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Hamner Wins $20K Cheeseburger Bonus from Yamaha

As you might imagine, most Bassmaster Classic® press conferences involve a small room in the basement of an arena, filled with working media members all trying to get their slice of the story, along with a photo or video capturing a pro whose career and life changed forever just moments earlier.

However, brand new Classic champion Justin Hamner’s press conference in the bottom of floor of Tulsa’s BOK Center looked a little different, with nearly a dozen Yamaha marketing folks piling in to celebrate their new champ.

At one point, Hamner, who delivered the ultimate down-to-earth, funny, and sometimes teary-eyed answers to questions stopped and paid special recognition to Yamaha, stating how grateful he was to be a part of their team.

It was heartfelt and meaningful as the highly likable young pro from Tuscaloosa detailed how a lack of sponsorship not so long ago placed unthinkable stress on his fishing performance. After missing a paycheck in a tournament on the James River in Va., he was left searching under his truck seat to find spare coins to just buy a cheeseburger.

“The Yamaha Pro Team is always a great representation of the integrity of the Yamaha brand – Justin Hamner exemplifies all of those great qualities,” said Lucas King, Yamaha’s Senior Sponsorship & Pro Staff Specialist. “Aside from his abilities on the water, he’s simply one of the good guys. We’re proud he’s a part of the Yamaha family and excited to celebrate his incredible Classic championship.”

A perfect statement indeed to summarize all the goodness of a rags-to-riches Classic story, to compliment a $20,000 Yamaha Power Pay bonus for a young man who not long ago found himself looking under the seat of his tow vehicle for “cheeseburger money.”

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