A Potential New Youngest
Sheldon Collings of Grove, Okla., qualified for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup with his 11th-place finish at the championship. Collings, 19, won’t celebrate his 20th birthday until Feb. 2. When he competes at Lake Ouachita in August, he’ll be the youngest angler to ever compete as a pro in the Cup unless another younger person qualifies before then.
Jacob Wheeler and Patrick Walters also fished the Cup at age 20 – Wheeler in 2011, and Walters in 2015. Wheeler was 28 days younger at the 2011 Cup than Walters was at the 2015 Cup. Collings, when he launches on the first day of the 2018 Cup, will surpass Wheeler as the youngest Cup pro by 138 days.
Wheeler still holds the record as the youngest angler to win the Forrest Wood Cup, which he accomplished at age 21 in 2012.