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    FORREST WOOD OPEN (June 17-20, 1998)

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    Missouri Angler Wins $200,000 in $1 Million Bass Tournament -- History's Richest

    20.Jun.1998

    Randall Hutson of Washburn, Missouri, won first place and a record $200,000 in the Forrest Wood Open, the sixth tournament of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour held on the Connecticut River. The event featured a $1 million purse, the largest in fishing history.

    Hutson survived three rounds of elimination competition and 149 other top professional anglers en route to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour victory. Competing in the final round of competition against Jim Moynagh of Hopkins, MN, Jerry Williams of Conway, AR, Mike Mcclelland of Springdale, AR, and Terry Bolton of Paducah, KY, Hutson landed five bass weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, to take top honors.

    In addition to his win in the Forrest Wood Open, Hutson also secured a berth in the year-end Wal-Mart FLW Tour's $450,000 Championship on the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, September 16-19, 1998, where he will compete against 49 other professional anglers for a $250,000 first place cash prize -- the largest in fishing history.

    Hutson caught his winning stringer using a Lucky Strike French Fry and a 3 inch lizard. "I am speechless," said Hutson immediately after winning the richest bass tournament in history. "This is the most exciting time of my life."

    Runner-up in the Pro Division was Jim Moynagh of Hopkins, Minnesota, with a weight of 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Moynagh, who won the event last year, earned $100,000 for second place.

    Jerry Williams of Conway, Arkansas, landed five bass weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, for third place and $50,000. Rounding out the "Final Five" were: (4) Mike Mcclelland of Springdale, Arkansas, four bass, 4 pounds, 10 ounces, $35,000; and (5) Terry Bolton of Paducah, Kentucky, one bass, 2 pounds, 5 ounces, $30,000.

    In the Amateur Division competition, concluded yesterday, Frank Free of Buford, Georgia, took top honors and $40,000 for his catch totaling 12 pounds, 8 ounces.

    Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Missouri, has been named the Land O'Lakes Angler-of-the-Year for amassing the highest point total in the first six 1998 Wal-Mart FLW Tour events. Brauer will be featured on a special edition Wheaties, Breakfast of Champions, cereal box to be distributed nationally. Brauer is the first angling champion to grace the famous cereal box in its 74-year history.

    Wal-Mart FLW Tour officials have announced that in 1999, the tour will feature a record $3.97 million in cash prizes to be awarded during the seven-event schedule. The 1999 tour schedule will include stops at: Lake Okeechobee, Clewiston, FL, January 27-30; Lake Murray, Columbia, SC, February 24-27; Lake Lanier, Gainesville,GA, March 17-20; Beaver Lake (Wal-Mart Open), Bentonville, AR, April 21-24; Mississippi River, Memphis, TN, May 19-22; Lake St. Clair (Forrest Wood Open), St. Clair, MI, June 23-26; To Be Announced (Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship), September 22-25.


