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2014 Kentucky High School State Championship Moves to Lake Cumberland

Georgetown College joins the movement as Scholarship provider

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PONCA CITY, Okla. (March 13, 2014) – The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW is pleased to host the 2014 Student Angler Federation, (SAF) Kentucky High School State Championship March 23 at Conley Bottom Marina on Lake Cumberland in Central Kentucky.

The state championship is a two person team event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their “coach,” who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Check-in is 3-4:30pm EST on Saturday, March 22 at the TBF trailer at Conley Bottom Marina with a mandatory rules briefing to follow. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“The local community led by Charlie Denny and Fred Piercy of Conley Bottom Marina really stepped up to bring the SAF Championship to central Kentucky this year,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “They rounded up support from the City of Monticello and several other businesses to help make a terrific event for our anglers.

 In addition, we wanted to reward the schools in central Kentucky growing school clubs immensely the last two years by bringing a championship event closer to home,” Gintert continued. “With the KHSAA championship being held on Kentucky Lake this equals out travel requirements for a lot of schools.”

Georgetown College has also taken on the role of title scholarship provider for this year’s event. The winning team will receive a $2,000 Scholarship ($1,000 for each angler) to attend Georgetown College.

“Georgetown College is pleased to offer a $1,000 renewable scholarship to the Kentucky SAF State Champions,” Georgetown Senior Admissions Counselor, Josh Franklin, stated.  “It’s important to us to see continued progress with our nationally-ranked Bass Fishing Team.  Georgetown is excited about the partnership with SAF to help carry on the tradition of excellence our college provides.”  This scholarship will aid in bringing excellent student-athletes to our campus,” Franklin added.  “We are committed to bringing in students with diverse extra-curricular interests.”

 “State championships allow every SAF member in North America the opportunity to fish in a championship tournament setting,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “This year, with the help of our partners at FLW, we’re expanding the program again by offering more advancement opportunities based on field size. In 2014, the top 10% of the field will advance. This rewards areas of the country working hard to grow the sport of high school fishing.”

Students and parents can go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and to sign up. Cost is only $25/ year.  Membership includes full TBF and FLW benefits, FLW Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for clubs and students. The top 10% of each SAF state championship and the top 3 teams from any SAF National OPEN event will advance to an FLW/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship. The top 10% of each conference championship will advance to the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held spring of 2015 in conjunction with a major TBF or FLW event. The National Champions win a $5,000 college scholarship to the school or their choice. All SAF members nationwide and all open and state championship participants automatically qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2013 World Finals, over $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.  As with all SAF national events, there is no entry fee to this come one, come all, family vacation event that gives every high school team a shot at thousands in scholarships and prizes.

If you’re not a 2014 SAF member, there’s a one-time $25/per angler fee.  This includes full TBF & FLW membership for the year, as well as, free entry to ALL National SAF events!

A unique SAF event feature is the “angler testing” component. It’s not “just about fishing” but also about education. This year’s angler testing will come from TBF’s new on-line education format with Faculty of Fishing. Anglers can go to highschoolfishing.org and click on “Online Education” then type in their SAF number and zip code to access the FOF site. They have a host of chapters covering a wide variety of topics. “Angler testing and education is an industry first by TBF,” Gintert said. “We built education into the foundation of the entire program when we began, and our partnership with FLW provides even more benefits and opportunities for them to take advantage of,” Gintert continued.  “For only $25 per year these young anglers and have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen.”

Event Details:

State Championship sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at HighSchoolFishing.org.  Boat numbers are determined by date registered.  A $25 late registration fee applies to those registering at check-in. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.

Mandatory Check-in: Saturday, March 22 at Conley Bottom Marina from 3-4:30 pm with the rules meeting immediately following.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, March 23 at 7:30am or safe light and weigh-in scheduled for 3pm.                       Questions? 580-765-9031

Tournament Waters: Lake Cumberland with no fishing inside any of the posted marinas.

Lodging: Contact Conley Bottom Marina for discounts on cabin and houseboat rentals. 606-348-6351

About FLW

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 231 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

About The Bass Federation

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization there is. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF started the Student Angler Federation and the national High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org

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