By BassFan Staff
A lot of people in northeastern Oklahoma would like to see hometown favorite Jason Christie win the Bassmaster Classic. They don't just want to be on hand as he weighs in big sacks at the BOK Center in Tulsa – they want to witness every cast and every catch.
Christie took the first step toward delivering the partisans that victory on Friday as he caught a 20-14 stringer from Grand Lake, giving him an edge of more than 2 3/4 pounds over the remainder of the 55-angler field in the sport's preeminent event. He was accompanied by a flotilla of spectator boats that numbered more than 80 at one point, but that didn't hinder him a bit.
That's good, because his armada will likely double in size on day 2, as the weather will once again be ideal for spending a day on the water.
"Honestly, it felt like I was fishing by myself most of the time," he said. "Most of them were the guys I've fished against – I may not know all of their names, but I recognize their faces. I feel like they know how important this is.
"After two or three stops it felt like they knew the pattern I was fishing and they knew what to do to stay off the stuff I wanted to fish."
His closest pursuer was Alabama's Greg Vinson, who's still recovering from a concussion suffered in a recent restroom fall at a movie theatre. "The Rooster" scaled 18-01 and trails by 2-13.
Two former Classic winners were next: 2008 champion Alton Jones of Texas with 17-13 and 2014 kingpin Randy Howell of Alabama with 17-06. Indiana's Bill Lowen rounded out the Top 5 with 16-09.
Here's a look at the initial Top 10, with deficit margins from the leader indicated by red numbers in parentheses:
1. Jason Christie: 20-14
2. Greg Vinson: 18-01 (2-13)
3. Alton Jones: 17-13 (3-01)
4. Randy Howell: 17-06 (3-08)
5. Bill Lowen: 16-09 (4-05)
6. Matt Herren: 16-04 (4-10)
7. Greg Hackney: 16-02 (4-12)
8. Casey Ashley: 15-05 (5-09)
9. Todd Faircloth: 14-15 (5-15)
10. Marty Robinson: 14-12 (6-02)
The bite was expected to be fairly tough due to the chilly, off-colored water, and it was even more difficult that expected. Thirty-four competitors failed to bring a limit to the scale and four zeroed – a quartet that included Elite Series pros Chad Morgenthaler and Chris Zaldain.
Mike Iaconelli, the 2003 Classic winner whose confidence was high after practice, caught just a single 2 3/4-pounder. Four-time winner Kevin VanDam, who was also amped about what he found earlier in the week, sacked three for 7-14. Skeet Reese, the 2009 champion, also caught three, but his at least weighed a stout 12-12.
Edwin Evers, James Elam and James Watson, who along with Christie have the most experience at Grand, were all lined up at Nos. 13-15 in the standings with sacks weighing a little less than 14 pounds. Evers managed his on just four fish.
Christie had a look of confidence on the dock before day 1.
Right behind them was 2015 Angler of the Year and four-time Classic runner-up Aaron Martens, whose 13 1/2-pound haul leaves him a great deal of work to do in order to capture his long-awaited first crown in the event.
The day-2 weather forecast calls for sunny skies, a high temperature of 74 degrees and moderate winds out of the east/northeast topping out around 10 mph. A stiffer breeze could arrive for the final round on Sunday.
The field will be reduced to the Top 25 following Saturday's weigh-in.
> Day 1: 5, 20-14
Christie is now committed to one pattern with a single bait. He utilized it to put two quality specimens in his livewell in the opening hours, then went back to it and made three culls in the final half-hour.
He handled nine keepers on the day.
"I haven't been getting many bites," he said. "Today it was about like it was in practice, but the quality was a little off. I don't say that like I expected to catch 30 pounds, but most of the bites I've been getting have been big ones."
He said his pattern was nothing out of the ordinary, but he wasn't ready to divulge details of it.
"It's no secret, but I don't want to give these guys any confidence so I'll keep it under my hat for at least one more day. It's pretty simple fishing."
The two good fish he boxed in the morning settled him down and allowed him to experiment a bit. However, nothing but his primary pattern was the least bit productive, so he's determined to ride it the rest of the way.
