What’s the big deal about the “Classic” Tournament?
The real question is “What isn’t a big deal?”
For starters it’s the last point’s tournament of the season. It’s the last two day tournament of the season. It’s at Rough River Lake in Kentucky so it will be a bigger lake and most likely better fishing than any lake we have fished this season. It’s the last chance for teams to make a move and qualify the Elite Eight tournament. Also the highest placing team in the Classic that hasn’t already qualified for the Elite Eight will qualify for the Elite Eight as a Wildcard Team.
Here’s the deal, you must qualify for the “Classic” by fishing in 50% or more of the regular season tournaments (fished three or more tournaments) and pay a Classic buy in of $17.50 for each tournament missed so if you fished four tournaments you would have to pay an additional $17.50 x 2= $35.00 buy in for the tournament you missed.
Awards for or the Classic include the team members name’s engraved on the Classic Trophy and possession of the Classic Trophy until the next seasons Classic Tournament when it is to be awarded to the next seasons Classic winning team. Four places will be paid with up to 20 participants. The “Classic” purse is 100% of the entry fees collected plus a $1000 bump from funds escrowed throughout the season. See the official rules for more details.
Here’s a list of teams that qualify for the 2016 “Classic” without any additional buy in required.
Nate Redman Jacob Spencer
Mike Botos Josh Ray
Phil Harbaugh Phil Harbaugh JR
Rick Ray Greg Rainbolt
Wayne Judd Byron Johnson
Kevin Mobley Terry Mobley
Brian Hollis Jason Smith
Jeremy Crossley Phil Mobley
Jason Lough Jason Burnett
Josh Hayes Scott Bozek
Ted McClintick Natalie McClintick
Cecil Lillard Tom Nelis
Kevin Crossley Jr Kevin Crossley Sr
Todd Taylor Thomas Spandou
Ken Bilyeu Jr Ken Bilyeu Sr
Tony Bernard Bob Curtis
Michael Williams Johnny Williams
Jon Lange*** Marvin Mitchell***
**** Need to fish the Geist tournament on August 20th and pay an additional $52.50 buy in to cover the missed tournaments to qualify for the "Classic"
No other teams meet the minimum number of tournaments required to qualify for the 2016 Classic.