There are a lot of points scored over an archery tournament. The last event I competed in, the Georgia 25-Meter State Championship had a maximum (Perfect) score of 600 possible points. I lost, landing in second place, by a 1-point difference.
Excluding 3D (where I shot mostly for fun and the scores are hard to find) I looked over the events where I’d lost. There were 3-second place finishes and one-third place. The third place was a fluke. Here I define a fluke as poor shooting associated with a yet undiagnosed equipment problem. The bow’s cam bearings had cracked which resulted in some funny shots. The data remaining, the 3-second place finishes, were lost by an average of 1 point.
The last loss, the 25-meter event, was a surprise. The surprise was not the person who won, Bob. Bob beaten me three out of four times in 2019. I beat him once with the same score, same X count and took the win by the 9 count.
Now Bob’s good. A few weeks ago, during my only 2019 win against Bob, we shot in the Masters 50 age group. There was no Masters 60 age group at that event. This is when I won as the score came down to the nine count. The fellow that won the 50-year-old group, Paul, took first place by two points. The top three compound bow scores for that tournament where from Paul, myself and Bob, in order of finishing positions. (Fall Classic, Georgia Southern University) All of us in the 50 year old group.
Going into the last tournament, the 25-meter shoot, I honestly expected a score in the range of the US record, for my age group. I’d been shooting that in practice. I didn’t come close during the tournament. But for one bad shot, Bob might have broken that record. Sadly, we’ll both have to wait until next year to give it another go for the record.
In the meantime, I admit, I’d rather be on the winning side of those 1-point finishes.