2004 TSAA State Field Summary
by Tournament director, Rick Stonebraker
Wet, wild, and wonderful! Sounds like a day at Splashtown or some other water park. But it was just another exciting day on the field course. The weatherman predicted rain the weekend of May 1-2 and they were right on. The weekend before was actually worse as the field crew waited patiently all day long, looking for a break in the weather to set up the field course. It took a full two days to do what it normally takes in one day but fun was had by all. Preliminary work was done the previous weekends to help alleviate predicted weather.
On Friday, the field crew had a good day to set up the matts and do final preparation for the opening round on Saturday. The unmarked round on Saturday morning was cancelled due to the storm. Those who came for the unmarked and those who came early for the marked round, huddled together in the ranch house and watched the weather reports and satellite predictions. Others sat around playing cards and enjoying the camaraderie that only archers can do. A tornado touched down 20 miles north but you would have thought it set down closer as two of the tent canopies were destroyed.
The BBQ was moved from the ranch house to the new barn where there was plenty of room. The cooks did a great job with the elk roast this year. Those who mingled and ate in the barn had a great time just waiting out the weather. Starting time of 1:30 was delayed until 2:30 and the rain stopped. Only a few sprinkles for awhile but the weather held for the first day while everyone braved the winds and the pools of water at the lower level targets. TD Stonebraker sent multiple warnings during the week to bring rubber boots so those who heeded, bravely sloshed through the water to score and remove arrows. Those in shoes and sneakers waited for others to score or waded through the water but no one complained. The amazing part was the resiliency of archers who brave the elements and still have a good time shooting field. Several groups did not finish until 8 pm Saturday evening.
Sunday was met with a beautiful blue sky and mild temperatures but the winds never subsided. Stonebraker exclaimed in all the years he has shot archery (there have been a few), this was the windiest field shoot he could recall. This is the third consecutive year that the event was held at the Blaschke Exotic Deer Ranch and it was also the most exciting. A record 73 registered this year and only 10 no-shows so the attendance of 63 was still a record, topping the 59 from the year before. Which means – next year should be even better!
David Gillis Adds: We just wanted to let all of you know that your hard work was appreciated. As we were driving from Seguin to Columbus on Saturday morning I told my van full of archers that it was a real shame all the work that was done to bring this thing off was sure to be wasted. This was while I was driving in a blinding thunder storm. I could not see ahead more than 30'. I pulled into the ranch and the pouring rain didn't give me much hope. Being an officer in the TFAA I knew what it took to put this tournament together. But in my humble opinion the way it turned out was great. The range was in terrific shape, far better than anyone would have ever thought. This was due to the effort you guys put into it.
If archers want to have fun, I guess you just can't stop 'em. We look forward to this tournament more and more every time we attend. We can't wait until next year.
Gillis family thanks you for your hard work.
David, Chris, Kathy and Roxi
TSAA Prez Mike Hojnacki adds: After many years of shooting state and National Field courses, this one by far was the most fun and the most challenged that I have been to. It never amazes me how you can get different angles and different shooting pictures from just changing a stake by a foot or two. Some of those sky shots had me thinking I was launching to the Moon! And boy that wind was a great equalizer for most people, except Staten Holmes, this year's recurve winner. I had the pleasure of shooting with him and let me tell you, the wind did not seem to bother him, or maybe he just said more prayers and got better wind conditions. Anyway, another great field shooting event, maybe we can bid for a National event one year? Just kidding....or maybe not...
Luis Martinez adds: We had a blast it was a very nice tournament an extremely challenging course and a very well organized competition...CONGRATULATIONS!
The DeBord Family Adds:
Even though I had 5 layers of clothes on Saturday, once again we all agree this is the most fun shoot of the year. The water and mud just made it a little more fun for all of the little boys this year!! Once again, a job well done! THANKS
|2004 TSAA State Field Championship|
|Eagle Lake, Texas|
|* Indicates a new record|
|round 1||round 2||Day 1||round 3||round 4||Day 2||Total|
|Master 60+ Compound Male|
|Master 50+ Compound Male|
|Master 50+ Compound Male Guest|
|Senior Recurve Male|
|Senior Recurve Female|
|Senior Recurve Male Guest|
|Senior Barebow Male|
|Senior Barebow Female|
|Senior Compound Female|
|Senior Compound Male|
|Senior Compound Male Guest|
|Senior Compound Female Guest|
|Junior Recurve Male|
|Junior Recurve Female|
|Junior Compound Female|
|Cadet Recurve Female|
|Cadet Compound Male|
|Cadet Compound Male Guest|
|Cub Recurve Female|
|Cub Compound Male|
|Cub Compound Female|
|Bowman Recurve Male|
|Bowman Compound Male|
|Bowman Compound Female|
|Bowman Barebow Female|
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