October 28th, 2016

Archer Naomi Folkard wins UK Masters

Archer Naomi Folkard wins UK Masters Archer Naomi Folkard wins UK Masters

TRIPLE Olympian Naomi Folkard was crowned winner of Archery GB’s UK Masters event which was held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire last weekend.

The two-day competition was open to all Grand Master and Master Bowmen and attracted 140 archers from across the country.

The strong, variable winds made shooting conditions difficult but the archers kept scores down.

The event format was a WA 70m (WA 50m for compounds) with an Olympic round on Saturday, and a Ladies/Gents WA 1440 round on Sunday.

Points were awarded for each of the three elements according to position, the winning archers being those gaining least points.

Folkard won all three elements of the ladies recurve event to take the Ogden Trophy.

On Saturday she scored 645 for the WA 70m (6 dozen arrows at 70metres), while Lisa Cooper (Pastures) was second on 592 and Louise Colville (Mole Valley) scored 576 to finish third.

Folkard got a first match bye in the Olympic round and in the Olympic style head-to-head matches, each determined on the sets points system, she beat Hazel Chaisty (6-2), Pip Taylor (6-4), Louise Colville (6-2) and Lisa Cooper (7-1) to taje Gold.

On Sunday Folkard scored 1,283 for the 12 dozen arrows of the WA 1440 (distances 70m, 60m, 50m and 30m).  Immediately behind her was Lisa Cooper (1,265) and Louise Colville (1,225), which gave Folkard a grand total for the Masters of three points to take first place.

Other local archers finishing in top ten positions were Carl Richards from Meriden who finished third in the compund event, University of Warwick student Matthew Dale finished ninth also in the compound, Tom Duncan came tenth in the compound and Tom Hall was ninth in the recurve.

Folkard has earned a place to shoot for GB next week in the European Games in Baku (Azerbaijan).