Wednesday, September 16, 2009

IRT - Lawler Sports Qualifying Rounds

The qualifying draw for this weekend's Lawler Sports Pro Am in Terre Haute, Indiana is out. It's the second event of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season. There are 17 players in the draw, which we've got for you below.

The IRT rankings haven't been released after last weekend's Motorola World Racquetball Championships, but based on the draw, it appears that Shane Vanderson has risen ahead of Jason Mannino in the ranking, as Vanderson is seeded 4th and Mannino 5th in the main draw.

That will likely mean that Vanderson will play Cliff Swain and Mannino Kris Odegard in the Round of 16, assuming that Swain and Odegard win their qualifying matches. Swain plays Dan Case and Odegard is up against John Scott.

The most interesting qualifying round match will be Charles Pratt versus Brian Simpson. Pratt's one of the IRT's up and coming players, while Simpson, a Indiana resident, is a solid player who was a tour regular for two seasons in the late 1990s reaching the 16s several times. More recently he has defeated current tour players Anthony Herrera and Keith Minor, and is ranked 44th in the USA Racquetball rankings (50th on the IRT rankings but he only played two events last season). Pratt is 31st in those rankings (44th on the IRT).

2009 Lawler Sports Pro Am, Terre Haute, Indiana
Men's Singles Pro Qualifier
First Round

Q1 - Jorge Ramos Jr. vs. Deli Stinnett

Final Round
Q1 - Juan Herrera vs. Jorge Ramos Jr. or Deli Stinnett
Q8 - Charles Pratt vs. Brian Simpson

Q5 - Cliff Swain vs. Dan Case
Q4 - Kris Odegard vs. John Scott

Q3 - Hiroshi Shimizu vs. Felipe Alonso
Q6 - Geoff Goldblatt vs. Rafael Filipini

Q7 - Gil De Los Rios vs. Matt Stamborski
Q2 - Travis Woodbury vs. Gene Scott


Kane Waselenchuk vs. Q8
Andy Hawthorne vs. Q1

Jason Mannino vs. Q4
Shane Vanderson vs. Q5

Jack Huczek vs. Q6
Mitch Williams vs. Q3

Chris Crowther vs. Q2
Rocky Carson vs. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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