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Editors Notepad
By Ed Snyder

Meet the Women Pro's-
Now that the 1999 National Bass Circuits are winding down with their season tours the female gender of those nationals are about to launch into the 2nd Annual W.B.F.A. World Championship on the Red River in Marksville, LA. For those of you who would like to meet some of the finest women anglers who have ever picked up a bass fishing rod to compete on a national professional circuit, be advised to mark your appointment logs for October 14, 15, & 16, to attend the three days of world class weigh-in's which will be serviced by BassMaster legend, Ray Scott. These woman bass/pro's have weathered a seasons worth of national tournaments to qualify for their World Championship and will offer three days of fierce competition as they battle for the #1 spot to become the 1999 W.B.F.A. "World Champion"

We, of the LakeCaster staff & readership, wish the best of luck for "all" of the WBFAWorld Championship Qualifiers at their 1999 event.

1999 Classic World Championship Contenders-
1. Sherrie Brubaker West Lake, LA 10 times Classic qualifier, 5 national titles, numerous top ten finishes, 91 Rookie of the Year, 98 & 99 Angler
of the Year, 98 World Champion
2. Pam Martin Bainbridge, GA 13 times Classic qualifier, 8 national titles with 5 second place finishes, 94 & 95 Angler of the Year
3. Sheri Glasgow Muskogee, OK 8 times Classic qualifier, 1 national Title, numerous top ten finishes, 92 Rookie of the Year
4. Marcia Fann Clewiston, FL 7 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 17 top ten finishes, 96 World Champion
5. Emily Shaffer Smyrna, TN 7 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 11 top ten finishes, 95 World Champion
6. Penny Berryman Dardanelle, AR 22 times Classic qualifier, 4 national titles, numerous top ten finishes, 97 BNG Angler of the Year, 92 World Champion
7. Sonya Mahaffey Tulsa, OK 3 times Classic qualifier, 94 Rookie of the Year, 4 top ten finishes
8. Carol Craun Lockesburg, AR 10 times Classic qualifier, 2 top ten finishes
9. Cindy Caperton Madison, TN 14 times Classic qualifier, 22 top ten finishes
10. Bernice Wilkes Moultrie, GA 7 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 11 top ten finishes
11. Kathi Hurst Ripley, MS 3 times Classic qualifier, 5 top ten finishes
12. Barbara Wetzel Mullica Hill, NJ 14 times Classic qualifier, 1 national title, 16 top ten finishes
13. Sylvia Graham Valparaiso, IN 2 times Classic qualifier, 5 top ten finishes
14. JoNell Whitstine Colfax, LA 2 times Classic qualifier, 1 nationaltitle, 2 top ten finishes
15. Christina Hill Gadsden, AL 5 times Classic qualifier, 7 top ten finishes
16. Betty Stahl Summerville, GA First year on tour, 99 Rookie of the Year, 1 top ten finish
17. Lisa Sternard Clarksville, TN Second year on tour, 2 top ten finishes
18. Denise Turner Memphis, TN 7 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 10 top ten finishes, 86 Rookie of the Year, 92 Lady Bass Classic Champion
19. Mary Benge Findlay, IL 19 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 32 top ten finishes, 86 Angler of the Year, 87 World Champion
20. Janice Cheek Lecompte, LA 27 times Classic qualifier, 4 national titles, 38 top ten finishes, 91 & 92 Lady Bass Angler of the Year, 86 World Champion
21. Linda Sands Cullman, AL 2 times Classic qualifier, 2 top ten finishes
22. Donna Newberry Van Buren, AR 3 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 15 top ten finishes, 89 Rookie of the Year
23. Rona Mainprize Springfield, MO First year on tour, 2 top ten finishes
24. Diana Mason Goshen, OH 1 time Classic qualifier, 5 top ten finishes, 93 Dynamite BNG Rookie of the Year
25. Janice Arnold Gentry, AR 6 times Classic qualifier, 1 national title, 11 top ten finishes
26. Marilyn Biszmaier Louisville, KY Third year on tour
27. Jean Terry Richmond, VA 8 times Classic qualifier, 2 national titles, 8 top ten finishes
28. Debbie Taylor Cleves, OH 2 times Classic qualifier, 3 top ten finishes
29. Judy Wong SugarLand, TX 8 times Classic qualifier, 7 top ten finishes
30. Melody Edwards Quitman, TX 2 times Classic qualifier
31. Ann Milligan Tallahassee, FL First year on tour, 99 Amateur of the Year

W.B.F.A. News Release--Thirty one of the world's finest anglers will converge on Marksville LA, in October to compete for the title of World Champion among women bass anglers. They have reached the Women's Bass Fishing Association (WBFA) 1999 Classic World Championship by accumulating points throughout the WBFA Tour year. Ray Scott, founder of Bass Angler's Sportsman Society (BASS) and the undisputed leader in the proliferation of bass fishing, will be in his familiar role as master of ceremonies for the final two weigh-in days, Friday, October 15 and Saturday October 16. The elite anglers will gather on Sunday, October 10 and begin practice fishing the Red River on Monday morning, October 11.After three practice days, the field will fish in competition beginning Thursday morning at safe light. The Tunica-Biloxi Indians of Louisiana d.b.a. Grand Casino Avoyelles and CLECO is hosting the event in concert with the City of Marksville, LA. Departure each morning will take place at the Ben Ruth boat ramp and weigh-in will be held at the Grand Casino Avoyelles beginning at 3 p.m. each day. A free concert will be presented to the public each day of the weigh- in at the weigh-in site from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.The WBFA Tour Outdoors Expo, featuring displays and booths by many outdoor industry manufacturers, will begin at noon Thursday and Friday and end at 9 p.m., closing during the weigh-ins. On Saturday the Expo will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. except during the final weigh-in. Information on booth space for the Expo is available from Heavyweight Promotions, 800-225-7469.During the exciting championship week, the WBFA Angler of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Amateur of the Year will be honored at separate banquets. The week's highlight will take place at the Saturday weigh-in when the 1999 World Champion of Women's Bass Fishing will be revealed. The 31 anglers participating in the 1999 WBFA Classic World Championship come from 16 states, representing a wide cross section of women bassing enthusiasts. Many corporate sponsors support these professionals. Sponsors of the WBFA Tour are Mercury, Triton Boats, Humminbird Electronics, Deka Batteries, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Magellan GPS, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Mitchell Rods and Reels, KicknBass Scents and Eidolon Bait Company.The Grand Casino Avoyelles will be giving away a fully rigged Triton TR19 bass boat during the festivities. You must be present to win. For information about how to register to win and when the boat will be given away, contact the Grand Casino at 800+946-1946.There will be something for everyone at the WBFA Classic - a casting contest for kids provided by Spiderwire, autographs and tips from the pros and Ray Scott, free concerts, outdoor gear on display, the excitement of fishing competition among the best anglers anywhere and much more. A special "Meet the Pros" session is scheduled for Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Expo. WBFA invites the public to attend the championship weigh-ins and Expo in support of women's professional bass fishing.For information about booth space and reservations at the Outdoors Expo, being held inside the Mari Center, at the Grand Casino Avoyelles during the three competition days of the Classic, contact Bob Keast at Heavyweight Promotions. Phone 800+225-7469 or email <>For more information about the Classic World Championship or how to join the WBFA, contact WBFA Headquarters at (205) 663-5243 or visit their web site at

Melody Edwards Quitman, TX

Judy Wong Sugarland, TX

Janice Cheek LeCompte, LA

JoNell Whitstine Colfax, LA

Sheri Brubaker Westlake, LA

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