LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – There was a lot on the line when three teams of MLF pros arrived at the Clermont Boat Ramp for the second day and final day of Match 1 at the General Tire Team Series Bass Pro Shops Championship Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches. The pros knew this was their final chance to earn a spot in the one-day Championship Round shootout where they’d have a shot at a $300,000 payday.
Team Builders FirstSource, comprised of Jeff Sprague, Randall Tharp and Cliff Crochet, started the day in the driver’s seat, with a team total of 42 pounds, 10 ounces. They didn’t let off the gas all day, turning a 12-pound lead over second-place Team Star brite (Skeet Reese, Shaw Grigsby and Jeremy Lawyer) into a 32-pound lead by the end of the Match. Team Builders FirstSource ended up with a two-day total of 104-2, while Team Star brite totaled 71-14 and in third place, Team Ferguson (Brent Chapman, Jonathon VanDam and James Elam), tallied 53-3.
Now, one of three spots in the Championship Round is claimed. There are still two more two-day matches left in the Bass Pro Shops Championship. Three teams of three MLF pros will compete in each Match to determine who else will advance to the final round. Fans can watch the Team Series Championship Saturdays on Outdoor Channel from 2-4 p.m. ET, and episodes are available on-demand at MyOutdoorTV.com.