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The Prescott Senior
Olympics held their Archery Shoots (Olympic and traditional)
on July 18, 2009. A new venue was needed for this seventh
anniversary shoot since it had outgrown the comfortable
capacity of Mile High Archery in Humboldt. This year there
were 45 registrants for the two events. Up from 7 in the
first year of the shoot.
The Olympic shoot included
both recurve and compound classes and it was held in the old
Armory building on Gurley St. This building belongs to Parks
and Recreation Department in Prescott. The Arizona State
Archery Association rented us nine of their target butts for
this shoot and they were just enough for the archers that
showed up. All participants shot 12, five arrow ends on a
five spot or a one spot NFAA 20 yard target. A perfect score
is an elusive 300.
Martin Martin (not a
misprint) from Flagstaff had the high score for the day with
a 298 with his compound bow in the 50-54 age group. He also
told us of a new senior Olympic shoot in Flagstaff for the
first time on September 27, 2009. Watch for more publicity
for this event!
Michael Lee was high
in the 55-59 group with a 295. Garry Beck in the
60-64 group took top honors with a 297. Harold Van Sant
shot a 273 in the 65-69 group, Jim David tied with
Jim Hamilton at 292 in the 70-74 group and I took top
score of 286 in the 80-84 age group since there were no
others in this group.
In the recurve shooters,
Michael Harwood placed first with a 261 in the 50-54
group, David Aprea got a 270 to lead the 65-69
group, Billy Chapman led the 70-74 group with a 260
and Gary Wiltse got a gold in the 75-79 group with
Two ladies shot in the
compound category and in the same age group. Winner was
Charlene Dockray with a 279.
In the P.M. Traditional
shoot, all 11 archers shot the one spot face from 15 yards.
And as you might imagine this went much faster since there
were no sights allowed.
Tad Earl shot a 237
for top honors in the 55-59 group recurve. This tied
Howard Harkey in the 55-59 longbow class.
In 60-64, Dennis Mowery won
with a 211. John Heffelfinger shot both A.M. and P.M.
shoots and won his 65-69 group with a 220 in the P.M.
Robert Smith took top in the 70+ group with a 135.
John Nay shot a 247
in the newest class, compound finger, no sights.
Several archers shot both
shoots and everyone agreed that this new venue was a great
improvement over the crowded conditions in previous years.
And there was lots of room for wives or significant others
to watch in comfort.
A good time was had by all.