Michigan's Kevin VanDam Wins Bassmaster Elite Series Event at Oklahoma's Grand Lake

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 Final Results: Pros | Co-Anglers

 GROVE, Okla. — Scoring his second Bassmaster Elite Series victory of 2007, Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., totaled 78 pounds, 2 ounces, over four days of competition at the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco, outdoing home state favorite Jeff Kriet of Ardmore by nearly 4 pounds.

 With the victory, VanDam's 12th, he adds $100,000 to his career earnings of nearly $2.5 million, which makes him BASS' all-time money leader. The victory also propelled VanDam to the top of the standings for Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards in the sport.Fishing fans can view all of the on-the-water action on The Bassmasters on ESPN2 at 9 a.m. ET Saturday, June 30.VanDam joins 2006 Sooner Run champion Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., the only other two-time Elite Series winner. Coincidentally, VanDam, whose other Elite win this season came on Alabama's Lake Guntersville, predominantly used the same lure, a Strike King crankbait, in both Elite wins."I have had a couple of mediocre tournaments this year and that really motivates me to do well," the 39-year-old said. "Fishing against this level of competition really fuels my competitive nature. Once you get the taste of victory, you want nothing else."Concentrating on main lake and secondary points with the crankbait, VanDam did well early, boating two keeper bass in the morning. As is his customary style, the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion moved frenetically around the lake.He concentrated on depths of 4 feet to as deep as 15 feet. The key, he said, was to locate points that were unique and to thoroughly work his spots with a number of casts."Persistence was the key," VanDam said. "I had confidence in my spots, and although I moved around a lot I was thorough in my approach."

 After a tremendous Saturday, in which Kriet weighed the biggest limit of the tournament, the Oklahoman slipped to second with a sub-par final day of 14 pounds, 8 ounces. He failed to notch his first Elite victory and second BASS victory, but did move up from sixth to fourth in the Angler of the Year standings.

 Primarily working Carolina-rigs and swimbaits on picturesque Grand, Kriet failed Sunday to entice the big bites he enjoyed Saturday."I don't feel like I did anything wrong execution-wise," the 38-year-old said. "It was a great week. My day is going to come soon. I am going to win one of these events soon. Mark my words."

 Fellow Oklahoman Edwin Evers, of Talala, finished third, just ounces behind Kriet with 73 pounds, 7 ounces. In fourth was Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark., with 72 pounds, 7 ounces. Tied for fifth with 70 pounds, 11 ounces were Davy Hite of Prosperity, S.C., and Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas.Marty Robinson, who entered the day in third, slipped to seventh with 69 pounds, 0 ounces. McClelland, the 2006 Sooner Run champion, finished 11th with 66 pounds, 14 ounces.The next Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is July 12-15 on Lake Champlain out of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

 Fishing fans can watch live, streaming video of all Elite Series weigh-ins at www.ESPNOutdoors.com. On Sunday, fans can also monitor www.ESPNOutdoors.com throughout the day for live updates and Hooked Up with Tommy Sanders and ESPN Outdoors personality Mark Zona.

 Day 4 Purolator Big Bass

 Pro: Edwin Evers; Talala, Okla.; 5-13

 

 

Location and Field

 

Sooner Run presented by Longhorn — Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Grand Lake

 

Grove, Okla.

 

June 21-24

 

 

Field

 

108 pros, 108 co-anglers

 

Cut to top 50 after Day 2

 

Cut to top 12 pro anglers after Day 3

 

 

Launch

 

North Beach Development

 

61201 East 270 Rd.

 

Grove, OK

 

 

Weigh-in

 

North Beach Development

 

61201 East 270 Rd.

 

Grove, OK

 

 

Local sponsors: Local sponsors include Grand Lake Association.

 

 

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2007 The Sooner Run 6/21-6/24

 

Grand Lake, Grove OK.

 

(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

 

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

 

1. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 20 78-02 315 $101,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 21-11 Day 2: 5 21-08 Day 3: 5 16-03 Day 4: 5 18-12

 

2. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 20 74-05 300 $39,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 19-00 Day 2: 5 16-02 Day 3: 5 24-11 Day 4: 5 14-08

 

3. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 20 73-07 290 $27,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 18-04 Day 2: 5 19-09 Day 3: 5 13-10 Day 4: 5 22-00

 

4. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 20 72-07 285 $19,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 5 16-12 Day 3: 5 21-08 Day 4: 5 16-09

 

5. Kelly Jordon Mineola, TX 20 70-11 278 $17,250.00

 

Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 5 22-05 Day 3: 5 16-01 Day 4: 5 20-10

 

5. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 20 70-11 278 $17,250.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-07 Day 2: 5 19-01 Day 3: 5 16-11 Day 4: 5 17-08

 

7. Marty Robinson Landrum, SC 19 69-00 272 $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 20-00 Day 2: 5 20-05 Day 3: 5 17-12 Day 4: 4 10-15

 

8. Boyd Duckett Demopolis, AL 20 67-14 268 $14,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-07 Day 2: 5 19-06 Day 3: 5 15-07 Day 4: 5 15-10

 

9. Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 20 67-06 264 $14,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 16-07 Day 3: 5 18-02 Day 4: 5 14-07

 

10. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 20 66-15 260 $13,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-08 Day 2: 5 19-12 Day 3: 5 15-08 Day 4: 5 16-03

 

11. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 20 66-14 257 $12,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 5 18-11 Day 3: 5 13-05 Day 4: 5 16-15

 

12. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 20 65-15 254 $12,300.00

 

Day 1: 5 18-09 Day 2: 5 14-13 Day 3: 5 16-01 Day 4: 5 16-08

 

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PUROLATOR BIG BASS

 

Day

 

1 Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 05-14 $1,000.00

 

2 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 06-04 $1,000.00

 

3 Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 06-02 $1,000.00

 

4 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 05-13 $1,000.00

 

PUROLATOR BIG BASS OF TOURN

 

Jerry Mcvey Stewartsville, MO 06-11 $1,000.00

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT

 

Day

 

1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 21-11 $1,000.00

 

2 Kelly Jordon Mineola, TX 22-05 $1,000.00

 

3 Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 24-11 $1,000.00

 

4 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 22-00 $1,000.00

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT OF TOURN

 

Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 24-11 $8,000.00

 

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Totals

 

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

 

1 102 528 1480-02

 

2 97 520 1449-13

 

3 46 244 693-03

 

4 11 59 200-09

 

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256 1351 3823-11

 

TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Kevin VanDam Mich. 1775

 

2 Skeet Reese Calif. 1713

 

3 Jared Lintner Calif. 1670

 

4 Jeff Kriet Okla. 1638

 

5 Terry Scroggins Fla. 1581

 

5 Ishama Monroe Calif. 1581

 

7 Derek Remitz Texas 1527

 

8 Aaron Martens Ala. 1513

 

9 Kelly Jordon Texas 1504

 

10 Casey Ashley S.C. 1447

 

11 Fred Roumbanis Calif. 1446

 

12 Chris Lane Fla. 1445

 

13 Steve Kennedy Ala. 1442

 

14 Scott Rook Ark. 1430

 

15 Stephen Browning Ark. 1425

 

15 Timmy Horton Ala. 1425

 

17 John Crews Va. 1420

 

18 Mike McClelland Ark. 1417

 

19 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 1396

 

20 Edwin Evers Okla. 1394

 

21 Peter Thliveros Fla. 1393

 

22 Mark Tyler Okla. 1382

 

23 Todd Faircloth Texas 1379

 

24 John Murray Ariz. 1374

 

25 Tommy Biffle Okla. 1370

 

26 Boyd Duckett Ala. 1352

 

27 Kevin Short Ark. 1351

 

28 Alton Jones Texas 1345

 

29 Gary Klein Texas 1340

 

30 Dean Rojas Texas 1339

 

31 Morizo Shimizu Calif. 1338

 

32 Gerald Swindle Ala. 1336

 

33 Jeff Reynolds Okla. 1335

 

34 Greg Hackney La. 1325

 

35 Kevin Wirth Ky. 1319

 

36 Davy Hite S.C. 1316

 

37 Mark Menendez Ky. 1309

 

38 Brent Chapman Kan. 1301

 

39 Jason Quinn S.C. 1285

 

39 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 1285

 

41 Takahiro Omori Texas 1282

 

42 Randy Howell Ala. 1246

 

43 Denny Brauer Mo. 1243

 

44 Pete Ponds Miss. 1242

 

45 Cliff Pace Miss. 1239

 

46 Brian Snowden Mo. 1237

 

47 Mark Tucker Mo. 1229

 

48 Scott Campbell Mo. 1213

 

49 Jason Williamson S.C. 1210

 

50 Russ Lane Ala. 1206

 

51 Dave Wolak N.C. 1204

 

52 Shaw Grigsby, Jr Fla. 1203

 

53 Paul Elias Miss. 1193

 

54 Matt Reed Texas 1184

 

55 Ray Sedgwick S.C. 1179

 

56 Ben Matsubu Texas 1174

 

57 Marty Robinson S.C. 1173

 

58 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 1172

 

