Monday, November 23, 2009

Hawthorne and Croft among the weekend winners

Illinois native Andy Hawthorne won in his home state on Sunday, as he defeated Brian Simpson, 11-3, 11-2, 3-11, 11-7, in the final of the Illinois Turkey Shoot, which is a Tier 4 event on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) played in Lombard, Illinois. Hawthorne and Simpson were the #1 and #2 seeds in the tournament.

Hawthorne reached the final by beating 5th seed Cary Slade in the semi-finals, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8, while Simpson defeated 6th seed Zach Archer, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6, in the other semi.

Ben Croft won the Puget Sound Open (a Tier 4 IRT event) in Olympia, Washington. He defeated Jimmy Lowe in three games (scores currently unavailable). Croft got to the final by beating Taylor Knoth in the semi-finals, 11-0, 11-7, 11-3, and 3rd seed Lowe upset the 2nd seed Charles Pratt, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9.

That's Croft's second Tier 4 win in as many weekends, as he also took the Callahan's Classic title in Overland Park, Kansas the previous weekend.

Unofficially, we have word that Alex Ackerman defeated Richard Eismann in five games in Oklahoma City at the Sponge Bob Classic, the 3rd IRT Tier 4 event of the weekend.

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