The City of Palm Coast was the latest hot spot at Town Center to host the Senior Games, charting the Ormond Beach games set in motion some 30 years ago. Sights were set on the competition in archery by seniors. Casey Ryan, event coordinator for the City of Palm Coast, targeted archer James Brown to assist with the competition.
Brown is notable among marksmen, and helped to coordinate in excess of 30 shooters aiming for the bull’s-eye with bows and arrows. They hailed from Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, the Flagler Gun & Archery Club, and others were from Baltimore and elsewhere.
“It’s like a vacation, and it’s gotten me away from being shy. The Mohicans are like family,” said Linda Wallace, whose husband took part in the sports competition.
Maryland is home to the Mohican Bowmen, who affirmed the average age of most shooters is 50 years old.
“It’s fun, but like anything else, it takes work,” asserts Dennis Wallace. “All the old guys like me help to get the youngsters started. For a while, we were the only minority club. But now, I understand there is one in Texas. We are begging for young shooters to become a part of field archery.”
Wallace doesn’t want archery to be a dying sport. He draws Black youth to the attraction of technique training and lessons on safety.
“The sport is indicative of not getting away from. It’s a fun sport that you concentrate on, and do not pay attention to what’s around you,” said John Knox.
Other strategizing bowmen from Maryland were: Ron West, Gwen McMurray, and others. It was local Doug Brown’s first competition to try and zero in on the bull’s-eye.
The challenge brought sponsors, mainly Florida Hospital-Flagler, Flagler Gun & Archery Club, the City of Palm Coast, Home Depot, Dolphin Printing, and Flagler County Tourist Development Council.
Torch sponsors flocked with support, namely, the City of Ormond Beach, Bishop’s Glen Retirement Community, Healthway’s SilverStreakers, Florida Hospital-Flagler, Change Your Life with Florida Hospital, Flagler Auditorium, Senior’s Today, and Hometown News.
Gold sponsors were part of the circle, and that’s to say: Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches, Graphic Solutions, along with silver sponsors: Grand Villa, Humana, Sara House, Wallis Home Health, and Firehouse Subs.
Sights focused on the first-place winners: Kim Rollins with a score of 460 for ages 50 to 54 in the Female Barebow Recurve; Betty Dollar’s score of 830 for ages 65 to 69 in the Female Compound Release; and Toby Bagley’s score of 792 for ages 60 to 64 in the Female Compound Fingers challenge.
The first-place bowmen were: Gary Rollins with a score of 669 for ages 70 to 74 in the Male Barebow Recurve; Frank Skvarek’s score of 606 for ages 75 to 79 in the Male Barebow Recurve; Carl Frank’s score of 770 for ages 75 to 79 in the Male Compound Fingers challenge; John Gauger’s score of 752 for ages 65 to 69 in the Male Compound Fingers challenge; Dennis Wallace’s score of 783 for ages 60 to 64 in the Male Compound Fingers challenge; and Eric Prevatt’s score of 577 for ages 55 to 59 in the Male Compound Fingers challenge.
Also winning in first place was Steve Moretti’s score of 820 for ages 70 to 74 in the Male Compound Release slot; Rick Ruble’s score of 848 for ages 60 to 64 in the Male Compound Release slot; Ron West’s score of 864 for ages 65 to 69 in the Male Compound Release slot; and Trent Skille’s score of 858 for ages 50 to 54 in the Male Compound Release slot.
The shooters charted out their mark, and showed that they had talent.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: Dotnella Singletary, Nov. 8; Phyllis McVay, Nov. 9, my sister-in-law Blossom Coaxum of the Bronx, Nov. 10; Sasha Delaney, Nov. 11.
Happy anniversary to: Richard Williams and Rose Luckett Williams, Nov. 12.