Guy Franklin, representing Sussex, won the CPSA Champion of Champions title for the third time at The Game Fair’s annual clay-target shooting competition. Defending champion Billy Baughan was second after an exciting shoot-off with Chris Orrin.
“I’m absolutely delighted to win Champion of Champions at The Game Fair 2019,” said Franklin. “This is the third time I’ve won the title in the last four years, which really means a lot to me. I’m looking forward to going out to America with the England team [for the World English Sporting Championships] and this is a really good confidence booster.”
The Champion of Champions is an invitational competition, with each CPSA county committee in England invited to submit a champion to compete for the title. Franklin is a dairy farmer from Sussex, who aside from winning the CPSA Champion of Champions twice previously, also shoots for England on the English Sporting team.
The layout consisted of 40 targets shot on E.J. Churchill’s English Sporting course that was also open to all visitors to The Game Fair throughout the weekend and was set by 26-time world champion clay shooter George Digweed MBE.
The top five county champions from this course qualified for a final which consisted of a 25-target Sportrap layout. The shoot-off between Baughan and Orrin consisted of another 25 targets, but after they tied at 22 it went to a further best of six targets, which Baughan won five to four.
The winner collected £200; 750 Gamebore cartridges; a Musto cartridge bag and clothing voucher; new boots and a coat from Le Chameau; and one year’s CPSA membership. His victory also earned £300 for the Sussex CPSA county committee. The second and third-place winners also received Gamebore cartridges; Musto cartridge bags and vouchers; cash prizes and CPSA memberships.