He admitted that he got a bit rattled prior to his late-day flurry, which boosted his sack by 3 to 4 pounds.
"It was a tough day for me, even though it doesn't seem that way on paper," he said. "The wheels never came off, but the nuts were really loose and the tires were wobbling.
"After I went back to my original pattern I caught three pretty quick that gave me a limit, and right then I knew I'd still have a chance on day 2. After that I started fishing a lot slower. It really boils down to being in the right place at the right time."
He spent most of January and February (when Grand was off-limits) on neighboring Lake Tenkiller.
"That was the biggest thing for me – I was there almost every day for 4 weeks fishing the same conditions (that existed) on Grand. I fished one day when I didn't get a bite, but then I started to figure it out. They're setting up on Grand the same way they were on Tenkiller.
"I grew up on Tenkiller and I've fished Grand a lot, too. The way I'm fishing, I could go out one day and only catch two, but it's also a way to knock it out."
Greg Vinson shook off the effects of a recent concussion to catch an 18-pound stringer.
2nd: Vinson Says This One Feels Different
> Day 1: 5, 18-01
Vinson has finished 2nd in the Classic before – he was the runner-up to Chris Lane at the Red River in 2012. He knows Christie will be difficult to overcome, but he feels like the way he’s fishing and the experience of 4 years ago will serve him well on the weekend.
“I feel like I’ve been here before,” Vinson said. “I know what it’s going to take to win and I know what I missed out on last time. I feel like I need to have an open mind. We’re not fishing for checks here and we can take chances.”
He rolled the dice today and it paid off with his two biggest fish from an area that produced a big bite in practice.
“I made a decision where maybe during an Elite Series event, I would’ve gone back to an area and tried to catch 13 pounds or so to get a check and points,” he said. “Today, I scrapped it and made a long run to an area where I’d caught my biggest fish I caught in practice and went there specifically because a big fish came from there.”
He said he’s developed a pattern and is dependent on a couple reaction-style baits. Even better, he feels like the area he’s in hasn’t been hounded by other Classic anglers.
“I have nobody around,” he added. “As of right now, I feel like everything’s open. It makes me feel good about coming back and trying a spot 2 hours later because most likely it hasn’t been fished.
“I felt good after practice even though I wasn’t getting a lot of bites. I was getting enough and they were coming off different areas that matched a pattern. Coming into the tournament that was my biggest hope – to develop a pattern rather than be dependent on an area.”
After a slow morning, he said his bites – he culled three times – came in two distinct flurries.
“That’s par for the course,” he said. “If I run through enough stuff, sooner or later you get enough bites.”
3rd: Jones’ Confidence Swells
> Day 1: 5, 17-13
Jones came into this event focused on figuring out what the Grand Lake bass would be doing during the midst of a week-long warming trend. So far, he feels like he’s piecing the puzzle together – and he’s not concerned about who he has to catch on the leaderboard.
“It’s a 3-day tournament for a reason and my job is to stay consistent,” said Jones, who finished 31st at Grand in 2013. “If I stay consistent, it really doesn’t matter what (the leader) does. I’m going to catch everything I can catch and we’ll see how the chips fall.”
Jones caught two limits’ worth of bass and culled three times (the other two didn’t help him) as he fished more methodically than some of his competitors.
“The fish were positioned exactly where I thought they would be and that’s been one of the keys for me – figuring out how they’re setting up so when I come into those little places I can fish them with a little more patience than maybe somebody who’s not really sure exactly what the fish are doing,” he said. “That’s been a big advantage for me.”
His confidence in his pattern is such that he went back through areas today that didn’t produce bite is in practice, but had the right mix of structure and habitat.
“I know where they’re supposed to be and not every place that has the right stuff has one, but for example, today I fished several places in practice that were set up right that I didn’t get bites out of, but I was able to go to them today knowing it was the right stuff and I caught a couple key fish where I didn’t get a bite in practice,” he said. “I hope I can stay on top of them. I fished my practice not based on what the fish were doing a week ago, but on what I thought they would be doing with a week of warm weather. I put my eggs in that basket and I knew it would work really well or not at all. Today, it worked really well."
