Movers & Shakers: Sam Rayburn, LBAA Championship fallout


He’s won more than $600,000 in the last two years, and now, he’s finally in the Majors World Ranking.

Jacob Wheeler finished third at the FLW Tour Open at Sam Rayburn over the weekend, and in the process, he completed his 10th Major event in the last two years to qualify for the rankings.

So where does the youngest Forrest Wood Cup winner rank? Not surprisingly, he’s in the top 10, resting comfortably in ninth with a staggering 728.661 average. To put that in perspective, Bryan Thrift had a 680.223 average after his first 10 Major tournaments, and Ott Defoe had a 597.598 average. Considering those two are currently No. 6 and No. 3 in the world right now, respectively, that should give you a good idea of how good Wheeler has been.

As for the rest of the top 10, Luke Clausen slipped from sixth to 10th, while Thrift and Cody Meyer bumped up to sixth and seventh, respectively. Todd Faircloth is the pro who was bumped out with the debut of Wheeler.

Jay Yelas and Jason Christie continue to fluctuate up and down in the teens to mid-20s as they have done almost all season. This time, it was down, as Yelas fell from 15th to 25th, while Christie went from 16th to 24th. At the same time, Dave Lefebre climbed three places to 16th.

There was plenty of shuffling in the 20s, but no notable moves, other than Randall Tharp now being in the top 20. The 30s are a different story, though. Keith Combs is now in the top 30 after his second at Sam Rayburn, but that event was not near as kind to Brett Hite and Scott Canterbury. Hite fell from 33rd to 41st, while Canterbury dropped from 30th to 44th.

The back end of the top 50 saw some significant shuffling. Cody Bird plummeted from 40th to 54th. Greg Hackney is back in the top 50, sitting in 45th. And Steve Kennedy is now sitting in the hot seat as he slipped six places to 50th.


Bowden wins LBAA Championship

Cheryl Bowden is officially the reigning champion of the Lady Bass Anglers Association after she took home the victory on Lake Guntersville over the weekend.

As for the Women’s World Ranking, that’s a different yet same-old story.

Bowden’s victory bumped her up from seventh to sixth, but she still has a ways to go to catch Pam Martin-Wells for the No. 1 spot. Martin-Wells finished third and actually hurt her average, but she still holds a significant lead over the rest of the field.

The other notable moves were Lynda Gessner falling from fourth to seventh, Robbie Hartline bumping up two places to 14th.


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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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