Shooters of Gold Tip arrows landed a decisive victory at the recent Metropolis, Illinois, ASA Pro/Am (June 27-29), with Levi Morgan (above center) and Tim Gillingham (above left) taking first and second place, respectively, in the Men's Pro Division.
Morgan, shooting his black 70-pound-draw Elite Energy 35 compound, was hot right out of the gate on day one, putting up a 222 for his first 20 targets and maintaining a two-point lead. Gillingham, six points back after day one with a 216, stayed consistent and followed up with another 216 on day two. Morgan's 212 on the second day's round was good enough to post a two-point lead heading into the final shoot out, while Gillingham found himself in a three-way tie.
Ultimately, the final shoot out at Metropolis proved to be one for the ages. Morgan opened the door for the other shooters by posting 8s on his first two targets of the shoot off. Gillingham, seizing the opportunity, hammered 12s on his first two targets, to take over the lead. But Morgan, sensing the need to put his foot on the gas pedal, went for broke and found the 14 ring on targets three and four to bring him within four points of the lead and tied for second. Gillingham's 10 on the sixth target was answered by Morgan's 14, bringing both Gold Tip shooters to a dead heat. With a 12 on the seventh target, Morgan claimed a two-point lead over Gillingham, with one target remaining. Both shooters found the 10-ring on the final target, which maintained Morgan's two-point lead and gave him his third ASA victory on the year.
Morgan and Gillingham were both shooting Gold Tip's Triple X Pros. All three men on the Pro podium were using Bee Stinger stabilizer systems.
"Sunday was the craziest day of my archery career," said Morgan. "I went from leading and then fell to eighth, then back to leading, then to six points back. Somehow the Lord pulled me together and after the smoke cleared I won by two points. Probably the best shoot-down I've ever been a part of. What a battle by all involved."