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March 19, 2014

On target: Club marks half-century milestone

Galveston Archery Club celebrates 50th year

GALVESTON — Randy Davis stood with his feet shoulder-width apart and loaded his bow.

He pulled back on the string until the circular peep sight dangling from it lined up with the sight on the limb. He released the string and let the arrow sail into the target that hung 20 yards away.

“There’s not necessarily a right way or a wrong way,” Davis later said, “as long as you always do it the same way.”

He was one of 20 archers of all ages, quivers slung over their shoulders, shooting in respective lanes.

When the last shot was fired, someone yelled, “Clear,” sounding the go-ahead for the archers to walk across the wood-paneled floor to retrieve their arrows.

The scene was typical of what goes on several nights a week at the Galveston Archery Club, celebrating its 50th year on the floor above the town hall on East Jackson Street. Bags and cases line the floor. A rack holds the bows of those waiting their turn on the chairs behind the shooting lanes. One wall of the about 50-foot-by-90-foot space is covered in signed targets displaying perfect scores from tournaments held at the facility. The wall opposite those holds plaques commemorating members who have passed away.

Rocky Kline, president of the club, says the club has about 60 members, many of whom participate in both indoor and outdoor tournaments all over the state. Some of them compete all over the country.

Kline, now 70, started at the club in its inaugural year of 1964.

“I wanted more and more and more,” he said of how his interest in the sport grew over time.

Davis said he started target archery about four or five years ago after starting bow hunting about seven to eight years ago. After visiting the club, he said he became intrigued by the “specialty rigs” members were shooting and decided it was something he would like to pursue.

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