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State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings


Wednesday May 28, 2003 -Following are the State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings as updated after last week's Alabama River BASSMASTER Tour event. (Editors: Please refer to the rankings as the State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings or the STATE FARM BassFan.com World Rankings. Thank you.)

First one note:

FLW Tour-only anglers have looked a little low in the rankings relative to their B.A.S.S.-only counterparts. After some investigation, it looks like the lack of a 2001 FLW Championship (canceled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks) is hurting some of these pros. In other words, BASSMASTER Tour pros have fished two championships over the past 2 years, but FLW pros have only fished one. This imbalance won't be gone until after the FLW Championship this year.

Notable Movement

Kevin VanDam remains No. 1. In fact, the Top 7 don't change.

A popular question will be why Jay Yelas (ranked 3rd) isn't No. 1 since he was FLW Angler of the Year (AOY) last year, won the 2002 BASSMASTERS Classic and now is B.A.S.S. AOY. A few points to consider are that titles don't mean anything in the rankings, only performance. Of course, those titles reflect performance, but they don't tell the whole story. Right now, because the rankings use a rolling 2 years of data, both anglers have a Classic win counted in their points. This year Yelas was 1st in the B.A.S.S. points and VanDam was 14th. Last year VanDam was 2nd (for the third year in a row) and Yelas was 27th. VanDam has five Top 20 finishes in the last seven tour events, and Yelas has 3. Yelas also had a terrible finish (119th) at the recent Kentucky Lake FLW. VanDam is 48th in the FLW points and Yelas is 144th. And yes, Yelas won FLW AOY last year, but guess who he had to pass to win it: VanDam. The bottom line is that both anglers -- and Alton Jones, who is in 2nd -- have been fishing very well. And even though VanDam has been fishing head and shoulders above his peers for years now, he was almost caught this year. Who knows what the rest of this year and next year hold.

Thanks in part to a 13th-place finish at the Alabama River, Arizona's John Murray moves up one spot to 8th in the world.

Edwin Evers' 3rd-place finish helps him climb from 10th into 9th.

Similarly, Brent Chapman's 2nd-place finish helps him move up five places into 10th.

Alabama River BASSMASTER winner Kenyon Hill jumps from 43rd to 27th.
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STATE FARM BassFan.com World Rankings
(all fields separated by 5 spaces)

