2012 Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge Douglas Lake - Dandridge, TN, May 3 - 6, 2012

Look at 2013 Classic anglers

10:12 am EDT, May 6, 2012 | By Ken Duke

The win-and-you're-in format for Classic qualifiers looks to play a big role this year. In 2011, only one Elite winner (Shaw Grigsby) wouldn't have also qualified through the AOY rankings (he was 48th and needed to be 36th or better). This year, we've already got two Elite winners who are Classic bound despite having mediocre to lousy seasons. Ish Monroe (Okeechobee winner) is currently 47th in the AOY race with plenty of time to move up, but Brandon Palaniuk (Bull Shoals winner) is 74th and would likely be missing the Classic completely if it weren't for his win last week.

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