Over the past few days, Andy Montgomery, Keith Combs, Craig Schuff and Nate Wellman committed to their first season in the Bassmaster Elite Series.
They will be part of the Elite Series rookie class of 2011, yet all are competitors seasoned by Bassmaster trails and other major tournament circuits.
Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C., is 28. He qualified through the 2010 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Opens. Finishing the season No. 2 in points, he also qualified for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
Combs, 35, and Schuff, 49, qualified through the 2010 Central Opens. No. 1 in points, Combs of Del Rio, Texas, also earned a Classic berth. Schuff of Watauga, Texas, ended the season third in points after leading the race all season.
Wellman, 27, from Newaygo, Mich., qualified through the Northern Opens by being third in points at the end of the season.
Only the top seven in each of the three Opens divisions received automatic Elite Series invitations. B.A.S.S. will announce the complete 2011 Elite Series field as soon as it is set.