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Card wins Rookie of the Year award

“Dare to fail” philosophy works well for top newcomer

Brandon Card

Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn., wins 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year Award in Syracuse.

Aug 25, 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — “Dare to fail.” That’s been Brandon Card’s sign-off line in several of his recent blogs on

“This sport is about taking chances, and you can’t be always second-guessing yourself when you take a chance,” Card said.

The philosophy works well for him. Saturday, Card, 26, from Caryville, Tenn., was declared the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year.

“All rookies set out at the start of the year to try to win this award,” Card said. “It helps people learn who you are and see what you can do. I’m honored to win it.”

Card outscored nine other Elite rookies by amassing 479 points over the eight tournaments of the regular season. His nearest challenger was Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla., who came close to overtaking Card during this week’s season finale on Oneida Lake, the Aug. 23-26 Ramada Championship.

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