Buckinghamshire builder Billy Baughan was named Champion of Champions at the Game Fair’s clay shooting contest at Ragley Hall. Mr Baughan shot 22 (ex.25) and following a thrilling shoot-off he claimed the trophy and a bespoke gun box from Thewlis Gregson.
The CPSA-run annual competition invites the UK’s top shooters to take part in the 60-bird sporting. 31 entries were whittled down to five competing in a 25-target sportrap super final. Billy and Phil Smith finished the round deadlocked at 22 each, but Mr Baughan held his nerve in challenging conditions to win High Gun.
Commenting on his victory, Billy said: “This is my second year shooting the Champion of Champions competition. I was shooting it with a Miroku MK38 trap gun and Hull Sovereign cartridges. I haven’t had the best of seasons this year so it was a great feeling to win.”
CPSA CEO, Iain Parker was attending his first Champion of Champions event, having only taken his role in mid-July. He added: “From a competition point of view it was exciting. The wind and conditions today made it interesting for competitors. We had a great turnout and with the shoot off it certainly made it nail-biting for the crowd. It was a fantastic spectacle and good timing to come and see how we present the sport to the public.”