D’Amour takes bronze medal at Gator Cup
St. Thomas native Nicholas D’Amour has his best showing in a U.S. Archery Team competition last week, taking the bronze medal in the senior male recurve division at the 2020 USAT Easton Foundations Gator Cup tournament in Newberry, Fla.
The 19-year-old D’Amour has his first podium finish in a national competition, and came on the heels of his silver-medal finish in the men’s recurve division at the inaugural Online Archery Cup of the Americas tournament Oct. 29.
At the Gator Cup, D’Amour qualified for the elimination rounds by shooting 650, good for the fourth seed. After getting a bye in the first round, D’Amour went on to knock off his next three opponents – Nicholas Zhao, Jason Pfister and Matthew Requa in the quarterfinals – by 6-0 scores.
D’Amour would go on to lose to top-seeded Joonsuh Oh in the semifinals 7-1, but bounced back to beat Josef Scarboro – who upset Olympic silver medalist Brady Ellison, the world’s top-ranked archer, in the quarterfinals – with a 6-0 round in the bronze medal match.
Also competing for the U.S. Virgin Islands at the Gator Cup was Bruce Arnold, who qualified 26th in the senior male recurve division. He went on to beat Brandon McKay 6-2 in the first round of eliminations, but lost to Micheal Plummer 6-0 in the second round.