Local family world-class competitive archers
If you are looking to meet world-class champion archers in Northwest Florida, you don’t have to go far out of Walton County to find them. Great sportsmanship hits the target with the Marlow family in Ebro.
Mike Marlow, wife Linda and their two sons Tyler and Jacob have taken their favorite pastime to the ultimate level. Competing in archery tournaments across the country, the family has won four state titles, one sectional National Field Archery Association (NFAA) title, eight national championships, two International Field Archery Association (IFAA) International Championships, one North American Field Archery championship, State Shooter of the Year and two Archery Shooters Association (ASA) World Championships.
Mike started shooting in 1995, competing nationally in 1998. Jacob, 16, and Tyler, 18 started shooting in 2006. The Marlows compete in three types of tournaments: 3D, field, and target.
“I got into hunting bow and the guys got competitive … it went from there,” said Mike.
The family runs a successful full service shop named Ultimate Archery adjacent to their homestead. Opened in 2006, the shop specializes in selling and servicing bows to both hunters and competitors. The full line shop is a dealer for Hoyt, Ben Pearson and New Breed and the Panhandle rep for ASA. They specialize in professional bow tuning, custom arrows, fitting bow to the shooter, coaching services and a 3D practice range.
“I’m into it for the passion of archery, not to make money,” Mike said with a smile.
The family stays so busy running the shop and competing, Mike stopped hunting several years ago.
“I prefer to shoot animals with my camera” Mike said.
Ultimate Archery is located at 5382 Strickland Rd, Ebro, FL. 32437. Phone: (850) 535-9885. Hours: Mon. – Fri. 3 – 8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.ultimatearcheryllc.com