Southeast Bass Anglers to Compete in National Guard Regional Championship


Photo of Jim McDevitt, Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins and Andrew Pinkley

Jim McDevitt, left, and Andrew Pinkley, right, representing the Southeast Bass Anglers, presented two $1,500 checks to Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins last spring for their fourth place finish at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Division tournament held at Bull Shoals Lake in Branson, Mo.


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 8, 2010 –Andrew Pinkley of Malden, Mo., and Jim McDevitt of Eldon, Mo., will represent the Southeast Missouri State University Bass Anglers Club in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Regional Championship hosted by Indiana University Nov. 4-6 on Lake Monroe in Sanford, Fla.

The students will vie for a chance to win a Ranger 177TR bass boat for the Southeast Bass Anglers Club and $25,000 for Southeast Missouri State.

The event will be televised nationwide Dec. 12 on Versus. National Guard FLW College Fishing is a national competitive bass-fishing program open to all full-time students at four-year colleges and universities. It consists of 20 qualifying events, five regional championships and a national championship.

The Southeast Regional Championship field will compete in Florida for two days, with the top five college teams advancing to the final day of competition based on their overall accumulated weight. After a weigh-in, the awards will be given to the team that has recorded the most combined weight over all three days of competition.

The top five teams from each of the four qualifying events in the regional tournaments will advance to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

At the National Championship, teams will have a chance to compete for a $25,000 cash prize, a Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower engine wrapped in school colors for their school’s bass club and $50,000 for the school they represent – for a total prize package valued at $100,000.

David Washburn, director of administration and operations at FLW Outdoors says, Pinkley and McDevitt will represent Southeast based on their outstanding performance in the National Guard’s FLW College Fishing Central Division tournament held in March at Branson, Mo.

The students finished fourth at the division tournament and were awarded $1,500 for the Bass Anglers Club and another $1,500 for the University.

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