The inaugural PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Governors Cup Fishing Invitational was held on June, 17th & 18th at Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, Illinois in 2005.
PFC Geoffrey Morris signed up for the US Marine Corps in 2002 during his senior year at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL. He joined the Marine Corps. for three reasons: to defend the freedoms of this country, to help those who are unable to help themselves, and as he told his father, “The Marines are the best of the best, and I wouldn’t want to be part of anything less.”
Geoffrey strongly believed in the values this country stands for and willingly stood in harm’s way to defend it. He was killed in action in Iraq on April 4, 2004.
This fishing tournament was established in this great young man’s honor. Geoff and his father Kirk loved to fish and spend time on Lake Michigan. Together, they fished tournaments in Racine, Kenosha and Winthrop Harbor. Although they rarely won anything, they enjoyed the experience and often wondered why a fishing tournament wasn’t held in Waukegan. In a letter home while stationed in Iraq, Geoff wrote about riding in the hot air over the methodic bumps in the road. “If I close my eyes, I feel like I’m on the boat riding the waves heading to the fishing grounds.” Nothing else could be more fitting to pay tribute to Geoff’s memory than a fishing tournament!
The names and the total points acquired are engraved on the Tournament Trophy which is prominently displayed at the Tropics Restaurant at North Point Marina, in Winthrop Harbor, IL.
Until further notice First thru Third place finishers are guaranteed the purses of $10,000.00, $6,000 and $5,000 respectively. The seven remaining top finishers will split the remaining purse. Attached schedule illustrates the payouts assuming 70 boats participate. Additional prizes will be awarded to largest fish of each species each day of the tournament.
The entry fee includes free boat launch and boat slip during Tournament dates.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to this event.
The PFC Geoffrey Morris Tournament Committee
CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED PER RULE ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:
|4th||5% purse||$1,408 (with 70 boats)|
|5th||4% of purse||$1,127 (with 70 boats)|
|6th||3.5% of purse||$ 986 (with 70 boats)|
|7th||3% of purse||$ 845 (with 70 boats)|
|8th||2.5% of purse||$ 704 (with 70 boats)|
|9th||2.2% of purse||$ 620 (with 70 boats)|
|10th||2.1% of purse||$ 591 (with 70 boats)|