Collegiate Archery Grows Leaps and Bounds

The USA Archery National Collegiate 3-D Championships are returning to Foley for the second consecutive year, October 25 – 28. Due to the success in 2017, word has spread at how enjoyable the event has become causing registration numbers to triple for this year’s championships.

2017 was the first year Graham Creek Nature Preserve hosted the Collegiate 3-D Championships which welcomed 78 competitors. For 2018 approximately 250 archers have registered to compete with participants continuing to sign up. Tournament Director, Mike Tyrell, said more than 20 universities will be represented from states including New York, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Tyrell explained Foley’s friendly and knowledgeable staff make the city a growing destination for archery.

“Foley Sports Tourism is great to work with,” Tyrell said. “Leslie and her Graham Creek Nature Preserve staff do a great job and the site has great competition ranges and access. The use of the Foley Event Center for the banquet and a team competition on Saturday night is a real bonus. Plus (Foley) has plenty of hotels at great rates for all the teams and additional evening attractions like OWA for them to enjoy.”

Leslie Gahagan, the City of Foley’s Environmental Manager and head of Graham Creek Nature Preserve said it’s always great to have archery in town.

“Archery is a sport that really brings in visitors to the city,” Gahagan said. “They are people who understand both competition and how to respect our beautiful natural habits. The combination of our unique landscape and inviting hospitality has gained a reputation, making Foley a real destination.”

Both men’s and women’s teams will compete Saturday, October 27, and the morning of Sunday, October 28 at Graham Creek Nature Preserve. The public is invited to attend.

For more information on the USA Archery National Collegiate 3-D Championships or any FST events, visit our events page.