Sunday saw the final squads take to Westfield Shooting Ground and take on 150 targets of the Troy Foods Clay Shooting Classic FITASC. Among those attending were Richard and Tanya Faulds, Jack and Paul Lovick, Ben Husthwaite and John Bidwell.
The top two from the each of the previous three days were set to return for the Zoli Super Shoot-Off, including FITASC world champion Ed Solomons who hit 143 on the opening day, 23-time world champion George Digweed on 136, Martin Myers with his 136, 133 from Des Sturgess, 137 from John Lee, and Nick Hendrick’s 141. Richard Faulds dropped 11 targets over the 150 to finish on 139 and secure his place in the final, and Ben Husthwaite matched George Digweed and Martin Myers’ score to fill the final spot.
Names were drawn for who would go first in the shoot-off and George Digweed stepped in to the ring. His first three singles were good, but the toughness of Steve Lovatt’s targets were proven when Richard Faulds followed him and missed two of the three. John Lee shot well, and spectators thought he might repeat his shoot-off feat at the Beretta World when he hit 24-straight, but he only managed 15 before dropping the 16th target. Even better was Nick Hendrick’s opening 17 targets without a miss. These two performances were strong but both shooters quickly followed up with successive losses and John eventually finished on 22, and Nick finished on 24 – the latter of which would be enough for second place after a sudden-death shoot-off with George Digweed. Ben Husthwaite followed a similar pattern and missed just one target after 11, but lost seven over the next 19 for 23.
Despite missing one early, Martin Myers had missed just three targets after 24 attempts, and George had put a string of tough targets together to finish on a total of 24. Des Sturgess and Ed Solomons never built any momentum and finished on 18 and 19, respectively. Martin, however, maintained a solid focus and dropped just two more in his last six attempts to finish on 25 and as the outright winner of the Troy Foods Clay Shooting Classic FITASC.
Martin was presented with a Zoli Z-Sport High Rib worth almost £6,800 by Edgar Brothers, a bottle of champagne and the Clay Shooting Classic FITASC trophy, which had sat on Steve Brightwell’s mantlepiece for the past nine years. Promatic donated clays and traps used throughout the week to great effect, and with this sponsorship plus the £5,000 each donated by Wes Stanton of Clay Shooting magazine and David Kempley of Troy Foods, the total prize fund reached £20,000 – a superb way to welcome the return of the Classic FITASC competition.