2018-03-28 / Sports

Chandler, Jordan qualify for national fishing tournament

Richard Jordan, left, and Benjamin Chandler. Richard Jordan, left, and Benjamin Chandler. Benjamin Chandler and Richard Jordan from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Bass Fishing team finished in sixth place at the recent Yeti PLW College Fishing Event on Lake Seminole to qualify for the national tournament.

With fish weighing a total of 18 pounds and two ounces, the two ABAC students wound up in the top 10 percent of the competitors earning their national tournment berth. Ten members of the ABAC Bass Fishing team competed in the tournament.

Benjamin is the son of Beth Chandler and the grandson of Benny and Lucy Chandler all of Fort Gaines, Ga. He is a junior agricultural business major and President of the Bass Fishing Team and has been a member since his freshman year.

Presented by Bass Pro Shops, the event featured 188 student teams from colleges and universities across the Southeast. The University of Georgia. Auburn University. Florida State University and Clemson University had students in the competition which also included tarns from Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, the University of North Alabama, and Savannah College of Art and Design.

“lt was a great experience,” Chandler said. “Fishing the national championship is something that all college anglers strive for. I’ve been doing this since I was a freshman so to accomplish it now means a lot, especially since I was able to qualify a freshman with me.”

“There are still many more fishing events for this year, and college tournaments keep piling up,” Chandler said. “We are looking forward to keeping ABAC trending toward the top in college fishing, as well as looking for the elusive school of the year award.”

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