4th: Howell Made Adjustment
> Day 1: 5, 17-06
The three-day practice session didn’t produce the kind of results Howell had hoped for. The official practice day on Wednesday was slightly better and gave him a glimmer of hope heading into competition, but he didn’t consider himself a contender.
He wound up catching eight keepers and a handful of short fish and he finds himself in the Top 12 after day 1 of the Classic for the third straight year.
“Today definitely exceeded expectations because on Wednesday, it was better than last weekend by far,” he said. “I caught a couple big fish on Wednesday, so that gave me some hope and promise that they’d bite some.”
He’d planned to rely heavily on a crankbait, but the lack of a breeze today forced him to alter his plan. He ultimately switched to a jerkbait, which had been nearly ruled out as an option by most in the field due to the dingy water clarity around the lake.
“After we didn’t have much wind, I was struggling and had to change up a bit,” Howell said. “When the wind stopped, I’d feel them nip at it. I started throwing a jerkbait and I’d only caught one on that in practice. I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it long if I hadn’t had caught one, but I caught a 3-pounder almost immediately. It ended up helping me today.”
Alton Jones idles into an area Friday morning.
He’s not sure what to expect Saturday, but he’s hoping to get back to his crankbait pattern.
“I think with that hot sun shining on the slick calm water, I think it got them swimming (toward the bank),” he said. “They just weren’t biting. Then the wind started blowing. That’s why I’m excited about fishing some of the banks that were supposed to be good, but weren’t because the wind never blew. If it starts blowing on them tomorrow, it might be better and it might be a crankbait deal.”
5th: Lowen Hung In There
> Day 1: 5, 16-09
Coming into this event, Bill Lowen felt like he was on the fish to win. He still might be, but the quality of fish he was catching in practice didn’t show up today. He was still able to salvage a spot among the Top 5, which gives him more hope for Saturday.
“I’m not complaining,” he said. “I never had an opportunity at a big bite today. I’ve been seeing a lot of big bites in practice and the biggest bite I had an opportunity at today ate my bait at the trolling motor – she got it and I gave it to her and she just never connected. I’m blessed to have what I got.”
He got about half the number of bites he’d been getting in practice. He attributes the change to the water in the area he’s fishing – it's starting to clear up and get warmer.
“It was like a complete 360-degree change,” he added. “Places where I thought I’d get a bite I never had a bite. In the area I ended up catching them, I figured I’d catch some in there, but I didn’t figure it’d be a grind as hard as it was.
“I tried to run around and look at different stuff. I don’t know what to do now. I want to fish to win. I don’t want to fish to catch a limit, but that’s kind of what I did today.”
Based on what he saw today, it appears the changes taking place where he was fishing may be inevitable and force him to adjust.
“I saw things today I haven’t seen all week like bluegills in the brush piles sunning themselves,” he said. “This morning, I saw a couple big fish push off the bank. I hadn’t seen any of that before today. Things are just changing. I wish it would’ve stayed cold. I wish that water wouldn’t have started to spike up.”
6th: Herren ‘Survived’
> Day 1: 5, 16-04
Like Lowen, Matt Herren had much higher hopes than what his day-1 results showed. He had to make a change in presentations during the day and that seemed to trigger a few more bites and gives him something to build on for the weekend.
“The lake made some big changes,” he said. “We have areas that are clearing up and water that's warming up. A lot is going on. What I thought I was going to do in practice I caught two fish doing. Around mid-day, I made a change and caught my other fish.”
He said Christie and his massive group of spectators occupied two of the first three spots he wanted to fish today.
“I think before it’s over with the crowd will hurt him,” Herren said.
He said he had expectations of catching 20-plus pounds today, but was taken aback by the change in conditions. Now, he has to adapt.
“I may wind up changing tomorrow, too,” he said. “I’m going to go back and start on what I was doing and go from there. It’s puzzling. I survived today.”
7th: Hackney Confused
> Day 1: 5, 16-02
With the water warming up, Greg Hackney was certain the fish would bite pretty well today, especially the bigger ones that he’d been encountering in practice.
That wasn’t the case and it had the Louisiana pro scratching his head after landing seven fish.
