Benjamin Tawney, a Slippery Rock University management major from Stoystown, and Corey Randour, an SRU exercise science major from Washington like to fish – and are good at it. Their pastime has earned the Bass Fishing Club at SRU $1,000 as part of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Bass Tournament.
The pair of SRU anglers took third-place in the June tournament hosted at Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. The event was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Department in N.C.
Tawney and Randour will now compete in September in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship, which will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. The top prize is a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower motor. The top five teams in the regional championship advance to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.
Forty college teams participated in the North Carolina event, including students from The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Bowling Green State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Kent State University, Ohio University, Pennsylvania State University, La Roche College, Rochester Institute of Technology and West Point, among others.
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 conference championships and the national championship.
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