Beretta World Sporting Championships 2015 - Review & Results
The Beretta World was held this year at The West Midlands Shooting Ground at Hodnet. Having held the Benelli Sp’Auto there for several years and had fantastic feedback, GMK felt confident that this would prove a popular choice of venue. Competitors were able to fully appreciate the beautiful grounds as we were treated to glorious weather throughout, with just a few showers on Sunday afternoon.
Tom Jones, the owner of West Midlands Shooting Ground, had designed a fabulous course which took full advantage of the eighty plus stands scattered over the stunning woodlands. He had created some challenging technical targets too and made great use of coloured clays.
The competition itself was strong with qualifying scores ranging from 111-116. Jon Lee, last year’s winner, qualified on Saturday with the highest score in qualifying, shooting an incredible 116 ex 120. He was joined by Adam Cork on 112. Friday’s qualifiers were Steve Brightwell also with 112 and Steven Scott-Smith on 111. Booking their places in the shoot off on Sunday were Mark Marshall and Brett Winstanley, both qualifying with a score of 113.
With so few shots separating the finalists, Tom Jones set about creating a really challenging shoot off, with some very difficult targets. There was to be no repeat of Jon Lee’s incredible 2014 100% shoot off performance, with this year’s winner having dropped 10 targets. In the end though, only three targets separated the top three; Mark Marshall was the 2015 Beretta World Champion, shooting 20 ex 30, two shots clear of second placed Adam Cork. Brett Winstanley claimed third, just one shot behind Cork, with Jon Lee having to settle for joint fourth place this year.
Once again we were inundated with positive feedback, with lots of people making use of social media to comment on how well organised the shoot was and how much they had enjoyed it. As ever, we’re always happy when 820 plus competitors have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing them all again next year.
For more information and a full list of results visit the Beretta World website www.berettaworld.co.uk