Pro field announced for 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season

2013 Walmart FLW Tour

With the 2014 season rapidly approaching, FLW has announced the complete pro angler roster for the upcoming Walmart FLW Tour. During the kickoff event at Lake Okeechobee, FLW will pay out $4,000 down to 90th place. The season will culminate with the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, slated for Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17. BARTON AIKEN - GREENVILLE, SC KEITH AMERSON - BETHEL SPRINGS, TN MATT AREY - SHELBY, NC STUART ARTHUR - BENTON, MO CASEY ASHLEY - DONALDS, SC ADRIAN AVENA - VINELAND, NJ JEFF BARTH - MARSHFIELD, WI CLAYTON BATTS - MACON, GA CHRIS BAUMGARDNER - GASTONIA, NC ROBERT BEHRLE - HOOVER, AL DREW BENTON - PANAMA CITY, FL CODY BIRD - GRANBURY, TX RANDY BLAUKAT - JOPLIN, MO STETSON BLAYLOCK - BENTON, AR GREG BOHANNAN - ROGERS, AR TERRY BOLTON - PADUCAH, KY PATRICK BONE - CLEVELAND, GA LIONEL BOTHA - OKEECHOBEE, FL CHRISTOPHER BRASHER - LONGVIEW, TX JIMMY BREWER - MARSHALL, TX SCOTT CANTERBURY - SPRINGVILLE, AL ZACH CAUDLE - SHREVEPORT, LA RYAN CHANDLER - VALPARAISO, IN GLENN CHAPPELEAR - ACWORTH, GA JAMES CHRISTIAN - DICKSON, TN JASON CHRISTIE - PARK HILL, OK FRANK CLARK - BENTON, IL LUKE CLAUSEN - SPOKANE, WA BRANDON COBB - GREENWOOD, SC ROBERT COLLINS - MORROW, OH RAMIE COLSON JR - CADIZ, KY RC COOPER - NASHUA, NH RICK COTTEN - GUNTERSVILLE, AL BRANDON COULTER - KNOXVILLE, TN SHIRLEY CRAIN - FORT SMITH, AR BO CROSS - KNOXVILLE, TN RICH DALBEY - GREENVILLE, TX MARK DANIELS JR. - FAIRFIELD, CA RYAN DAVIDSON - HUNTINGTON, WV ALEX DAVIS - ALBERTVILLE, AL CLENT DAVIS - MONTEVALLO, AL DARRELL DAVIS - DOVER, FL TONY DAVIS - WILLISTON, FL BILL DAY - FRANKFORT, KY JOHN DEVERE - BEREA, KY JIM DILLARD - WEST MONROE, LA ROBBIE DODSON - HARRISON, AR DAVID DUDLEY - LYNCHBURG, VA TONY DUMITRAS - WNSTON, GA BRENT EHRLER - REDLANDS, CA CHARLIE EVANS - GILBERTSVILLE, KY MARC EVANS - ANGOLA, IN TRAVIS FOX - ROGERS, AR MICAH FRAZIER - NEWNAN, GA DAVID FRITTS - LEXINGTON, NC SHINICHI FUKAE - PALESTINE, TX ANTHONY GAGLIARDI - PROSPERITY, SC NICK GAINEY - CHARLESTON, SC TROY GIBSON - EUFAULA, AL MATT GREENBLATT - PORT ST LUCIE, FL DUSTIN GRICE - HEWITT, TX CHAD GRIGSBY - MAPLE GROVE, MN JEFF GUSTAFSON - KEEWATIN, Ontario GREG HACKNEY - GONZALES, LA RANDY HAYNES - COUNCE, TN CHRIS HEATH - NORTH AUGUSTA, SC WADE HENDRICKS - THOMPSONS STATION, TN MATT HERREN - TRUSSVILLE, AL DION HIBDON - SUNRISE BEACH ,MO GUIDO HIBDON - SUNRISE BEACH, MO PAYDEN HIBDON - SUNRISE BEACH, MO BRETT HITE - PHOENIX, AZ TODD HOLLOWELL - FISHERS, IN TROY HOLLOWELL - PADUCAH, KY JIMMY HOUSTON - COOKSON, OK REX HUFF - CORBIN, KY BRANDON HUNTER - BENTON, KY CHARLIE INGRAM - CENTERVILLE, TN PHILIP JARABECK - LYNCHBURG, VA SKIP JOHNSON - GOODELLS, MI GEORGE KAPITON - INVERNESS, FL STEVE KENNEDY - AUBURN, AL JT KENNEY - PALM BAY, FL ROB KILBY - HOT SPRINGS, AR STACEY KING - REEDS SPRING, MO BRAD KNIGHT - WARTBURG, TN KOBY