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AOY: Classic qualifying berths determined

6/20/2010

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — After an eight-event regular season stretching from California to Georgia, a bevy of Bassmaster Elite Series anglers were able to cash in on the fruits of their labor Sunday in the form of Bassmaster Classic berths. The final Elite event of the regular season, the AutoZone Sooner Run on Fort Gibson Lake, is in the books and with that, 37 anglers grabbed a coveted qualifying spot into the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.

While BASS qualifies 36 anglers for the Classic based on their ranking in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, because 2010 Classic champion Kevin Vandam of Kalamazoo, Mich., automatically qualifies and was sixth in the AOY points, the 37th angler, Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss., also gets in.

The 2010 Bassmaster Classic is set for Feb. 18-20 on the Louisiana Delta out of New Orleans.

While Elias finished strong — he scored a 16th place finish at the Sooner Run — a trio of BASS veterans were able to land their Classic berths despite missing the top 47 cut at the Oklahoma Elite event. Still, Kevin Wirth of Crestwood, Ky., (34th); Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas (35th) and Terry Scroggins (36th) of San Mateo, Florida, did just enough during the course of the season to sneak in. Each angler holds a Classic qualifying streak of at least five consecutive.

"I felt sick because I thought I cost myself a Classic berth here," said Wirth, who will fish in his 10th consecutive Classic in 2011. "That's what we fish for. To get into that Classic and have a shot at the top prize. Plus, the exposure opportunities are incredible."

Joining the 37 Elite qualifiers in the 50-angler Classic field will be six BASS Federation Nation anglers who will qualify via the Federation Nation National Championship (Oct. 27-29; Red River; Shreveport, La.); two each from the Bassmaster Southern, Central and Northern Opens; and the winner of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Operated by American Bass Anglers Championship. The field will be vying for a $500,000 top prize.

In the case of anglers who qualify through two avenues, BASS will work down through the Elite Series' AOY standings. That means all is not lost for the 38th placed competitor. In fact, in 2009, BASS worked down to the 39th spot in the AOY rankings due to anglers who double qualified via both the Opens and Elite Series.

Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande, Calif., would be the first angler to qualify in the case of a double qualifier. The final list of the AOY regular-season standings is the following:

2010 Muskogee, OK: Points Ending 06-20-2010, Day 4
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Place Name St Pts
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1 Skeet Reese Calif. 2116
2 Edwin Evers Okla. 2010
3 Cliff Pace Miss. 1868
4 Derek Remitz Ala. 1854
5 Terry Butcher Okla. 1841
6 Kevin VanDam Mich. 1825
7 Tommy Biffle Okla. 1801
8 John Crews Va. 1792
9 Gary Klein Texas 1771
10 Greg Hackney La. 1767
11 Russ Lane Ala. 1766
11 Aaron Martens Ala. 1766
13 Brian Snowden Mo. 1732
14 Mark Davis Ark. 1726
15 Mike McClelland Ark. 1723
16 Todd Faircloth Texas 1712
17 Scott Rook Ark. 1705
18 Morizo Shimizu Japan 1690
19 Matt Herren Ala. 1686
20 Bill Lowen Ohio 1669
21 Stephen Browning Ark. 1663
22 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 1644
23 Dave Wolak N.C. 1643
24 Shaw Grigsby Fla. 1622
25 Boyd Duckett Ala. 1618
26 Bobby Lane Fla. 1608
26 Jeff Kriet Okla. 1608
28 Gerald Swindle Ala. 1601
29 Jason Williamson S.C. 1597
30 Greg Vinson Ala. 1578
31 Steve Kennedy Ala. 1573
32 Dean Rojas Ariz. 1572
33 Brent Chapman Kan. 1547
34 Kevin Wirth Ky. 1546
35 Kelly Jordon Texas 1531
36 Terry Scroggins Fla. 1530
37 Paul Elias Miss. 1525
38 Jared Lintner Calif. 1513
39 Mark Tucker Mo. 1502
40 Bradley Roy Ky. 1475
40 Davy Hite S.C. 1475
40 Rick Morris Va. 1475
43 Marty Robinson S.C. 1471
44 Pat Golden N.C. 1453
45 Clark Reehm Ark. 1450
46 Casey Ashley S.C. 1439
47 Dustin Wilks N.C. 1433
48 Denny Brauer Mo. 1427
49 James Niggemeyer Texas 1425
50 Mark Menendez Ky. 1423
51 Timmy Horton Ala. 1422
52 Cliff Crochet La. 1414
53 Jason Quinn S.C. 1412
54 Takahiro Omori Texas 1406
55 Matt Reed Texas 1405
56 Alton Jones Texas 1397
57 Randy Howell Ala. 1382
58 Kenyon Hill Okla. 1378
59 Billy McCaghren Ark. 1374
60 Ish Monroe Calif. 1368
61 Marty Stone N.C. 1364
62 Pete Ponds Miss. 1360
63 Kevin Short Ark. 1354
64 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 1352
65 Bradley Hallman Okla. 1350
65 Peter Thliveros Fla. 1350
67 Guy Eaker N.C. 1339
68 J Todd Tucker Ga. 1334
69 Zell Rowland Texas 1327
70 Rick Clunn Mo. 1317
71 Chris Lane Ala. 1288
72 Jami Fralick S.D. 1286
73 Keith Poche Ala. 1276
74 Mark Tyler Okla. 1274
75 Grant Goldbeck Md. 1266
76 Chad Griffin Texas 1260
77 Byron Velvick Texas 1247
78 Jeff Connella La. 1246
79 Bernie Schultz Fla. 1228
80 Britt Myers S.C. 1226
81 Matt Greenblatt Fla. 1225
82 Fred Roumbanis Okla. 1213
83 Charlie Hartley Ohio 1210
84 John Murray Ariz. 1186
85 Wade Grooms S.C. 1156
86 Yusuke Miyazaki Texas 1144
87 Vince Fulks Okla. 1132
88 Dennis Tietje La. 1096
89 Byron Haseotes Mass. 1010
90 Jeremy Starks W.Va. 990
91 David Smith Okla. 988
92 Mark Burgess Mass. 970
93 Scott Ashmore Okla. 906