First-place winners Bob Holt, left, and Matt Holt with Special Olympics athletes Spencer Holt and Tim Zielinski. -- SUBMITTED | ALESIA WILLIAMS
First-place winners Bob Holt, left, and Matt Holt with Special Olympics athletes Spencer Holt and Tim Zielinski. -- SUBMITTED | ALESIA WILLIAMS

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Bass club raises money for Area 29

Published 10:46am Friday, July 18, 2014

Alesia Williams

FRANKLIN—Special Olympics Virginia Area 29 and Three Rivers Bass Tournament Series teamed up together to sponsor a Benefit Bass Tournament on July 12, which was open to all boating anglers.

Second-place winners K.J. Vick and Keith Vick. They donated their second-place prize to the Special Olympics Virginia Area 29. -- CAIN MADDEN | TIDEWATER NEWS
Second-place winners K.J. Vick and Keith Vick. They donated their second-place prize to the Special Olympics Virginia Area 29. — CAIN MADDEN | TIDEWATER NEWS

Taking first place out of 21 boats was the team of Bob Holt and Matt Holt with four bass weighing a total of 15.97 pounds. The father-and-son team also weighed the heaviest bass of the day at 6.59 pounds. It was caught by Matt Holt.

The team of Keith Vick and K.J. Vick, also father and son, came in second place with five bass weighing 13.08 pounds. In third place was the team of Jamie Nealy and Greg Ball with five bass weighing 9.49 pounds.

Taking fourth place was the team of Ryan Harrell and Wade Harrell with five bass weighing 8.74 pounds, followed in fifth place by the team of Harvey Umphlett and Jerry Bradshaw with four bass weighing 8.45 pounds.

Third-place winners Greg Ball and Jamie Nealy receive gift bags from Special Olympic athletes Tim Zielinski and Ian Wolfe. -- SUBMITTED | ALESIA WILLIAMS
Third-place winners Greg Ball and Jamie Nealy receive gift bags from Special Olympic athletes Tim Zielinski and Ian Wolfe. — SUBMITTED | ALESIA WILLIAMS

More than $700 was raised to benefit Special Olympics Virginia Area 29 with the bass club donating half of the tourney fees along with an additional $100. That figure also included extra donations from individual anglers, and the Vick father-and-son team gave their second-place winnings back.

Forty-one bass anglers participated in the tournament.

“We want to thank all the anglers who participated today,” said Doug Williams, an officer with the bass club. “We hope we can make this a bigger event next year and hope we have helped these great athletes to achieve their dreams.”

  • jeffturner

    That is AWESOME!What a great way to raise money for a good cause and enjoy the areas rivers and get people interested in fishing.

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