Zachary Plonsky was crowned the winner of the first day of competition in the 58th edition of The Vegas Shoot at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
The archer lineup for the first Championship $10K-A-Day Shootoff consisted of 11 women and 72 men who shot perfect 300s. After a slight delay due to scoring timing in the exhibiting halls, the 83 archers took to the floor of the Championship Arena.
After the first end, twelve archers were eliminated from the field. After the second end (and the first end of inside-out scoring), only eleven archers remained, including Sara Lopez as a lone female. After the third end, there appeared to be a winner - Zachary Plonsky. However, a pass-through near the center of the arena forced another archer to reshoot, with all eyes on his target.
Twenty long seconds later, Plonsky was declared the winner, and immediately lifted off the ground in a bear hug by some of his friends.
The USA archer, currently ranked 30th in the world, was presented his prize check of $10,000 by Bruce Cull, President of the NFAA, and celebrated with his friends and the crowds.
“I'm happy. My indoor season hasn't been amazing this far. This is a pretty good first day. I shot clean and then got a little extra bonus at the top of it,” said Plonsky.
The Vegas Shoot resumes tomorrow with more qualification rounds, another 10K shootoff, and the junior and collegiate awards ceremonies, as well as informational seminars and classes.
The Indoor World Series Finals medal matches will also take place tomorrow evening. Check the schedule here for more information, and follow @TheVegasShoot on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.