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Wilkerson Wins Cowboy Division Tourney at Toledo Bend

HEMPHILL, Texas (June 30, 2003) – Chris Wilkerson of Livingston claimed $4,317 as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division’s fourth regular-season stop, held Saturday on Toledo Bend near Hemphill. Wilkerson led the field of 164 boaters with a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds, 2 ounces.

As the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program, Wilkerson also claimed a $1,000 bonus from Ranger Boats, and he earned another $1,000 from Garmin for using a fixed-mount Garmin Fishfinder or combination GPS/sounder.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Mark Richards of Houston (four bass, 14 pounds, $2,158); Mike Cortelloni of Many, La. (five bass, 13 pounds, 9 ounces, $1,468); Glen Freeman of Converse, La. (five bass, 13 pounds, 9 ounces, $1,122); and Wayne Ebarb of Many, La. (five bass, 12 pounds, 13 ounces, $950).

Craig Morris of Lufkin topped 164 Co-angler Division competitors with a five-bass catch weighing 10 pounds. Morris earned $2,158 for the win.

In second place was Michael Harman of Bastrop with a five-bass catch weighing 9 pounds that earned him $1,079. Third place went to Joseph Coatney of Dickinson with a five-bass catch weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces that earned him $734. Tied for fourth place were Tim Achee of Many, La. (four bass, 8 pounds, 10 ounces) and Mike Power of Canyon Lake (three bass, 8 pounds, 10 ounces). Each received $518 for his catch.

Richards earned boater big-bass honors and $820 with a 7-pound, 9-ounce bass, and Jeffrey Wharton of Humble earned co-angler big-bass honors and $410 in his division with a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass.

The Cowboy Division’s final regular-season event, a two-day Super Tournament, will be held Sept. 20-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland. Following the regular season, the boater with the most points will be declared the Yamaha “Be the Best” points leader and awarded $1,000. The co-angler with the most points following the regular season will earn $500.

The top 30 Cowboy Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to regional competition Oct. 21-25 on the Red River near Natchitoches, La., where they will go up against top competitors from the Arkie, Bama and Gulf Coast divisions for a shot at qualifying for the Wal-Mart BFL All-American — one of the most lucrative postseason tournaments in competitive angling.

As much as $6 million will be awarded in the 2003 Wal-Mart BFL.

For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or visit

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Editor’s Note: Ranger Cup award winners are pending verification by Ranger Boats and thus are unofficial at this time.

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