Keeping his streak alive, Gold Tip’s own Levi Morgan has won the 2013 IBO National Championship for a remarkable fourth year in a row. The 2013 National Title was clinched after Morgan’s recent top three finish at the third leg of the IBO Triple Crown, held in Marengo, Ohio 7/12-7/14. The Triple Crown is the highest combined score from three designated National IBO shoots.
But Gold Tip’s run of success didn’t stop with Morgan’s win; fellow shooters Chance Beaubouef and Tommy Gomez claimed second and third place finishes for the IBO National Championship, making it a clean sweep of the top three in the Men’s Pro Division for Gold Tip. Morgan finished with a total score of 1229 and 62 X’s for the three tournaments which make up the Triple Crown. Beaubouef finished at 1227 with 51 X’s; Gomez came in at 1226 with 52 X’s. Senior Men’s Pro, Allen Conners, won his division with a total score of 1172 and 41 X’s and Michael Tenley was crowned IBO Champion in the crossbow division, shooting an 1198 with 42 X’s.
“This year’s been full of challenges and blessings every step of the way,” said Morgan. “From the birth of our first son, moving our family to Pennsylvania, and tough practice conditions early this spring, I feel like I’ve been tested along the way like never before. But we’ve embraced the changes and additions that life has provided and it’s made the success all that much sweeter.”
The Pro Division of each 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.
“For Levi to win his fourth IBO National Title in a row is a testament to his God-given skills as an archer and the consistency and toughness of his equipment,” said Mitch McKay, Sales Director for Gold Tip Arrows. “And I’m humbled by the overall success Gold Tip has experienced again this season; whether Pro, Senior, Youth or Crossbow divisions, our Pro Staff is second to none.
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