Andy Hargrove held his first bow at the age of 15. He began shooting quite often. After a family friend took Andy to his first archery tournament, Andy became enraptured with the competitive side of archery.
He’s been competing ever since and he credits his wife as being the most important person in his entire career. “She has always been supportive of my shooting and traveling,” he says.
His favorite part of competition is being able to meet and make friends with the archers he competes against all across the United States. However, he definitely still loves the thrill of the competition. “There’s nothing like standing on that podium!”
Andy runs a local pro shop and spends a lot of time with new archers and hunters. He’s a level 2 instructor and is working on his level 3 certification. His shop holds three clinics per year, instructing and preparing for the hunting season.
“If you’re a new archer, you need to go to your local pro shop and get the best equipment you can. Develop a practice routine and stick to it. Consistency is key!”
Andy shoots a Conquest 4 and a Monster and competes in the Semi-Pro division. Andy’s favorite memory during his archery career was being able to have his father watch him place first in a National archery tournament. Here are some of his most recent accomplishments:
- 2011 – Texas Pro/Am – 9th
- 2011 – Louisiana Pro/Am (Semi-Pro) – 10th
- 2011 – Tennessee ASA State Champion – 1st
- 2010 – Augusta Pro/Am – 2nd (Semi-Pro)
- 2010 – Texas Pro/Am – 5th (Semi-Pro)
- 2010 – Columbus Pro/Am – 6th (Semi-Pro)
- 2009 – Shooter of the Year – 2nd (Open A)
- 2009 – Illinois Pro/Am – 1st (Open A)
- 2009 – Texas Pro/Am – 4th (Open A)
- 2009 – Florida Pro/Am – 4th (Open A)
- 2007 – Mississippi Pro/Am – 1st (Open B)
In Andy’s spare time, he enjoys boating and spending time with his wife Kristie and their two-year old son Robert (Bo).
Andy Hargrove’s personal testimony regarding Mathews bows and Zebra strings:
“Mathews bows are hands down the best shooting bows on the market. Simply take them out of the box and they’re tack drivers. The innovative design of all the Mathews bows gives me another level of comfort when competing at a National level or hunting that trophy. Zebra bowstrings are great strings that have a short break-in period and no stretch or rotation. I have to trust my equipment in all weather conditions, and I feel confident using Zebra!”