February 11, 2018
Dear Fishermen and Ladies,
It’s with serious regret that I am no longer running the Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic. I, along with some of the board members have discussed this and have come to this conclusion. We are shutting it down, permanently. We have striven over the years to put on a great tournament and I feel we have been successful in doing so. I know this may come as a surprise to some who may not be familiar with how we put these events on. We are one industry, “Oilfield”, be it an Operator or a Service company, as such, we are all struggling to get the sponsorship money it requires to put on a quality event. For the past several years the ROC has had a very hard time raising money to put on the tournament. It’s completely understandable giving the state of our industry these past few years simply because there is a limited amount of money available for sponsorship’s for oilfield tournaments throughout the year. Entry fees alone are not enough to sustain a tournament of this magnitude given the expenditures associated with it.
For all those who have been so faithful in fishing and supporting the tournament, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I sincerely hope you will continue to participate in the other oilfield events as they do so much for many charities and I know they appreciate your support.
Please get the word out to anyone you know who may be contemplating fishing this year and for all those who had the carryover funds from our cancelled event last year, you will be refunded all your entry fee as well as any assessment made through our website.
Out of respect for those in our industry impacted by hurricane Harvey, we have elected to cancel the Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic for 2017.
Refunds are available for those who have already paid entry fees and sponsorships. Processing fees will be forfeited. If you would like us to carry your payment forward to the 2018 ROC we will be happy to do that as well.
It is with sincere concern that we offer our best wishes to those affected. We appreciate the support our industry piers have given us in the past and look forward to a better day in 2018.
Board of Directors
Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic