The latest recipients of treasured invitations to join the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series came last weekend through the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open.
Recipients were, in order by points standing, Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala.; Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C.; Elite pro Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla.; David Kilgore of Jasper, Ala.; Elite pro Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla.; Jason Knapp of Uniontown, Pa.; and Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn.
Scroggins and Lane already qualified for 2011 through the 2010 Elite tour. The other pros are given ample time in which to decide to accept or decline the offer to play at the sport’s highest level of competition.
Georgia Governor welcomes BASS: Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was on hand at the dedication of a new “mega ramp” on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga., on Oct. 6, the day before the beginning of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open season finale.
Ten of the big boat launching facilities are slated to be built on state waters through the governor’s Go Fish Georgia program. The intent is to attract more anglers and major events, such as Bassmaster tournaments.
“This week we have ESPN and BASS here and we are going to show them true southern hospitality here in Bainbridge,” Perdue said.
The next time BASS will stop in Georgia will be May 5-8 for a 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series event, the Pride of Georgia on West Point Lake out of LaGrange.