1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 144.662
2 Alton Jones Waco, TX 133.966
3 Jay Yelas Tyler, TX 129.85
4 Kelly Jordon Mineola, TX 126.035
5 Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 125.465
6 Mark Davis Mt. Ida, AR 121.378
7 Mike Wurm Hot Springs, AR 117.304
8 John Murray Phoenix, AZ 116.426
9 Edwin Evers Mannsville, OK 114.741
10 Brent Chapman Shawnee, KS 114.573
11 Bud Pruitt Spring, TX 114.226
12 Dustin Wilks Raleigh, NC 113.335
13 David Dudley Manteo, NC 111.37
14 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park, TX 111.214
15 Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 110.314
16 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 109.56
17 Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 108.937
18 Larry Nixon Bee Branch, AR 108.704
19 Roland Martin Clewiston, FL 108.573
20 Andre Moore Scottsdale, AZ 108.106
21 Ron Shuffield Bismarck, AR 107.49
22 David Wharton Sam Rayburn, TX 106.974
23 Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 106.275
24 Pat Fisher Stone Mntn., GA 106.212
25 Dan Morehead Paducah, KY 106.091
26 John Sappington Wyandotte, OK 105.989
27 Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 104.95
28 Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 104.704
29 David Walker Sevierville, TN 104.122
30 Dean Rojas Grand Saline, TX 103.313
31 Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 101.709
32 Roger Boler Slidell, LA 101.669
33 Robert Lee Angels Camp, CA 101.401
34 Sam Newby Pocola, OK 100.176
35 Gerald Swindle Hayden, AL 100.114
36 Wesley Strader Spring City, TN 9 9.804
37 Greg Hackney Oak Ridge, LA 99.574
38 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville, FL 98.397
39 Aaron Martens Castaic, CA 98.27
40 Paul Elias Pachuta, MS 98.041
41 Gary Yamamoto Mineola, TX 97.986
42 Rick Clunn Ava, MO 97.821
43 Roger Crafton Boca Grande, FL 96.875
44 Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 96.287
45 Davy Hite Prosperity, SC 95.735
46 Randy Howell Trussville, AL 94.921
47 Kevin Wirth Crestwood, KY 94.811
48 Tom Mann, Jr. Buford, GA 94.483
49 Wes Thomas Hanover, IN 94.018
50 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 93.583
51 Harmon Davis Marlow, OK 93.089
52 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville, FL 92.961
53 Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 92.244
54 Andy Morgan Dayton, TN 92.237
55 Ish Monroe Phoenix, AZ 91.489
56 Bill Chapman Salt Rock, WV 90.564
57 Chris Elliott Raleigh, NC 89.592
58 Kevin Vida Clare, MI 89.127
59 George Cochran Hot Springs, AR 88.069
60 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia, NC 87.792
61 Stanley Mitchell Fitzgerald, GA 87.73
62 O.T. Fears III Sallisaw, OK 87.284
63 David Fritts Lexington, NC 87.122
64 Todd Auten Gastonia, NC 86.823
65 Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills, MO 86.506
66 Mickey Bruce Buford, GA 86.483
67 Jim Bitter Fruitland Park, FL 86.267
68 Rob Kilby Hot Springs, AR 86.037
69 Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 85.66
70 Rick Lillegard Atkinson, NH 85.062
71 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 84.482
72 Scott R. Martin Clewiston, FL 84.398
73 Dion Hibdon Stover, MO 84.377
74 Elton Luce, Jr. Nederland, TX 83.889
75 Joe Thomas Milford, OH 83.177
76 Keith Williams Conway, AR 82.604
77 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro, NC 82.597
78 Tommy Stiles McMinnville, TN 81.796
79 Mike Surman Boca Raton, FL 81.69
80 Michael Iaconelli Woodbury Hts., NJ 80.817
81 Alvin Shaw State Road, NC 80.752
82 Jim Tutt Longview, TX 80.694
83 Brian Snowden Springfield, MO 80.515
84 Mike Hawkes Sabinal, TX 80.333
85 Joel G. Richardson Kernersville, NC 79.979
86 Jack A. Gadlage Logandale, NV 79.906
87 Darrel Robertson Jay, OK 79.503
88 Wesley Burnett Hot Springs, AR 79.302
89 Kotaro Kiriyama New Milford, NJ 79.229
90 Dalton Bobo Northport, AL 79.165
91 Donald Eaton Covington, GA 78.697
92 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah, KY 78.68
93 Ray Sedgwick Cross, SC 77.953
94 Mark Goines Shady Point, OK 77.869
95 Ben Matsubu Mineola, TX 77.521
