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RANGER PROS SWEEP FLW AWARDS
Angler of the Year in Bass, Walleye and Other Honors(August 8, 2008) FLIPPIN, ARK. - Capping yet another successful season on the tournament trail in 2008, Ranger Pros took home top honors in both the FLW Bass and Walleye tournament divisions.
Ranger Pro and former Forrest Wood Cup winner, David Dudley won the FLW Tour Angler of the Year award while fellow Ranger Pro Scott Canterbury was named the tour's Rookie of the Year. Fishing the co-angler side, Ranger owner Stetson Blaylock finished an incredible 2008 season as the FLW Tour's Co-Angler of the Year. On the walleye side, Ranger Pro Pete Harsh recently secured the 2008 FLW Walleye Tour Angler of the Year title fishing out of his trademark 620 tiller.
"It's a special accomplishment anytime an angler succeeds on tour, especially considering the amount of talent out there," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "To perform at such a high level over the course of an entire season is remarkable and we want to congratulate them on their success and thank them for their hard work. We're proud to have some of the best pros in the business representing our brand."
Dudley logged five Top-50 finishes in six regular-season FLW Tour events in 2008, including a win on Tennessee's Fort Loudon-Tellico, on his way to capturing the FLW Tour Angler of the Year crown. The all-time leading money winner on the FLW Tour, Dudley secured the title in his final event on the Detroit River. For Canterbury, the road to the 2008 FLW Rookie of the Year included a second- and third-place finish, which came in back-to-back events on Lewis Smith and Lake Norman, as well as a pair of Top-70 finishes.
Doing his fishing from the back of the boat, Blaylock notched an impressive three Top-10 finishes in FLW Tour events this season, including a first- and second-place finish in back-to-back events on Beaver Lake and Fort Loudon-Tellico. Harsh, meanwhile fishing the FLW Walleye Tour, captured a trio of Top-10 finishes in four regular-season events on his way to the Angler of the Year title.
For Dudley and Canterbury, the season has a chance to end on an even sweeter note as both are qualified to fish the 2008 Forrest Wood Cup, which runs August 14-17 on South Carolina's Lake Murray. At stake for the pair is a shot at the $500,000 first-place prize money and the $500,000 Ranger Cup bonus making it the largest payout in professional bass fishing for a single event. Blaylock will also be competing in the Forrest Wood Cup in the co-angler division, fishing for a possible $50,000 first-place prize.
Ranger Pro Pete Harsh is also busy preparing for the FLW Walleye Tour Championship, taking place September 24th-27th on the famed Missouri River. With a potential first place prize totaling $150,000, Harsh looks forward to competing out of his Ranger 620 tiller and takes aim on capturing one final crown before the season's end.
2008 FLW Award Winners David Dudley – 2008 FLW Tour Angler of the Year Scott Canterbury – 2008 FLW Tour Rookie of the Year Pete Harsh – 2008 FLW Walleye Tour Angler of the Year Stetson Blaylock – 2008 FLW Tour Co-Angler of the Year
About Ranger Boats Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.