Jack Pyke Pro Sport English Open 2016 Report

Jack Pyke Pro Sport English Open 2016

Jack Pyke English Open 2015

Now in its seventh year the Jack Pyke English Open was moved from its usual slot in June to this date in July due to the massive amount of shooting events on during June and it turned out to be a good thing; if only for the lovely weather that we experienced the entire shoot which is novel this year!!

The shoot continues to go from strength to strength and grow in numbers with 721 entries this year, thank you to all the shooters for your support in building the event year on year.

The 120 target layout started in the Plantation on some new stands with a gentle start on 1 moving to the “Marmite” stand 2; a slow incomer and slower Rat simo pair, 3 was a 1/4ing rabbit and away, 4 was a report pair of teal, mini and midi which caught a few out, 5 moved up a gear with a simo pair of loopers which were a tricky pair of midi & standard, 5 was the one that kicked nearly everyone with a long battue and a long crosser and as such made a mess of many cards, 7 eased you back down with a pair of crossers then we moved into another area not used for sporting before with 3 stands; a simo pair of rabbits, crosser & teal, Looper and crow. From here we moved onto the main ground starting with a gentle overhead & crosser, pair of midis, a long pair of simo crows another stand which could take them off your card, then to 14; overhead and fast rabbit & finishing with a gentle pair off the tower.

This year we also introduced the “unclassified” class for all those shooters without a CPSA classification rather than classifying them on the day. A pool stand was also added with a payout to the winner each day.

Wednesday was the first day and gave us the leader for the next 3 days; Scott Barnett shot a strong 111, closely behind was Karl Hagan 108, Julian Freeman 106 & Paul Batchelor 105, leading A was Simon Peacock 96 & David Pointer & Andy Copeland 91, B class; Phil Fletcher 96 & Craig Nunn 92, C class Paul Wisbey 88 & Jack Dean 85, Vets; Michael Briggs 94, ladies: Holy Pennington 84, Juniors Henry Bevan 84, newly added UC; Darren Stanford 90 & Oli Wicks 88

Thursday, day 2; saw the leaders stay the same with Kevin Howland getting close on 105 in AA,  Barry Lock took the lead in A with 96, Alan Pearson close behind with 95, Keith Smith took the lead in B 95, Neil Noke joined Paul Wisbet top in C shooting 88 & Paul Heard close behind with 86. Phil Ely took the lead in U/C 86, last years Vet winner, Ian Hallwood shot a massive 106 to lead Vets, Judy Locke 88 took the lead in ladies & James Bradley-Day took Juniors top spot with a brilliant 106.

Friday, day 3; John Lee & Brett Hand fought hard and came in with 108 each to join Karl Hagan in AA, Mark Cobbold shot a brilliant 105 to take the lead in A with Oli Bradshaw & Ian Piggot 104 to equal Barry Lock in 2nd, Carl Twigg shot well with 100 to take the lead in B with Lee Fisher 97, Stuart White took C 93 with Mark Blake 90.

Saturday, day 4 saw multiple world Champion George Digweed tackle the course early and he came back with an amazing 114, a brilliant score, also in the same squad was Brett Winstanley who also posted a fantastic score just 1 behind 113, Sam Green was in one of the last squads of the day and he took on the course well and shot an impressive 114 to equal George. Ben Husthwaite shot 110 to take 2nd in AA, Steve Harrup 98 in B, Peter Batram 98 took the lead in C, last years Ladies winner Pauline Chapman shot well again with 94 to take the lead in Ladies.

Sunday was the last day with no changes in AA, James Knight, A, shot a great 99 just 1 behind Mark, Richard Newstead posted a great 99 also to take 2nd in B, Ben Burrows equalled Peters score for top spot in B, Stephen Janes took U/C with a massive 101 and Aaron Harvey also shot an excellent score of 109 to take the junior title.


First place Results:

Joint High Gun:   George Digweed & Sam Green              114

1st AA:                  Brett Winstanly                                          113

1st A:                   Mark Cobbold                                           105

1st B:                    Carl Twigg                                                 100

1st= C                   Ben Burrows& Peter Bartram                      98

1st U/C                 Stephen Janes                                            101

1st Vets:                Ian Hallwood                                              106

1st Ladies:            Pauline Chapman                                        94

1st Junior:              Aaron Harvey                                            109


Pool Stand paid out £2.50 per entry, winners:

Wednesday:        Peter Kime                         £40

Thursday:            Josh Keeble                        £80

Friday:                  Joe Smith                            £80

Saturday:             Brett Winstanley               £140

Sunday:                Matt Creamer                   £52.50


Full list of scores is available on our website: www.sportingtargets.co.uk .

Congratulations to all the winners especially George Digweed MBE and Sam Green, Jack Pyke English Open Champions 2016, excellent shooting, well done & top shooting; your prize money is on its way! thank you to all competitors that took part in this years Jack Pyke English Open, we hope that you all enjoyed the shoot and appreciate your support, we did receive many complements on the course and organisation of the shoot and we would like to thank all those that took the time to give us the feedback, we are glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you also to all of you who braved The High Tower Challenge and had a go whilst you were here, there was some great scores put in especially the 46 posted by George.

Thanks to the continued support we have had from all our sponsors, Gavin Griffith, Mr “Jack Pyke” for their headline sponsorship, very generously supplying the goody bags which each entrant receives on booking in, thank you CCI Clays & Promatic for the extra traps, back up and service and  a big thank you to Becky McKenzie and Edgar Brothers for bringing down their range of Zoli guns for people to try

Finally; a very special thanks to all the Sporting Targets Team for all the hard work putting on the event, from the clubhouse to the ground, the refs and the refreshments, well done and thank you all, without you guys none of it would be possible, thank you.

Happy shooting and see you all next year.


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