MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Jordan Lee has caught an awful lot of keepers over his lifetime, but few have been bigger than the one he reeled in over the weekend.
The Cullman High graduate finished fourth at the Bass Pro Shops Central Open to clinch second overall on the tour, which comes complete with an invitation to the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Lee’s 555 points were bested only by Elite pro Stephen Browning’s 584.
“Making the Elites is something I have always dreamed about since I was in eighth or ninth grade watching ‘The Bassmasters,’” Lee said in a B.A.S.S. press release. “This is what I have always wanted to do. This is the first year I fished the Opens, and I fished all nine to try and reach the Elites.”
Lee finished the tournament with a three-day bag weighing 39 pounds, 7 ounces. Mark Tyler used home-water advantage on the Arkansas River to win with 42 pounds, 14 ounces.
Lee’s brother, Matt, received $250 for making the biggest leap up the leaderboard. He sprung 57 spots from 118th to 61st.
Both Lees are Auburn graduates and past Bassmaster College Series champions. Jordan finished sixth, the highest result for a college qualifier, at this year’s Bassmaster Classic, while Matt made field at the Super Bowl of bass fishing in 2013.