The Archery Shooters Association circuit concluded on Sunday in Metropolis, IL with Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment shooters Emily McCarthy, Garrett Ayersman and Tommy Gomez topping podiums and earning Shooter of the Year runner up distinctions.
The first stage of the World Cup concluded in Medellin, Colombia with hardware being added to Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment shooter, Braden Gellenthien and JP Boulch’s mantles, while thousands of miles away Jacob Marlow and Emily McCarthy competed to podium finishes at the third Archery Shooters Association tournament of the year in Paris, Texas.
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World Archery veteran and “Most Decorated Archer in World Cup History,” Gellenthien, shooting the Scott Black Hole, Sigma and CBE Vertex, found his groove after qualifications in match play, dropping two 150-rounds to secure a spot in the gold medal match against the Netherland’s Mike Schloesser where he took second place. Shooting the new Scott Ascent and Vertex 3D Micro was France’s JP Boulch who took the bronze medal.
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Shooting a personal best first round of 30-up in Paris, Texas on Friday, Jacob Marlow (Scott Longhorn) finished Saturday’s final 20 targets strong for a spot in the Known Pro shootdown. There, he bested his opponents and finished in first place.
With similar success, Emily McCarthy (Scott Ascent, CBE Vertex) finished the first 20 targets in second place in the Women’s Pro class, shot strong on the final 20 to secure a 2-point, first place lead heading into the shootdown where she ultimately placed in second for the weekend.
“Last week I made the decision to use my Scott Ascent at the next ASA, knowing the only way to judge how well a piece of equipment is going to work for me is to put it under real tournament pressure,” said McCarthy. “After two days of competing, I found myself leading the tournament going into the shootdown, and while I misjudged a few targets, I couldn’t be happier about my decision to switch to this release – it’s such a smooth feeling hinge. I wish every piece of new equipment was this easy to set up and transition to!”
Foley, Alabama hosted the kickoff Archery Shooters Association (ASA) event of the year where Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment pro shooters Justin Hannah, Emily McCarthy and Tommy Gomez impressed with podium finishes.
Indoor Nationals often takes place a week before an Archery Shooters Association 3D tournament. For me 3D archery is my passion and my main focus during March and after The Vegas Shoot! Therefore, my preparation for Indoor Nationals takes a back seat to my outdoor 3D prep during daylight hours.
The world’s most decorated archer, Braden Gellenthien, added more hardware to his collection over the weekend at the fourth stage of the Indoor Archery World Series that took place in Nimes, France, with a commanding performance and gold medal finish.
Going into my second indoor season in the pro division, I have developed a system for setting up my indoor sights. There are endless options when it comes to how you can set up your sight system, whether it be pin size, dot size, housing size or lens power. Everyone has their preferences for what they prefer to shoot and what works for them, I like to continually try new configurations to see if it may improve my scores or make my shot process more consistent. Here are just a few tips I can give you for trying indoors this season.
I find that indoor set up is usually easier for me because once I warm up and shoot several arrows consistently I can gauge my shot and account for the lighting of that venue. At that time I will adjust my sight to right or left, then high or low to zero in on the X. Each time I come to the line the first time at a new venue I work the same process:
One of the most commonly asked questions that I get throughout a season is, “How in the world do you shoot with glasses?” As common as the question is, it is not uncommon to NOT have a perfect answer to this!
I’m not sure about you, but where I grew up, I didn’t have a money tree growing in the backyard. And I still don’t have one. Being thrifty was and is always a priority; as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. But can you get quality products without having to sell a kidney? And a better question may be “what fits my needs best?”. In some cases, I have seen people with sights on their bows that costs more than the bow. I’ve also seen hunts cut short and tournaments lost because of poorly made products. So I think we should take a quick look at what makes a quality sight “quality”.
Rounding out an impressive year as World Archery’s most decorated archer, Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment’s Braden Gellenthien brought home yet another piece of hardware with his gold medal finish in Rome at the second Indoor World Series tournament.