Meet the winner of last weekend’s British open!

The winner of the


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



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

violent gales.

“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.