Anglers representing 39 TBF state federations set to compete for $42,000 in scholarships and grants

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 22, 2008) – The Bass Federation announced Tuesday its field for the 2008 National Guard Junior World Championship on Lake Monticello in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 15-16 in conjunction with the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol – the world’s most lucrative bass-fishing championship.

The National Guard Junior World Championship will feature youth anglers representing 39 TBF state federations fishing for $30,000 in scholarships plus $12,000 youth-program grants for their states. Each participating state will be represented by two junior anglers: one in the 11- to 14-year-old bracket and another in the 15- to 18-year-old bracket.

“These junior competitors are much more than great anglers,” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “They are positive examples for their peers, and they represent the future of our sport. Learning to fish through their state TBF clubs provides these children with an outlet for clean family fun. It’s a great activity that they will enjoy for a lifetime.”

The junior anglers will each be paired with an FLW Outdoors pro for competition on Lake Monticello. There will be three anglers to a boat: a junior angler from each age group plus an FLW Outdoors pro who will assist the junior anglers but will not fish. The two junior anglers will share control of the boat for the day but will compete in their respective age groups. The full field of junior anglers will compete Aug. 15 then be cut to the top angler in each age bracket from each of the TBF’s six geographic divisions. Weights will be zeroed Aug. 16 as six anglers in the 11- to 14-year-old bracket and six anglers in the 15- to 18-year-old bracket continue competition, with the winners determined by the heaviest catch from that day.

Takeoff will be held at Lake Monticello Park located at Hwy 99 Boat Ramp in Jenkinsville, S.C., beginning at 6:55 each morning and the weigh-ins will be held at 2 p.m. Aug.15 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 on the main Forrest Wood Cup stage in the Colonial Center located at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia. Lake Monticello will be off-limits to competitors Aug. 11-15.

Designed to highlight the best up-and-coming bass-fishing talent in the country, the National Guard Junior World Championship also provides national recognition for the positive activities pursued by America’s youth.

“We really want to thank the pro anglers who serve as mentors during the tournament,” said FLW/TBF Programs Manager David Simmons. “Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work and support of TBF youth directors and parents nationwide as well.”

First-place finishers in each age bracket will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Second-place finishers will receive a $3,000 scholarship. Third-place finishers will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Fourth-place finishers will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Fifth-place finishers will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Sixth-place finishers will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Additionally, FLW Outdoors, on behalf of the National Guard, will award $1,000 to each of the state TBF chapters represented by the six finalists in each age bracket. This money, totaling $12,000, will benefit each chapter’s youth program.

For more information about TBF Junior Angler programs, contact your state’s TBF chapter. A list of chapters can be found at www.bassfederation.com.

For more information about FLW Outdoors, the Forrest Wood Cup and the National Guard Junior World Championship, visit www.flwoutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

11-14 Age Group:
First Name Last Name City Sate
Kophen Sudduth Sulligent AL
Jonny Schultz Maumelle AR
Chance Kohnke Wickenburg AZ
Matt Carabello Discovery Bay CA
Adam Burkhart Arvada CO
Justin Dingle S. Meriden CT
Hamilton Brown Plant City FL
Mark Denney, Jr. Bonaire GA
Jeff Gibson Jr. Idaho Falls ID
Bradley Burton Champaign IL
Spencer Branum Eaton IN
Kash Kruep Paola KS
Lance Freeman Eddyville KY
Catherine Darnell West Monroe LA
Richard Vespa Millis MA
Kyle Rodriguez Ocean City MD
Zachary Floyd Severn MD
Jacob Winslow Poland ME
Colin Glover Orion MI
Lucas Lindgren Rush City MN
Lawson Hibdon Stover MO
Garrett Riles Potts Camp MS
Don Willis, III Charlotte NC
Drey Urbanovsky Roca NE
Niklas Goebel West Milford NJ
Casey Singree Crooksville OH
Matthew Hasenfratz Ponca City OK
Jacob Wall Jacksonville OR
Fisher Stewart Fairmount City PA
Lowell Turner III Bradford RI
Kyle Black Winnsborg SC
Derek Samples Morristown TN
Matthew Bowden Spring TX
Seth Hausman Sandy UT
Ryan Drewery Petersburg VA
Benjamin Seaman Colchester VT
Nikolas Autrey Port Angeles WA
Steven Sellnow Watertown WI
Zach Whitten Oceana WV

15-18 Age Group
First Name Last Name City Sate
Josh Lewis Oneonta AL
Mitch Thompson Royal AR
Coty Moline Phoenix AZ
Jon Rodgers Discovery Bay CA
Joshua Bender Lakewood CO
Michael Iovino New Fairfield CT
Jacob Coverdale Frederica DE
Kevin Elmore Jacksonville FL
Brandon Curl Ellabell GA
Jacob Golightly Preston ID
Daniel Ruedi Champaign IL
Kevin Kretsch Elkhart IN
Kyle Raymer Brandenburg KY
Tyler Little Minden LA
William Snow Woburn MA
Ben Dziwulski Woodbine MD
Nicholas Sampson Gorham ME
Chase Frechette Flushing MI
Mark Shirley St. Cloud MN
Chandler Young Independence MO
Mathew Miller Grain Valley MO
Justin Atkins Columbus MS
David Henry Blanton Fayetteville NC
Tyler Kleeb Lincoln NE
Frank Appaluccio Sparta NJ
Brian Baker Clinton OH
Tyler Dennis Shawnee OK
Nathan Bromley Albany OR
Dillian Kesckes East Petersburg PA
Ryan Pagano Cranston RI
David McEachern, Jr. Columbia SC
David Kaldenberg Georgetown TN
Jordan Lane N. Richland Hills TX
Sunny Hawk Salt Lake City UT
Brian Langford Petersburg VA
Daniel Infurna Fair Haven VT
Joey Nania Liberty Lake WA
Broghan Cullen Sun Prairie WI
James Davis Clarksburg WV