In a familiar rematch, Winner’s Choice teammates Mike Schloesser (Netherlands) and Kris Schaff (United States) found themselves in a battle for gold, following a week of inclement weather at Stage Two of the World Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
The duo exchanged nail-biting ends, each at times offering a window of opportunity to the other to capitalize on. Heading into the final end tied at 117, Schloesser bested his teammate with an X-10-9 (to Schaff’s X-9-9) for the gold and automatic qualification in the circuit final. Schaff then finished with silver.
Just a few hours prior to the individual matches, Schaff represented the United States alongside Braden Gellenthein and Steve Anderson in the compound team final against Korea. In the hard-fought match, Schaff and Team USA finished with a silver – Schaff’s second medal for the tournament week.
“With the heat playing a big role in qualification and match play, it’s important to have confidence in your equipment and know that nothing will move or stretch on you,” Schaff said. “Shooting off against a good friend, and while I’m thrilled with second place in my first outdoor World Cup event, I’m ready for the next.”
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Other Winner’s Choice shooters to deliver solid performances included Peter Elzinga (9th overall), Demir Elmagaacli (17th overall) and Reo Wilde (17th overall).
“You can only achieve the nickname ‘Mister Perfect’ by being the best of the best, and it’s clear that Mike is always in the mix and could win any tournament he enters,” said Darrin Christenberry, Winner’s Choice pro staff manager. “It was great to see Mike and Kris at it again as teammates and friends shooting against the best in the world – having the right equipment helps to pave the way to success and we’re lucky to have them representing Winner’s Choice.”