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      Hot Springs to host FLW Cup for third time in 2015

      HOT SPRINGS- FLW and Visit Hot Springs have announced that Hot Springs will{}once again be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing,{}{}Aug. 20-23, 2015, on Lake Ouachita.

      The last time the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport's richest prize, was held in Hot Springs was 2011 and Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., made professional bass-fishing history, becoming the 16th Forrest Wood Cup champion.

      "We are thrilled to be returning to Lake Ouachita for our 2015 Forrest Wood Cup," said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations.

      "The previous events that we have held in Hot Springs have all been extremely successful, and the attendance has been fantastic. It made returning to Lake Ouachita an easy decision. The bass-fishing community in Arkansas has always welcomed FLW with open arms, and we're proud to return for the 20th installment of our championship event."

      Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs area are a very familiar destination for FLW. The city has played host to both the 2007 and 2011 Forrest Wood Cups and numerous FLW-sanctioned tournaments. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will mark the 20th anniversary of the championship event. The event will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena, formerly known as Summit Arena.

      "FLW and Hot Springs have a great history together," said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. "Our audiences for the Forrest Wood Cup and other FLW events have been large and enthusiastic, and we know the 2015 Cup will be greeted with the same enthusiasm and hospitality that FLW has become accustomed to."

      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 2014 over the course of 229 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.