Pro-Am Award Winners Announced

thumb_315a5d3585b859aRIDGEDALE, Missouri – The Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops kicked off Wednesday, June 4 with the Mercury Marine Pro-Am. The event included rounds of golf at Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design par-3 golf course, and Buffalo Ridge (formerly Branson Creek), Missouri’s No. 1 public course. In addition to golf, the pro-am featured a shooting event at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy, a bass fishing competition on Table Rock Lake and fly fishing event at Dogwood Canyon. More than 50 golf professionals and 220 amateurs competed in the inaugural event for the tournament.

The results of the Mercury Marine Pro-Am are listed below.

Buffalo Ridge, par 71
•    First Place (scorecard playoff), 16-under (55)
o    Professional: Bobby Wadkins
o    Amateurs: Brent Dunn, Delvan Mitchell, Ed Pinegar, Missouri State University Athletic Director Kyle Moats

•    Second Place, 16-under (55)
o    Professional: Kirk Triplett
o    Amateurs: Javier DeLeon, David Kelleher, Rex Kurzuis, Howard Greiner

•    Third Place, 16-under (55)
o    Professional: Tom Pernice, Jr.
o    Amateurs: Chris Hamon, Don Phillips, David Sater, Dan Singletary

Top of the Rock, 9-hole, par 27
•    First Place (scorecard playoff), 8-under (19)
o    Professional: Jeff Sluman
o    Amateurs: Branson Entertainer Shoji Tabuchi, Ronny Curry, Chuck Greene, Ben Schlosser

•    Second Place, 8-under (19)
o    Professional: Hal Sutton
o    Amateurs: Mike Jensen, Conner McNair, Nick Nabholz, Ron Shelby

•    Third Place, 7-under (20)
o    Professional: Tom Lehman
o    Amateurs: Mercury Marine President Mark Schwabero, Matt Jackson, Brent Perrier, Scott Ward

Shooting at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy
•    First Place
o    Points: 75 (perfect score)
o    Amateur: Jason Vanderbrink

•    Second Place
o    Points: 72
o    Amateur: Bruce Oelle

•    Third Place
o    Points: 71
o    Amateur: Randy Wright

Bass Fishing on Table Rock Lake
•    Wednesday, June 4 (morning results)
o    Heaviest Stringer (Three fish, 11.38 pounds)
Professional: Brian Snowden
Amateurs: Scott Ward and Paul Ruda

•    Wednesday, June 4 (afternoon results)
o    Heaviest Stringer (Three fish, 8.72 pounds)
Professional: Tim Horton
Amateurs: Scott Irlmerier and Jean Matthews

•    Thursday, June 5 (morning results)
o    Heaviest Stringer (Three fish, 8.18 pounds)
Professional: Tim Horton
Amateurs: Steve Lowery and Brent Lowery

•    Overall Big Bass
o    Weight: 6.39 pounds
o    Amateur: Scott Ward and Paul Ruda

•    Second Place Big Bass
o    Weight: 4.75 pounds
o    Amateur: David Fish

Fly Fishing at Dogwood Canyon
•    Biggest Trout
o    First Place
Size: 24 inches
Amateur: Jon Allen

o    Second Place
Size: 22 inches
Amateur: Jon Alexander

•    Largest Stringer
o    First Place
Size: 69 inches
Amateur: Jon Allen

o    Second Place
Size: 64 inches
Amateur: Jon Alexander

o    Third Place
Size: 63 inches
Amateur: Brad Taylor

Championship rounds at the Big Cedar Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops began today at Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Golf Course.

One of the longest-running events on the Champions Tour schedule, the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops is a two-man team competition conducted over 54 holes using four-ball and alternate-shot formats.

This year marks the first time that a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event will be played on a par-3 course. Following Friday and Saturday rounds at Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock (June 6-7), all contestants will play at the 9-hole Top of the Rock in the final round.

This year’s field includes eight World Golf Hall of Fame members across 42 teams in two divisions – the Champions Division, consisting of 31 teams, and the Legends Division (11 teams) for players ages 65 and older. Thirty-four players in both divisions have won a cumulative 91 PGA TOUR major championships. The field includes multiple Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup captains from the U.S., European and International teams.

Tickets to the tournament are still available and can be purchased at Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Golf Course.

About Big Cedar Lodge
Bass Pro Shops’ Big Cedar Lodge has offered guests rustic elegance in the heart of the Ozark Mountains since 1988. John and Jeanie Morris, inspired by their love of the area, created the popular vacation spot as a special place where conservation, preservation, and family traditions meld. The luxury resort—complete with nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/) — has a full service marina, horseback riding, world-class fishing, and trails suited for walking, biking, and hiking. Soon to open is Johnny Morris’ Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve. The property boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, an Arnold Palmer practice facility, a Tom Watson “Himalayan” putting course, and a signature restaurant and pro shop housed in a relocated 150-year-old barn from Arnold Palmer’s hometown. Top of the Rock will also be home to the “Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum,” a world class restaurant that transports guests back to a time when American bison roamed the plains, an all-American inspired wine cellar, and a wedding chapel set on the hillside with spectacular sunset views of Table Rock Lake. Top of the Rock promises to be Johnny Morris’ most passionate and inspiring venture to date. For more information, visit http://www.bigcedar.com/ Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCedarLodge

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 85 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 116 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com/), which has produced the number one selling brand of fishing boats for more than 35 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com/) voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000.

The Champions Tour’s primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game, and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 determined Kenny Perry as the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the Champions Tour at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

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