Georgia is a hub for great archers. There’s an elite archer everywhere you turn in the Peach State. The result is intense local competition. In my neighborhood alone there are four archers (out of 15 homes) that I know of. Everyone here has 3 to 10 acres and it is easy to spot the archers – their targets being visible from the road. I’ve practiced with two of them. The one that I’ve yet to shoot with is the most recent to the neighborhood and we’ve not yet met. (I’ve included myself in the count.)
The greater the competition the better for everyone competing. In some areas there are only a few archers and winning is less of a challenge. Not here.
In the division, where I compete, there are always four or five archers that can win on any given day. Championships have been won by a point, by the X count, and even by the inner X count. (Me be the loser in that match up)
Many of the local Masters level archers don’t travel to the big tournaments. The younger archers do travel. Among them are World Ranked, Nationally Ranked, USA Team members, and potential Olympians. Among then a cadet recently set a new World Record for 50 meters (355). Georgia is a rich environment for the sport.
The State has at least on level 5 USA Archery Coach, at least 4 level 4 coaches and a number of level 3 coaches. The abundance of good coaching is another benefit to the Peach State athletes.
The level of athlete here and the quality of coaching makes for an excellent environment to shoot. It shows at every tournament.