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San Diego Archers

Estab­lished 1938 to expand and per­pet­u­ate the prac­tice of archery and the spir­it of good fel­low­ship among archers

Rube Powell Archery Range

In 1994, the name of the Bal­boa Park Archery Range, locat­ed off of the Alcazar Park­ing lot, was changed to Rube Pow­ell Archery Range to hon­or one of San Diego’s great ath­letes.

Rube Pow­ell, a mem­ber of the San Diego Archers since the 1950’s, passed away some time ago. For this per­son, who gave the archery com­mu­ni­ty so much, the mem­bers of San Diego Archers hon­ored his mem­o­ry with the renam­ing of the archery range after him.

Rube Pow­ell was tru­ly a gift­ed archer, whose accom­plish­ments in Tour­na­ment Archery com­pe­ti­tion had not been equaled in his time. He was a win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Nation­al Field Archery Cham­pi­onships a record five times. In addi­tion, he won too many Region­al, State and Local tour­na­ments to list here. Rube was elect­ed to the Nation­al Archery Hall of Fame in 1976 and to the Cal­i­for­nia State Hall of Fame in 1977.

For all of Rube Powell’s accom­plish­ments, those who had the priv­i­lege of know­ing him, remem­ber him for what he gave back to the com­mu­ni­ty by his love and sup­port of archery.

History of San Diego Archers

San Diego Archers have been an active orga­ni­za­tion since it’s incep­tion in 1938, grow­ing stronger over the years. In the mid 1950’s, the San Diego Archers merged with the San Diego Field Archers. In 1992, the Nation­al City Tur­tle Archers merged with the San Diego Archers. The two clubs had been shar­ing both the Bal­boa Park Archery Range and the Mor­ley Field Archery Range for a num­ber of years.

The Rube Pow­ell Archery Range has been in its present loca­tion since relo­cat­ing from Gold Gulch in the late 1950’s. Pri­or to mov­ing the tar­get range to Mor­ley Field, San Diego Archers’ orig­i­nal tar­get range was on the south side of the inter­sec­tion of 6th and Lau­rel.

The Bal­boa Park and Mor­ley Field Archery Ranges are the last remain­ing pub­lic field archery ranges in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. These ranges are main­tained for the pub­lic use of all the archery com­mu­ni­ty by the sole sup­port of the mem­bers of the San Diego Archers.

Archery Tournaments

The Bal­boa Park Archery Range has been the site of numer­ous Nation­al Archery Tour­na­ments. In 1967, the range and San Diego Archers was the host of the Police Olympics Archery Com­pe­ti­tion, a com­pe­ti­tion that has been held on the range a total of 7 times, the last one in 2006. In 1987 the range was the site of the World Police and Fire Games Archery Com­pe­ti­tion and in 1993, host of the Senior Olympics Archery Com­pe­ti­tion. In 2006 it host­ed the first Bor­der Shoot, a com­pe­ti­tion between the Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona, Baja Cal­i­for­nia and Sono­ra states archers. It is an annu­al event that rotates each year to the win­ning state and a suc­cess­ful begin­ning to a tour­na­ment involv­ing four clas­si­fi­ca­tions of archery styles.

In 1962, San Diego Archers held the first King Arthur’s Day Tour­na­ment, an archery event that has become an annu­al gath­er­ing of young and old attract­ing over 200 archers from Cal­i­for­nia, Neva­da, Ari­zona and Mex­i­co.

Over the years Bal­boa Park Archery Range has sup­port­ed oth­er local clubs when their range was not avail­able. In 1993 the San Diego Coun­ty Bow Hunters uti­lized the range for sev­er­al months when their range was washed out by flood­ing.

Archery in Southern California

The range name change from the Bal­boa Park Archery Range to the Rube Pow­ell Archery Range was wide­ly sup­port­ed by the archers and archery clubs in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. There are present­ly over 3,500 archers in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia who are reg­is­tered with the Cal­i­for­nia Bowhunters/State Archery Asso­ci­a­tion. In San Diego Coun­ty there are four archery clubs, Bear State Bowhunters in Escon­di­do, Poway Val­ley Archers in Poway, San Diego Coun­ty Bowhunters in Lake­side and San Diego Archers in San Diego rep­re­sent­ing a local mem­ber­ship of over 400 active par­tic­i­pants. Mem­bers of San Diego Archers and archers in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia have become involved in the Nation­al Archery to the Schools Pro­gram (NASP), teach­ing teach­ers in the schools archery to stu­dents. A host of San Diego Archers mem­bers and indi­vid­u­als prac­tic­ing at the ranges draw new­com­ers onto the Bal­boa Park Archery and Mor­ley Field Ranges, guid­ing, befriend­ing and enlarg­ing the com­mu­ni­ty with avid archers in the art and prowess of archery.

San Diego Archers hosts two tour­na­ments, a work par­ty to main­tain and clean the ranges and a meet­ing each month.   At Mor­ley Field Archery Range, an annu­al State 900 Round is host­ed draw­ing archers from all over Cal­i­for­nia.   An end of the year Cham­pi­onship Award is giv­en for the high­est scor­ing shoot­er in each cat­e­go­ry.

The Rube Pow­ell Archery Range is an extreme­ly pop­u­lar com­mu­ni­ty resource used by over 400 archers a week enjoy­ing the sport of archery.

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