For the third consecutive year, the Archery Shooters Association Leupold ASA Pro/Am Tour returned to Wildwood Park in Appling, Georgia. The event ran through April 29.

“We are thrilled that the Archery Shooters Association has again selected Wildwood Park as the venue for this prestigious Pro/Am tournament,” said John Luton, director of Community and Leisure Services. “Thanks to the hard work of our Parks staff and roads/bridges staff, the course and venue are in excellent condition.  We look forward to another great event for all participants and guests.”

Columbia County will see a significant increase in visitors this week due to this prestigious event. This year, the tournament is expected to bring in 1,900 3-D archery enthusiasts representing more than 35 states and attracting participants, there will be more than  60 vendors and sponsors. The economic impact to the region is projected to be $1.1 million dollars.

Since its inception in 1993 the Archery Shooters Association has hosted tens of thousands of amateur and professional archers from across the United States in national Pro/Am and state level club competitions. Its state club organization is called the ASA Federation, and our national shoots are known as the McKenzie ASA Pro/Am Tour. The ASA has federation chapters in 37 states with more than 9,000 members and 330 clubs. ASA Pro/Am and Federation competitions include a standardized set of competition rules; professionally executed shooting ranges; high standards for dress and conduct; safety standards that include a maximum arrow speed standard of 280/290 feet per second; the copyrighted 12-ring and 14-ring scoring system; and the largest paybacks in competitive 3-D archery.

ASA 3-D archery features competitive rounds of lifelike, three-dimensional animal targets made of foam. The scoring rings are not always visible from the shooting stake and binoculars are allowed. Advanced archers must determine the distance to the target, pick a good aiming point, and execute the shot. The ASA was the first archery organization to implement a speed limit (280 feet per second) for safety and to establish a level playing field for 3-D competition. Beginning in 2007, the ASA was the first national organization to incorporate Known Distance 3-D which provides competitors with another option, as well as providing a more accessible starting point for new competitors.