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UT Tyler Bass Club Advances to National Competition

November 8, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler has advanced to the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship, Jameson Adams, UT Tyler Bass Club adviser and recreational sports coordinator, announced.

UT Tyler seniors Matthew McClellan of Tyler and Tyler Fisher of Flint qualified by finishing in the top five at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Division Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Nacogdoches. They beat teams from Louisiana State University – Shreveport and Stephen F. Austin State University, among others.

The team received a cash award in the amount of $11,000 for UT Tyler.

This is the first year UT Tyler participated in the competition.

The national championship, hosted by Murray State University on Kentucky Lake, will be April 7 – 9, 2011. The first-place team will win $100,000, with $50,000 of that for their school and $25,000 cash as well as a Ranger 177TR bass boat for their fishing club along with a berth in the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup.

McClellan, a kinesiology major, and Fisher, a management major, are founding members of the UT Tyler Bass Club, which began in fall 2009 as both a student organization and recreational club sport.

FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 189 tournaments in 2010.

FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

National Guard FLW College Fishing is a nationwide 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 the national championship.

For more information, visit www.collegefishing.com.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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