“I thought today would be better,” he said. “Honestly, my realistic goal today was to catch six because the deal has been they’ve all been pretty good. I haven’t been getting many bites but when you catch one it’s a good one. Today, I caught three or four shorts and I’d not done that.”
He may start somewhere different and circle back through water that wasn’t productive today.
“It’s a timing deal,” he said. You just have wait through the bad time. The whole lake is good, It’s just off. You ought to be able to catch one anywhere. It’s one of the better lakes we fish, especially for 3- to 5-pounders. It’s just rancid right now.”
8th: Ashley Went to a Crankbait
> Day 1: 5, 15-05
Reigning Classic champ Casey Ashley senses the warming water is going to trigger more fish to start moving shallow over the weekend and he thinks he’ll be able to capitalize, thanks to an adjustment he made today.
“Things changed more today than they had in practice with the water temperature warming up,” he said. “Tomorrow, if everything goes like it did today, I’ll have more time to try to find the same stuff. The fish are changing for sure.”
He said the lack of a breeze allowed him to fish more effectively, but it was a late-day change to a crankbait that proved critical.
“I figured something out today that I really hadn’t done so I’ll have to go hunt for some of that,” he said. "I think they’re moving up everywhere. I’d come in around the ramp with about 5 minutes to fish and culled one.”
9th: Variety Key for Faircloth
> Day 1: 5, 14-15
Todd Faircloth says he had 10 rods scattered across his front deck today and caught fish on four baits. While some prefer that sort of variety, Faircloth said he’d love to be able to narrow down his choices as the tournament progresses.
“The lake wasn’t a whole lot different today,” he said. “The water warmed up some. It’s just hard to get a bite. I can’t take one thing and go with it and feel confident about it. I’m flinging at everything I come to.”
He said an area change might be in store for Saturday.
“I’ve got a couple spots closer to the dam in the dirtier water where, if I could catch a decent limit, I could go down there and fish the rest of the day,” he said, “but you could go down there and catch one or two bigs or not get a bite. I’d ove to have the flexibility to go down there and do that, but I can’t go down there with nothing because I don’t know if I can catch one.”
He totaled eight keepers on the day and endured a lengthy lull between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
11th: Walker Pretty Happy
> Day 1: 5, 14-02
David Walker, who had a mediocre practice, was satisfied with his day-1 position.
"I'm just outside the Top 10, so I'm pretty happy," he said. "It's not a bad place to be. Practice was uneventful for me and it was a big letdown from what I was hoping for.
"I'm amazed at how cold this lake is. Usually muddy water warms up quicker."
He caught eight fish for the day, none of which were much larger than 3 pounds. He didn't lose anything.
"Once the sun got up and things started getting warmed up, I got a few bites. I think I've got something going for tomorrow."
13th: Tougher Than Expected For Evers
> Day 1: 4, 13-12
Evers was disappointed that he came up one first short of a limit, but he knows he’s not completely out of the race.
“It was a lot tougher than I expected,” he said. “In my opinion, I think the fish that we were catching on Wednesday were the remnants of what was up shallow from the full moon and I think they’re going away. I think they’re going back out deeper than what we’re fishing."
Weather-wise, today was tailor-made for what Evers was doing - fishing shallow, but it resulted in the worst day he’s had on Grand this week.
“It was what I would’ve preferred,” he said. “I was just frustrated I didn’t get more bites.”
He’s optimistic he can make up some ground on Saturday.
“I think it’ll be a little better tomorrow,” he added. “I’m going to make a few adjustments and I may go 180 degrees in the other direction. I see a lot of fish out there. I just can’t catch them.”
14th: Big Bite Eludes Elam
> Day 1: 5, 13-11
James Elam said once emcee Dave Mercer started calling out boat numbers at take-off today, the jitters and butterflies that came with making his Classic debut evaporated.
“By the time I made my first cast, they were gone,” he said. “It’s weird how that works. I think just sitting around thinking about it is worse than anything.”
Once on the water, he sensed things were off compared to the practice days.
“I’m disappointed, severely,” he said. “The big ones just didn’t bite. It has to be the weather.”
Knowing where he sits in the standings, he’s not out of contention, but he knows he’ll need two heavy stringers to challenge for a win.
