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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Bulldog
SINCLAIR (Sept. 29-30, 2001)
Kennedy wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Sinclair
After qualifying for the final round of the two-day Super Tournament in 18th place with an opening day catch of three bass weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, Kennedy out fished runner up Jimmy edge of LaGrange, Ga., by 2 pounds, 10 ounces to take the win. Kennedy caught the majority of his bass around docks using a trick worm.
Edge qualified for the final round in fourth place with three bass weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces and finished up with a 9 pounds, 7 ounces to win $4,202.
Tony Christian of Hull, Ga., took third place and collected $2,101 with 9 pounds, 3 ounces. J.R. Grimes of Crawford, Ga., placed fourth and earned $1,821 with 7 pounds, 9 ounces, while Todd Tucker of Moultire, Ga., placed fifth and earned $1,681 with 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Tucker also earned a $500 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.
Christian won the boater Big Bass Award and collected $1,420 with a 9-pound, 10-ounce bass that he caught on a black and blue pig and jig while fishing around a dock.
First place in the Co-angler Division and $4,140 went to Darren Taylor of Watkinsville, Ga., who topped 138 competitors with a final round catch of four bass weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Second place in the division and $2,070 went to Jim Smith of Walterboro, S.C., with 4 pounds, 13 ounces, while David Geeter of Augusta, Ga., took third place and $1,035 with 4 pounds, 10 ounces. Geeter also won the co-angler Big Bass Award of $690 with a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass.
Kenny Holloway of Eatonton, Ga., landed the Divisional Points Championship and $1,000 with 1,122 points won during five regular season tournaments. Edwin Hunt of Duluth, Ga., landed the Co-Angler Points Championship and $500 with 1,015 points.
The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers in the Bulldog Division will advance to regional competition Oct. 23-27 on Wateree Lake near Camden, S.C., where they will go up against top competitors from the Bama, Mountain and Gator divisions for a shot at qualifying for the BFL All-American, which features an estimated purse of $345,000 and ranks as one of the most lucrative post-season tournaments in competitive angling. The top two boaters and co-anglers may also qualify for the Ranger M1 tournament in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 27-March 2, 2002, where they can win up to $1 million.
Awards for the 2001 BFL season could reach $5.7 million based on full fields at each tournament.
Sponsors of the 2001 Wal-Mart BFL are ALPO Pet Foods, BC Powder, BFGoodrich Tires, Black & Decker, Chevy Trucks, CITGO, Coleman, Conseco, Energizer, EverStart Batteries, Frito-Lay, FujiFilm, Garmin, Kellogg's, Land O'Lakes, Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Pepsi, Poulan, Pure Fishing, Ranger Boats, Snickers Cruncher Bar, Stren, Shop-Vac, Timex, US Bank, Visa, Weed Eater, Wrangler and Yamaha Outboards. ACDelco is an associate sponsor of the Wal-Mart BFL.