by Team Hoyt
LAS VEGAS—Shooters from across the globe recently made their annual pilgrimage to the Riviera Hotel & Casino to compete in the NFAA World Archery Festival for a chance at the largest payout in indoor tournament archery. Three days of intense competition tested the mettle of the world’s top archers, and in the end, Team Hoyt endured grueling shoot-offs to outlast the field and emerge victorious.
The competition was fierce in the Freestyle Men’s Division, as 18 archers shot perfect three-day scores of 900 to force one of the biggest shoot-offs in Vegas history. Team Hoyt flooded the field of 18, as Reo Wilde, Dave Cousins, Jesse Broadwater, Danny McCarthy, Keith Trail, Nicholas Annen, Gary Smith, Jr. and Kelsey Johnson were among those vying for the championship. More than 1,000 nervous fans looked on as the field narrowed and the pressure increased shot-by-shot. In the end, Reo Wilde was the last man standing, as he endured 12 ends (36 arrows) of sudden death and shot a perfect 3X 30 to win the shoot-off by one point.
Team Hoyt also enjoyed outstanding results in the men's recurve division, as Butch Johnson and Joe McGlyn took second and third, respectively.
The action was equally intense in the women’s compound and recurve divisions. Team Hoyt’s Nichola Simpson (GBR) outlasted the field to notch her second consecutive Vegas victory in the Freestyle Women’s Division. Hoyt’s Tiffany Reeves and Mary Hamm battled through a nail biting shoot-off to finish second and third, respectively. The women’s recurve ranks proved dramatic as well, with Team Hoyt’s Khatuna Lorig enduring a pressure-packed shoot-off and walking away with a solid second place victory. Aida Roman took third place with her Hoyt Nexus riser/900CX limbs.
Also of note was Jeff Fabry’s victory in the Freestyle Limited Compound for Team Hoyt, which marked an amazing seventh Vegas victory for Fabry. And Hoyt shooter Rick Stark once again won the Barebow Division. Other notable achievements for Team Hoyt were the perfect 300 30X rounds shot by Jesse Broadwater and Jim Despart.
Hoyt would like to congratulate all of its shooters for proving once again that to win big in Vegas, you’ve got to shoot Hoyt!
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