Judy Wong was surprised when a recent caller identified himself as the deputy director in the office of public liaison for the White House and invited her to meet President George W. Bush.
"They got wind of it somehow that I had won the Women's Bassmaster Tour Championship and they wanted to extend an invitation to me for a photo opportunity with the president in the Oval Office," said WBT pro from Many, La.
Wong, who won the WBT Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Feb. 23 on South Carolina's Lake Keowee, will visit the White House, as will 2008 Bassmaster Classic champion Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, who also received an invitation.
"I plan to take a couple of gifts for the president and the first lady, Laura Bush," Wong said. "I want to give each of them one of my American Rodsmith signature rods probably a topwater action model. I'll also present Quantum reels to them."
Glen Wong, her husband, will accompany Judy to Washington. She said the trip will be her first to the nation's capital, but her second presidential encounter.
"On a trip last year to South Africa, President Jimmy Carter was on my flight, and I briefly met him," she said. "I'd never spoken to a president before. I've seen Bush in person, at a fund-raiser in Texas when he was governor, but I didn't get to meet him nor get his autograph. I am very excited to have this opportunity."