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KEISEL'S RANGER CUP RUNS OVER
Sixth-Place Finish in TBF Championship Nets Virginia Cop New Ranger BoatFLIPPIN, AR (May 17, 2007) Four days a week, David Keisel chases bad guys. Once the weekend rolls around, though, the K-9 Officer from Virginia Beach, Va., prefers to chase bass. Thanks to his performance in the recent TBF National Championship on Lake Wylie, Keisel will be chasing bass from the front deck of a new Ranger boat very soon.
Keisel, with a three-day total weight of 30 pounds, 5 ounces, finished sixth in the TBF National Championship – but a sixth-place finish made Keisel the weekend's biggest winner. In addition to winning $2,500 in prize money and qualifying for June's All-American tournament, Keisel captured the biggest prize of a Ranger 519VX Comanche rigged with a Yamaha outboard, trumping the first 5 places, Keisel's take home was his reward for being the highest-finishing Ranger Cup participant.
Keisel's performance once again proves that Ranger Cup anglers don't even have to win to make real money with the industry's most lucrative contingency program. And best of all, there's fewer boat requirements and more opportunities to win in the Ranger Cup Program than with other programs. That's why it has paid out over 3 million in cash awards since 2000.
"Where I'm from, you have to finish in at least the Top 3 to have a shot at the Ranger Cup incentives," Keisel said. "I came in sixth and I couldn't believe that none of the guys ahead of me weren't a part of the program."
After running Ranger boats for most of his life, Keisel said that life circumstances forced him to run another brand of boat in recent years. But once he heard about the Ranger Cup Program, he bought himself another Ranger as quickly as he could.
"I saw how much money I was losing not fishing a Ranger," Keisel said. "It was really killing me to not be fishing out of a Ranger after all those years of having one. But once I saw the money that was out there that was available to guys like me, it was a no-brainer for me to switch back. And I tell everyone I know about it."
Being a part of the Ranger Cup Program has never been easier. It is open to any registered Ranger boat owner. To qualify, owners need only to fish from their Ranger, register for Ranger Cup and meet clothing and decal requirements. In 2007, events sponsored by 80 different tournament organizations around the country and for multiple species qualified for Ranger Cup money. No minimum boat field requirements, no strings attached: if it's on the list (and there's a lot that are), Ranger Cup could pay a lot of money for being the highest-finishing participant in the event – like Keisel's sixth-place finish.
With the Ranger Cup Program, anglers aren't discriminated against for the year or model of Ranger boat they run. As long as anglers run a Ranger boat – whether the boat is one year old or forty – they are eligible to receive the money. Plus, Ranger Cup has made it easier for anglers to multiply their winnings through the Ranger Cup Powered by Yamaha and Ranger Cup Powered by Evinrude E-TEC bonuses. These bonuses will pay up to $250,000 in incentive money to qualifying Ranger Cup participants who run Ranger boats with either a Yamaha or Evinrude E-TEC engine.
So when he's not preparing for his trip to the All-American to compete for a berth in the FLW Championship, Keisel will keep chasing bad guys with some help from his canine partner, a Dutch Shepherd named Artus. But the next time he chases down a bass, it will be from the front deck of his new Ranger 519VX Comanche.
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.
Genmar, with approximately 4,500 employees and eight manufacturing centers, is the builder of 14 premier brands of recreational boats which include Carver®, Champion®, Four Winns®, Glastron®, Hydra-Sports®, Larson®, MarquisTM, Ranger®, Scarab®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph® and Wellcraft®. Genmar boats are sold worldwide through its approximately 1,100 dealers. Additionally, Genmar utilizes its proprietary VEC® Technology and the Roplene® process in both the manufacture of certain of its recreational boats and for third party manufacturing.