The winner of the British Open in Scotland, who held his nerve
last week in blustery weather conditions, is a Laois man!
While South African Louis Oosthuizen took home the golfing major
at St Andrew’s, Stradbally’s Robert Carter claimed a major of his
own just a short trip away in Falkirk winning the British Open Championship in Clay Pigeon
The 21-year-old won by a solitary point last Saturday in the
‘Down the Line’ discipline in the prestigious event.
The competition is second only in importance in the shooting
calendar to the World Cup. Robert described winning the coveted
trophy as “unbelievable”.
Like the golf, the clay pigeon shooting fell victim to the
“I was lucky to have contended it. Mentally you have to be
switched on. It was the same weather as the golf and we were on top
of a mountain too,” he said.
Robert has had previous success in the junior sections and has
emerged as one of the country’s top shooting talents. This was the
first year juniors were eligible to have their scores count in the
senior section at the British Open.
Robert had expectations of doing well in the junior competition
but couldn’t have expected he find himself posting the top score in
the senior event. “I actually didn’t win the competition I had
wanted. I had been going for the international and Irish high gun
in the juniors but I didn’t do well enough. I said to myself on
Saturday that I gave it away yesterday but I wouldn’t do that
today,” he said.
As well as the British Open, Robert took home three other
trophies in various disciplines over the weekend.