By Ken Piper
It's been six years since he last won the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship, but Joseph Goza is no stranger to winning.
Nobody has won more Buckmasters titles, and he's been in the running almost every year, but Goza said it felt great to hoist The Rack trophy once again.
"You know, the last couple of years it seems I've been happy to be in the top four, and this time I wanted to focus and shoot," he said. "Some guys can do it, but I have to focus to shoot well."
The Flat Rock, Ala., shooter said his victory also came down to peaking at the right time.
"That's one thing about this event," he said. "You can't peak too early. You can have the best score going into the final eight, but if you go up against somebody who's hot, you can go home pretty quick."
Goza had to overcome two very hot archers in Colin Boothe and Keith Brown, both of whom had won their respective pools earlier in the day to take home Yamaha ATVs.
"Colin had cleaned (hit all 10 targets) at least four rounds in a row, and he was really on," Goza said. "I shot my worst round last night in the qualifier round, but it made me focus. It might sound funny, but I'm glad I didn't win the pool. I didn't want to feel satisfied that I had won something, and I think shooting that bad round really helped me come back and shoot well today."
This was the first year for the new shooting format that featured two pools of shooters and an extended prize payout.
Goza received a check for $15,000, still archery's biggest prize, and also won the Dan C. Bussey award with a check for $1,000 for the highest score.
Brown had a good weekend, winning two Yamaha Grizzly ATVs, one for winning his shooter pool and one for finishing second. He also received a $1,000 check for his second-place finish, and a $500 check for winning the Easton Red Dot Shootoff.
Boothe won an ATV for winning his shooter pool.
"I had a pretty good weekend," Brown said afterward. "I really wasn't planning to come. I hadn't been practicing at all because I had so many chores around the house, but I'm really glad I decided to come."
Seventy shooters began the event on Thursday in preparation for Sunday's championship, which highlights the Buckmasters Expo.