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Mercury Pro Bradley Roy Hosts 8th Annual High School Open

Kentucky angler sees event as opportunity to give back to the sport – and for parents to spend time with their kids

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Mercury Pro Bradley Roy Hosts 8th Annual High School Open

For the eighth consecutive year, Mercury Pro Team member Bradley Roy upheld his commitment to giving back to the sport of fishing and his local community through a successful youth fishing event near his hometown of Lancaster, Kentucky. On Oct. 17-18, he hosted the 2020 Bradley Roy High School Open presented by Covercraft. Anglers competed at Lake Cumberland in Jamestown, Kentucky, on Saturday and at Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford, Kentucky, on Sunday.

The tournament was officially sanctioned by the Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation and featured 140 high school teams and 23 junior teams (grades 6-8). Two spots in the 2021 Bassmaster High School National Championship were awarded to Saturday’s top teams of Connor Baker and Evan Morris, of Larue County, and Hunter Shelton and Jordan Hampton, of Trigg County.

The winners, Baker and Morris, weighed a bag of five fish (two largemouth bass and three spotted bass) totaling 9.98 pounds, which included a 4.97-pound largemouth that was the biggest of the event. The team also prevailed in Sunday’s catch-weigh-immediate-release-format event with seven bass for 10.75 pounds.

On Sunday, the members of the top two teams were offered four-year, $10,000 scholarships to attend Campbellsville University by head fishing coach Pete Hedgepath. Kentucky Christian University and Wabash Valley College also offered four-year scholarships to teams in the top five. In all, the potential scholarships were valued at close to $300,000.

Roy, a Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour angler who turned professional at age 18, views the event as one way to give back to the sport that has given him so much.

“This event will be memorable for many reasons: the turnout in a weird year, the quality of anglers in Kentucky high school fishing and the opportunity to go to Cedar Creek for Sunday,” said Roy. “The one aspect that stands out the most for me this year is the college scholarships. Winning these college scholarships is a life-changing event for these anglers. The investment these schools and sponsors made in providing scholarships for these top teams is a big deal. I am so excited to look back in a few years and see how it helped these student anglers.

“Another thing that hit me as we wrapped up this event was how much quality, inter-generational time this event creates. In what other sport do you get to be with a son or daughter, or whoever the student angler is, for eight to 10 hours in a day? Parents can watch these students in victory and in defeat and coach them along the way. To me, it’s just a unique opportunity to spend time with the next generation.”

To see more from Bradley Roy, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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