Beretta WS 2009
The 23rd anniversary of the Beretta World Sporting Championships saw a record breaking 938 Beretta Shooters, from across the UK.
The biggest clay shooting competition of the year, so far!Pictured above: High Gun John Lee;
Silver, Richard Faulds;
Bronze, Leslie Sperling
The 23rd anniversary of the Beretta World Sporting Championships saw a record breaking 938 Beretta Shooters, from across the UK, coming together for a weekend of clay shooting. This extraordinary entry number makes this the biggest Beretta World in the 20+ year history of the event. Not a bad achievement given the current economic climate. The fantastic prize fund of over �21,000 included Breitling watches, Beretta Guns and Eley Cartridges. The shoot took place in the fabulous setting of Meon Springs Fly Fishery near Petersfield, Hampshire from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. Shooters were blessed with glorious weather almost all weekend. The top two shooters from each day qualified for the six man final on Sunday afternoon. Friday saw Jason Fulcher 113/120 and Paul Jolly 110/120 qualify, Saturday John Lee 110/120 and Leslie Sperling 109/120 and Sunday Richard Faulds 112/120 and Nathan Dudley 115/150. The 30-bird final started at approximately 4.30pm with each of the above mentioned shooters. The shoot-off was extremely close with only two targets separating the top five shooters. John Lee 22/30 and Richard Faulds 22/30 tied for first place and Jason Fulcher 21/30 and Leslie Sperling 21/30 tied for Bronze. Paul Jolly shot 13/30 and Nathan Dudley 20/30 were both eliminated. A further 12 targets were shot by the remaining four shooters to decide Gold, Silver and Bronze. John Lee shot 10/12 to claim the High Gun position, closely followed by Richard Faulds with 9/12 who claimed Silver. Bronze position was won by Leslie Sperling who shot 9/12, three shots more than his rival Jason Fulcher 6/12. The 120 targets course shot over 15 stands offered variety and challenge for all. There were excellent scores in all the classes including Ladies which was won by Cheryl Hall, 106/120, Juniors where Philip Gray 108/120 picked up the honors and Veterans, where Brian Hodges won with a score of 101/120. GMK would like to thank all the loyal Beretta shooters who entered the shoot and Eley Hawk, Breitling Watches, Sporting Shooter and Laporte for their generous support. A full list of results is available on www.berettaworld.co.uk. Call 01489 579999 or see www.berettaworld.co.uk