LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – Laurel County hosted a weekend Pro/Am event for archers and almost 2,000 of came from all over the U.S. as well as Canada, Denmark, and South Africa.
The Archery Shooters Association (ASA) welcomes both professional and amateurs and, of course, kids. More than 200 shooters from Kentucky are competing.
One Kentuckian spoke with FOX 56 from Georgetown who said he was competing in a pro-round, where the winnings are between $15,000 and $20,000. There’s also a lot of pride when those winnings are claimed by someone from the Commonwealth.
“Kentucky shows a strong presence at these tournaments. I’m the state director here for ASA here in Kentucky, and we’ll have a post on our Kentucky ASA Facebook page that will show the top ten finishes and we like to talk that we bring home Mike Tyrell’s money home to Kentucky. How much of it we get to keep, because you get paid if you shoot high enough in your class. And Kentucky does a good job of finishing high. We’ve got a lot of talented shooters in Kentucky. There are three of us in the shootdown tonight. Samantha McCann is in the Women’s Pro, Jase Bolis is in the Known Pro class, and I’ll be in the Open Pro class, so we’ve got three competitors for Kentuckians to pull for tonight,” said Ryan Reed.
The event ended on Sunday and, according to the Kentucky ASA Facebook page, Jase took second place in the Known Pro class, Samantha placed fourth in the Women’s Open Pro class, and Ryan finished fifth in the Open Pro.
This was London’s 14th year hosting the event. The ASA reported that the event was expected to bring in almost $2 million for the area.