EWU Heading to Bassmaster National Championship

The Eastern Washington University Sportsman’s Club is sending a team of two anglers to the B.A.S.S. Collegiate National Championship Aug. 1-3 on Lake Chatuge, Ga. The team of Nick Barr of Lacey, Wash., and Jarred Walker of Moses Lake, Wash., are the first team from EWU and the state of Washington to qualify for the most prized national championship in all of college fishing.

Barr and Walker qualified for the tournament by finishing in the top ten at the B.A.S.S. College Western Regional Championship at Clear Lake, Calif., on April 7.The pair will face off against 67 other teams at the national championship, and will compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship money, bragging rights and a potential berth to the 2014 Bassmaster Classic – the professional-level championship where the top prize exceeds $500,000.

Barr founded the EWU Sportsman’s Club in 2010 and it is now one of the largest, most decorated clubs at Eastern. The overall mission of the club is to get college students involved in the outdoors. With more than 60 members, the club participates with multiple teams on both the FLW and B.A.S.S. college fishing circuits, while also planning hunting and fishing trips, hunter’s safety classes and dedicating time to habitat enhancement, as well as other community service endeavors.

Barr and Walker will travel more than 5,000 miles round trip, while towing a bass boat, to compete in the national championship. An expensive and grueling trip, but one they feel is worth the sacrifice in order to represent the state of Washington and to compete for the national title.

The EWU Sportsman’s Club is looking for help in any shape or form to help offset expenses associated with the national championship, as well as to help fund operations for the growing club next year. The school’s Club Sports Federation has set up a tax-deductible online donation program. When donating, make sure to earmark it for “Sportsman’s Club.”