I was born in the summer of '77 in Carroll County, Georgia. I've been shooting a bow most of my life with my cousin and archery mentor Ted Cotton, my Uncle C.W and Aunt Bert. They got me into Archery when I was just 7 years old. We would Bow hunt as much as we could, and I harvested my first deer with a bow at the age of 12. By that time, we were traveling the IBO Circuit where I won a few Nation Titles in the Youth Class, and later we went onto the ASA Circuit. In high school, however, my life revolved around football and horses. In late 2003 I did get back into Archery shortly after getting married. My wife and I were at a family get together and she overheard me talking to my cousin about how much I missed shooting Archery and going to the competitions. She asked me why I stopped, and I didn't really have an answer. With her encouragement, I have been involved in the Sport of Archery in many ways since then. From shooting in local tournaments, traveling to Nationals, I have been a Staff Shooter for several great companies, I also worked in and managed a Pro-Shop in Bowdon, GA. Due to a major shoulder injury in mid-2005, I had to put Archery on hold for my shoulder to heal properly. That was a real blow, because I felt like I had just gotten back into the groove of this great sport. Even though I could not compete or shoot at all, I did stay active in the sport by running a local 3D Archery Club - holding local and state tournaments in Douglasville, GA. Finally, in 2008 I was released by my doctors to shoot a limited number of tournaments. I was able to go to a few and won 2 State Titles in Georgia and Alabama. Even though I wanted to shoot more, my shoulder was more damaged than we realized at that time. In 2011 I was told to find a new hobby by my doctors. My shoulder could not take the pull and strain of shooting a bow repletely any more. No hunting, no competing, nothing! It was news that I did not handle well and was truly saddened by. It was a major disappointment, but I decided I was not going to wallow or just quit. I got online, started researching crossbows and took all the info I found back to my doctor to see if this was the way I would be able to continue in this sport. With my doctors blessing, I have been competing in the Crossbow Class since 2013. I have placed and won state titles in Georgia and Alabama in the crossbow class. I really enjoy the competition and camaraderie of this sport. I have learned a lot, met some great people through the years and realized how blessed I am to do what I love even after I was told I wouldn't be able to. Lord willing, I have many more years left for slinging arrows and enjoying this great sport.
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