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TCCC hosts successful annual fishing tournament

 

(From left) Judy Owenby presents first place prize winners Trevor Prince, of Mineral Bluff, Ga., and Barron Adams, of Blue Ridge, Ga., with their $1,000 prize money alongside Perry Graves, former president of the Tri-County Bass Club.

(From left) Judy Owenby presents first place prize winners Trevor Prince, of Mineral Bluff, Ga., and Barron Adams, of Blue Ridge, Ga., with their $1,000 prize money alongside Perry Graves,
former president of the Tri-County Bass Club.

 

Nearly 50 boats eagerly revved their engines as they awaited the blast off countdown at the Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Foundation’s 8th Annual Fishing for Scholarships Tournament at Lake Chatuge on April 2.

“We are extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, chair of the events committee at TCCC. “The weather was beautiful for our fishermen, and there were some impressive hauls this year.”

More than $3,500 in prize money was handed out, while proceeds from the registration fees will fund two $1,000 scholarships for future TCCC students. The annual tournament is a joint effort by the Tri-County Bass Club and the Tri-County Community College Foundation, as well as by a cadre of volunteers from the College and the community.

The first place overall prize of $1,000 went to teammates Barron Adams, of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Trevor Prince, of Mineral Bluff, Ga., with a total weight haul of nearly 25 pounds. The pair also took the $250 prize for biggest large mouth bass, with their entry weighing in at 8.15 pounds.

(From left) Judy Owenby presents second place prize winners Ty Gibbs and Dusty Williams, both of Robbinsville, with their $700 prize money alongside Perry Graves, former president of the Tri-County Bass Club.

(From left) Judy Owenby presents second place prize winners Ty Gibbs and Dusty Williams, both of Robbinsville, with their $700 prize money alongside Perry Graves,
former president of the Tri-County Bass Club.

(From left) Judy Owenby presents third place prize winners Heath Pack and Benny Henry, both of Mineral Bluff, Ga., with their $500 prize money alongside Perry Graves, former president of the Tri-County Bass Club.

(From left) Judy Owenby presents third place prize winners Heath Pack and Benny Henry, both of Mineral Bluff, Ga., with their $500 prize money alongside Perry Graves, former president of the Tri-County Bass Club.

The remaining teams that placed overall were: second place Dustin Williams and Ty Gibbs, both of Robbinsville; third place Heath Pack and Benny Henry, both of Mineral Bluff, Ga.; fourth place Jeff Southards, of Murphy, and Travis Hooper, of Robbinsville; fifth place John and Jerry Hembree of Blue Ridge, Ga.

Teammates Darren Lail and Kyle Garland, both of Robbinsville, won $250 for the biggest spotted bass (5.17 pounds). Least but not last, the team of Jason and Leon Chastain, both of Hayesville, won $100 for the smallest fish (1.28 pounds).

Stafford-Ortega said TCCC would like to thank its sponsors: Pepsi, Murphy Electric Power Board, Lowrance, Carrot Stix, Snap-on Tools, Down To Fish, Amos Refrigeration, BRMEMC, Brothers of Murphy,
C & J Mountain, Dude Wipes, First Citizens, Hayesville Car Quest, Ingles – Andrews, Hayesville, Murphy, Interstate Welding & Steel Supply, Krystal’s of Murphy, McDonald’s of Murphy, Mountain Valley Feed Store, Murphy Auto Parts, Murphy Building Supply, SignsFast, State Farm – Steven Aft, Take-A-Brak Portables, T-Shirts and More of Hayesville, Tri-County Bass Club, and United Community Bank.

For more information regarding TCCC’s annual fishing tournament, contact Stafford-Ortega at 835-4208. To view pictures from this year’s tournament, visit www.tricountycc.edu and click on the Flickr logo.