Coming into the Georgia Bowhunter and Archery Association/NFAA Sectional I felt it would be a tight contest. I expected podium places would often come down to the X count and even the inner X. I was right.
I heard the official talking as they were tallying the scores. One commented that, “I think scores like this should be settled by a shoot-off rather than the inner X count.”
I’d gathered at two archers had scored the same points for a 1stplace finish and had the same number of Xs. Choosing the winner was going to come down to the inner X count. Essentially, which archer’s Xs were, by a judgment call, closer to the center based on how a group counted the center or inner Xs. Little did I know.
For the second tournament in two weeks I’m busted down a level based on Xs. Well, in this case, the inner Xs. My score and the ultimate winner’s score were the same, our X count, the same and while the inner X score wasn’t posted, I must assume he had more inner Xs than me –it would have taken only one. (A measurement of less than a millimeter would do it). It is a hard way to lose.
No points separated the 1stand 2ndplace (or Xs) and only one point between that score and 3rd. It was tight.