Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Elsewhere on the IRT

There were a couple of minor events on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) schedule last weekend. Rocky Carson won the New Mexico Invitational Pro-Am event in Albuquerque, New Mexico (a Tier 3 event), while Juan Martinez III took the Halloween Classic in Arlington Heights, Illinois (a Tier 4 event).

Carson defeated Ben Croft in the final, 11-8,11-8, 11-6, gaining measure of revenge over the man who defeated him at the US Open last month. In the semi-finals, Carson beat Polo Gutierrez, 11-9, 11-8, 11-1, while Croft came back from a game down against Shane Vanderson to win in four, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5.

In Arlington Heights, Martinez defeated Alok Mehta, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, in the final. He beat Dave Negrete in the semis, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-3, while Mehta got past Dean Hamiti, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.

The next IRT events are two Tier 4 events happening this weekend on opposite sides of the USA. In the east the Long Island Open will be happening in Syosset, New York, while in the west the Pomona Valley Open happens in Claremont, California.

Follow the bouncing ball....

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