2013 Doinker Welsh Masters

2013 Doinker Welsh Masters

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2013 Doinker Welsh Masters - 14/15 September

"Relentless" - This was how Liam Grimwood described the new Dan-y-Darren venue on Saturday afternoon. His last two targets saw seven points dropped after an entire day keeping the pressure on event favourite…


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2013 Doinker Welsh Masters - 14/15 September

"Relentless" - This was how Liam Grimwood described the new Dan-y-Darren venue on Saturday afternoon. His last two targets saw seven points dropped after an entire day keeping the pressure on event favourite Jesse Broadwater.

For many archers, dropping this far out of contention would have sent them back to the hotel in tears, but the physical and mental challenge created at this former limestone quarry in Wales meant that every single target required extraordinary amounts of concentration. Getting it right on just one target was immensely rewarding. Archer after archer finishing the course each had a huge smile on their face.

Everyone knew there would be a storm coming on Sunday. The first day of competition had been held in fine and dry conditions with the usual gentle breeze through the valleys giving the archers something to think about. Jesse had a four point lead over the impressive Michael Cauwe, with a further three points over both Slavko Tursic and Adam Ravenscroft. Liam Grimwood and Chris White were both deemed to be out of contention for victory a further point back.

With stormy weather predicted, the event organisers brought forward the start time on Sunday. Very soon the winds picked up with 40mph gusts making the top groups second target, a straighforward 80yd target into a lottery. Positioned on the southern face of the mountain, this target normally gave spectacular views of the Welsh Valleys. On Sunday it gave spectacular views of the fast approaching rain clouds.

With the wind and rain set in for the day, the archers knew there would be no record breaking scores. Out front, Jesse initially increased his lead and did his best to maintain the gap. In the following group, Chris White had other ideas. Starting the day with an 8 point gap to Jesse meant there was nothing to lose. Apart from an 11 score on the 80yd lottery, Chris strung together an impressive run of 14 and 15 scores throughout the day to finish equal on points with Jesse. This came as a shock to everyone. No one outscores Jesse Broadwater by 8 points on a 20 target course...

A shoot-off to determine the winner on the cliff edge target 13 resulted in a 5, 5, 4 for both Chris and Jesse. It now came down to one single arrow closest to the centre. Jesse shot first and neatly into the 5 ring. Chris needed an X ring but unfortunately shot a 4... Jesse had won the Doinker Welsh Masters.

Jesse's work had not yet finished. Slavko Tursic had tied with him on the X count. The Beiter Accuracy Award requires a clear winner as cutting the cuddly toy devil in two is not an option! The second tie breaker was a simple closest to the centre shot. Just one arrow on a target selected at random. Once again, Jesse took the honours and ended his debut Pro Archery Series season with 10,000 EURO total winnings. Only losing the Beiter Accuracy Award at the Cartel Classic in June has prevented a clean sweep.

Apart from the X count, one interesting statistic from 2013 shows that Jesse has been outscored twice. On day 1 at the Cartel Classic and day 2 at the Doinker Welsh Masters. Both times by Chris White...

In the post event interviews, asked if he would like to return in 2014, Jesse responded "Yes. If there were 10 of these events each year this is all I would do".

In the ladies division, Ivana Buden read both the course and the extreme conditions perfectly to end the event a massive 25 points ahead of Camilla Soemod. Together with the Beiter Accuracy Award, and despite losing out at Fort van Lier, Ivana finished the 2013 Pro Archery Series with 4419.02 EURO prize money.

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