworth proving a big hit once again, as competitors flocked for a shot at the £2,000 plus prize pot.
The abominable weather forecast failed to materialise, although the wind did make its presence felt on a few targets, and Arnie Palmer once again proved his prowess with a course that was very testing but enjoyable – as long as you avoided the angry wasps down by peg five.
Many targets needed a lot of ‘reading’ and it was easy to find yourself only getting to grips with them on your third or fourth pair, whilst the long pair of crossing rabbits baffled many as to exactly where they had been missing.
Targets that are thrown quartering away and downwards are a rarity and a few shooters found it a bit beyond them but most connected eventually, albeit with a steep learning curve. Elsewhere on the ground Arnie gave shooters across the classes a thorough mix of enjoyable presentations.
Stuart Rayns and Phil Smith were the best of the 150 who took part on day one, their scores of 88 certainly respectable considering the toughness of the layout.
On the final day two times winner of the event Nick Hendrick and Ed Solomons built themselves a lead, matching each other almost shot for shot until the very end, when the pair tied on an incredible 96 to share the High Gun prize.
Colin Saich took the Vets win with a 90, while Becky Bream cleaned up in Ladies with 81, which was matched by Tim Webster for the Junior prize.
Once again John Wroughton put on an excellent event with the support of Promatic and undoubtedly the Promatic Challenge will be back next year, watch this space.