KREIGER - OKEECHOBEE, FL JASON LAMBERT - PICKWICK DAM, TN WADE LEBLANC - GONZALES, LA DAVE LEFEBRE - ERIE, PA SHANE LEHEW - CHARLOTTE, NC BRENT LONG - IRON STATION, NC RICHARD LOWITZKI - ST CHARLES, IL TRAVIS LOYD - KINMUNDY, IL ANDREW LUXON - RICHMOND, KY TIM MALONE - GATLINBURG, TN CASEY MARTIN - NEW HOPE, AL ROLAND MARTIN - NAPLES, FL SCOTT MARTIN - CLEWISTON, FL TOMMY MARTIN - HEMPHILL, TX LENDELL MARTIN JR. - NACOGDOCHES, TX BILL MCDONALD - GREENWOOD, IN STEPHEN MCKINNIE - UMATILA, FL BRANDON MCMILLAN - CLEWISTON, FL JASON MENINGER - GAINESVILLE, GA RAY MEREDITH - SMITHS GROVE, KY CODY MEYER - AUBURN, CA KERRY MILNER - BONO, AR ISHAMA MONROE - HUGHSON, CA TOM MONSOOR - LA CROSSE, WI ANDY MONTGOMERY - BLACKSBURG, SC DREW MONTGOMERY - DENVER, NC HARRY MOORE - VALLEY, AL DAN MOREHEAD - PADUCAH, KY ANDY MORGAN - DAYTON, TN ROBERT MORIN - SEYMOUR, TN TROY MORROW - EASTANOLLEE, GA JUSTIN MORTON - ETOILE, TX JIM MOYNAGH - CARVER, MN SHAWN MURPHY - NICHOLASVILLE, KY JOHN MURRAY - PHOENIX, AZ MICHAEL NEAL - DAYTON, TN CHRIS NEAU - NEW ORLEANS, LA JONATHAN NEWTON - ROGERSVILLE, AL BLAKE NICK - ADGER, AL LARRY NIXON - BEE BRANCH, AR ERIC OLLIVERSON - LAMPE, MO ROBERT PEARSON - HERNDON, VA RICHARD PEEK - CENTRE, AL MATT PENNINGTON - SPRINGDALE, AR KELLY POWER - CAPE FAIR, MO NICK PRVONOZAC - WARREN, OH JASON QUINN - ROCK HILL, SC JAYME RAMPEY - LIBERTY, SC JERRY REAGAN - BYRDSTOWN, TN TOM REDINGTON - ROYSE CITY, TX CLARK REEHM - HUNTINGTON, TX JASON REYES - HUFFMAN, TX BRAD RIGHTNOUR - HOWARD, PA DARREL ROBERTSON - JAY, OK TOMMY ROBINSON - WESTLAND, MI MARK ROSE - WEST MEMPHIS, AR FRED ROUMBANIS - BIXBY, OK ZELL ROWLAND - MONTGOMERY, TX RAY SCHEIDE - DOVER, AR SHAD SCHENCK - WAYNETOWN, IN BRYAN SCHMITT - DEALE, MD COLBY SCHRUMPF - HIGHLAND, IL TERRY SEGRAVES - KISSIMMEE, FL SPENCER SHUFFIELD - BISMARCK, AR DAVID SMITH - DEL CITY, OK JEFF SPRAGUE - POINT, TX MATTHEW STEFAN - JUNCTION CITY, WI KEVIN STEWART ELK - GROVE, CA WESLEY STRADER - SPRING CITY, TN SCOTT SUGGS - BRYANT, AR MIKE SURMAN - BOCA RATON, FL AUSTIN TERRY - SAN ANGELO, TX RANDALL THARP - PORT SAINT JOE, FL PETER THLIVEROS - SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL RODNEY THOMASON - MAUMELLE, AR BRYAN THRIFT - SHELBY, NC RUSTY TRANCYGIER - HAHIRA, GA JIM TUTT - LONGVIEW, TX ANDREW UPSHAW - TULSA, OK VIC VATALARO - KENT, OH JOHN VOYLES - PETERSBURG, IN JAMES WATSON - WAYNESVILLE, MO CLARK WENDLANDT - LEANDER, TX JACOB WHEELER - INDIANAPOLIS, IN KYLE WHITE - TIGHTWAD, MO SCOTT WILEY - BAY MINETTE, AL ALTON WILHOIT - HARRAH, OK LEON WILLIAMS - FAIRDALE, KY JASON WILLIAMSON - AIKEN, SC BARRY WILSON - BIRMINGHAM, AL TIM WILSON - GAS CITY, IN MICHAEL WOOLEY - COLLIERVILLE, TN GARY YAMAMOTO - PALESTINE, TX JAY YELAS - CORVALLIS, OR Related links: For a complete FLW Tour schedule, click here. For complete rules, entry fees and contingency awards for the FLW Tour, click here. A view from above: The upcoming 2014 season

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