It started badly. The first arrow – 7.
In all honestly, I can’t recall the last time I shot a seven. That is, if I don’t think about last Sunday at the Georgia Southern University Sport Shooting Center. And there it was as big as life, arrow 1, end 1, points 7. (The next two arrows were fine)
Shooting one bad arrow doesn’t necessary mean you can’t manage a good finish in an archery tournament. Nope, now that I’ve written that sentence, no –if you shoot one bad arrow you’ll pretty much be done, at least against the boys I compete against.
If you shoot a bad shot, your only reprieve is hoping: 1) you don’t do it again, and 2) everyone else in our division returns the favor. You really only have control over item number 1.
There are quite a few fellas here in Georgia I know will be stubborn with their points. We all get 600 point to start; it becomes a matter of how many you can keep.
Sure enough, neither did much to return my favor. On the line that morning there was one guy that I knew would be tough – Bob.
Sure enough, Bob was tough. He tried to help me a couple of times and we finished tied. He beat me on the X count. As we were turning our scores in he asked about the other shooters in our division. (Bob was looking at a Gold medal)
There was still a whole bunch more shooting before any victory could be claimed. I answered Bob’s inquiry about the other archers, “There’s David from over in Atlanta,” I told him, “He could easily outscore us.”
I’ve been watching David at other tournament. He’s hard to miss; he’s about six feet and seven inches tall. The rumor is he was a competitive archer for 27 years, took a little time off, and started back training last year. Or he was a competitive archer 27 years ago and has picked up the sport again. Either way he can shoot a bow. Sure enough, he shot on the last line of the day and took the Gold.
I know David and Bob are great archers. I’ve seen them shoot, looked at their past scores and realize that giving them any points isn’t smart. Despite every other arrow I shot being either a nine or a ten, I ended up third.
Congratulations to David and Bob.