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Young Harris College to Again Host Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship is expected to break its high attendance record when it returns to Young Harris College and Lake Chatuge, Thursday-Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2.
“We had the largest fan attendance in the history of college fishing last year at Young Harris, and we are really excited to return for the second year in a row,” said College Series Tournament Manager Hank Weldon, who noted that a Bassmaster Elite Series-style fishing expo held at the College will likely make the event even bigger and more highly attended than last year.
The expo will feature the Elite Series stage as seen on The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2. There will be numerous vendors and sponsors onsite, and the local community will also bring in exhibitors.
“We are thrilled that YHC will again have the opportunity to host this national championship,” said YHC President Cathy Cox. “Our campus community, and truly the entire regional community, really enjoy welcoming the anglers from colleges and universities across the country to our beautiful campus and surrounding area. YHC’s bass fishing program is a huge asset to us, and I am so proud of our team that continues to grow and thrive.”
For the second time in the tournament’s history, anglers will embark on the 7,050-acre Chatuge Reservoir in hopes of bringing a national championship title to their campus. YHC’s bass fishing team finished second in the tournament last year. Since then, the team has enjoyed numerous top finishes in several of the bass fishing community’s competition series.
“I’m very proud of our team for the recent triumphs,” said the team’s advisor, Assistant Professor of Biology Jonathan Davis, Ph.D. “College fishing is becoming more and more competitive, and I hope we will be able to recruit quality anglers who can continue to compete nationally.”
Dr. Davis noted that the group will “start over from scratch” during the upcoming season. This means incoming freshmen team members will have the opportunity to learn and capitalize on the team’s past success.
These team members will keep an eye on the competition during the tournament as the entire field competes on the first two days before it’s trimmed to the top five teams on the third day. After the championship round, the top four teams will compete individually in the Carhartt College Series Classic Bracket for three more days. The top angler will earn an invitation to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic held in Greenville, S.C.
“Going into the final day last year, every one of the top five teams had a legitimate shot at taking home the trophy,” Weldon said. “The winning team averaged 14 pounds of bass a day to beat the competition. Any fishery that produces that size bass in the summertime is strong.”
Takeoffs will be held from the Ridges Resort and Marina in Hiawassee, Ga., at 6:30 a.m., and weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. on the YHC campus. The championship will air on ESPNU on the following Sundays: Aug. 10 at 11 a.m., Aug. 17 at 10 a.m., and Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. Fans can also track the anglers’ 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.
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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and remains fierce competitors in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. 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.
The 2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship enjoyed record-breaking attendance. The 2014 tournament is expected to surpass last year’s attendance numbers, when it returns to YHC and Lake Chatuge.