Zac Womack was 13 years old when a hunting buddy asked him if he wanted to be on a skeet-shooting team. After one practice he was hooked and within eight months—the team of three finished third at a national championship tournament. Once Womack found out there was an Olympic-style of skeet shooting, he decided that was the way he wanted to compete. A year and a half after competing in that style, he made Team USA and shot for three years.
“My final year I got to go overseas and compete in a World Cup. It was really cool to be able to represent the Team USA; by far the highlight of my career,” Womack said.
At that time, Womack lived in Nebraska and decided to move back to Tulsa to be with his now wife, Erica. He knew he wanted to set up a facility like Silverleaf Shotgun Sports, so he shadowed the previous owners in order to begin a Silverleaf in Tulsa. While the property didn’t work out in Tulsa, they would soon have the opportunity to purchase Silverleaf in Guthrie.
“Within six months we were closing on the property. It was a dream come true. I’m living my dream,” Womack shared.
Silverleaf is celebrating 21 years this July and offers Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap, 5-Stand and Wobble Trap. Silverleaf has three courses, the only facility in Oklahoma to do so. Both members and non-members are welcome. Membership advantages include a member’s-only course, discounts, and the privilege to keep golf carts and ammunition at the facility.
Teaching youth is a passion of Womack’s (especially now that he has become a new Dad to son, Denton) and he volunteers his time teaching the next generation the sport. He is in hopes of helping to start a Guthrie High School shooting team.
Womack explained, “My coach always volunteered his time. Shooting set me up for life so I feel it’s my responsibility to volunteer my time to teach youth the sport.”
Silverleaf is in the process of becoming an Olympic-certified training center. They will be the only training facility in Oklahoma. Athletes training now are required to drive as far as Kansas or Texas currently to train.
“Since I shot for Team USA, my biggest goal is to grow the Olympic-style of the sport in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, Oklahoma doesn’t have any place that throws the Olympic-style. We changed one of our fields to throw the Olympic-style of trap to be able to help these kids learn how to do it and are working on developing a training facility.”
There have been many fundraising and corporate events held at Silverleaf including an event for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Corporate events can be as small as 10 people or as large as 500+ people. Business memberships are also available.
Advice Womack has for anyone interested is as follows: “Come out and try it out. It can be life changing. For me it gave me a full-ride scholarship, trips around the world…all because of a shotgun.”
Those needing more information about Silverleaf Shotgun Sports can visit their website www.silverleafshotgunsports.com, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their beautiful location at 8513 S. Douglas Blvd, near Lazy E Arena.