It was nothing short of a honeymoon for Gold Tip Pro Shooters, Chance Beaubouef and wife, Emily, at the first leg of the IBO Triple Crown, held in Bedford, IN May 17-19. Chance led the Men’s Pro Division after the first day’s 20 targets and ended day two tied for the lead. He found himself on the top step of the podium after a one arrow, closest to the center shoot-off to win. Fellow Gold Tip shooter, Tommy Gomez, who has become a fixture at the top of the charts this season, placed third in the Men’s Pro Division. Beaubouef was shooting Gold Tip Ultralight Pro Series 22’s, while Gomez was shooting Ultralight Pro X-Cutters.
In the Women’s Pro Division, Chance Beaubouef’s wife, Emily, shot her way to the top, and held on to a tie for the lead throughout much of the tournament. At the end of the second day’s round, Emily Beaubouef walked away with a strong second place finish at Bedford. Emily was shooting Gold Tip Ultralight Pro Series 22’s.
Gold Tip’s domination continued into the Men’s Senior Pro Division, where Allen Conners continued his successful early season, taking home the IBO win. Conners was shooting Gold Tip’s Ultralight Pro 22’s.
The recent event, hosted by White River Bowhunters, Inc., in Bedford, IN, presented a tough challenge for the entire field. The Pro Division of the IBO sanctioned 3-D event features a total of 20 unmarked targets shot on Friday and 20 unmarked targets shot on Saturday, a change from previous years’ configuration of 30 targets on day one and 10 targets on day two. Contestants shoot each target twice per day, scored as 5 (non-vital body), 8, 10, and 11-point rings per target, thus a perfect possible score of 440. Target distances varied in range out to a maximum of approximately 50 yards. No range finding equipment is allowed at the IBO unmarked event, putting additional pressure on shooters to accurately judge distances.
“This is always a tough course which offers some hilly terrain which leads to extreme elevation challenges on some targets,” said Gold Tip’s National Pro Staff Director, Tim Gillingham. “But the Gold Tip and Bee Stinger shooters hung tough and met the challenge with success at all levels.”
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