The 2013 Hoyt sponsored ASA Pro/Am was held in West Monroe, Louisiana April 5th through the 7th. The third tournament on ASA’s 2013 schedule attracted over 1,200 of the best 3D shooters in the country in what is recognized as one of the best run, highest paying, and most exciting events in 3D archery. Cool and wet weather turned hot and windy by Sunday afternoon putting extreme pressure on the shooters in the pressure packed final shoot-down rounds. Battling hard in tough conditions, Hoyt shooters from many divisions dominated the competition, earning prominent podium real estate by the end of the weekend.
In the tightly contested and very competitive K-50 class, Hoyt shooters swept the entire podium taking first, second and third. Daniel Matthews shot a final score of 430 with 19-12’s to earn first place for the third year in a row. Hoyt’s Jason Robison and Sam Wolthuis were hot on his trail with a 428 (17) and a 426 (18) respectively. After his win, Matthews was in his typical gracious form, “To win three years in a row is truly unreal for me. My Hoyt AlpaElite was dead-on all weekend and I’m really blessed beyond belief and grateful to my family and sponsors”.
Up and coming youngster, Wills Bollin – only 15 years old, had ice in his veins this weekend as he battled much more experienced shooters in the K-45 division. It all boiled down to a final closest-to-the-12 shot which Wills buried with his Hoyt AlphaElite, vaulting him into first place with a total of 460 with an amazing 21-12’s. After the pressure-packed shoot off, young Bollin was calm and collected. “Really I just concentrated on my routine, focused on my spot, and tried my best for a clean release” he said. Keep an eye out for this young man as one of the hot new shooters on this circuit.
In the Open Pro division, Hoyt’s Tim Gillingham fought the gusting winds in an intense shoot off to solidify his place on the podium with his Hoyt Pro Comp Elite. “All of us were really battling the wind. It was very difficult to hold and also to estimate what effect the gusts would have on your arrow flight. I had complete confidence in my bow and my strategy was really just to play it safe and hope the others would be forced into more desperate shots as the scores tightened “commented Gillingham.
Hoyt shooters also dominated the Semi-Pro podium with Matt Varnes and Andrew Callaway taking first and third places respectively in the very competitive division. Varnes placed first with a 426 (17) and Calloway missed second by only two points with a total score of 422 (15).
Regardless of the tournament venue, Team Hoyt shooters continue to dominate archery tournaments worldwide solidifying Hoyt’s reputation as the absolute most accurate bows in the world.
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