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FEATURE | HEMINGWAY
" Here at Back Woods, we've kept growing
and creating more courses to become big
enough to host an event the size of the U.S.
Open, which is about the largest you can get
in [sporting clays]. "
2022 U.S. OPEN
The U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship
rotates each year to venues east and west of
the Mississippi. Normally, it takes around 15
months for a host club to coordinate such a
large-scale event. Although Back Woods was
scheduled for this year, with the COVID-19
pandemic affecting the preparation efforts,
Hemingway made the tough decision to
wait until 2022 to repeat as host of the
U.S. Open. While some were disappointed,
the additional prep time will allow for
Back Woods to maintain its standards of
excellence for the tournament.
Hemingway expects more than 1,500
shooters from around the country to attend
the main event at the 2022 NSCA U.S. Open,
which will require more than 400 traps to
keep things running smoothly. The extra
time to get ready will certainly help.
" No other club that I'm aware of has that
many traps in daily use, so we'll have to rent
some extra ... It takes a lot of time to get
everything coordinated to host this match.
Back Woods is one of about 10 clubs in the
country with the capacity to hold an event
such as this. "
COURSE DESIGNER
Not only is Hemingway a top sporting clays
match director, he's also a sought-after
professional target setter for other shoots.
" During the year, I'm hired to set targets
for other major sporting clays events across
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Back Woods offers sporting clays courses for both
advanced and recreational shooters.
the country. It's related to the work I've done
here at Back Woods, and I enjoy this part of
the business. "
Much of the appeal of sporting clays
comes from the different presentations
that shooters can face at each course. Fully
capable of setting all the targets for the
matches he runs, Hemingway generally
reaches out to other professional target
setters to help him manage events the size
of the U.S. Open at Back Woods. Fifteenhour
days are not unheard of during a
tournament. He delegates some of the work,
but like President Truman, the buck stops
with Hemingway.
" Everything starts with me at the top as
far as laying out all of the courses, traps and
targets. Once the shooting starts, I focus on
the big picture and managing the event. "
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