Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Ott DeFoe still leads ROY contest

After finishing 20th in the April 6-9 Alabama Charge, Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn., stayed in front in the 15-rookie race for 2011 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year honors.

DeFoe widened his ROY lead to 120 points over his nearest challenger, now Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C., who moved up from sixth place to take over the runner-up spot.

Keith Combs of Del Rio, Texas, dropped from second to third. Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, landed in fourth place, rising from 10th. Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., and nephew of the famous Kevin VanDam, sat in fifth place after three events.

The Rookie of the Year title will be awarded June 19 at the conclusion of the regular season's eight events.