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Last week Earls Family Broadcasting and The Vacation Channel covered the many events that were entailed in the 2015 Bass Pro Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. But if you think it was all about golf, think again.

Several of the golfers also took part in the Pro-Am fishing event that took place the first few days of the tournament. Famous angler and TV Host Bill Dance took the time to talk to owner of The Vacation Channel, Scott Earls and share his thoughts on the event and everything Bass Pro Shops Owner Johnny Morris has done.

“Johnny knows how to put on an event. He always has and it’s just a first class deal. The golf tournament, the golfers are having a good time. The fishermen are having a good time. And even if you don’t catch anything, you have a good time when you’re here. You know? Last night we went to Dogwood Canyon and you know, I told Johnny ‘When I die, if there was one place to be buried, it would be right here. That place is absolutely gorgeous. And then night before last we went up to Top of the Rock and we had a good time up there. Overall the festivities have just been fantastic. And I understand that Johnny has signed a multi-year, I think it’s a 10 year deal, to hold this event here for the next 8 years after this. It’s a 10 year deal. So we look forward to coming back and having a good time. Which we do, we always have a good time when we’re with Johnny.”

Following the fishing tournament was the Pro-Am golfing event which I was actually able to participate in. Okay so I wasn’t in the tournament per se, I’m afraid my golf game isn’t “up to par”, but I did have the honor of being a guest caddy for legendary golfer, Gary Player. Luckily I had Gary Player’s architect and occasional caddy fill-in, Jeff, alongside me to make sure I didn’t screw up Mr. Player’s round of golf too bad. I was able to follow Mr. Player for three holes and assist as his caddy which included cleaning his clubs and golf balls after each use, providing tees, and giving information on the distance from each tee to the flag. Mr. Player even took the time to teach me how to fix a ball mark left on the green by using a golf tee.

“With a tee. With a tee? How do I do that? Give it to me, give it to me. You take that on the side, you take this on the side. You take that on the side. And you lift it up. Okay. Now you take your putter.”

Needless to say I had an incredible experience getting to learn a little bit of golf from one of the world’s greatest golfers of all time.

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Another great event at the Kimberling Area Library is coming up this week as an AARP Driver Safety Class is being held. Leading the class will be Judy Rose, an AARP volunteer trainer. Attendees will receive the workbook developed by AARP and a certificate of completion. Some insurance plans even provide discounts to drivers who have completed this training. The four-hour class will be held this Friday, May 8th, from 10AM to 3PM in the Kimberling Area Library Community Room, located at the address on your screen. Cost for the event is 15 dollars for AARP members and 20 dollars for all others. Registration is required for this event. To register for the AARP Driver Safety Class you can call 417-348-1740 or email Judyrose@centurylink.net.

Another great exhibit is happening at the Ralph Foster Museum on the College of the Ozarks campus. Going on right now is the Children’s Art Exhibit in the Edwards Art Gallery at the Ralph Foster Museum. This annual exhibit displays the talent and creativity of local school children. The art, chosen by area school teachers, includes pen and ink drawings, crayon sketches, acrylic paintings, paper mache creations, and imaginative sculptures. The Children’s Art Exhibit at Ralph Foster Museum will run from now through May 15th. The Ralph Foster Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 4:30PM. General admission prices are six dollars for adult and five dollars for seniors. Students of high school age and younger are free. Parents of the children participating in the art show will also receive admission for free. For more information on the Children’s Art Exhibit or on The Ralph Foster Museum please contact 417-690-3407.

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