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Lake Norman site of TBF Southern Divisional

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Bass Federation 2008 Southern Divisional Championship will be held on Lake Norman in Charlotte, N.C., June 11-13. As many as 84 competitors representing seven Southern Division states – Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina – are expected to compete in the tournament.

The public is invited to Blythe Landing located at 15901 Highway 73 in Huntersville, N.C., to watch the takeoffs and weigh-ins at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Admission is free.

Anglers will compete both individually and as state teams in an effort to qualify for the prestigious TBF National Championship presented by the National Guard. The top three state teams will be awarded trophies and cash prizes. The angler with the heaviest three-day weight will also earn a $500 Wal-Mart gift card as the Castrol Maximum Performer.

Each state team is made up of 12 anglers, and the top-finishing angler from each team will advance to the 2009 TBF National Championship presented by the National Guard as a boater. The No. 2 competitor from each state team will advance to the National Championship as a co-angler.

In TBF Divisional Championship competition, anglers are randomly paired each day and share control of the boat throughout the day.

Official practice for the TBF Southern Divisional Championship begins at daylight June 8 and continues through 2 p.m. June 10.