It was a great tournament for Team PSE at the ASA Classic in Cullman, AL! Joby Shaw took home the Men’s Open Pro championship, while Stephan Hansen and Christopher Perkins came in 2nd and 3rd in Classic Known Pro.
Meanwhile at the USA Archery Outdoor National Championship in Indiana, Team PSE’s Scott Starnes had an awesome weekend winning the Men’s 50+ Division. He set a single day record with a score of 702 on Day One! Scott also took 3rd place in the US Open shooting the new PSE Perform-X, while Jim Beasley took 2nd place.
Team PSE racked up impressive showings this weekend at tournaments around the globe. Young Connor Sears took Silver at the NFAA Field Nationals, while on the Senior circuit, Dee Starnes placed 1st in Pro Senior Female, with Scott Starnes taking 3rd in Pro Senior Male. Also at the NFAA Field Nationals, PSE shooter Caytie Belzner took 2nd in Senior Female Freestyle.
In international competition, Alexis Tombul took 2nd in the French FITA Championships. Alexis won all of his matches to reach the final and tied the Gold Medal match 146 to 146 on the way to the shoot off.
Finally, at the World Games Gold Medal match in Wroclaw, Poland, Team PSE wunderkind Stephan Hansen and his partner for Team Denmark took the gold over Team Mexico. It was yet another amazing performance from Hansen and his PSE Xpression.
It was a huge weekend for Stephan Hansen and Team PSE at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland! Stephan Hansen took the Gold Medal in Men’s Compound, while in Mixed Finals, Stephan and his partner for Team Denmark took Gold over Team Mexico!
It was yet another amazing performance from Hansen and his PSE Xpression…
Team PSE’s Savannah Vanderwier for qualifying to represent the USA in the World Youth Championships taking place later this year in Argentina. Congratulations Savannah, everyone here at PSE will be rooting for you all the way!
Team PSE Shooter Profile: Lewis Homes III
Bow: PSE Evolve 35
1. How did you get into archery?
My family always hunted, and my dad shot in local tournaments and stuff. After starting strong, I went through a big lull of shooting where I didn’t shoot a whole lot, but then I got back into it to see if I could hang with the best in the world. Showed up to my first event as an amateur and won, and it just went from there.
2. Why do you shoot PSE?
I’ve shot PSE for pretty much my entire life. Nearly every accomplishment in archery has been with a PSE. My local PSE dealer is a good friend of mine, so that’s where it started.
3. What’s your favorite thing about bowhunting?
The way it makes you feel when you accomplish your goal of harvesting an animal or shooting a big, stinky fish. Before I started competing in archery tournaments, I was heavily involved in bowfishing. It’s just a really satisfying activity.
4. Do you prefer indoor tournaments, Field Archery or 3D?
All of the above. What I like about indoor is that it’s a perfection game. It doesn’t matter if it’s today or 20 years from now, you have to shoot a perfect score to win. The ability to control your nerves just adds to the experience. On the other extreme, I love the laid back nature of 3D, its one extreme to the next. 3D is just great fun and is a huge game of strategy. I like both equally.
5. What’s your proudest moment as a competitive archer?
My proudest moment is actually in bowfishing. I won our state bowfishing championship solo. I just really wanted to show people I could do it.
6. What advice would you give other competitive archers just starting out?
Don’t worry about a missed arrow. If you worry about the bad shots, more bad shots come. If you worry about the good shots, more good shots come.
7. What are your goals for the next five years of competition?
I take competition one day at a time, one tournament at a time. My goal is to make five years of good shots.
8. What makes the PSE brand unique in your opinion?
Everybody at PSE, including Pete Shepley himself, doesn’t just want the sport of archery to get better, they want the tools we use to get better. Not just for PSE, but for the entire industry.
There is no better advocate of archery out there than PSE.
Team PSE’s Eliana Claps took gold in the Junior Division shooting her PSE X-Appeal at the Gator Cup in Florida last weekend. Eliana was also selected to represent the USA at the World Championships in Mexico City in October. Congratulations to Eliana on her selection and on all her hard work.
Congratulations to Team PSE’s Stephan Hansen on winning the 1st stage of the Archery World Cup in Shanghai! Stephan is once again shooting his way to another World Cup win!
PSE Proudly Announces the Addition of Jack Wallace II to our Elite Pro Staff!
Jack started shooting archery when he was 7 years old with the help of his dad. He loved the unknown 3D archery game and how it helped prepare him for hunting situations, teaching him how to calm his nerves and take a steady shot. Jack continued to excel, so he turned Open Pro in 1995 and hit the 3D circuit. One year later he won his first ASA tournament in the Pro division. Jack has won every major national, world, and shooter of the year title 3D archery currently offers.
Some of his accomplishments include:
ASA World Classic Champion
ASA Shooter of the Year
ASA Record Holder
IBO World Champion (2-times)
IBO National Triple Crown Champion (3-times)
IBO Shooter of the Year (3-times)
When not shooting and competing, Jack loves teaching and coaching. He is a USA Archery Certified coach and has helped numerous students in several different classes earn national and world archery titles.
When the 3D season is over, you can usually find Jack in the outdoors chasing big game with his bow and arrow. He has taken several Pope & Young class animals including deer, bear, elk, and antelope.
Shooter: Savannah Vanderwier
Bow: Supra EXT – Shooting PSE: 2 years
1. How did you get into archery?
I got into archery because my dad was into bowhunting. When we moved to our town, the local 4H club wanted my dad’s help with their archery program. My sister and I tagged along just for fun and that’s when I started shooting. The first thing I noticed was that I could beat the boys, which I loved. They all told me I could never outshoot them with my little pink bow, but I would whoop them.
After that, I did a lot of 4H competition. At a state 4H shoot, a local coach saw me shoot and told me I really needed to get into competitive archery, so I got my first target bow (a PSE Supra Max) and started doing NFAA shoots, etc.
2. Why do you shoot PSE?
I just love the bows. They’ve got a super smooth draw, which I really like. I have really hard stops on my Supra right now, and the grip is great. They shoot really, really well, and I feel comfortable and confident with them. I know if I’m shooting well, the bow’s going to put it in the middle.
- Do you prefer indoor tournaments, Field Archery or 3D?
I prefer target and field. Field is what I love the most, then it would be target and indoor. I’m considering doing Known 3D because it’s a lot like field. Indoor isn’t really my preference, but I’m doing well at it, so I’m going to stick with it even though I prefer to be outside.
- What’s your proudest moment as a competitive archer?
Making the USA field team that went to Ireland and going into the gold medal match with my best friend. Just the chance to represent Team USA and knowing in my heart that we were going to win was an unbelievable experience. Going to Vegas for the first time and winning it was also a proud moment.
- What advice would you give other competitive archers just starting out?
Practice a lot. Have fun. Listen to your coach. Make friends. Don’t be stubborn. Archery is not what defines you…if you don’t win a tournament, that’s okay. For me, I know archery doesn’t define me. I’m a child of God and an archery victory is just what’s given.
- What are your goals for the next five years of competition?
For this year, I want to be part of the Youth World Championship team, and then Field next year. I’m going to make as many of those teams as possible. I really want to try ASA competition and also want to score an invite to the Field Archery Pro Series. That’s insane and looks like a lot of fun.
- What makes the PSE brand unique in your opinion?
PSE feels like family. You don’t feel like you are just a nameless customer. Any contact we’ve ever had with PSE, they help us out a ton. It just feels like a big family, and you can tell they care.