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Archery Tourneys Conclude

After days of preparation and competition, more than 600 archers competed for their place on the podium in the final day of international and national competitions Sunday at the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Headquarters in Yankton.

The International Field Archery Association (IFAA) 2009 Bowhunter Championships, the NFAA 3-D Unmarked Championships and the First Dakota Bank Archery Classic all concluded Sunday.

“We've had several of these tournaments that are a lot bigger individually, but it's rare to see three big tournaments taking place together all at once,” said Bruce Cull, president of the NFAA. “It was a great thing to do and it worked out really well.”

The four-day IFAA Bowhunter Championships finished with American competitors winning gold medals in 20 of 47 divisions. Austrian archers also did well in the competition and will take home eight gold medals. And out of 11 South Africans who made the trip to Yankton, nine won medals.

Brookings native Don Iverson won first place in the Veteran Male Freestyle Limited Compound division. Iverson also won a gold when the competition was last held in the United States in 2001. He said he never would have dreamed of winning an international archery competition in his home state.

“I had hopes I'd do well when they announced the competition was going to be here,” said Iverson, who is 66 years old. “It's quite an experience and I hope to live long enough to shoot in another one.”

In one of the larger divisions, the Adult Male Longbow, Austria's Dietman Vorderegger defeated 15 other archers to win. It was his second world championship, to go along with a European championship.

In another division with 16 competitors, the Adult Male Freestyle Unlimited, Koos De Wet of South Africa claimed the title in his first international competition.

“Today was a tough day,” De Wet said. “We were pretty close together in the scores. The stiff competition lasted on through the day, and luckily I had a good day.”

De Wet said he wasn't surprised to see the South African contingent fare well in the international competition.

“I think South Africa as a whole really shot well,” De Wet said. “In bowhunting South Africa is pretty strong and we've had a lot of world champs in the past.”

In the First Dakota Bank Archery Classic, more than 250 archers competed in 25 different divisions. After competing in two lines Saturday, all of the archers shot in one line Sunday.

A number of young South Dakotan competitors won in their division, including Gabby Keiser (Cub Female Freestyle), Jared Brown (Collegiate Male Compound), Dan Norby (Young Adult Male Freestyle) and Sandy Shaefer (Youth Female Freestyle).

Reo Wilde of Pocatello, Idaho won the Championship Freestyle Male division and took home the tournament's largest purse of $1,750. His father, Dee, won the Championship Senior Freestyle division. Two Ohio natives, Jaimie Van Natta and Erika Anschutz, took first and second in the Championship Freestyle Female division.

Broadwater Wins A New Car, Again

At age 25, Jesse Broadwater is going to have to invest in a larger garage if he's going to keep competing to win cars.

The native of Jennerstown, Pa., won a brand new Pontiac G5 before Sunday's final round of the First Dakota Bank Archery Classic began, beating out more than 100 professional archers.

The Pontiac G5 is the second car Broadwater has won in his career. He won a Ford Mustang in 2004 at a competition in Atlantic City, N.J., but elected to take the money instead of the car.

Broadwater said he was happy he won, but isn't sure the sports car fits his style.

“I'm kind of a truck guy. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the car yet,” he said.

All of the archers in the competition shot at each of the three legs of the World Archery Festival 3 Star Tour, with the first two stops being in Las Vegas and Louisville, Ky., and the final stop being the First Dakota Bank Classic.

Starting at 10 yards from the target, the contestants took one shot and those who had the highest score after each shot moved back to a longer distance.

With six archers remaining at 40 yards away, Broadwater was the only competitor whose arrow struck bullseye, which is one inch in diameter.

Broadwater said his key to winning was keeping his emotions in check and forgetting about the pressure.

“I try not to think about (the pressure), just like any competition,” he said. “But I was pumped up on the last shot because at that distance and being down to six people, I knew that was probably where it was going to be won. I got a little bit of an adrenaline rush, but I just tried to keep it under control and make a good shot.”

Broadwater finished third in the First Dakota Bank Archery Classic and in contention for the NFAA Shooter of the Year with two national competitions left before he completes his outdoor season.

Differing Opinions

The International Field Archery Association (IFAA) Bowhunter Championships drew 200 archers from around the globe to Yankton over the week.

For Bruce Cull, the president of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA), the Bowhunter Championships and the other tournaments that were held in Yankton through Sunday were a major success. But for some Europeans at the competition, America has some work to do to catch up to European nations in hosting an international tournament.

Austria's Dietman Vorderegger, who won the Adult Male Longbow division, said he'd like to see larger fields in America when the world championships are held in the U.S. He said there are usually well over 1,000 competitors when it is held in Europe.

“The NFAA isn't able to organize a true world championship,” Vorderegger said. “All Europeans will tell you the same story.”

Cull said he understands the Europeans' frustration, but added that there is an explanation for a smaller number of competitors in the United States. He said a lot of Americans don't realize that hunting is illegal in many European nations.

“There's a very logical reason for why that is,” Cull said. “In the United States, everybody goes hunting. To Europeans, the 3-D tournament is hunting.”

The NFAA president added that the U.S. national target archery tournaments draw just as many, or more, archers than European 3-D tournaments, but that 3-D is just more popular in Europe because hunting live animals is limited or nonexistent.

Though he isn't concerned with the number of competitors at the tournament, Cull said there is room for improvement and thinks bringing tournaments like the IFAA Bowhunter Championships to the area is increasing American's interest in the sport.

“I think people in the community have always noticed that there have been people walking around with logos of a bullseye on their back or an arrow on their chest,” Cull said. “This year they got to hear it by sitting down at a restaurant and saying, ‘Wow. Listen to the people over there. They're speaking some different language.' And then see their archery log and pretty soon they'd put it all together and realize that something big is going on here.”

With the new NFAA complex in Yankton, Cull said community members should expect to see more large-scale tournaments like this on a yearly basis and thinks the excitement over archery in the area will only continue to rise.