Thanks for the feedback. My last dog came with the health clearances and a good pedigree, but her parents were not field trial champs, just regular hunting dogs. I have nothing against folks who go through the rigors and receive their titles, in fact it inspires me, yet I know I won't go through the efforts to do the same. I'm just looking for a healthy pup that I can train to hunt with me and become my good friend.
You are in the same boat as many people looking for and wanting a new lab pup for a friend and hunting companion. As mentioned a million times on this forum, just make sure the pup has the health clearances. (Which sounds like you are going to do this) And make sure both dogs actually hunt. I have seen plenty of dogs in person (even dogs with some hunt test titles)...that I would never want to actually hunt with. I know that seems crazy...but you don't know that until you see it.
Some dogs will "do the work" but they could care less about doing it...they would rather be laying on the couch. Not a dog or companion I would want. But different strokes for different folks.
A good breeding from hunt test titled (or even FC/AFC titled) parents just increases your odds of getting a puppy with good desire and increases their odds the puppy will be trainable. You don't have to run hunt tests with a puppy out of hunt test titled parents.