Alabama’s T-H Marine Takes over at PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries
Category: press release
Oct 10th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Oct 10th, 2008 at 12:00 AM
Florence, Ala. – When a major bass tournament arrives in town, the angler with the most experience on the lake is often greeted with what is known as a “hometown curse.” That statement does not seem to apply to the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries, as the T-H Marine team of Steve Kennedy, Brent Crow, Bill Huntley and Charles Perkins Jr. grabbed the day two lead of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries.
The team of the Huntsville, Ala. based firm; a sponsor of the event, featuring their ATLAS jack plate as the official jack plate of the PAA, smashed a 32.13-pound limit of Pickwick Lake bass to bring their two day total to 60.39 pounds. Their consistent quality gives them an advantage heading into the final day of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries, and at grabbing the $100,000 1st place prize.
Not to be outdone, the Haynes Hardwood team of Mark Rose, Greg Hackney, Randy Haynes and Tony Browning also posted their second consecutive solid limit to give them 2nd place. The Haynes Hardwood team has proven to be as steady as their namesake company, as they kept pace with the leaders by hefting a 31.33-pound limit of their own on the scales; bringing their two day total to 59.27; little more than a pound out of the lead.
In 3rd place following day two were the opening round’s leaders, Team Longhorn. Led by Jeff Kriet and Derek Remitz, along with Bill and Warren Jackson, the foursome’s limit of 24.18 pounds was slightly off of their first day performance, but kept them solidly in position to challenge for the championship with 55.73 pounds.
Rounding out the top five were the Orange County Choppers team of Fred Contaoi, Craig Powers, Jim Campbell and Jamie Clovis. The gang of bikers placed their 27.43 on the scales; which brought their two day total to 54.02, good enough to hold down 4th place.
Team Timberghost, led by Andy Morgan and Luke Clausen placed 23.04 on the scales, bringing their total to 52.27 pounds; good for 5th place.
The final 12 teams will launch on the water of Pickwick Lake at McFarland Park at 9:00 AM Saturday in hopes of claiming the $100,000 top prize. Along with the crowning of champions and the presentation of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries trophy, designed by MTM Recognitions, Saturday’s final round will also include a full day of vendor displays, a Kids Fun Zone and much more at Florence, Alabama’s McFarland Park, the site of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries.