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5 Vegas Shoot Milestones at The South Point

The 58th edition of The Vegas Shoot will also be the last to be held at the South Point Hotel & Casino, the home that has hosted the tournament for 13 consecutive years.

The Vegas Shoot at the South Point Hotel has been a stage for archery history, marked by remarkable milestones, inspiring triumphs, and groundbreaking moments that have shaped the tournament's legacy. Here are 5 moments to remember forever:

1. Memorable wins

Throughout its tenure at the South Point Hotel, the Vegas Shoot has witnessed breathtaking victories that remain etched in archery lore. This includes Mike Schloesser (NED), the first non-American archer to win the tournament in 2014, who repeated his triumph in 2017. Also, Kyle Douglas (USA) achieved his dream ticket two years in a row, in 2020 and 2021. Other South Point winners are:

  • 2012: Jesse Broadwater

  • 2013: Reo Wilde

  • 2015: Alex Wifler

  • 2016 and 2019: Sergio Pagni (ITA)

  • 2018: Christopher Perkins (CAN)

  • 2022: Bodie Turner (USA)

  • 2023: Kris Schaff (USA)

2. The Lucky Dogs who triumphed

It is not usual, but at South Point, it happened twice that two archers with the renowned "Lucky Dog" title went on to claim the Vegas title. In 2016, Sergio Pagni (ITA) beat out the previously perfect shooters, marking the first time in the Vegas Shoot’s entire history that a ‘lucky dog’ won the competition. Two years later, in 2018, Chris Perkins was the Lucky Dog and finished second in the shootdown; later, he was named the 2018 Vegas Shoot Champion following the disqualification of Bob Eyler for the violation of anti-doping rules.

3. The oldest participant's remarkable feat

In 2023, Charles Johnson, a 101-year-old World War II veteran, competed for his very first time in the compound flights. With his sense of joy, he proves archery is a sport for people of all ages, and the most important thing is archer camaraderie. Read his story here.

4. Inaugural Women Competing Among Men

A historic moment happened at the South Point Hotel when, in 2017, for the first time the main championship was open to both male and female archers. Sara López, professional archer from Colombia, became the first woman to shoot in the compound open division. She scored 898 and finished 79th place overall, but, most importantly, she proved that men and women are equal in archery.

Also, a record number of women shot 900’s at the South Point including the first ever 900 Women’s shoot offs in 2022 and 2023.

5. Record-Breaking year by year:

Nearly every year at the South Point, the tournament experienced a record-breaking year, welcoming a surge in participants from various corners of the globe. In 2012, the first time at the South Point, the number of competing archers was 1,700. This year, more than 4,500 archers are participating in the most important indoor archery tournament in the world.

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