More than 2,000 archers will head to Uchee Creek March 5-7 for the Hoyt Pro/Am Tour. The tournament includes 31 categories with cash prizes totaling $100,000.

More than 2,000 archers will head to Uchee Creek March 5-7 for the Hoyt Pro/Am Tour.
"This is one of our largest archery tournaments in the southeast," said Mike Tyrell, president of the Archery Shooters Association.

The tournament includes 31 categories with cash prizes totaling $100,000, Tyrell said.
Archers will shoot 20 3-D targets at known distances over the course of two days.

There is some tough competition, said MAJ Bobby Toon, of the 198th Infantry Brigade, who has competed on the tour in past years. He'll compete in the hunter class this year.

"There are always talented archers at this tournament," Toon said. "You have to be able to stay focused to succeed."

This is one of six archery tournaments the ASA hosts each year, in addition to the ASA Classic. Both the Pro/Am tour and the classic have been held at Uchee Creek the last six years.

Neither the tour nor the classic will be here in 2011 because of possible construction at the archery lanes used in the competitions, Tyrell said.

Uchee Creek officials are waiting to find out if they will be awarded money to construct 30 new RV sites, which will take the place of some of the lanes used in the archery tournaments, said Al Gelineau, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. If the new development does happen, Uchee Creek's 11 archery ranges will still be intact, but this isn't enough for the tour or classic.

Tyrell said next year's classic will be in Monroe, La., and he is scouting places for the tour.

"This is our last hurrah at Fort Benning," Tyrell said.

"It has been our home for tournaments for many years and we are grateful for that."
Spectators are welcome. Cliff Hughes, special events coordinator with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said he is expecting around 1,000 spectators at the shoot.

Participants, except military, must be registered with ASA. Registration will be each morning prior to the shoots.

The registration cost ranges from $50-$100.

For a schedule, to preregister, or for more information, go to www.asaarchery.com.

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