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Pro-Am Players Take Shooting Lessons at Top of the Rock

RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- After the Pro-Am players took aim at the greens at Top of the Rock Wednesday, they moved over to Bass Pro's new Outdoor Academy to take aim at clay targets.
RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- After the Pro-Am players took aim at the greens at Top of the Rock Wednesday, they moved over to Bass Pro's new Outdoor Academy to take aim at clay targets.

On the first day of the Legends of Golf Pro-Am pros and amateurs alike got to trade in their sand wedges for the echoing sound of shotguns. It’s something slightly different than what you'd find at other PGA Tour events.

"It kind of took me back, because it's not been done before,” says Doug Koenig, a champion pistol shooter.

Koenig has the most titles in NRA pistol championship history, but he's not bad with a shotgun either.

He joined other professional shooters as they gave shooting and safety tips to some of the golfers, including some of the legends themselves.

"If I hadn't been excited about the whole thing, I wouldn't have traveled here from the UK, to be here for a couple of days,” says shooting champion George Digweed. “Because we're right in the middle of competitive season, but I think the combination of all sports coming together is fantastic."

Even with more than 20 world titles to his name, Digweed didn't hesitate to show his skills on what he calls slower targets.

What’s known as "5 stand," is only a small part of what will be Bass Pro's Outdoor Academy... There will be 12,000 acres of hiking, fishing and archery for families.

If the golfers didn't opt for the shooting, they got a taste of those other activities; bass and trout fishing on Table Rock.

"This is so important to me because this is my home,” says Allen Treadwell.

Olympic shooter, multiple title winner, and Missourian, Treadwell says he feels that way because this is a chance to show the Ozarks off to the world.

The Outdoors Academy is designed not only to showcase outdoor activates, but also push forward the preservation of the Ozarks so it can be enjoyed by future generations.

"These targets maybe aren't as tough as for somebody who does this regularly,” says Treadwell. “The bottom line is, we want people to come out here and get excited and be able to break those targets out of the sky and want to do it some more."

The shooting and fishing that took place Wednesday will also happen after day two of the Pro-Am.

Bass Pro's Outdoor Academy is expected to be finished and open to the public in the fall of this year.

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