030931 Tyson Foods Launches Professional Angling TeamSeptember 30, 2003
Minneapolis - Tyson Foods announced the members of its professional angling team to compete in FLW Outdoors tournaments in 2004. The team comprises Alfred Williams of Jackson, Miss.; John Crews of Jetersville, Va.; and Todd Ary of Birmingham, Ala.
In July Tyson announced its partnership with FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing. Through its partnership with FLW Outdoors, the members of Tyson's angling team will compete along various FLW Outdoors tournament trails from Tyson-branded Ranger boats.
Williams, who has fished FLW Outdoors tournaments since 1996 and was the winner of the 2003 EverStart Series Central Division event on Sam Rayburn, will glide across waters on three tournament trails during the 2004 season. He will participate in the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the EverStart Series Central Division and the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League.
Crews has been an FLW Outdoors tournament competitor since 1995, starting his professional career in the BFL. He began fishing the EverStart Series Eastern Division in 1999. Crews, who first competed on the FLW Tour in 2001, fished his highest-ranking season on the tour this year, placing 34th in the regular season to qualify for his first FLW Tour Championship. He finished eighth in his inaugural championship appearance.
Ary has been fishing professionally since 1996 when he began his career in the BFL. He made his pro debut on the FLW Tour in 2003. Ary had one top-10 finish this year, on Kentucky Lake, and finished the season in 26th place, securing his spot in the FLW Tour Championship. For the 2004 season, in addition to the FLW Tour, Ary will focus on the EverStart Series Northern and Eastern divisions.
FLW Outdoors is the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing. It administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world's most lucrative bass-tournament series; the EverStart Series, the pathway to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour; and the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League for weekend anglers. FLW Outdoors also operates the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail; the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, the world's most lucrative walleye- tournament series; and the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers.
Tyson Foods Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, and it is the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of brand-name, protein-based and prepared food products marketed in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world. Tyson Foods is the recognized market leader in the retail and food-service markets it serves. The company has approximately 120,000 team members as well as 300 facilities and offices in 29 states and 22 countries.
Wal-Mart and many of America's most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the title sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997. For a complete list of FLW Outdoors sponsors and for more information about the premier products and services they offer, please visit FLWOutdoors.com.