Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 IRT Ghost of Georgetown - Preview

The 2016-17 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season kicks off this weekend in Overland Park, Kansas with the 17th Annual Ghost of Georgetown presented by Novasors. It’s always exciting to see the season begin, and there is a good number of high quality players in Kansas for the event, which will begin later today.

Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 IRT player, will be looking to get his season off to a good start. He has 98 IRT titles in his career, so if he wins this weekend and at next month’s US Open - the next IRT event - he’ll become the first play to reach 100 tour titles in career, which would be quite the feat.

There will be good matches on Thursday, as, for example, Mario Mercado, the 10th ranked IRT player, takes on Samuel Murray, who was a bronze medalist at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in July. The winner of that will play Marco Rojas in the Round of 16 Friday. Also, 12th ranked Mauricio Zelada faces Alejandro Landa with the winner to play Jose Rojas in the 16s, and in a battle of two young guns Andree Parrilla plays leftie Brad Schopieray with the winner to face Waselenchuk.

Hard hitting Jake Bredenbeck will play local favourite Bradly Rogers for a chance to meet Alvaro Beltran, and finally Charlie Pratt is up against Jose Diaz with the winner getting IRT #2 Rocky Carson in the 16s.

All in all we’re looking forward to the kick off a new IRT season. It’s going to be good.

We expect the Round of 16 will be streamed live Friday from 10 AM via the IRT Network with the quarterfinals Friday afternoon from 4 PM on. Also, the semi-finals will be 4 and 5 PM with the final Sunday at noon. All times Central.

17th Annual Ghost of Georgetown presented by Novasors - September 8-11, 2016
Overland Park, Kansas

Qualifying Round 1 - Thursday

Justus Benson v. Mauro Rojas

Qualifying Round 2 - Thursday

Q8) Andree Parrilla v. Brad Schopieray
Q1) Sebastian Franco v. Justus Benson or Mauro Rojas

Q4) Mauricio Zelada v. Alejandro Landa
Q5) Jake Bredenbeck v. Bradly Rogers

Q6) Scott McClellan v. David Horn
Q3) Robert Collins v. Francisco Troncoso

Q2) Mario Mercado v. Samuel Murray
Q7) Charlie Pratt v. Jose Diaz

Round of 16 - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. Q8 - 11 AM
8) Felipe Camacho v. Q1 - 11 AM

5) Jose Rojas v. Q4 - 1 PM
4) Alvaro Beltran v. Q5 - 1 PM

3) Daniel De La Rosa v. Q6 - Noon
6) Jansen Allen v. Q3 - Noon

7) Marco Rojas v. Q2 - 10 AM
2) Rocky Carson v. Q7 - 10 AM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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