Thursday, February 2, 2012

IRT - 2012 MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am Preview

The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) is back in action this weekend with the MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro-Am in Salt Lake City, Utah. But IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk will not be in action, as his back injury that first occurred at the California Open and recurred at the Cactus Salon NYC Pro/Am continues to keep Waselenchuk from playing.

In an IRT release, Waselenchuk indicated that if this was the last event of the season and the #1 title was on the line, then he'd likely be playing. But neither of those conditions hold, and Waselenchuk wants to get back to 100% before resuming play, as there's a lot of season left, and as The Racquetball Blog has noted that includes two back to back to back tournament periods.

Thus, IRT #2 Rocky Carson is the top seed in Utah with Ben Croft 2nd seed. And for the first time, Tony Carson is granted a spot in the Round of 16 as one of the top 8 seeds.

The big names in the preliminary rounds, are the Mexican veterans Alvaro Beltran and Javier Moreno, as well as Ruben Gonzalez. If they make it through qualifying, Beltran will play Charlie Pratt, Moreno will slot in against Tony Carson and Gonzalez will face Rocky Carson (the Carsons are not related).

Of note, the semi-finals and final will both be played on Saturday. The semi-finals will go at 11 AM MST and noon MST with the final slated for 7 PM MST.

The IRT Network will be web-casting the MonaVie Salt Lake Pro-Am.

2012 MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro/Am - Salt Lake City, Utah

Round 1

John Scott v. Cole Burr
Ruben Gonzalez v. Anthony Martin
Jeremy McGlothin v. Joe Workman

Matthew Majxner v. Steve Bohman
Favian Elmore v. Armando Bermudez

Brian Pineda v. Scott Burr
Anthony Montanez v. Brad Schopieray
Brandon Gould v. Andrew Gale

Rafael Filippini v. Tim Prigo
Felipe Camacho v. Billy Ray Martinez
Ernesto Ruiz v. Peter Wrigley

Round 2

Q8: John Scott or Cole Burr v. Ruben Gonzalez or Anthony Martin
Q1: Anthony Herrera v. Jeremy McGlothin or Joe Workman

Q4: Juan Herrera v. Matthew Majxner or Steve Bohman
Q5: Arthur Schmeiser v. Favian Elmore or Armando Bermudez

Q6: Brian Pineda or Scott Burr v. Anthony Montanez or Brad Schopieray
Q3: Alvaro Beltran v. Brandon Gould or Andrew Gale

Q2: Javier Moreno v. Rafael Filippini or Tim Prigo
Q7: Felipe Camacho or Billy Ray Martinez v. Ernesto Ruiz or Peter Wrigley

Main Draw - Round of 16

Rocky Carson v. Q8
Andy Hawthorne v. Q1

Shane Vanderson v. Q4
Chris Crowther v. Q5

Jose Rojas v. Q6
Charlie Pratt v. Q3

Tony Carson v. Q2
Ben Croft v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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