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A Test of Nerves: Buckmasters Top Bow Championship Kicks Off


Jamie Patterson, 2007 Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World champion, finished his day in 10th place and advances to Saturday's third round of competition at the 2008 Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship.
By Daniel Dye

-- Field of 49 archers whittled down to top 32

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Tom Pruitt of Stotts City, Mo., led the pack of 49 archers after Friday's first and second rounds of competition during the 2008 Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship.

As is typical with nearly every Buckmasters Top Bow event, scores from the first and second rounds were all over the charts.

Bobby Hubbard of Talladega, Ala.; Jeremy Odom of Bay Minette, Ala.; and Skipper Booth of Tuscaloosa, Ala., were the only competitors to hit all 10 targets.

Their perfect performances were turned in during the second round of competition.

"I was fairly calm in Birmingham but was a little nervous this first round here in Montgomery," said Booth who won the 2008 Alabama Qualifier championship.

"I missed a running deer and a couple of the harder targets in the first round but I'm glad I cleaned up in the second round," he said. "I am more focused now and ready to build on the momentum."

Booth finished with a combined two-round score of 302 points which was good enough for fifth place going into the third round slatted for Saturday.

Part of what has made this championship tougher than the South Carolina and Alabama qualifiers held earlier this year is that all of this event's targets are outfitted with the smaller 6-inch by 6-inch sensor pads usually reserved for shots typically out no farther than 25 yards.

Add in a huge audience, 55-yard shots, "running" deer targets and a $25,000 check for the champion and there is no wonder why some of the country's best archers posted low scores.

"The Top Bow Championship is designed to really put these archers' skills to the test," said Jackie Bushman, Buckmasters CEO and founder. "We do our best to make the course a little more challenging each year."

The competition is tight among the top of the leader board. A meager 21 points is all that separates Pruitt and Booth.

The third round of competition will feature the top 32 archers in combined points from rounds one and two. It begins today at 9:45 a.m. The top 16 archers will move on to Saturday's forth round.

The 32 archers in the 2008 Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship who qualified for the third round of competition are: 

Name / Hometown / Round 1 / Round 2 / Combined Score 

Tom Pruitt / Stotts City, Mo. / 134 / 189 / 323  
Kaylon Cole / Tuscaloosa, Ala. / 161 / 160 / 321
Josh Deering / Maple City, Mich. / 147 / 173 / 320
Bobby Hubbard / Talladega, Ala. / 132 / 186 / 318                    
Skipper Booth / Tuscaloosa, Ala.  / 116 / 186 / 302
Tom Boatwright / Perdido, Ala. / 130 / 161 / 291
Hunter Junkin / Gordo, Ala. / 147 / 143 / 290
Gene Goddard / Brighton, Iowa / 149 / 140 / 289
James Akins / Fort Payne, Ala. / 107 / 173 / 280
Jamie Patterson / Tallassee, Ala. / 107 / 165 / 272
Clyde Huckeba / Oxford, Ala. / 159 / 107 / 266
Colin Boothe / Harrisonburg, La. / 147 / 115 / 262
Jeff Johnson / Dodgeville, Wis. / 136 / 125 / 261
Keith Brown Greensboro, N.C. /101 / 154 / 255
Alex Ballenger Shelby, N.C. / 99 / 140 /  239
Randy Hendrix Winston-Salem, N.C. / 75 / 161 / 236
Ted Turner III Ludowici, Ga. / 146 / 88 / 234
Randy Barley Brown Summit, N.C. / 109 / 124 / 233
Chris Berry Sarcoxie, Mo. / 78 / 148 / 226
Ted Turner Jr. Ludowici, Ga. / 128 / 96 / 224
Justin Martin Enterprise, Ala. / 80 / 142 / 222
Lynn Morrison Northport, Ala. / 101 / 121 / 222
Dale Howington Buford, Ga. / 88 / 129 / 217
Jeremy Odom Bay Minette, Ala. / 28 / 186 / 214
Bryan Reeves Summerdale, Ala. / 94 / 117 / 211
Dusty Bishop Arden, N.C. / 94 / 117 / 211
Darren Collins Galena, Kan. / 103 / 10/ 211
Donald Bishop Horseshoe, N.C. / 69 / 132 / 201
Terry Goza Flat Rock, Ala. / 119 / 79 / 198
Joseph Goza Henagar, Ala. / 81 / 117 / 198
Crayton Taylor Verbena, Ala. / 111 / 83 / 194
Brian Dansby Hamilton, Ga. / 92 / 101 / 193 

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