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B.A.S.S. Has a New VP of Tournaments

Bowes Promoted To New Bassmaster Vice President Of Tournaments Role

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Longtime Bassmaster Opens Series Senior Tournament Manager Chris Bowes has been promoted to Vice President of Tournaments, B.A.S.S. announced today. In this newly created role, Bowes will not only manage the Tournaments Department but also collaborate across departments as part of the B.A.S.S. Executive Leadership Team.

“We’re excited for Chris to step into this larger role representing the long-tenured, knowledgeable associates in our Tournaments Department,” said B.A.S.S. chairman and CEO Chase Anderson. “Our tournaments — from the Elite Series to the Kayak trail — are foundational to B.A.S.S., and having a seat at the table as part of our Executive Leadership Team will make an industry-leading team even stronger. They are true ambassadors of our shield.

“This tournament team is tasked with ensuring our rules are enforced consistently, maintaining the integrity of our tournaments and managing tournaments which have set the standard for all of sportfishing, and I can’t thank them enough for the incredible way they’ve represented our organization.”

Bowes joined B.A.S.S. in 2004 after being part of the New York B.A.S.S. Nation for many years. He has served as Tournament Manager for the Elite Series and B.A.S.S. Nation and took over as Senior Tournament Manager for the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens in 2006. In addition to his department leadership role as Vice President of Tournaments, Bowes will be serving as the Tournament Director for the iconic Bassmaster Classic as well as attending Elite tournaments and other events on the Bassmaster circuit.

“I’m extremely excited about this new role and opportunity to work with the Tournament Directors, the anglers competing in all the various B.A.S.S. tournament platforms and the senior leadership and associates at B.A.S.S.,” said Bowes.

As Tournament Director-B.A.S.S. Nation, Team, Kayak and Youth, Jon Stewart will continue leading efforts to grow participation in these important grass-roots events. Veteran High School and College Series Tournament Manager Hank Weldon will move into the Tournament Director-Bassmaster Opens position while Lisa Talmadge will serve as Tournament Director-Bassmaster Elite Series.

“The entire tournament team brings so much knowledge, passion and professionalism to our tournaments and I’m proud to represent this group,” said Bowes. 

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


Media Contact: Emily Harley, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager, 205-313-0945, eharley@bassmaster.com

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