96 Allen Armour Norcross, GA 77.234
97 Craig Powers Rockwood, TN 77.201
98 Randall Hutson Washburn, MO 77.101
99 Dwayne Horton Knoxville, TN 77.005
100 Randy Blaukat Lamar, MO 76.735
101 Mike Auten Benton, KY 76.617
102 Mark Pack Mineola, TX 76.401
103 Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 75.861
104 Ken Cook Meers, OK 75.628
105 Jack L. Wade Knoxville, TN 75.6
106 J.T. Kenney Frostburg, MD 75.385
107 Denny Brauer Camdenton, MO 75.228
108 John Crews Jetersville, VA 75.128
109 Dale Teaney Williamsburg, OH 74.882
110 Shad Schenck Waynetown, IN 74.661
111 Frank Scalish Cleveland, OH 74.022
112 Stacey D. King Reeds Spring, MO 73.148
113 Marty Stone Linden, NC 72.991
114 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity, SC 72.944
115 Mike McClelland Springdale, AR 72.694
116 Tommy Martin Hemphill, TX 72.184
117 Guy Eaker Cherryville, NC 72.067
118 Chuck Economou Redington Bch., FL 71.882
119 Jim Moynagh Carver, MN 71.198
120 Jimmy Millsaps Canton, GA 71.136
121 Danny Kirk Bartow, GA 70.92
122 Randy Alexander London, KY 70.88
123 Koby Kreiger Osceola, IN 70.673
124 Jack Bell Kane, PA 70.575
125 Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 70.301
126 Jeffrey Thomas Broadway, NC 70.231
127 Chip Harrison, Jr. Bremen, IN 70.209
128 Tony Couch Buckhead, GA 69.908
129 Danny Correia Marlboro, MA 69.733
130 Mark Tyler Concord, CA 68.566
131 Warren Wyman Castaic, CA 68.386
132 Sandy Melvin Boca Grande, FL 67.525
133 Keith Green Arkadelphia, AR 67.453
134 Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola, TX 67.198
135 Pete Gluszek Franklinville, NJ 67.142
136 Mark Rose Marion, AR 66.787
137 Kim Stricker Howell, MI 66.258
138 David Cooke Davidson, NC 66.177
139 Ken Strickland Oak Ridge, NC 65.894
140 Mark Rizk Redding, CA 65.632
141 Curt Lytle Suffolk, VA 65.344
142 Frank Ippoliti Mt. Airy, MD 64.211
143 Terry Baksay Monroe, CT 64.178
144 Johnny McCombs Mount Olive, AL 63.988
145 Robert Beatty Clermont, FL 63.779
146 Mark Rogers Naples, FL 63.378
147 Rick Morris Virginia Beach, VA 63.356
148 Tom Burns Carbondale, IL 63.3
149 Jim Nolan Bull Shoals, AR 62.455
150 Ricky Shumpert Lexington, SC 62.26
151 Charles Ingram Santa Fe, TN 62.104
152 Steve Daniel Clewiston, FL 60.566
153 Joe Don Setina Pittsburg, TX 60.02
154 Cecil Kingsley Lawrence, KS 59.727
155 Chad Brauer Osage Beach, MO 59.523
156 Chris Daniels Clayton, NC 58.679
157 David Lauer South Bend, IN 58.609
158 Jerry Williams Conway, AR 57.133
159 Aaron A. Hastings Boonsboro, MD 57.058
160 Mark Tucker Kirkwood, MO 56.687
161 Joel Baker T alala, OK 56.479
162 Carl Svebek III Sam Rayburn, TX 56.303
163 Adam Wright Benton, AR 55.841
164 Terry Segraves Kissimmee, FL 55.295
165 Kelley Williamson Purdy, MO 54.982
166 Johnny Lesesne Blue Ridge, GA 54.486
167 Mark Hardin Canton, GA 54.438
168 Jimmi Leuthner Vernon, VT 53.607
169 Sam Swett Covington, LA 53.327
170 Tim Loper Terry, MS 52.889
171 Eric Holt Galena, MO 52.396
172 Marty Fourkiller Cyril, OK 52.277
173 Charlie Youngers Oviedo, FL 52.232
174 Rick Gasaway Kennesaw, GA 52.069
175 Jim Murray, Jr. Arabi, GA 51.879
176 Carl Maxfield Summerville, SC 51.414
177 Shane Allman Sam Rayburn, TX 51.201
178 Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 51.099
179 Jerry Rhyne Denver, NC 50.559
180 Randy Dearman Onalaska, TX 50.529
181 Doug Garrett Cabot, AR 50.201
182 Jim Carnell Muskogee, OK 50.095
183 Darren Wolf Longview, TX 49.529
184 Gerald Gostenik Dearborn, MI 49.268
185 Jeff Magee Mendenhall, MS 48.051
186 Roger Schofield Killen, AL 47.844
187 Tom Dolin Palatine Bridge, NY 47.26
188 Rickie Harp Cottondale, AL 47.143
189 Mike Hicks Richmond, VA 47.052
190 Mark Sabbides Bastrop, LA 46.85
191 Robert Karbas, Jr. Wake Forest, NC 45.413
192 Greg Carpenter Royal, AR 44.527
193 Scott Browning Franklin, NC 43.941
194 Jimmy Houston Cookson, OK 43.743
195 Glen Chappelear Acworth, GA 43.348
196 Michael Johnson Talking Rock, GA 43.269
197 John Sisemore Farmington, AR 41.952
198 James Sprague Kansas City, KS 41.018
199 Tim Sainato Branson, MO 39.862
200 Sean Stickler Ft. Lauderdale, FL 39.538



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