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A dozen Clarks Hill facts

12/29/2006

It's time for a dozen fast facts regarding this week's CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series at Clark's Hill Lake, "The Pride of Augusta":

1. Clarks Hill: The largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi.

2. Clarks Hill: Built on the confluence of the Savannah and Little Rivers in 1954.

3. Clarks Hill: Named for Revolutionary War hero Elijah Clark.

4. Clarks Hill: Renamed Strom Thurmond Reservoir by act of Congress in 1987.

5. Strom Thurmond: Senator from South Carolina who served in the U.S. Senate for 49 years; also the only Senator ever elected as a write-in candidate; left office in 2003 at the age of 100.

6. Clarks Hill: The name that most Georgia residents still use when referring to Strom Thurmond reservoir.

7. Clarks Hill: Host to two tour level Bassmaster tournaments previously-1973, won by Rayo Breckenridge with 52 lbs 8 ounces; 2005, won by Mike Reynolds with 52 lbs 11 ounces.

8. Augusta: the second largest city in Georgia

9. The original pride of Augusta: Augusta National Golf Club, home of the internationally famous Masters Golf Tournament.

10. Known fact: Most pro golfers would rather be fishing.

11. Masters Tournament: Founded by Bobby Jones, adopted resident of Augusta and the Godfather of American Golf.

12. Born and still living in adjacent Aiken, South Carolina: James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.