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Ranger® Boats Announces Ranger Cup EverStart Winners

FLIPPIN, AR (November 1, 2001) After a five-month delay due to the cancellation of the final September 19, 2001 EverStart Central Division Tournament on Fort Gibson Lake, OK. Ranger Boats is proud to announce the 2001 Ranger Cup EverStart top ten point finishers. The last EverStart Central Division was cancelled by FLW Outdoors because of the September 11th terrorist attacks that affected our nation. The EverStart Ranger Cup winners received a total pay out of more than $62,000 in cash and prizes.

The 2001 Ranger Cup winners are as follows:

Place Name Hometown Division Awards
1 Jim Eakins Nixa, MO Central $8,750 *
1 Mark Goines Shady Point, OK Central $8,750 *
3 Greg Pugh Cullman, AL Eastern $6,000
4 Wesley Strader Spring City, TN Central $5,000
5 James Leuthner Vernon, VT Northern $4,000
6 Bill Smith Prestonberg, KY Central $1,500
6 Kevin Vida Clare, MI Northern $1,500
8 Darrel Robertson Jay, OK Central $1,500
9 Shane Allman Sam Rayburn, TX Central $1,500
10 Sam Newby Pocola, OK Central $1,500
* = 1 Ranger 518 VX to be shared by both first place winners.

In its first full year the Ranger® Cup has awarded more than $400,000 in cash and prizes to qualified Ranger Boat owners fishing the pro divisions of leading tournament circuits nationwide. Anyone owning a Ranger boat and meeting clothing and decal requirements is eligible to compete in the cash contingency program.

In announcing the winners, Ranger President Randy Hopper said, "Our contingency reward program has grown significantly in 2002. We're pleased that it has become an important part of so many tournament circuits and that it gives us an opportunity to recognize the skill of many dedicated Ranger anglers nationwide."

Registration forms for the 2002 Ranger Cup are available from Ranger Boat dealers. Registration can also be completed on-line at www.rangerboats.com or by contacting Ranger Cup Promotions at (870) 453-2222, Ext. 2247.

Ranger® Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species and saltwater boats. They also manufacture a superior line of aluminum boats for fishing and hunting. Ranger Boats has been ranked the Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Bass Boats in J.D. Power and Associates'® inaugural Marine Quality and Performance StudySM released in 2001*. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its philosophy of "building legends...one at a time." For more information visit www.rangerboats.com or call 1-800-373-2628.

J.D. Power and Associates 2001 Marine Quality and Performance StudySM. Study based on responses from a total of 5,979 owners of 2000 model year boats. For more information visit www.jdpower.com.


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