Jacob Powroznik Named 2014 ROY

ESCANABA, Mich. — Virginia’s Jacob Powroznik, 36, is the 2014 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year. Though a veteran of other professional bass circuits, Powroznik was new to the Bassmaster Elite Series and was in contention for bass fishing’s most prestigious prize — Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year — until the final day of competition Monday in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship.

Powroznik posted top 32 finishes in every Elite event but one in 2014 and became just the sixth rookie to win an Elite tournament when he outpaced the field at Toledo Bend Reservoir in May. The win earned him a six-figure payday and his first Bassmaster Classic berth.
 
“That’s the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing,” he said. “I’ve worked for sponsors at the Classic Expo, but never qualified to fish it. Sitting in that arena and watching all those people lit a fire under me. I was like, ‘Hey, I don’t want to be in that crowd anymore. I want to be walking across that stage.’”
 


Powroznik defeated one of the toughest rookie fields in history to claim ROY, and he’s well aware of the accomplishment and statement it makes about his talents.
 
“It means a lot. It’s something I’ll probably remember my whole life.”
 
Powroznik was awarded the ROY trophy during the final weigh-in of the Angler of the Year Championship on Bays de Noc in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Although he caught more pounds of bass in the weather-shortened event than anyone else, Powroznik finished third in the AOY race behind Greg Hackney and Todd Faircloth.
 
His bonus for third place in the Toyota Bassmaster AOY standings was $38,500, which boosted his winnings on the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit to $204,000 for his rookie year. See complete standings below.

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano
 
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The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series presented by Carhartt, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
 


 
2014 Points Report
 
PROFESSIONAL
 
ELITE SERIES
 
as of 22-Sep-2014
Angler                                         Points     Total Winnings
 1. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA                    741         $101,250*
 2. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX                    727         $55,000
 3. Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA             723         $38,500*
 4. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL                      721         $35,750*
 5. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR                     716         $30,750*
 6. Keith Combs Huntington, TX                   705         $25,000
 7. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA                       702         $24,000
 8. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA              696         $23,000
 9. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ              669         $22,000
 10. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC                    644         $21,000
 11. Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL               638         $20,000
 12. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL                 637         $19,000
 13. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL            627         $18,000
 14. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL                  624         $17,000
 15. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK                622         $16,000
 16. Matt Herren Ashville, AL                    621         $15,000
 17. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID                 618         $14,000
 18. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL          615         $14,000
 19. John Crews Salem, VA                        613         $14,000
 20. David Walker Sevierville, TN                613         $14,000
 21. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR                  602         $14,000
 22. Edwin Evers Talala, OK                      599         $13,000
 23. Paul Elias Laurel, MS                       595         $13,000
 24. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA               594         $13,000
 25. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ           587         $13,000
 26. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR             586         $12,000
 27. James Niggemeyer Van, TX                    585         $12,000
 28. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN             585         $12,750*
 29. Randy Howell Springville, AL                585         $12,000
 30. Morizo Shimizu Osaka, JPN                   585         $12,000
 31. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ                      580         $12,000
 32. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN                   576         $12,000
 33. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL                     574         $12,000
 34. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO              567         $12,000
 35. Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC              565         $12,000
 36. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ                   563         $12,000
 37. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN                     563         $12,000
 38. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX                    562         $12,000
 39. Kevin Short Mayflower, AR                   561         $12,000
 40. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL                    560         $12,000
 41. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC                    558         $12,000
 42. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL                557         $12,000
 43. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL              552         $13,250*
 44. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC                    545         $12,000
 45. Alton Jones Lorena, TX                      544         $12,000
 46. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA                  536         $13,000*
 47. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK                      525         $12,000
 48. Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS                    524         $12,000
 49. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL               519         $12,000
 50. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL                    517         $12,000


*NOTE: Some winnings listed include bonuses for Carhartt Big Bass awards. See below.
  • Carhartt Big Bass - Brandon Lester     $500   6-4      Day 1
  • Carhartt Big Bass - Mark Davis      $500   6-4      Day 2
  • Carhartt Big Bass Bonus - Brandon Lester $250
  • Carhartt Big Bass Bonus - Mark Davis        $250
  • Livingston Leader - Jacob Powroznik          $500
  • Carhartt Big Bass of the Year 1 - Hank Cherry, Chickamauga Lake        $2,000 10-11
  • Carhartt Big Bass of the Year 2 - Bernie Schultz, Lake Seminole        $1,250 10-10
  • Carhartt Big Bass of the Year 2 - Greg Hackney, St. Johns River        $1,250 10-10
  • Carhartt Big Bass of the Year 3 - Chris Zaldain, Toledo Bend           $1,000 8-12
  • Carhartt Big Bass of the Year 4 - Aaron Martens, Table Rock Lake       $750   8-0
  • Carhartt Big Bass of the Year 5 - Zell Rowland, Lake Dardanelle        $500   6-10
     


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