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Green Creek Archery members fare well at national tournaments

The results are in for the indoor Junior Olympic Archery Development Nationals and the U.S. Indoor Nationals and the Green Creek Archery club fared very well.

At the indoor JOAD Nationals, the Green Creek Archery Club had three archers compete. Rachel Roberson competed in the female recurve 11-12 year old division and placed 40th in the United States. Rick Burney competed in the male compound 13-14 year old division and ranked 26th. Phil Burney competed in the male recurve 13-14 year old division and only 12 people in the country outscored him.

At the US Indoor Nationals, coaches Jim Vennera and Steve Burney competed as well as Phil and Rick Burney. Coach Vennera came in 23rd in the nation in the male recurve masters 60+ division while Steve Burney placed 75th in the male senior recurve division, which includes many of the current and former members of the U.S. Olympic team. Rick Burney came in 32nd in his division and Phil Burney shot exceptionally well to rank 15th in his.

It was a great indoor season for the club, and they are all now practicing for the outdoor competitions this summer. Club members have a good time practicing, even those that don’t choose to participate in the tournaments, and the club is always open to new members. The JOAD club is for kids from 8-20 years old and meets from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays on the ball field at the Green Creek Community Center. Adults are welcome and encouraged to attend, too, and are invited to shoot on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 p.m. For more information about the club, contact Steve Burney at Medicap Pharmacy in Columbus at 828-894-6112.

If you would like to learn more about JOAD and archery in general, information can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery.aspx.

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