By GEOFF COWLES
News Sports Writer

MOUNT VERNON — He was down to his final arrow. One shot, and it had to be nearly flawless.

Mount Vernon resident Mike Patterson drew back on his bowstring and let fly with one of the most memorable shots he has ever launched.

Patterson’s shot hit the X, which was no bigger that the size of a nickel, in the center of the target.
It was a remarkable shot that lifted him to a 127-126 win in the championship final of the bowhunter’s class of the 2014 Lancaster Archery Classic, which was held from Jan. 17 through 19 in Lancaster, Pa. With the win, Patterson walked off with $2,100 in prize money.

It was a moment that Patterson will not soon forget.

“I was kind of at a loss for words,” said Patterson. “I couldn’t believe that I actually won. I think I was shocked more than anything. I just went over and shook hands with (finalist Mitchel Scott). I didn’t want to celebrate too much.”

Patterson qualified fifth for the elimination bracket of 16 shooters out of an original field of over 50 archers from all over the U.S. and Canada. He survived that round and found himself in the same position that he was in last year — seeded fourth in the championship shoot-off. He would have to defeat each of the top three qualifiers in head-to-head competition.

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