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Teammates Felix, Burgan will face qualifiers from BoatUS championship event

University of Minnesota Anglers Win FLW Championship, Qualify For Ranger Cup

NPAA Supporting Partner Press Release
Published March 12, 2014

FLIPPIN, Ark. (March 11, 2014) - Austin Felix and Chris Burgan, collegiate
anglers from the University of Minnesota, became the first anglers to
qualify for the 2014 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge when
they won the FLW College Fishing National Championship on March 8. The team
mined the deeper waters of South Carolina's Lake Keowee to produce 37
pounds, 8 ounces during the three-day event, which gave them a winning
margin of over three pounds.

With the win, FLW awarded Felix and Burgan $30,000 in first-place prize
money, a fully rigged Ranger Z117 plus automatic berths in the 2014 Forrest
Wood Cup. Felix will compete in FLW's championship event as a boater with a
chance to win the $500,000 first-place prize while Burgan will fish the
event, scheduled for mid-August on South Carolina's Lake Murray, as a

As a Ranger Cup University-qualified team, Felix and Burgan added $2,000
contingency money to their winner's purse and qualified to compete for the
2014 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge. The University of
Minnesota teammates will be matched against the Ranger Cup-qualified team
with the highest place of finish in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing
Championship in a made-for-TV fish off that will be televised nationally on
"Americana Outdoors." Both teams will receive a grand-prize package that
includes travel, lodging and meals, as well as the opportunity to compete
for cash and prizes from fully rigged Ranger boats.

"It's one of those pipe dreams deals for me where I will get to test my
mettle against the very best in the sport," said Felix of qualifying for the
2014 Forrest Wood Cup. "My goal is to go pro one day. It might never become
a reality but this is a great first step."

Modeled after Ranger Cup, the most lucrative contingency rewards in the
industry, Ranger Cup University is the first program designed exclusively
for collegiate anglers and is open to those fishing in either FLW- or
BoatUS-affiliated competitions. Signup is free, regardless of which brand of
boat the anglers own. To remain qualified in the program, anglers need only
adhere to clothing and logo requirements. As part of the Ranger Cup
University program, participants will be able to receive specially
discounted tournament gear through Gemini Custom Apparel, with no artwork or
set-up fees. Through this partnership, Ranger Cup University anglers can
purchase fully customized tournament jerseys for as low as $48.

For complete program guidelines and details on Ranger Cup University,
including payout, clothing requirements and informational videos, go online

About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's premier
manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, which
include series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play, waterfowl utility and
saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues
its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats
on the water. For more information, go to