Guy Franklin, a dairy farmer from Sussex, retains his title of Champion of Champions at this year’s Game Fair, held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.
The competition, which is organised by the CPSA on the Subaru Shooting Line, saw more than 20 top shooters travel from across the UK to compete.
Shooting 41×50 targets in the English Sporting qualifier, Guy the 2016 Champion went through to a shoot-off, to earn his place in the 25 target Sportrap semi-final, where he made no mistakes and qualified for the finals.
The final was closely fought, with Guy shooting 23×25 clays, leaving next to no room for mistakes for local shooter Paul Lovick from Hertfordshire, who was level before missing his second last target to finish on 22.
Henry Collins from Northamptonshire finished runner-up, after a shoot-off with Henry Arnold and Paul Lovick, with Paul finishing in third place. Collins won a Toyota driving experience as part of his prize, along with a cash amount of £150.
For finishing in first place, Guy was awarded £200 and a ATA Arms Elegant 30” sporter 12 gauge shotgun, worth £799.99, engraved with “The Game Fair 2017, Limited Edition 1 of 5”, kindly donated by ATA Arms, which he received on the Sportsman Gun Centre stand. The top three shooters were also awarded a free CPSA membership renewal.
Guy commented saying: “After I dropped a target on the first layout in the final, I didn’t think I would be winning today. I got myself together and ended up shooting well enough to take it. Coming back after winning last year I was relaxed, I wasn’t expecting to win two years in a row. It feels great to get my hands on the trophy again and I’m sure we’ll have a little celebration tonight.”