Wednesday, September 16, 2015

16th Annual Ghost of Georgetown IRT Preview

The 2015-16 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) kicks off this weekend with the Ghost of Georgetown event in Overland Park, Kansas. With 21 players, it’s not a big draw, but there were 24 players in this event last year, so there are about the same number this year.

When last we saw the IRT, Kane Waselenchuk captured his 10th IRT season ending #1 title on the basis of 10 tournament victories last season, although it wasn’t until the last event that his 10th #1 was assured, as Rocky Carson was #1 for most of last season primarily due to Waseelenchuk being hampered by an inner ear problem that he’s sometimes had in his career.

Carson finished as #2 with three tournament wins and eight runner up finishes. Alvaro Beltran finished #3 and Daniel De La Rosa was 4th helped by his first career IRT win at the New Jersey Open.

They are all in the draw, as well as Ben Croft, who returns to the IRT after having surgery on his right shoulder, and Jose Rojas, who played well in capturing gold in doubles with Jansen Allen at the Pan American Games in July.

Jose Diaz heads the list of players looking to qualify for the Round of 16, but other players to watch in the qualifiers include Felipe Camacho, Matthew Majxner, Brad Schopieray and Mauricio Zelada.

The 16th Ghost of Georgetown, September 17-20, 2015
Overland Park, Kansas

Preliminary Round - Thursday

Q8) Brad Schopieray v. Cody Hudson
Q1) Jose Diaz - BYE

Q4) Mauricio Zelada v. Troy Warigon
Q5) Scott McClellan v. John Hudson

Q6) Bradly Rogers v. Jeremy McGlothin
Q3) Felipe Camacho - BYE

Q2) Matthew Majxner - BYE
Q7) Filip Vesely v. Mario Mercado

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8
8) Robert Collins v. Q1

5) Jose Rojas v. Q4
4) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q5

3) Alvaro Beltran v. Q6
6) Ben Croft v. Q3

7) Jansen Allen v. Q2
2) Rocky Carson v. Q7

Follow the bouncing ball….

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