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Young Harris College to Host 2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.. — Young Harris College will host the 2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Lake Chatuge, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 1-3. This marks the first time in the tournament’s history that it will place outside of Arkansas, where it has been held since its inception.
According to College Series Manager Hank Weldon, the tournament “promises to be the biggest in the history of the series.” Competitors will weigh in their catches each day at 3 p.m. on the YHC Campus Plaza, and the tournament will receive national television coverage from ESPN.
“We are pleased to host this national collegiate tournament and to have bass fishing teams from all over the country visit our campus,” YHC President Cathy Cox said. “YHC’s bass fishing program is a huge asset to our community, and I am so proud of our team that continues to grow and thrive as they compete locally, regionally and nationally.”
YHC’s bass fishing team was founded in 2009 by Brad Rutherford, a recent business and public policy graduate from Lavonia, Ga. The team has continued to rack up accolades through the years while regularly competing in fishing events nationwide.
Rutherford will now have the opportunity to compete for the national title on Lake Chatuge along with teammate Matthew Peeler, a recent business and public policy graduate from Williamson, Ga. The two anglers finished an impressive fourth place overall at the Carhartt College Series Wild Card tournament on Pickwick Lake in Alabama, June 14-15—a finish that allowed them to advance to the National Championship.
“I think this tournament is going to be huge for the College and for the people of our area,” said Rutherford, who led YHC’s team to a 10th-place finish in the national championship last year. “Having the tournament on Lake Chatuge will allow us to show off this great lake we have and hopefully host more big tournaments in the future. I’m proud to be a part of this monumental moment for YHC.”
Sixty-eight two-angler teams representing 49 colleges and universities will make their way onto Lake Chatuge. Once the National Championship begins, the entire field will compete for two days to determine which teams can weigh in the heaviest five-bass daily limits. The field will be cut to the top five teams for the final round, after which the Carhartt College Series National champions will be crowned.
While the anglers compete, fans can go to the no-admission Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Expo on the YHC campus each day beginning at 1 p.m. College Series sponsors will display their products and provide demos.
Fans can track the angler’s progress online at bassmaster.com. Features include live streaming video of the weigh-ins, real-time leaderboards, from-the-water blogs, photo galleries, BASSCam videos and daily results.
TV coverage of the Championship will air in August on ESPNU in two parts. The first will be Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 1 p.m. The second part will air Sunday, Aug. 18 in the same time slot.
For more information about the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, visit bassmaster.com/college.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.