FLW returns to Beaver Lake this morning
This is a press release issued by the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce
ROGERS–After a year hiatus, the Walmart FLW Tour is returning to Beaver Lake. The Walmart Open, which will be held March 3-6 in Rogers, will begin the 2011 FLW Tour Majors season. According to a recent economic impact study, the estimated impact of the tournament will be nearly half a million dollars as fans, fishermen and their families visit northwest Arkansas during the 4-day tournament.
“It is only fitting that we begin our first Walmart FLW Tour Major of 2011 at Beaver Lake. We could not be more excited to once again return to one of the greatest host cities in the country and home to Walmart Headquarters. Northwest Arkansas has some of the greatest fishing fans in America, and we plan to put on the biggest and best event the area has ever seen. We look forward to bringing the Walmart FLW Tour to Beaver Lake for years to come,” said Trisha Blake, president of FLW Outdoors Marketing Division.
The tournament will feature as many as 320 top bass anglers casting for top awards up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division. Anglers will take off from Prairie Creek Park located at 9300 N. Park Rd. in Rogers at 7 each morning.
Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will also be held at Prairie Creek Park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center located at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy. in Rogers beginning at 4 p.m.
Fans will be treated to the FLW Outdoors Expo at the John Q. Hammons Center on Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.
Beaver Lake has played an instrumental role in the growth of FLW Outdoors with the Walmart Open being held there 12 of the past 13 years. Some of the most famous anglers in bass fishing have won the Walmart Open including Gerald Swindle, Rick Clunn, Andy Morgan, as well as Andre Moore and Clark Wendlandt, each winning it twice. Beaver Lake is regarded highly among anglers for the challenges it provides and the unwavering support from the fans and community.
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