2016 Alternative Welsh Masters
The fourth and final round of the 2016 Pro Archery Series took place at the fearsome Dan-y-Darren quarry set within the beautiful Brecon National Park in Wales over the weekend of 3/4 September.
With an early threat of heavy rain forecast for Saturday the archers were quickly sent out on to the course. This was going to be a long day.
In the ladies division Hope Greenwood set the early pace but it would be a close battle all day. The lead swapped between Ivana Buden, Jamie Van Natta, Ulrike Wiese and Sarah Prieels and at one point after 17 targets we had a four way tie for first place. With no sheltered areas around the course the archers were taking extra time to complete each target.
After 19 targets Sarah Prieels held a comfortable 3 point lead over Jamie Van Natta. Then she came to the target 1-5 sequence at the top of the course when the wind and rain was at it's worst. By the end of day she had slipped into second place, six points back. Jamie held the overnight lead on 439, Sarah 433, Ivana 430 and Anne Lantee 424. Anne was the last archer to complete the course and this was following an all-night trip from the 3D event in Slovenia on Friday... and just one hour's sleep!
In the gents division the event favourite Tim Gillingham started the day badly scoring a 17 on target 11, the 80 yard walk-up set on an incredibly steep slope. With the competition close up front he would have his work cut out to get himself back in to contention. The early pace was set by Stephan Hansen and Mike Schloesser swapping the lead between them. Also, not far behind was the impressive Domagoj Buden. With the long exhausting day he could take the lead if the others began to tire. Domagoj is considered to be the fittest athlete in the Pro Archery Series with an endless workout regime.
After 17 targets Tim was back in front holding a joint first place with Stephan. Then came target 11. Stephan scored 16... This promoted Tim into a clear first place and with a few extra points lost over the subsequent targets the gap grew to 7 points by the end of the day. Tim finished on 460, Stephan 453 and joint third were Chris White and Domagoj Buden with 452.
No sooner had the archers returned to their hotels the rain cleared away and gave the organisers a chance to assess and clear away any damage. With work on drainage improved over the years the quarry venue dried out very quickly and all of the targets were fine. Most impressively the Maple Leaf Waterproof target faces once again proved themselves. They have now been tested in the Mullenborn monsoon and windy Wales.
Those keeping an eye on Facebook overnight would have seen countless photos of wet archery gear drying out in hotel rooms. Thankfully Sunday would be dry throughout the day.
Jamie Van Natta was extremely confident with a healthy 6 point advantage. Sarah Prieels on the other hand shot on the wrong face on the bunny on their second target and slipped down to fourth place. The rest of the day she scored either X's or 4's. By the end of the day Jamie's lead was an incredible 18 points over Ivana and full of confidence going in to the forthcoming World Field Championships in Ireland. The final scores were Jamie 728, Ivana 710, Inge Enthoven 707, Sarah 704.
In the Beiter Accuracy Award Jamie took home the soft toy and 500 EURO with 46 X's ahead of Sarah on 43's, both comfortably ahead of the others.
Tim Gillingham would need to be struck by lightning on day 2 to be denied victory, but he would probably have a tool for that situation somewhere in his quiver. A 7 point lead is enormous in the gents class. Over the course of the day he took apart the opposition and extended his lead to 14 points. A true Champion. The final scores were Tim 754, joint second were Mike and Domagoj on 740 and Stephan Hansen 739.
The Beiter Accuracy Award also went Tim's way with 66 X's. Stephan came second with 58 and Domagoj and Peter Leijon were third with 56 X's.
That's all from the Pro Archery Series in 2016. Next year we will have four events during the summer months starting with the Cartel Classic at Mullenborn at the end of June.
We have LIVE Scoring, every archer's scorecard, over 4 hours of extensive video programming, course maps and much more...
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| GROUP LIST DAY 1
| GROUP LIST DAY 2
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| 2016 BOHNING RANKINGS
Since 2007 the Pro Archery Series has grown in stature every year and today it is widely regarded as the "unofficial world cup" of Field Archery where the world's top archers compete on the world's toughest courses for their share of the € 13,000.00 EURO prize fund per event.
World class competitors such as Dave Cousins, Ivana Buden, Jesse Broadwater, Jamie Van Natta, Chris White, Liam Grimwood, Stephan Hansen and Tim Gillingham regularly compete in Pro Archery Series events.
Every event is presented online to a global audience with live scoring, over four hours of on-demand video coverage with entertaining and expert commentary, and much more - all available for you to watch free of charge.
In 2016 we have expanded the Pro Archery Series to include four high profile events...
16/17 April - Fort van Lier - BELGIUM
25/26 June - Cartel Classic - Müllenborn - GERMANY
16/17 July - Doinker Masters - Esch - LUXEMBOURG
3/4 September - Alternative Welsh Masters - Dan-y-Darren - WALES