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Cooper Tire Bass Tourney




Second Annual Cooper Tire Big Bass Tourney
Benefitting United Way of Greater Texarkana
NEARLY DOUBLED in Participants!!
137 Anglers
Millwood Lake-SW AR

We were hoping you could share more of the full story because this event attendance was double and much better than even anticipated! The overall conditions were pretty good on Saturday for fishing! Most fishermen reported catching quite a few fish, just not as big as they had hoped for unless you were one of the lucky winners! “The tournament itself nearly DOUBLED after its inaugural year to 137 anglers and raised nearly $10,000 for United Way of Greater Texarkana!”, said Mark Bledsoe, President/CEO United Way of Greater Texarkana. “It was an incredible sight, seeing all those bass boats lined up as far as you could see getting ready to launch for the event here at Yarborough Landing!” said Mark Bledsoe. “I’d like to ALL of those that made the 2nd Annual Cooper Tire Big Bass Tourney benefitting United Way of Greater Texarkana such a HUGE success!” Christine Linder, tourney director, said, “We were asked if we’d move our event up from our originally scheduled date. I was hesitant, and we weren’t sure how that would impact the tourney since there were some other major Bass tournaments held on this date. However; We’re very pleased with the result and everyone I talked to said they’re looking forward to it again next year!” “Congrats to the overall big bass winner Kelley Frix and the numerous other anglers that took home checks & prizes!”

Kelley Frix was the winner of the Cooper Tire Big Bass Tournament benefitting United Way of Greater Texarkana & won $2,150 in total prize money for his 6.37lbs, Largemouth Bass! Lee Lybarger 2nd 6.08 (earned $1,500 total), 3rd Parker Cox 5.50($900 total), 4th Doug Jordan 5.47($750 total) & 5th Jake Day 5.43($400). There were 137 anglers on Millwood Lake today. This event was the “Largest” single tournament held this year on Millwood Lake!


1st Picture attached fish weighed in Left-Right: Christine Linder, Tourney Director, Kelley Frix Angler, Chuck Bradford, weighmaster.

2ndt Picture attached check presentation (photo.pnq) Pictured Left to Right is Scott Cole, Cooper Tire Plant Manager, Terry Sloan United Way Board Chairman, Kelley Frix Overall Winner, Christine Linder Tournament Chairperson/Director.

Hourly money winners were & paid $ 150, $100 & $50:

7-8:00 am 1st Lee Lybarger 6.08
2nd Parker Cox 5.50
3rd Hunter Cox 4.34

8-9:00 am 1st Chris Morgan 5.31
2nd Marty Davis 4.56
3rd Dillon Foreback 4.11

9-10:00 am 1st Lee Lybarger 5.04
2ndChase Raffaelli 4.20
3rd Joshua Guy 3.90

10-11:00 am 1st Park Griffin 4.76
2nd Scott Cole 4.67
3rd Russell Smith 4.56

11-12:00 1st Kelley Frix 6.37
2nd Josh Cole 4.12
3rd Russell Smith 3.97

12-1:00 pm 1st Doug Jordan 5.47
2nd Chris Bonner 5.10
3rd Brandon Bearden 4.83

*CLOSEST TO 3lbs Winner: HUNTER HOWARD- 3.00 PAID $300

“’THANK YOU’ anglers, volunteers, hourly prize sponsors, Christine Linder: Tourney Director, Chuck Bradford: Tourney weighmaster & especially the overall corporate sponsor COOPER TIRE!…We were blessed with an incredible turnout and the 30+ programs we support appreciate this event!”, said Mark Bledsoe, UWGT President/CEO.