Camdenton, MO - Top-rated bass anglers will display their fishing and golf skills in a unique tournament November 12-15 at the Lake of the Ozarks
Old Kinderhook Resort, Golf Club & Spa is the host of this unique pro-am fish and golf tournament at the 
Lake of the Ozarks.
Old Kinderhook Resort, Golf Club & Spa and Lake of the Ozarks fishing resource website Bassing Bob will host the fifth annual 2019 Missouri Invitational Pro-Am Fish and Golf Tournament that provides amateur fishermen a chance to fish and golf with pro anglers. Among the fishing luminaries returning to compete in this year's event are former Bassmaster Classic and FLW Cup champ Dion Hibdon; FLW All-American champions Marcus Sykora, Jeremy Lawyer and Brian Maloney; Major League Fishing pros James Watson and Mike McClelland; FLW Tour pros Casey Scanlon and Dan Morehead and last year's Missouri Invitational champ, Mark Tucker, an eight-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. The field also includes a host of regional tournament competitors and local fishing guides.

The festivities begin November 12 at Old Kinderhook with a happy hour, dinner, live and silent auctions for pairings and rules review.  Pairings are determined by the amateur anglers bidding in the live and silent auctions for the pro anglers they want as a partner for the three competition days.  

2018 Missouri Invitational Pro-Am Bass and Golf Tournament champions Don Beckley (center left) and Mark Tucker (center right) with tournament organizers Bob Renken (far left) and Bob Bueltmann (far right).
Fishing competition days will be November 13 and November 15 with weigh-ins at 4:15 p.m. each day at the Old Kinderhook skating rink. The golf competition will be an 18-hole scramble on Old Kinderhook's acclaimed championship golf course. 

A guaranteed pot of more than $30,000 and many other payouts and prizes will be determined by an accumulated points system for all three days, including total weights for two days of fishing and the scoring from the 18 holes of golf.  Golf will be scored as 1/2 pound for a par, 1 1/2 pounds for a birdie and 3 pounds for an eagle with a two-putt maximum format per hole. 

Fishing legend Dion Hibdon putting on the course during a past Missouri Invitational Pro-Am Fish and Golf Tournament at Old Kinderhook. (Photo by Brent Frazee)
Legendary pro Dion Hibdon has competed in the tournament every year and looks forward to the fun and camaraderie of the event. "It is just a fun time," Hibdon says.  "I fish against these guys and I see them every weekend, but this event is just a little more laid-back situation. Everybody is just as hard core to win it as any other tournament, but there is something about it that is just a little bit more laid back." 

Hibdon believes the event has also helped improve his golf game. "It is fun to jack with it a little bit," he says.  The Missouri pro credits Sam Billmeyer, a retired Casey's Stores executive who was one of Hibdon's former co-anglers in the event, with helping him become a better golfer. 

The full list of pro anglers committed to this year's Missouri Invitational is the following:
  • Past Missouri Invitational champion and FLW All-American champion Marcus Sykora makes a cast during a past tournament.
    David Ryan
  • Marcus Sykora
  • Mark Wiese
  • Brent Algeo
  • Dennis Berhorst
  • Jim Young
  • Roger Fitzpatrick
  • Rob Bueltmann
  • James Watson
  • James Dill
  • Jack Uxa
  • Brian Maloney
  • Dion Hibdon
  • Payden Hibdon
  • Lawson Hibdon
  • Mike Eutsler
  • Kelly Power
  • 2017 Missouri Invitational champion Jeremy Lawyer with a large bass.
    Terry Blankenship
  • Mike McClelland
  • Dirk Sluyter
  • Jeremy Lawyer
  • Brett Govreau
  • Dan Morehead
  • Justin McClelland
  • Mark Tucker
  • Andy Newcomb
  • Tom Silber
  • Doug Henzlik
  • Bill McDonald
  • Todd Goade
  • Shawn Kowal
  • Wes Endicott
  • Casey Scanlon
  • Chuck Austin
  • Ben Verhoef
For more information about the Missouri Invitational, visit

Additional events, year around attractions, available lodging and dining options at the Lake of the Ozarks can be found on the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau's award-winning website,, or by calling 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

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