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MC Bass Fishing Team Wins Second Place at Georgia Tournament

March 27, 2012

Mississippi College’s bass fishing team now advances to a regional tournament in South Carolina after its strong second-place finish last weekend involving 40 schools at Lake Seminole in Georgia.

Senior Chip Wells of Columbus and junior Adam Horn of Madison, both students in the MC School of Business, combined to reel in five bass weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces to trail tournament winner Wake Forest University. The Wake Forest team’s hauled in five bass weighing a heftier 17 pounds, six ounces.

In its second season, Mississippi College’s team beat out third-place Seminole State College, 4th-place Auburn University-Montgomery and fifth-place Mississippi State University.

The MC anglers also brought home to the Clinton campus a nice prize of $1,500 that will go to the Mississippi College Bass Fishing Club.

The top five teams at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Tournament in Bainbridge, Ga. will now compete at regional action in Sumerton, S.C. on April 21 and bid for invitations to the national championships later this year.

Mississippi College Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Jim Turcotte, the team’s adviser, commends the team’s showing in Georgia and their progress throughout 2011-2012.

“Our bass fishing team has worked hard to place in the FLW tournament and we are proud of their accomplishments,” he said.

MC student Grant Phillips has served well as the team’s president and 1995 MC graduate Webb Collums continues to do a terrific job as their coach, Turcotte added.

The Christian university’s bass fishing team and club has a bright future as it gears up for its third season next fall.

“There is a growing interest among our students and prospective students in bass fishing,” Turcotte said. “It is our hope to have much success in the future in the FLW tournaments.”

Since Minnesota businessman Irwin Jacobs purchased the bass tournament organization in 1996 in Gilbertsville, Ky., FLW is among the premier bass fishing groups in the nation.

MC’s team is one of 400 schools nationwide competing in bass fishing tournaments. In the fall of 2011, there were six MC students listed on the bass fishing team and 20 others with the school’s fishing club.

For more information, go to www.collegefishing.com or contact Jim Turcotte at 601.925.3809 or turcotte@mc.edu.