The 2018 Archery Shooters Association (ASA) season kicked off last weekend in Foley, Alabama with sunny skies, warm temperatures and challenging wind, and resulted in a podium finish for Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment shooters Nathan Brooks and Emily McCarthy.

Competing in the Men’s Known Pro division, Nathan Brooks worked his way up from fifth place to third in the shootdown, earning himself a podium spot in the first ASA of the year, shooting the new Scott Ascent.

“Every year I set personal performance goals for each type of archery venue I compete, and part of those goals involve building on past year successes,” Brooks said. “I added to my choice of equipment the new micro adjustable Scott Ascent release and it all came together nicely. Having the ability to customize the length of the pull past the click is a huge factor in my shot timing – and with less than ideal weather conditions, having reliable equipment helps keep you mentally focused on the job at hand.”

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Emily McCarthy, competing in the Women’s Open class, played through the shootdown to come out in second place just three points behind the lead.

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to switch to the Scott Advantage back tension release,” McCarthy said. “Out of all the shootdowns I’ve been in, I’ve never felt so relaxed while executing a shot under pressure as I did while using this release.”

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Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment shooters comprised more than half of the Men’s Known Pro top 10 class, with Brooks, Chance Beaubouef, Curtis Broadnax, Garrett Ayersman and Braden Gellenthein all finishing in the top 10. Chris Hacker, Darrin Christenberry, David Rose and Brandon Shehan also representing Scott Archery and CBE, placed in the top 10 of the Men’s Open Pro.

“Nathan and Emily are always at the top of their game, evidenced by their strong performances out of the gate at the first ASA,” said Darrin Christenberry, Scott/CBE pro staff manager. “The more comfortable a shooter is with their equipment, the more consistent they become, and we continue to see this execution from our competitors.”