ANDERSON, S.C. –Lipscomb University angler Dalton Dowdy of Chapin, South Carolina, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Hartwell event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds even. The victory earned the Lipscomb bass club $2,000 and qualified Dowdy to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.
In Abu Garcia College Fishing competition, each team generally consists of two anglers. However, if one team member is unable to attend the tournament an angler is permitted to fish alone with approval from the tournament director. Dowdy won by a 1-pound margin over the second-place team of Grayson Morris and Jacob Pfundt from the University of Montevallo, who weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds even. The tournament launched from Green Pond Landing in Anderson, South Carolina.
The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:
1st: Lipscomb University – Dalton Dowdy, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 15-0, $2,000
2nd: University of Montevallo – Grayson Morris, Birmingham, Ala., and Jacob Pfundt, Canton, Ga., five bass, 14-0, $1000
3rd: Bryan College – Mason Cizek, Knoxville, Tenn., and Jake Lee, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 14-4, $500
4th: Erskine College – Brycen Williamson, Wagener, S.C., and Jack Hunt, Townville, S.C., five bass, 13-14, $500
5th: University of Montevallo – Chance Schwartz, Ball Ground, Ga., and James Willoughby, Gulfport, Miss., five bass, 13-9, $500
6th: Carson Newman University – Matthew Hughes, Dandridge, Tenn., and Maddux Walters, Canton, Ga., five bass, 13-9
7th: Brewton-Parker College – Corey Yaden, Grovetown, Ga., and Blake Stephenson, Evans, Ga., five bass, 13-1
8th: Catawba Valley Community College – Lane Bailey, Granite Falls, N.C., and Adam Seagle, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-1
9th: University of Montevallo – Trey Dickert, Taylors, S.C., and Miller Spivey, Tyler, Ala., five bass, 12-11
10th: Emmanuel College – Garrett Ankerich, Harwell, Ga., and Matthew Benson, Watkinsville, Ga., five bass, 12-6
Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on Lake Hartwell was hosted by the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was the third and final qualifying tournament for Southeastern Conference anglers and the last event of the year for the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing season.
Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.
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