“I need to catch them real good tomorrow,” he said. “I’m just not getting any of those bigger bites. That surprised me. All of the fish I did catch are all skinnier, like they’re all males. The ones I caught in practice were all fat and gorgeous looking-fish. I just didn’t see that today.”
15th: Watson Doesn't See Things Changing
> Day 1: 5, 13-10
James Watson stuck with moving and reaction-style baits all day, but he’s convinced the lake is not going to yield much in the way of better fishing through the course of the tournament.
“I cranked and I winded all day long and had seven bites,” he said, adding that he also caught one on a vibrating jig. “Not a freaking thing is going to change. Everybody thinks we’re going to bust ‘em. They’re sadly mistaken. It’s not going to happen. Today is what you’ll see tomorrow and what you’ll see Sunday. We start with 43-degree water and end with 50. It’s going to be like that every stinking day.”
He said the atmosphere surrounding his first Classic didn’t affect the way he fished.
“I’m excited to be here, but there were no butterflies,” he said. “I felt it was my duty to show up and do my job and while the fear of failure will overwhelm you at at times, I blocked all of that out.”
16th: Short Strikes Hurt Martens
> Day 1: 5, 13-08
Aaron Martens said he was around the right size of fish and they were enticed by the wide-back, shallow-diving crankbait he threw, but a lot of them short-struck it.
"I didn't lose any, but some big ones never even touched the hook," he said. "They were just biting the back of it. Even the ones I caught, one was hooked in the back, one was on the side of the head and one was outside the mouth. Tomorrow I'll go to a bigger hook and that might make a difference.
"I think the lack of wind was a big factor and some clouds would've helped, too. I had one day of practice when they were eating it good, but it was windy that day."
He had one fish that weighed 3 1/4 and the other four were in the 2 1/2-pound class.
"I need 20 pounds tomorrow to have a chance."
17th: More Quantity for Frazier
> Day 1: 5, 13-02
Micah Frazier compiled a decent bag by bouncing around to several different places within two general areas.
"I caught more in the places I was fishing than I did in practice," he said. "I don't know if more of them showed up there or what."
He went through seven keepers, three of which he had prior to 9 o'clock.
"I'm fishing shallow – not on the main lake, but in pockets and creeks off the main lake. Tomorrow I'll probably try to fish some new water in addition to what I fished today."
20th: Card Forced Out
> Day 1: 5, 12-12
Brandon Card found the shallow bite to be much tougher than he'd anticipated.
"It was horrible for me and I thought, with the calm conditions, it'd be great," he said. "I had to fish deeper than I thought I was going to, for sure.
"It ended up being just kind of an average day. It could've been worse."
The five fish he brought to the scale were the only keepers he caught (one was a 4-pounder). He boated seven that didn't meet the minimum-length requirement.
"In 4 days of practice I only caught one non-keeper. That tells me the bucks are moving up, but the females are still funky."
21st: Reese 2 Short
> Day 1: 3, 12-12
Skeet Reese caught the right size of fish, but just not enough of them.
"I had a morning place where I thought I could catch a few, but that never materialized," he said. "I ended up covering a lot of water and just grinding. Why the bite changed, I wish I knew."
His 4-pound-plus average at least gave him the notion that his hopes haven't been completely dashed. After all, his per-fish average was even higher than Christie's.
"Having three for more than 12 pounds inspired me a little because I know that if I can catch five of that caliber I'll be back in contention, providing Jason doesn't just keep jacking 20 every day. Tomorrow I'll start on some different water and move around and spend some time in a place where I caught a good one this afternoon, and hopefully find some more water like that."
22nd: Rojas Not Thrilled
> Day 1: 5, 12-07
Rojas, who led after the opening day of last year's Classic at Lake Hartwell, didn't get off to such a stellar start this time.
"It was pretty mediocre for what I thought I could catch," he said. "This lake has a lot of quality, but I just didn't get the big bites."
The best one he got didn't make it into his livewell – he had a 4-pounder get off right at the boat.
"I like everything that where I'm fishing has to offer and I'm not around a lot of people. What it comes down to is a couple of bigger bites and I had those in practice. If I can get that done tomorrow, I can still make a run at the Top 6."
