64 fishermen participated in the 22nd annual Frank Wohl Memorial Fishing Tournament at Foss Lake. The anglers landed some big fish, but their biggest catch was the $4,000 they raised to benefit cancer research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Begun in 1986, the event has honored the memory of Wohl, a Clinton businessman and fishermen who died from cancer complications in 1985 at age 61. Over the years, the event, which now counts more than 60 sponsors, has raised $42,000 to support cancer research at OMRF.
“Our sponsors and fishermen anted up for OMRF, because they all know what a worthy cause it is,” said Lance Brooks, tournament organizer. “It’s really satisfying to know that we’re able to continue a tradition that has meant so much to many families.”
Father-and-son team Henry Lankford of Lone Wolf and Brad Lankford of Wagoner took top honors of the day.
“Frank would have been extremely proud of this tournament,” said Laura Wohl, Frank Wohl’s daughter-in-law. “He was a real fun-loving man and just loved to fish. I think this tournament has been a great success.”
OMRF (omrf.org) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease. Chartered in 1946, its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease.