Steve Kennedy has more to win or lose than anyone in this tournament. That is, unless a spoiler comes along and takes away his chance to qualify for the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
The spoiler could be any one of eight anglers fishing today that have not already qualified for the Classic.
So far, Kennedy has fate on his side. We don’t use BASSTrakk in the Opens, so there is no way to track the progress of the anglers. However, Thomas Allen is the photographer following the current leader, Jesse Wiggins. Allen reports that as of 9:45 a.m. that Wiggins has about 7 pounds in the livewell. Twelve pounds is his goal. Rick Morris, another double qualifier, was in second place going into the final round.
Kennedy, who lives across the state in Auburn, would most likely be at home watching his fate unfold during the live streaming weigh-in this afternoon on Bassmaster.com. That is the plan with a twist. Kennedy, a graduate of Auburn University and avid football fan, will be sitting in the stands at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers play Mississippi State University with a 5 p.m. kickoff.
A Tweet on his Twitter page proves the point.
“I’ll be in the stadium. Phone out, ear buds in, watching Bassmaster.com!"