59 James Niggemeyer Texas 1171

 

60 Mike Wurm Ark. 1149

 

61 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 1144

 

62 Ken Brodeur Conn. 1142

 

63 Bill Lowen Ohio 1139

 

64 Lee Bailey Ala. 1134

 

65 Yusuke Miyazaki Texas 1119

 

66 Britt Myers S.C. 1117

 

67 Kenyon Hill Okla. 1105

 

68 Bernie Schultz Fla. 1097

 

69 Jimmy Mize Ark. 1088

 

70 Rick Morris Va. 1077

 

71 Jeremy Starks W.Va. 1069

 

72 Ken Cook Okla. 1060

 

73 Greg Gutierrez Calif. 1052

 

74 Zell Rowland Texas 1046

 

75 Jim Murray Ga. 1045

 

76 Marty Stone N.C. 1038

 

77 Rick Clunn Mo. 1034

 

78 James Charlesworth Fla. 1027

 

79 Kurt Dove Va. 1022

 

80 James Kennedy La. 1017

 

81 Grant Goldbeck Md. 1011

 

82 Kevin Langill N.C. 1010

 

83 Bradley Hallman Okla. 992

 

84 Bill Smith Ky. 966

 

85 Jeff Connella La. 965

 

86 Jami Fralick S.D. 955

 

87 Glenn Delong Ohio 954

 

88 Guy Eaker N.C. 944

 

89 Preston Clark Fla. 919

 

90 Charlie Hartley Ohio 904

 

90 Mark Rogers Fla. 904

 

92 Paul Hirosky Pa. 902

 

93 Matt Amedeo Ohio 876

 

94 Jimmy Mason Ala. 874

 

95 Darrin Schwenkbeck N.Y. 873

 

96 Bradley Stringer Texas 871

 

97 Dave Smith Okla. 845

 

98 Eric Nethery Ga. 836

 

99 Doc Merkin Ill. 824

 

100 Terry Butcher Okla. 817

 

101 Steve Daniel Fla. 813

 

102 Keith Phillips Ala. 807

 

103 Byron Velvick Texas 787

 

104 Jon Bondy Canada 779

 

105 Rick Ash Pa. 744

 

106 Charlie Youngers Fla. 741

 

107 Frank Scalish Ohio 739

 

108 Elton Luce Jr Texas 525

 

TOYOTA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz Texas 1527

 

2 Casey Ashley S.C. 1447

 

3 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 1285

 

4 Scott Campbell Mo. 1213

 

5 Jason Williamson S.C. 1210

 

6 Marty Robinson S.C. 1173

 

7 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 1172

 

8 James Niggemeyer Texas 1171

 

9 James Charlesworth Fla. 1027

 

10 James Kennedy La. 1017

 

11 Glenn Delong Ohio 954

 

12 Matt Amedeo Ohio 876

 

TOYOTA MOVING FORWARD AWARD

 

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Place Name 2006 Finish 2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis 69 11

 

2 Chris Lane 61 12

 

3 Mark Tyler 64 22

 

4 Kevin Short 67 27

 

5 Pete Ponds 83 44

 

6 Ken Brodeur 98 62

 

7 Scott Rook 47 14

 

8 Ishama Monroe 37 5

 

9 Mark Menendez 68 37

 

10 Stephen Browning 45 15

 

11 Jeff Kriet 33 4

 

12 Terry Scroggins 31 5

 

13 Morizo Shimizu 48 31

 

14 Timmy Horton 30 15

 

14 Jared Lintner 18 3

 

16 Rick Morris 81 70

 

17 Britt Myers 76 66

 

18 Mark Rogers 99 90

 

19 Brian Snowden 54 46

 

20 Grant Goldbeck 88 81

 

20 Gary Klein 36 29

 

22 Skeet Reese 7 2

 

23 Davy Hite 40 36

 

23 Mike McClelland 22 18

 

25 Kurt Dove 82 79

 

25 John Crews 20 17

 

25 Brent Chapman 41 38

 

28 Kevin VanDam 3 1

 

29 Ray Sedgwick 56 55

 

29 Kelly Jordon 10 9

 

29 Ken D Cook 73 72

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT REPORT

 

Place Name Lbs-Ozs

 

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1 Kevin VanDam 268-14

 

2 Derek Remitz 249-04

 

3 Jared Lintner 247-04

 

4 Skeet Reese 241-06

 

5 Aaron Martens 239-06

 

6 Terry Scroggins 239-00

 

7 Ishama Monroe 236-08

 

8 Jeff Kriet 234-14

 

9 Fred Roumbanis 231-13

 

10 Mark Tyler 228-07