Quantcast

SE KS Sporting clay competition draws big tourism dollars - KOAM TV 7

SE KS Sporting clay competition draws big tourism dollars

Updated:
Today is the start of a sporting competition in Southeast Kansas.  It's taking place at the Claythorne Lodge, near Columbus.  

It's a sure shot to say, the old wild west has nothing on these guys.

"This particular U.S. Open at Claythorne this year has the potential of being the largest U.S. Open ever held, anywhere in the United States," says Hugh Sosebee, a volunteer.

It's the "U.S. Open" for Clay shooting.

"A lot of these shooters aren't hunters.  They're sporting clay target shooters," says Frieda Lancaster, co-owner of Claythorne Lodge.

About 1,200 competitors from across the country and world are in rural Cherokee County shooting up clay discs thrown into the air.

"Sporting clay is like a social event.  It's a lot like golf is," says Sosebee.

And just like golf, it's a lot harder than it might look.

"I've been here eight or ten times," says Joe Cantey.

Cantey is a South Carolina native and a world champion of sport clay shooting.

"All of these old pits just make great terrain for the kind of shooting we do," says Cantey.

"Most of these people that are coming and traveling, doing this, are business people that are successful.  They've been successful in life.  They've got time to be away to do these things.  And any time you get that type of person to come to your area and they see the industriousness, they see the great environment, it opens up avenues," says Sosebee.

"The economic impact of it is large.  And I would estimate probably somewhere between 2.5 to 3.5 million dollars for this region," says B.J. Harris of the Crawford County Visitors Bureau.

"The trickle down effect is just amazing.  It's just a great impact on all the surrounding communities," says Cantey.

And who knows?  Maybe one of these sportsmen will take aim at a business opportunity in the area.

"I'm a pretty big proponent of the fact that once we get them here, they want to come back," says Harris.

Competitions are staggered throughout the days ahead, with a final competition scheduled for Sunday.  More than one million clay discs were brought in for this event.  The discs are made in Webb City, Missouri.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Trinity Circle Horses Healing Hearts Program Helps Trauma Sufferers Heal

    Trinity Circle Horses Healing Hearts Program Helps Trauma Sufferers Heal

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:02:45 GMT
    Coping with emotional trauma is a challenge for many, but an organization Newton County Missouri is hoping to raise money to continue to help heal those suffering with help from the wild.More >>
    Coping with emotional trauma is a challenge for many, but an organization Newton County Missouri is hoping to raise money to continue to help heal those suffering with help from the wild.
    More >>
  • CHC/SEK and SEK-CAP Partnership to Offer Transportation for Patients

    CHC/SEK and SEK-CAP Partnership to Offer Transportation for Patients

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:54:20 GMT
    The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) today announced a partnership with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to offer rides for patients.
    More >>
    The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) today announced a partnership with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to offer rides for patients.

    More >>
  • Young Professionals Network Members Get Recycling Going at the Joplin High Construction Site

    Young Professionals Network Members Get Recycling Going at the Joplin High Construction Site

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:14:24 GMT
    The Young Professional Network, a subgroup of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is taking its mission of encouraging recycling to the Joplin High School construction site. The group arranged for four recycling bins to be placed on site so that furniture companies and other contractors can use them to dispose of cardboard. A large number of construction materials came to the site in boxes as is truckloads of new furnishings. YPN members say some bins get filled in a day and all four are emp...More >>
    The Young Professional Network, a subgroup of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is taking its mission of encouraging recycling to the Joplin High School construction site. The group arranged for four recycling bins to be placed on site so that furniture companies and other contractors can use them to dispose of cardboard. A large number of construction materials came to the site in boxes as is truckloads of new furnishings. YPN members say some bins get filled in a day and all four are emp...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.