2002 TOUR CHAMPIONS
The 2002 Points Championship proved to be the most competitive in club history. The first half of the season saw the points lead swapped between the teams of Roland McInville/Ralph Reed, Charles Pruitt/John Still and Keith/Kevin Ashley who all won tournaments in the Spring of the year.
By the Summer it appeared the Ashley brothers were going to blow away the field with several top five finishes in a row. The Summer also saw several different teams moving into the top five in points. Consistent finishes saw the teams of Steve Franklin/Eddie Burgess and Jeff O'Dell/Steve Arsenault making their presence known.
By the time September rolled around the Points Championship was a virtual toss up with any of the top five teams in striking distance of first place. Then the unexpected happened. Three of the top five teams contending for the championship had their worst finishes of the year; one team not catching a fish and the other two finishing out of the top twenty. The team of Jeff O'Dell/Steve Arsenault were able to capitalize on this and jumped into a four point lead in the point standings with only two tournaments remaining.
The October tournament saw Charles Priutt/John Still close the margin to a mere two points with only one tournament left. At this point the championship was still in striking distance for the top five in points but was realistically down to the top two. Jeff O'Dell/Steve Arsenault needed to finish no more than one place behind Charles and John to capture the Points Championship.
That last tournament saw extremely tough fishing with only a little over eight pounds deciding the winner. The championship contenders both weighed in early with Charles Pruitt/John Still one place ahead of Jeff O'Dell/Steve Arsenault with many boats still to weigh in. One team after another brought their fish to the scales but none had enough weight to keep Jeff and Steve from finishing that one place behind Charles and John and allowed Jeff and Steve to capture their first Five Lakes Fishing Club Points Championship by only one point.