The 17th annual “For Pete’s Sake” Memorial Marlin Tournament was held October 28 to 30 at the Hacienda Beach Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Proceeds of the annual tournament – the largest and most successful charity marlin tournament on the West Coast – benefit the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center.
While the figures from this year’s event are not yet finalized, donations to the Cancer Center to date total $1,125,500. To date this support has generated approximately $8 million in external funding to the Cancer Center through research grants received by Lopiccola Foundation grant recipients and their laboratories.
First place winner in this year’s tournament, in which 100 percent of all billfish were released, was Dana Thompson of Snoqualmie, Wa., on the boat “Duetto,” who released four striped marlin; second place went to Clarence Hilbrick, Nancy Hilbrick, Michael Resk and Michael Coleman of “Team Missiones” of Missiones Del Cabo in Cabo San Lucas, who released three striped marlin from the boat “Got Caught”; and third place went to the “Gaviota 6” team of Scott Carver and Markus Appel of San Diego, with one striped marlin released .
Tournament organizers Chuck Faith and Tom Nielsen, who both lost their fathers to cancer, presented the Dad’s Trophies for the largest non-billfish caught. First place winner was Eric Nielsen of Rancho Santa Fe who caught a 46-pound wahoo on his boat “Sunset West.”
“I’m really proud to have won this trophy because it’s named after my late grandfather, Wally Nielsen,” said Eric Nielsen. “He taught me how to fish.”
Second place winner of the Dad’s Trophy was Dick Armstrong, also of Team Missiones, with a 38.8-pound dorado caught aboard his boat, the “Bonanza”; and third place winner was Victor Zigler of Murrietta and also of Team Missiones, who brought in a 35.5-pound dorado aboard his boat, the “Ziggy.”
Tournament organizers Chuck Faith, Robin Bryant, Robbie Galloway and Tom Nielsen led this year’s tournament.
The “For Pete’s Sake” Memorial Marlin Tournament was founded in honor of Pete Lopiccola, a boat captain and avid fisherman who lost his life to leukemia in 1988. The tournament raises money to support cancer research, and has adopted the motto “Fishing for a Cure.” The Foundation also contributes a portion of the tournament proceeds to help children in Cabo San Lucas who have medical needs; more than 350 children have been helped so far.
The Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center is one of just 38 centers in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest ranking awarded to cancer centers by the federal government. As such, it is recognized as one of the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, and providing advanced patient care. The center’s mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and the amelioration of pain. For more information, visit http://cancer.ucsd.edu.
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