This outdoor season feels like it flew by! There is still one more Caledon shoot coming up, but the summer is pretty much complete. To cap it off, we took a drive to the USA to shoot one of their USAT tournaments; the Buckeye Classic in Dublin, Ohio. The USAT (United States Archery Team) Qualifier Series is a series of four tournaments that USA Archery uses to help determine their national teams. These tournaments are pretty big, with nearly 500 archers competing across several different categories.
I don’t want to bore you with all the details, but there are a few things I feel like I should mention. First, it was a TON of fun! Much like the Lancaster Archery Classic earlier this year, the tournament was really well run and the whole experience was challenging and very enjoyable. And second: it seems to be tradition now that when I shoot a USA tournament, I get to face off against Mackenzie Brown. In the two USA tournaments I have competed in, both times I have faced her; and both times I have been left wanting to continue the match. This time, it took me 2 ends too many to adjust to the conditions and I lost in a quick 6-0 match. In the last end, I felt as though I had finally figured out the wind and would have loved to have just one more end to find out. But that’s the game, you need to adapt immediately and perform on demand. I can’t wait for our next rematch!