Roy’s annual event attracts 139 teams
The 2022 Bradley Roy High School Open was one of the hottest events in the tournament’s 10-year history. For the first time, the winning team on Saturday also triumphed in the fishing match on Sunday.
Nearly 140 high school teams and 34 junior teams (grades 6-8) competed Oct. 8 in Lake
Cumberland and the Top 5 fished the next day on the Beaver Creek section of Lake Barren River in Glasgow, Ky.
The tournament is an officially sanctioned Kentucky Bass Nation high school event. Of them
spots in the 2023 Bassmaster High School National Championship have been awarded to Saturday’s top graduates: Zavian Smith of Lake Cumberland Bass Club and Jake Mattingly of Danville Christian Academy.
The winner weighed a bag of five fish totaling 11.96 pounds. The finalists weighed in a bag of five fish for 11.83 pounds.
The two team members of the top two teams were offered scholarships of $10,000 over four years to
attend Campbellsville University by head coach Pete Hedgepath. Kentucky Christian also offered four-year scholarships to Top 5 teams. In total, the potential scholarships totaled nearly $300,000.
“I want to thank everyone who helped me organize this tournament for the 10th consecutive year,” said Roy. “If you’ve ever hosted a tournament you know it’s not easy; I have great staff, family and sponsors. Even though this tournament is named after me, I’m just a small part and nothing None of this happens without them.
“Our winner this year, Zavian Smith, his mother was also the captain of the boat. This year in our Top 5 we had two mothership captains, which is really great. Last year we had our first female Top 5 angler. It’s so cool to see that and know that it’s not just a sport for men that a wider audience can participate in.”