23rd: Late Start for Palaniuk
> Day 1: 4, 12-07
Palaniuk didn't catch a single fish before noon and ended up with a stringer that was one shy of a limit.
"I had a really hard time figuring out the early bite," he said. "The fish are changing and I didn't adapt early enough. I spent too much time in my first area.
"It took me 2 or 2 1/2 hours until I made a move and then things started clicking. I think what I found today is only going to get better."
He weighed two fish in the 4 1/2- to 5-pound range and two that were barely keepers.
"I lost a couple bites, but I don't know if they were keepers or not. I caught a couple of shorts, too."
24th: Big One for Dillow
> Day 1: 3, 12-07
Virginian Chris Dillow, who earned his berth by winning last year's James River Northern Open, had a 6-12 bruiser among his trio of fish.
"That one came at about 8 o'clock and it was the first bass in my new Nitro," he said. "I didn't catch any in practice – I missed one and I caught a couple of drum on jigs.
He spent the day fishing extremely dirty water.
"I ran all the way to the dam today and I probably went too far."
28th: C. Lane Upbeat
> Day 1: 5, 11-01
Chris Lane, the 2012 Classic winner, had a pretty good day compared to the previous opening round at Grand in 2013, when he zeroed.
"Last time I fished 8 hours with no bites and this time I caught one on my very first cast," he said. "This tournament is still wide open and tomorrow it'll be time to start taking some risks and trying to catch some bigger fish.
"I'm not complaining – I just have to get out there tomorrow and put the hammer down."
36th: VanDam Went 3-For-5 On Bites
> Day 1: 3, 7-14
Kevin VanDam has a sense that Grand Lake’s bass population is fixing to undergo a significant seasonal behavioral change soon. He just hopes it’s this weekend and not next week. The four-time Classic winner converted three of the five bites he got today and has some work to do make up a 4-pound deficit to get into the Top 25 and compete on Sunday.
“I see things heading in the right direction,” he said. “I knew it was going to be tougher. I just kept doing what I think is best for the way the water clarity is. You can make the fish react typically, but I just couldn’t get them to eat the bait very good. It was just one of those frustrating days. The difference between having a great day and having a bad day is so fine.”
He said there’s been a good early-morning bite, but he picked the wrong spot to start on today and couldn’t capitalize on those chances.
“I was on a bad rotation where someone was in front of me here or there,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do. You just have to keep running the water you know is good.
"The way I’m fishing, I need to get more than five bites in order to weigh in five. They weren’t eating the bait at all. That’s the way it goes. It’s getting warmer and it has to be coming. I just hope it’s not too late.”
48th: Just 1 for Ike
> Day 1: 1, 2-13
The 2 3/4-pounder that Mike Iaconelli brought to the scale was the only bite he got all day. That was extremely disappointing for him in the wake of a strong practice.
"I really don't know what happened," he said. "I'm scratching my head. When I hadn't had a bite by 11 o'clock I wasn't too worried because I thought it would be good from 1 to 3, but that never materialized.
"I'm going to need at least 17 or 18 pounds tomorrow to have a chance of making the cut, so it's probably best for me to fish all new water. I'll just have to kind of start over."
> Day 1 stats – 55 anglers, 21 limits, 6 fours, 13 threes, 5 twos, 6 ones, 4 zeroes.
> B.A.S.S. Federation champion Albert Collins (41st, two fish for 6-12) had only four bites. "I think the (lack of wind might've hurt a little bit," he said. "It definitely didn't help any."
> Charles Sim (44th, two fish for 4-06) became the second Canadian to ever participate in the Classic. "I had two areas where, between them, I thought I might be able to get a limit," he said. "I didn't get bit in either one."
