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Sixty-one get their dance card
BASS announces field for 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic
Kansan Brent Chapman earns spot again

MONTGOMERY, Ala. BASS, the world's largest fishing organization has announced the official field of competitors for the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, scheduled Aug. 1-3 in New Orleans, La.

The storied tournament is the world championship of professional bass fishing, boasting a 33-year tradition of fierce competition among anglers for whom a Classic championship marks the pinnacle of a career.

This year's 61-angler field will vie for the $200,000 champion's purse, the biggest piece of the overall $700,000 payout. The anglers and the route by which they qualified for the Classic are listed below:

2003 Busch BASS Angler of the Year
Jay Yelas, Tyler, Texas

From the CITGO Bassmaster Tour
Alton Jones, Waco, Texas
Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark.
Roger Boler, Slidell, La.
John Murray, Phoenix, Ariz.
Shaw Grigsby Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
Mike Wurm, Hot Springs, Ark.
Kelly Jordon, Mineola, Texas
Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas
Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif.
Bud Pruitt, Spring, Texas
Mark Kile, Payson, Ariz.
Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas
Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Elton Luce Jr., Nederland, Texas
Brent Chapman, Shawnee, Kansas
Dustin Wilks, Raleigh, N.C.
Jeff Kriet, Ardmore, Okla.
Ishama Monroe, Phoenix, Ariz.
Mike Reynolds, Modesto, Calif.
Tom Mann Jr., Buford, Ga.
Jeff Reynolds, Platter, Okla.
Harold Allen, Shelbyville, Texas
Jay Kendrick, Kingston, Ga.
Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas
Peter E. Thliveros, Jacksonville, Fla.
Ron Shuffield, Bismarch, Ark.
Kenyon Hill, Norman, Okla.
Randy Howell, Trussville, Ala.
Jim Bitter, Fruitland Park, Fla.
Tim Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Curt Lytle, Suffolk, Va.
Kevin Wirth, Crestwood, Ky.
Mark Menendez, Paducah, Ky.
Roland Martin, Clewiston, Fla.
Jack L. Wade, Knoxville, Tenn.
Gerald Swindle, Hayden, Ala.
Takahiro Omori, Emory, Texas
Tommy Stiles, McMinnville, Tenn.
Matt Reed, Madisonville, Texas

From the CITGO Bassmaster Open Northern Division:
Koby Kreiger, Osceola, Ind.
Lee Bailey, Amston, Conn.
Michael Iaconelli, Woodbury Heights, N.J.
Randall Romig, Barto, Pa.
David LeFebre, Erie, Pa.

From the CITGO Bassmaster Open Central Division:
Greg Hackney, Oak Ridge, La.
Edwin Evers, Mannsville, Okla.
Mike Gough, Gainesville, Fla.
Homer Humphreys, Minden, La.
Chad Morganthaler, Carbondale, Ill.

From the CITGO Bassmaster Open Southern Division:
Jason Quinn, Lake Wylie, S.C.
Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.
Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C.
Michael Johnson, Talking Rock, Ga.
Tom Hamlin, Macon, Ga.

From the CITGO BASS Federation
Jerry Shawver II, Jacksonville, Fla. (Southern Division)
Joel St. Germain, Cumberland, R.I. (Eastern Division)
Cole Garrett, Calvin, La. (Central Division)
Karl Guegold, Westerville, Ohio (Northern Division)
Tom Schachten, Driggs, Idaho (Western Division)

2002 Busch BASS Angler of the Year
Davy Hite, Prosperity, S.C.

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