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Tulsa To Host 2004
BASS Federation Championship
(Oct. 29, 2003 - TULSA, OK.)...
Bass anglers from 53 Federations will battle for their sport's
amateur world championship title on Oklahoma's Keystone Lake
next spring, officials announced today.
BASS, the worldwide authority
on bass fishing, and representatives of the local host committee
gathered at the Oklahoma Aquarium to announce that the CITGO
BASS Federation Championship presented by Busch Beer will be
April 19-24, 2004.
"This has been a long time
in coming," said Dean Kessel, Vice President and General
Manager for BASS. "Thanks to a great effort by community
representatives and outstanding support from the Oklahoma BASS
Federation, we have the opportunity to showcase this great state
on a world stage."
The effort to bring the Federation
Championship to Tulsa was spearheaded by a local organizing committee
comprised of representatives from CITGO Petroleum Corp., MotorGuide
Trolling Motors, Lowrance Electronics, the Oklahoma BASS Federation,
the Oklahoma Aquarium, the city of Mannford, Okla., and Winnercomm
"Oklahoma has some wonderful natural resources and a strong
outdoors, family- based lifestyle," said host committee
chairman Sam Youngwirth. "The Federation Championship generates
a tremendous amount of media exposure that will help us showcase
those assets on a national stage. Tulsa and BASS have a long
history together; in fact BASS's first member is a Tulsan, Don
Don Corkran, BASS Federation
Director, lauded the Oklahoma BASS Federation's proactive approach
in securing the tournament for Tulsa.
"We are very excited to be bringing the championship to
Keystone Lake," Corkran said. "We have been discussing
tournament options in Oklahoma for years and finally we are making
it happen. Oklahoma has such a strong Federation and one that
is very progressive in expanding the sport of bass fishing."
The competitors come from 46
state Federations, the District of Columbia, Mexico, Canada,
Japan, Italy, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The championship brings
the state and national champions together, along with the defending
champion, in a quest for the championship title and five coveted
berths to the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, scheduled for July 30-Aug.
1 in Charlotte, N.C.
"Qualifying for the Federation
Championship shows more (effort) than some of the tournaments
on the pro tour because of how difficult it is to get there,"
said CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion Michael Iaconelli, who
qualified for the 1999 Classic through the Federation. "For
me, the Federation Championship was the pinnacle of going from
an amateur to a pro angler."
BASS is the world's largest
fishing organization, sanctioning more than 20,000 tournaments
worldwide through its Federation. In 2004, BASS will introduce
the all-new Bassmaster Elite 50 Series, a four-event, no-entry-fee
circuit featuring a $1.6 million prize purse for the world's
best anglers. The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented
by Busch Beer is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass-fishing
tournament circuit and continues to set the standard for credibility,
professionalism and sportsmanship as it has since 1968.
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