OREM, Utah – March 6, 2015 – The first leg of the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro/Am tour kicked off February 19 to 22 in Newberry, Florida. And team Gold Tip picked up right where it left off after an incredible 2014 tournament season that netted 19 of 25 “Shooter of the Year” titles. Gold Tip Shooters again dominated the Newberry event by winning all three Pro Classes and a majority of the top Amateur classes.
In the end, Gold Tip Staff Manager Tim Gillingham was the repeat winner after a tightly contested bout with one of archery’s superstars and Gold Tip pro, Levi Morgan.
“I felt a little like Levi did last year,” Gillingham said. “I had an 8-point lead over the next closest competitor and a 10-point lead over Levi after he had a sight issue in the final few targets of Saturday’s round. Still, it was Levi Morgan that I knew I had to beat.”
Gillingham was right. Morgan caught up to him in a four-target span with the addition of 14-ring scoring in the shoot-off. However, Gillingham was able to nail the 14 ring on the fifth target, positioning him to follow Morgan in the sixth round. This position was critical, and when Morgan failed to hit the 14 ring, Gillingham closed out the win with a solid 10.
“I shoot the best equipment in the industry,” Gillingham said following the event. “Gold Tip arrows are the most dominant arrow in 3-D archery for a reason.”
The ASA Pro/Am consists of 20 targets shot each day for two days in hunting simulation style. Pro Classes must judge the distance, and scoring is 12-, 10-, 8- or 5-ring. After 40 arrows, the top five shooters in each of the Pro Classes go into a Final Shoot-off. An additional five targets are set and a 14 ring is added to the target making the archer able to take more risk and change their positioning. After the five targets, anyone within ten points of the leader goes to a sixth and final target. The high score wins the event.
Another notable result from the weekend was that every one of the Men’s Pro division shooters in the shoot-off used Bee Stinger stabilizers, proving once again what a technical advantage they give bowhunters as well as target archers.
On the women’s side, Sharon Carpenter dominated in the Women’s Pro Class. Sharon finished the weekend with a 17-point lead over the next closest competitor. After her 2014 Shooter of the Year in both ASA and IBO circuits, she is definitely the top woman in the 3-D game and is well positioned for a repeat in 2015.
Art Brown dominated the Senior Pro with a 16-point lead over the next closest competitor and went on to dominate the shoot-off. He also has an impressive lead on Shooter of the Year.
A sweep in the K-50 class and wins in many of the amateur classes further demonstrated how the best shooters in the game rely on the world’s best carbon arrows on the 3-D course and in the field hunting.
Also notable was how much the game is obviously growing in popularity with a record attendance of over 1400 shooters, a 20 percent increase over last year. Look for Gold Tip Arrows in more competition and hunting quivers as these shooters learn the advantages to choosing the world’s best carbon arrows.
The next tournament is the NFAA Indoor Nationals March 13 to 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. We will see you there.
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