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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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OF Star Wins "BIG FOUR" Prize at Bisley
James Mehta (OFRC Secretary) reports that Sandy Walker has won the much-coveted Prince of Wales Prize at Bisley.

Shooting Scribe, Steve McDowell, writes: "Rifle-wielding wunderkind Sandy Walker lifted one of the most coveted prizes in world shooting at Bisley’s Imperial Meeting last week, causing wild celebrations among the biggest-ever OF contingent.

At the tender age of just 20, 6ft 4in Sandy – who is nicknamed the ‘Gangling Metronome’ by his OF clubmates – has proved himself to be one of the UK’s best full-bore rifle shooters by winning the HRH Prince of Wales prize after a four-man tie shoot.

The "Prince of Wales" is one of the big four prizes at Bisley, which also numbers the Queen’s Prize and the St George’s. Shot at 600 yards with 15 rounds by around 1000 competitors from 20 countries, Sandy effortlessly scored a 75.11 out of a possible 75.15. This means that, in wind conditions which can easily move a bullet a couple of feet, eleven of his shots hit the 7-inch V-Bull with the four ‘loose’ shots remaining in the ordinary 13-inch bull.

With three other competitors tied on 75.11 Sandy took to the same range for a five round tie-shoot immediately after the exhausting three-range course of the second round of the Queen’s Prize. And while the competition fell away due to pressure or lack of wind judgement Sandy nervelessly scored five straight V-Bulls and, following a long and arduous queue for prize-giving, duly claimed his reward.

The remains of the 13-strong OF contingent at the meeting welcomed him with champagne.

Club Chairman Nigel Burnip said: “This is a truly remarkable achievement by any measure. Thousands of shooters all year round vie for just a handful of prizes and thousands of them go home disappointed. Sandy’s talent is not to be underestimated.”

OFRC Hon Sec James Mehta said: “Congratulations to Sandy – but we like to think this is a triumph for the whole OFRC, which seems to go from strength to strength”.

Clubmate Steve McDowell said: “I don’t care if he is a nice guy. I hate him.”

Don’t forget to tune on for a full report of the OFs’ biggest-ever Bisley which will follow shortly".