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Idaho angler Ken Wick takes top honors, pockets an extra $75,000 in Ranger Cup "Powered by Evinrude" bonus money

FLIPPIN, AR (December 19, 2008) On the heels of yet another successful tournament year for Ranger owners in 2008, Ranger Boats is proud to announce the winners of the legendary boat brand's annual Ranger Cup Awards. The contingency program rewards Ranger owners for their successes on the water and for their continued loyalty to Ranger Boats.

This year, Ranger Cup Awards were presented to the Top 10 finishers in the point standings for bass anglers fishing the FLW Tour and the FLW East and West Series. In all, $247,500 in Ranger Cup bonuses plus "Powered by Evinrude" and "Powered by Yamaha" contingency money was awarded, making it one of the most profitable years ever for Ranger owners.

For his success in the FLW Series West in 2008, Star, Idaho, native Ken Wick took home top honors in the 2008 Ranger Cup Awards. With the win, Wick pockets $50,000 in first-place Ranger Cup bonus money as well as $25,000 in "Powered by Evinrude" contingency money. With three Top-8 finishes and a pair of Top-5 finishes to his credit in 2008, Wick compiled 209 Ranger Cup points to top second-place finisher Takahiro Omori by 49 points. In 2008, Omori finished second in the FLW Series Eastern Division with a pair of Top-10 finishes.

Wick is one of five Ranger Cup winners from the western United States, and one of four who qualified for bonus money by fishing the FLW Series Western Division tournament schedule.

"Loyalty has long been central to the success of Ranger Boats. Our customers - many of whom are among the finest bass anglers in the world - have been loyal to us for so many years, we look forward each year to presenting the Ranger Cup Awards as a way to say 'thanks'," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "Being a part of the Ranger Cup program is easy for anglers at many level - not just anglers fishing the top FLW tours. There are a host of circuits - from BFLs to Federation and Stren Series events - that can earn Ranger owners a lot of money. Being a Ranger owner means more than having the best-built boat on the water - it means fishing for serious money."

The Ranger Cup program awards points to anglers who compete out of Ranger boats during qualifying tournaments. A maximum of 50 points is awarded to Ranger owners for a first-place finish, with point totals decreased by one point for each finishing position. To qualify for the Ranger Cup program, anglers registered in the program must fish from a Ranger boat during all qualifying tournaments, meet clothing requirements and properly display the Ranger Cup decal on their boat. For even more information on the industry's most lucrative contingency program, visit


First Place Ken Wick - Star, Idaho (FLW Series West)
209 Points Ranger Cup: $50,000 plus $25,000 Evinrude bonus

Second Place Takahiro Omori - Emory, Texas (FLW Series East)
160 Points Ranger Cup: $25,000 plus $12,500 Yamaha bonus

Third Place Michael Bennett - Roseville, Calif. (FLW Tour)
156 Points Ranger Cup: $18,750 plus $9,375 Evinrude bonus

Third Place Koby Kreiger - Okeechobee, Fla. (FLW Series East)
156 Points Ranger Cup: $18,750 plus $9,375 Evinrude bonus

Fifth Place Brent Ehrler - Redlands, Calif. (FLW Tour)
155 Points Ranger Cup: $15,000 plus $7,500 Yamaha bonus

Sixth Place Glenn Browne - Ocala, Fla. (FLW Tour)
154 Points Ranger Cup: $12,500 plus $6,250 Evinrude bonus

Seventh Place Brent Ehrler - Redlands, Calif. (FLW Series West)
149 Points Ranger Cup: $9,000 plus $4,500 Yamaha bonus

Eighth Place Rusty Salewske - Alpine, Calif. (FLW Series West)
143 Points Ranger Cup: $8,000

Ninth Place Randy McAbee Jr. - Bakersfield, Calif. (FLW Series East)
141 Points Ranger Cup: $7,000

10th Place David Fritts - Lexington, NC (FLW Series East)
135 Points Ranger Cup: $6,000 plus $3,000 Evinrude bonus

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.

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