The Photographs from the Texas Shootout 2002
Photo by A.Ron Carmichael, Enhancements by Lindsey Carmichael
The tournament started with the Friday Afternoon practice, which was a "hey, long time no see" moment for some, and for others fresh from the Arizona Cup, just a "you're here too, oh NO!" kind of emotion. The field was well laid out by the A&M Field crew, directed by John Blaschke and painted/lined by Bob Marcotte who did an even better job than last year. Thanks to all the hard workers behind the scenes!
Saturday was the most arduous for many because of winds that at times gusted above 20 mph. The temperature was good (70s to low 80s), overcast with a single smattering of raindrops midmorning that the high winds instantly removed. There were 42 targets, with most occupied by 4 archers. Shooting started at 7am and was continuous till lunch, and continued in the afternoon without any serious difficulties, although a number of archers experienced equipment failure and one (only) buttress blew over in the winds. No arrows were harmed in the falling of the butt!
After the FITA rounds on Saturday, the archers retired to an air conditioned gymnasium for some good ol' Texas fajitas with all the fixins. Entertainment of the country western/Aggie flavor was provided by the Aggie Wranglers, a student group that specializes in flashy boot-scootin' dancing. Of special benefit and interest during the dinner was a talk provided by Lanny Basham who spoke on his specialty, Mental Management. Lanny is a past Olympic Gold Medal winner in shooting (firearms) and had many good points to offer the archers. After a brief question and answer period, many archers were able to get a closeup look at Vic Wunderle's silver and bronze medals from the archery event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Vic has resumed his college schooling at A&M.
The sun rose Sunday as the full moon was setting, and the archers reconvened for the Olympic Round at 8am. The archery gods of A&M saw to it that conditions were perfect, with winds seldom venturing above 5 mph, although by late morning the clouds were gone, so sun screen was at a premium while the temps remained comfortable for all but the weakest yankees. There were a number of closely contested matches. At one point Chris Shull, one of A&M's best recurve archers was shooting against Guy Gerig of somewhere up north. Chris fired a sizzling 54 (6 arrows at 70 meters) only to discover he was behind Guy by 6 points. Guy's perfect 60 carried him through that match, and several more, before Butch Johnson managed to edge him by one point in a single-arrow shootoff. Among the women, Nancy Zorn edged Mary Zorn in the compound division by a single point (10 vs. 9) in a shootoff, and Amber Dawson won by a point against Sally Wunderle, all in the quarters.
In the women recurves' quarter finals, Janet Dykman (who defeated this writer's daughter(Lindsey Carmichael) by 10 points in the 1/8, edged Karen Scavatto by 1 point. Other matches were not as close, with Kim outscoring her first 4 opponents by 83 points (!) and Dykman met Kim in the Finals.
Men's Compound division - Jeffrey Calhoun edged Chris Blockcolski in the first round with a one-arrow shootoff 7 to 5, but most other matches were not close, although Jon Brewington's 111 was a point better than Jake Hall's 110.
For the official results you will need to check the A&M website for the results, released 4/29 (final NAA points assigned by 4/30.
Practice Day, 4/26/2002 (261 seconds at 28k)
FITA, 4/27/2002 (340 seconds at 28k)
FOR 4/28/2002 (224 seconds at 28k)
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