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Perfect Weekend Score Within Sigt For Archers

From twenty-one to twelve.

The number of perfect rounds at the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) World Indoor Archery Championships was dwindled nearly in half after Saturday's second day of action at the Easton Yankton Archery Complex.

Perfect scores are not exactly a rare feat for the organization, but it's nonetheless rather difficult.

“It's tough, no question, but it does happen,” said IFAA president Loet Smit, a native South African who is in Yankton for the tournament. “We'll see a couple of those by the end of this whole thing.”

Through Saturday morning's round, there were 12 archers with two perfect rounds of 300. Results from Saturday afternoon's round were not posted yet.

The third and final day of competition will be held Sunday with shooting lines at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The action is open to the public.

Archers shoot 60 arrows per day, with a maximum of five points on each shot. Unlike tournaments in the National Field Archery Association (NFAA), the IFAA does not count the X - the center-most point on the target.

The only time the X is used is during a shoot-off, to break a tie.

Smit said Saturday there's a good reason why the X is not used until absolutely necessary.

“We don't want to put extra pressure on our archers,” he said. “The cream of the crop will rise, because they're used to it.”

Ed Christman is one of those experienced archers.

The resident of Columbus, Neb., shot a 300 on Friday and 300 during his Saturday morning round

“When you reach this level, and shot as much as I have, you kind of expect to do it,” he said, modestly. “I've shot more 300's than not.”

Already this year, Christman has competed in NFAA tournaments in Las Vegas, Nev., and Louisville, Ky., as well as the two held in Yankton last weekend. Having yet another tournament so close to home was a welcome sight, he said.

“When you have this caliber of a tournament so close, you have to take advantage,” Christman said.

The same goes for Mark Franklin of Winnebago, Minn.

Like Christman, Franklin is also among the archers with a score of 600 entering Sunday's final round. He said the IFAA scoring reminds him more of the Vegas Shoot, an NFAA-sponsored tournament

“They don't count the X's until a shoot-off,” he said. “Everybody has a chance. It makes it unique here.”

Shoot-offs do help the sport grow in popularity, though, Franklin said.

“Those are what make the sport what it is,” he said. “The average person probably thinks regular rounds are boring. But when it comes down to arrow for arrow, it's exciting.”

On the idea of repeating yet another perfect performance Sunday under pressure, Franklin smiled and shook his head.

“Oh no, I don't get nervous or anything,” he said. “It's all about one arrow at a time. Hopefully I stay clean. But I can't control anyone else, only myself.”

There were different feelings for Jonathan Steinmann, one of a large group of South Africans to make the trip to Yankton.

“The first day was nerve-wracking with all the archers and being in a whole new setup,” Steinmann said. “Today was much easier. Everything sets in now; it's not that new.”

A veteran to IFAA shoots, Steinmann said the scoring setup is “not easy.”

“You can't make a mistake, otherwise you're out of the running,” he said. “It's very challenging, but you get into a rhythm and it gets fun.”