Day 1 Standings
1. Jason Christie -- Park Hill, OK -- 5, 20-14 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-14
2. Greg Vinson -- Wetumpka, AL -- 5, 18-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 18-01
3. Alton Jones -- Lorena, TX -- 5, 17-13 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-13
4. Randy Howell -- Guntersville, AL -- 5, 17-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-06
5. Bill Lowen -- Brookville, IN -- 5, 16-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-09
6. Matt Herren -- Ashville, AL -- 5, 16-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-04
7. Greg Hackney -- Gonzales, LA -- 5, 16-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-02
8. Casey Ashley -- Donalds, SC -- 5, 15-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-05
9. Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, TX -- 5, 14-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-15
10. Marty Robinson -- Lyman, SC -- 4, 14-12 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 14-12
11. David Walker -- Sevierville, TN -- 5, 14-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-02
12. Josh Bertrand -- Gilbert, AZ -- 5, 13-14 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-14
13. Edwin Evers -- Talala, OK -- 4, 13-12 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 13-12
14. James Elam -- Tulsa, OK -- 5, 13-11 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-11
15. James Watson -- Nixa, MO -- 5, 13-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-10
16. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, AL -- 5, 13-08 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-08
17. Micah Frazier -- Newnan, GA -- 5, 13-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-02
18. Brandon Lester -- Fayetteville, TN -- 5, 12-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-15
19. Keith Combs -- Huntington, TX -- 5, 12-14 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-14
20. Brandon Card -- Caryville, TN -- 5, 12-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-12
21. Skeet Reese -- Auburn, CA -- 3, 12-12 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 12-12
22. Dean Rojas -- Lake Havasu City, AZ -- 5, 12-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-07
23. Brandon Palaniuk -- Rathdrum, ID -- 4, 12-07 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 12-07
24. Chris Dillow -- Waynesboro, VA -- 3, 12-07 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 12-07
25. Thomas Martens -- Lago Vista, TX -- 3, 11-12 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 11-12
26. Bernie Schultz -- Gainesville, FL -- 4, 11-10 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 11-10
27. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL -- 4, 11-02 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 11-02
28. Ott DeFoe -- Knoxville, TN -- 5, 11-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-01
28. Chris Lane -- Guntersville, AL -- 5, 11-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-01
30. Brent Ehrler -- Newport Beach, CA -- 3, 10-13 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 10-13
31. Gene Bishop Jr -- Ridgeland, MS -- 3, 08-14 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 08-14
32. Boyd Duckett -- Guntersville, AL -- 3, 08-08 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 08-08
33. Brandon McMillan -- Clewiston, FL -- 4, 08-03 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 08-03
34. Russ Lane -- Prattville, AL -- 3, 08-01 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 08-01
35. Clifford Pirch -- Payson, AZ -- 3, 07-15 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 07-15
36. Justin Lucas -- Guntersville, AL -- 3, 07-14 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 07-14
36. Kevin VanDam -- Kalamazoo, MI -- 3, 07-14 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 07-14
38. Mark Davis -- Mount Ida, AR -- 3, 07-10 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 07-10
39. John Proctor -- Conway, SC -- 3, 07-06 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 07-06
40. John Crews Jr -- Salem, VA -- 3, 07-02 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 07-02
41. Albert Collins -- Nacogdoches, TX -- 2, 06-12 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 06-12
42. Brett Hite -- Phoenix, AZ -- 2, 06-08 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 06-08
43. Jordan Lee -- Grant, AL -- 2, 06-00 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 06-00
44. Charles Sim -- Ottawa, Ontario -- 2, 04-06 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 04-06
45. Fabian Rodriguez -- Ocean City, DE -- 1, 04-02 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 04-02
46. Greg Vance -- Dubuque, IA -- 1, 03-01 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 03-01
47. Jacob Powroznik -- Port Haywood, VA -- 2, 03-00 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 03-00
48. Michael Iaconelli -- Pitts Grove, NJ -- 1, 02-13 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 02-13
49. Whitney Stephens -- Waverly, OH -- 1, 02-01 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 02-01
50. Chad Pipkens -- Lansing, MI -- 1, 02-00 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 02-00
51. Billy McCaghren Jr -- Mayflower, AR -- 1, 01-07 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 01-07
52. Trevor Lo -- Maplewood, MN -- 0, 00-00 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 00-00
52. Levi McNeill -- West Valley, UT -- 0, 00-00 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 00-00
52. Chad Morgenthaler -- Reeds Spring, MO -- 0, 00-00 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 00-00
52. Chris Zaldain -- San Jose, CA -- 0, 00-00 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 00-00