Thursday, September 12, 2013

IRT - Kansas City Pro-Am - Ghost of Georgetown Preview

The 2013-14 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season kicks off today with the Kansas City Pro-Am / Ghost of Georgetown tournament. Thirty eight players are vying for the first IRT title of the season. IRT #1 Kane Waselenchuk is tied with Cliff Swain for most tournament titles all time at 70. If Waselenchuk wins this weekend, he'll be alone at the top. Few, if any, would bet against that happening.

But before we get there, there are some preliminary matches to play on Thursday.

One of the highlight matches on in Thursday's qualifying matches will be Mike Green versus Fernando Rios, which will be a repeat of the 2012 Pan American Championships gold medal match that Green won. The winner will likely play Charlie Pratt for a spot in the Round of 16 on Friday versus 3rd seed Alvaro Beltran.

Another good match Thursday could be young American Jansen Allen versus Japanese veteran Hiroshi Shimizu, although Shimizu has to first defeat Armondo Bermudez to play Allen. The winner of that bracket will face 5th seed Chris Crowther in the 16s on Friday.

The IRT Network will carry the action live over the web on Thursday night from 8 PM CDT and then all day Friday beginning at 10 AM CDT.

2013 Kansas City Pro-Am - Ghost of Georgetown

Preliminary Round 1

James Palmer v. John Scott
Cody Hudson v. Set Cubillos

Preliminary Round 2

Francisco Troncoso v. Joe Workman
Sebastian Franco v. Travis Woodbury
Filip Vesely v. Matt Majxner

Hiroshi Shimizu v. Armondo Bermudez
David Horn v. James Palmer or John Scott
Bradly Rogers v. Francisco Gomez

Fernando Rios v. Mike Green
Charlie Pratt v. Cody Hudson or Set Cubillos
Robert Collins v. Logan Reese

Juan Martinez v. Troy Vanbemmelen
Arthur Schmeiser v. Perter Wrigley
Alejandro Herrera v. Andres Acuna

Preliminary Round 3

Q8 Francisco Troncoso or Joe Workman v. Sebastian Franco or Travis Woodbury
Q1 Alex Ackermann v. Filip Vesely or Matt Majxner

Q4 Jansen Allen v. Hiroshi Shimizu or Armondo Bermudez
Q5 David Horn or James Palmer or John Scott v. Bradly Rogers or Francisco Gomez

Q6 Charlie Pratt or Cody Hudson or Set Cubillos v. Fernando Rios or Mike Green
Q3 Jose Diaz v. Robert Collins or Logan Reese

Q2 Marco Rojas v. Juan Martinez or Troy Vanbemmelen
Q7 Arthur Schmeiser or Perter Wrigley v. Alejandro Herrera or Andres Acuna

Main Draw of 16

1 Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8
8 Daniel De La Rosa v. Q1

5 Chris Crowther v. Q4
4 Jose Rojas v. Q5

3 Alvaro Beltran v. Q4
6 Ben Croft v. Q5

7 Tony Carson v. Q2
2 Rocky Carson v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball….

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