"The Lou" is Back in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
For the 14th straight year the Prairie Athletic Club (PAC) is proud to team with the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) to bring players among the finest racquetball in the world to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin during the 2015-2016 IRT Season.
The 18th Annual Lou Bradley Memorial Pro-Am will be February 5-7, 2016. The Pro draw has included many of the top players in the world over the past decade. Top players Alvaro Beltran (currently ranked 3rd), Jose Rojas (5th), Jansen Allen (6th) and Markie Rojas (7th) have all committed to play The Lou this year.
Top area players such as Juan Herrera and former Wisconsin state champions Andy Thompson, Tracy Chynoweth, Kyle Veenstra, Jay Wollenberg, Matt Stamborski, Brad Starken and Paul Krueger may be in the mix as well.
Top players from the Midwest, including Iowa’s Brad Hansen and teenage standouts Justus Benson (Sun Prairie) and Minnesota’s Jordan Barth will also likely fill the Pro draw.
Sign up for The Lou on the PAC website, which is www.prairieathletic.com
Matches are expected to be from 1 p.m. to about midnight or later on Friday; 7:30 a.m. until midnight or later on Saturday; and 7:30 a.m. until about 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Pro matches start Friday afternoon and go until about 11 p.m. From 10 a.m. until the final at 8 p.m. Saturday, Pro matches will be on Court 7, which has a glass side wall for added viewing not only upstairs, but in the Lost Court Bar at ground level. Last year more than 200 people packed the PAC to see the final.
You can expect to see quarterfinals late morning to early afternoon, semis around 3 or 4 p.m. and the pro final to be about 8 p.m. Saturday night. Join the party as a DJ (PAC’s own D.J. Johnson, of Galaxy DJ) and portable bar increase the energy above court 7 for the Pro final.
The excitement and speed of racquetball – where players such as Thompson hit the ball in excess of 190 MPH – make this event a great one to watch.
At most pro tournaments, you have to purchase tickets at $20 or more to see the pro matches. That is not the case at the Lou Bradley, where viewing for any match is – and always has been – free.
Bradley was one of the true ambassadors of the sport of racquetball before passing and The Lou Bradley Sportsmanship Award is given out at the Wisconsin State Singles Tournament every spring to the player who most exemplifies the same passion for the game and ability to enjoy it that Lou did.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Bruce Thompson and Phil Sussek, we are still able to donate $5 of every entry from this tournament to the Lou Bradley Scholarship Fund, which has raised more than $50,000 since its inception.
The Lou draws some of the top players in the world and nearly all of the best players in the Midwest, but that’s not what this tourney is all about. The tournament honors Bradley, who loved the game and loved to celebrate it.
The PAC is located at 1010 N. Bird St. in Sun Prairie, Wis. Please contact Paul Krueger at the PAC (608-837-4646) or by e-mail at [email protected] for more information on The Lou.