La Crosse's Monsoor finishes 6th in FLW Tour event

JEFFERSON, TN - Tom Monsoor, the 70-year-old veteran professional bass fisherman from La Crosse, collected a nice paycheck in the FLW Tour Qualifier on Cherokee Lake in Jefferson, TN, on Sunday.
Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, OK, posted his first pro tour victory, weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to finish with 67-10, earning $100,000 along with his first trophy after eight years on the FLW Tour.
Monsoor was in second place entering the final day, but weighed in his lightest bag of the four rounds with 12-7 for a 63-1 total and a sixth-place finish. "Monsy" still managed to put $18,000 in his wallet, pushing his 16-year FLW Tour career winnings up to $921,125.
"Every little bit helps," he said from his motel room early Sunday night.
Monsoor also moved up from 62nd place to 29th in the point standings, a major boost toward making the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup at the end of the season. Making the Cup is like making the World Series in baseball, the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Super Bowl in football.
"I like that. I've worked my way back, hopefully," said Monsooor, who has competed in six previous Cups, his last in 2014.
Monsoor has accumulated 718 points so far this year with two qualifiers remaining. Miles Burghoff from Hudson, TN, is the front-runner with 887 points. Bryan Schmitt of Deale, MD, is in 40th place with 685 points.
When told he was 33 points in front of Schmitt, Monsoor responded, "That ain't much. I'm going to have to do good in the next two tournaments."

Top 10 finishers
1. Andrew Upshaw – Tulsa, Okla. – 67-10 (20) – $100,000
2. Grae Buck – Harleysville, Penn. – 66-8 (20) – $30,200
3. Dylan Hays – El Dorado, Ark. – 65-12 (20) – $25,100
4. Jason Reyes – Huffman, Texas – 65-11 (20) – $20,000
5. Andy Young – Isle, Minn. – 64-0 (20) – $19,000
6. Tom Monsoor – La Crosse, Wis. – 63-1 (20) – $18,000
7. Tim Cales – Sandstone, W. Va. – 62-8 (20) – $17,000
8. Derrick Snavely – Piney Flats, Tenn. – 61-9 (20) – $16,000
9. Matt Becker – Finleyville, Penn. – 61-4 (20) – $15,000
10. Tim Frederick – Leesburg, Fla. – 60-12 (20) – $14,000