    Wal-Mart FLW Tour
    Forrest Wood Open
    Final Standings

    Place Name Hometown, State Day 1&2 Day 3 Day 4 Winnings
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    1 RANDALL HUTSON WASHBURN, MO 20-12 12-9 8-6 $200,000
    2 JIM MOYNAGH HOPKINS, MN 23-4 8-5 7-4 100,000
    3 JERRY WILLIAMS CONWAY, AR 16-6 5-8 7-3 50,000
    4 MIKE MCCLELLAND SPRINGDALE, AR 17-1 5-7 4-10 35,000
    5 TERRY BOLTON PADUCAH, KY 14-0 4-12 2-5 30,000
    6 BILLY SCHROEDER PADUCAH, KY 13-12 3-11 24,000
    7 RANDY HOWELL LITTLETON, NC 17-13 2-12 23,000
    8 TOMMY BIFFLE WAGONER, OK 15-7 2-9 22,000
    9 BASIL BACON SPRINGFIELD, MO 18-10 2-3 21,000
    10 ALVIN SHAW STATE ROAD, NC 16-11 2-1 20,000
    11 LEROY JR BAILEY HEBRON, CT 13-11 15,000
    12 DENNY BRAUER CAMDENTON, MO 13-7 15,000
    13 KEN COOK MEERS, OK 12-6 15,000
    14 GERALD SWINDLE WARRIOR, AL 11-15 15,000
    15 ROB KILBY HOT SPRINGS NP, AR 11-13 15,000
    16 DAVID SMITH DEL CITY, OK 11-11 10,000
    16 O III T FEARS SALLISAW, OK 11-11 10,000
    18 JOEL RICHARDSON KERNERSVILLE, NC 11-2 10,000
    19 GARY KLEIN WEATHERFORD, TX 10-15 10,000
    19 DAVID ROSENGRANT DOVER, TN 10-15 10,000
    21 ROLAND MARTIN CLEWISTON, FL 10-14 7,500
    22 DAVY HITE PROSPERITY, SC 10-2 7,500
    23 PAUL ELIAS PACHUTA, MS 9-12 7,500
    23 DARREN WOLF WACO, TX 9-12 7,500
    25 GEORGE FORRESTER LULA, GA 9-11 7,500
    26 RICKY DIEHL HUNTSVILLE, AL 9-7 4,750
    27 CHRIS BAUMGARDNER GASTONIA, NC 8-15 4,750
    28 RANDY MORRIS GARFIELD, AR 8-14 4,750
    29 RANDY BLAUKAT JOPLIN, MO 8-13 4,750
    30 JIMMY HOUSTON COOKSON, OK 8-12 4,750
    31 BUD PRUITT SPRING, TX 8-11 4,750
    32 CRAIG DANIEL CULLMAN, AL 8-7 4,750
    33 EDDIE DIEHL HUNTSVILLE, AL 8-5 4,750
    33 DAVID YOUNG MAYFIELD, KY 8-5 4,750
    35 TERRY BAKSAY MONROE, CT 8-3 4,750
    36 DAVID WALKER CANNON, KY 7-13 3,500
    36 DANNY CORREIA MARLBORO, MA 7-13 3,500
    38 BRYANT AILOR KNOXVILLE, TN 7-9 3,500
    39 THOMAS C LAVICTOIRE WEST RUTLAND, VT 7-7 3,500
    39 PETE THLIVEROS JACKSONVILLE, FL 7-7 3,500
    41 TOMMY ELLIS PARIS, TN 7-4 3,500
    41 TONY COUCH BUCKHEAD, GA 7-4 3,500
    43 MIKE TERRY OBION, TN 7-1 3,500
    44 GEORGE E COCHRAN HOT SPRINGS NP, AR 7-0 3,500
    45 DAVID P DUDLEY LYNCHBURG, VA 6-15 3,250
    45 CLARK WENDLANDT CEDAR PARK, TX 6-15 3,250
    47 JACK HAINS MANY, LA 6-13 3,000
    48 LARRY NIXON BEE BRANCH, AR 6-12 3,000
    49 KOBY KREIGER OSCEOLA, IN 6-8 3,000
    50 STEPHEN BROWNINGHOT SPRINGS NATIONAL, AR 6-7 3,000
    50 GERALD BECK LEXINGTON, NC 6-7 3,000
    50 STEVEN BONAIUTO PALM BAY, FL 6-7 3,000
    53 CHARLIE INGRAM SANTA FE, TN 6-5 3,000
    54 CHUCK ECONOMOU PALM BAY, FL 6-4 3,000
    55 DARYL BYRON EAST WINDSOR, CT 6-3 3,000
    56 SHAW GRIGSBY GAINESVILLE, FL 6-2 2,500
    57 CRAIG WICKLUND ORONO, MN 5-15 2,500
    58 TOM BURNS CARBONDALE, IL 5-13 2,500
    58 STEVE FLOYD SABINA, OH 5-13 2,500
    58 STEVE DANIEL CLEWISTON, FL 5-13 2,500
    61 MARTY STONE KERNERSVILLE, NC 5-12 2,500
    62 JERRY(DOC) R WRIGHT WACO, TX 5-5 2,500
    63 JEFF MAGEE FLORENCE, MS 5-3 2,500
    64 ANDY MORGAN DAYTON, TN 5-2 2,500
    65 TRACY ADAMS WILKESBORO, NC 5-0 2,500
    66 DANNY ROBERSON GILBERTSVILLE, KY 4-14 2,500
    66 ELTON JR LUCE NEDERLAND, TX 4-14 2,500
    68 ROBIN CUMMINGS CULLMAN, AL 4-12 2,500
    69 RICK LILLEGARD ATKINSON, NH 4-11 2,500
    70 GUIDO HIBDON GRAVOIS MILLS, MO 4-8 2,500
    71 JAMES A PARKER FAYETTEVILLE, NC 4-7 2,500
    72 BRENT CHAPMAN LAKE QUIVIRA, KS 4-6 2,500
    73 SHAWN PENN BENTON, KY 4-4 2,500
    73 MARK DAVIS MOUNT IDA, AR 4-4 2,500
    75 WILLIE RIDGEWAY JACKSONVILLE, NC 4-3 2,500
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