Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Waselenchuk to miss Kentucky Pro Am

Kane Waselenchuk will miss this weekend's Kentucky Pro Am Racquetball Championships in Bowling Green - the International Racquetball Tour's (IRT's) third event of the season, as he's suffering from the flu. This opens up the event to the field, although you'd be hard pressed to look past either the Rocky Carson, who'll now be seeded #1, or Jack Huczek, who'll be #2, as they were the only winners other than Waselenchuk on the IRT last season.

Perhaps the primary beneficiary of Waselenchuk's absence will be Juan Herrera, who'll now be the 8th seed, so he won't have to go through the qualifying draw.

Highlights of the qualifying draw are veteran Cliff Swain against young gun Jose Rojas, who reached the semi-finals back in January at the California Open. The winner will play Huczek in the Round of 16.

Another match to watch will be Lee Connell and Charles Pratt, as Connell never fails to give a total effort on the court often accompanied by a good deal of yelling at himself.

2009 Kentucky Pro Am Racquetball Championships
Qualifying Draw

Round 1
Gared Edmunds vs. Michael Arterburn
Bob Jackson vs. Deli Stinnett

Round 2
Q1: Kris Odegard vs. winner of Michael Arterburn & Gared Edmunds
Q8: Lee Connell vs. Charles Pratt

Q5: Anthony Carson vs. Dan Case
Q4: Hiroshi Shimizu vs. John Scott

Q3: Alejandro Herrera vs. Gene Scott
Q6: Mike Green vs. Felipe Camacho

Q7: Cliff Swain vs. Jose Rojas
Q2: Travis Woodbury vs. winner of Deli Stinnett & Bob Jackson

Main Round of 16
Rocky Carson vs. Q8
Chris Crowther vs. Q1

Andy Hawthorne vs. Q4
Jason Mannino vs. Q5

Shane Vanderson vs. Q6
Juan Herrera vs. Q3

Mitch Williams vs. Q2
Jack Huczek vs. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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