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FLW Set To Announce 2016 Walmart FLW Tour Schedule, Ink China Agreement At ICAST

FLW to Hold Press Conference in Orlando on Thursday, July 17 at 4 p.m. ET

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Jul 13, 2015 - Orlando, FL.) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, will announce host locations and dates for the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular season dates during a press conference scheduled for Thursday, July 16 at 4 p.m. EST during ICAST 2015 held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations and FLW Tournament Emcee Chris Jones will be joined by FLW Tour pro anglers Matt Arey, David Dudley, Anthony Gagliardi, Scott Martin, Tom Redington and Mark Rose, and to reveal the 2016 schedule.
Immediately following the schedule reveal, Fennel will also be participating in a contract signing with Gang Li, Vice President of the Florida Culture Exchange Association (FCEA) representing Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC China to bring FLW-sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the world’s most populous country.
China will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship. 
Interviews and photo opportunities will be available. The press conference will also be available for viewing at
  Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations
  Chris Jones, FLW Tour Weighmaster and Emcee
  Quaker State pro Matt Arey, FLW Tour Pro
  Walmart pro David Dudley, FLW Tour Pro, 2003 Forrest Wood Cup Champion
  Anthony Gagliardi, FLW Tour Pro, 2014 Forrest Wood Cup Champion
  Scott Martin, FLW Tour Pro, 2011 Forrest Wood Cup Champion
  Tom Redington, FLW Tour Pro
  Walmart pro Mark Rose, FLW Tour Pro
  Gang Li, Vice President of the Florida Culture Exchange Association
Happy Hour Mixer and press conference to announce the dates and locations for all of the 2016 regular-season Walmart FLW Tour events and contract signing between FLW and Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development.
Thursday, July 16
               Times:    4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EST     Happy Hour Mixer/Media Check-In/Press Conference begins
                              4:15 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. EST     2016 Walmart FLW Tour locations announced by FLW Tour Pros
                              4:20 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. EST     Schedule reaction with FLW Tour pros
                              4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST     FLW China Announcement and Contract Signing
Booth 3179, International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), Orange County Convention Center, 9990 International Drive, Orlando, Fla., and at
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FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed outdoors-sports television show in the world.