Matt Lee went on to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake. Jordan sat in the stands and cheered his brother on as earnestly as he could. He was truly happy for his brother. But bittersweet doesn’t begin to describe what lie in the pit of his stomach. The Classic was something Jordan had wanted from an early age. As soon as he was of age to truly yearn for something, the Classic was the object of his desire. To watch Matt relish in the moment was something like having to watch your brother kiss the girl of your dreams and then give him a pat on the back and a “that a boy.” It wasn’t easy.
So it was understandable when Jordan opted out of the Lee brother partnership for the 2013 College Series season. There were no hard feelings. It just felt right to move on and reconnect with longtime college partner and best friend Shane Powell. Both Shane and Jordan were seniors, and they had come too far together not to finish their college careers as a team.
Matt Lee paired up with good friend Chris Seals to fish the 2013 season together and so the year began. Matt and Chris, also seniors, hit a homerun at the season opener on the Harris Chain of Lakes, qualifying early for the 2013 Carhartt College Series National Championship to be held later that summer. Jordan and Shane fell short. There would only be one other opportunity for the two to qualify, the Wild Card. But Jordan and Shane would have to wait patiently for 5 months for the last shot.
The Wild Card came along on Pickwick, and they made it with ease finishing in 3rd place and qualifying for the 2013 National Championship. Jordan and Shane fell short of the national title once again finishing 3rd, but their finish locked them into the Classic Bracket to be held a month later. Matt Lee and Chris Seals finished 5th, missing qualification for the bracket by only one spot.
On September 27, 2013, Jordan Lee started the bracket off in grand fashion with over 15 pounds to win his matchup for the day by nearly 14 pounds. For the time being, fate was on his side.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the bracket, Shane Powell won his matchup with 9 1/2 pounds, nearly 3 times the weight of his opponent.