The Westside Bassmasters of Augusta has donated $250 to the prize pot of the Tommy Shaw Memorial Open Team Bass Tournament and has challenged other area bass clubs to do the same.
"Westside's Barry Frazier made this generous offer," said tournament director Ron Brown of Lincolnton, Ga. "We've had $50 contributions by several clubs, too."
The prize money package for the May 31 event out of Wildwood Park has yet to be determined, but there will be 100 percent payback, he added.
In addition, a contribution will be made to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Hospital "so that children due to have an operation can go to the gift shop and pick out a free toy of their choice," Brown said.
Entry fee is $75 per team and includes the big fish pot. Tournament hours are safe light until 4 p.m. Polygraph tests will be given to winners, Brown said.
Three area professional guides have donated free fishing trips. They are Dale Gibbs, William Sasser and David Willard. Drawings will be held at businesses of major sponsors Rick's Paint and Body, Augusta Marine Superstore and C.N. Brown Plastics Inc.
Shaw and his wife, Rose Nell, operated Little River Sportsman Camp (later called Tommy Shaw's Marina) on Thurmond Lake for more than 30 years.
He was highly regarded by his peers and shared his considerable knowledge of fishing in the lake with many. He died at age 84 on Sept. 22.
Brown is being assisted by Keith Williamson, Bill Crumpton, Gibbs and Frazier.