IRT Ends First Half of Season with Four Straight Tier 1s
The men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) will end the first half of the 2015-2016 IRT Season with four straight tournaments in Atlanta, Davison, MI, Garden City, KS and St. Louis. The action starts with The Galaxy Custom Printing IRT Pro-Am in Atlanta, GA October 29.
On October 29 the world’s best men’s racquetball pros will converge in Atlanta to take a bite out of The Big Peach in the first Tier 1 tournament held in nearly 20 years. The Galaxy Custom Printing IRT Pro-Am takes place at Recreation ATL in Lilburn, GA, a facility that has served as a hub for the region for several decades. Online registration is open until tonight (Oct. 25) at 11:00 p.m. Central.
The next weekend, the IRT will travel to Davison, Michigan for the fifth Tier 1 stop of the season. The historic venue, The Davison Athletic Club, will host the top players in the world from November 5-8.
The famed club, which is renowned for being a hub of professional racquetball since the 1970’s, will draw in the new generation of players, each hoping to etch their names into the brick and mortar. While the walls of the Davison Athletic Club have witnessed great players come and go, it is truly, as Tournament Director Don Schopieray states, “The community of Michigan racquetball, the people themselves, that make this event great.” Though these grounds have a storied past, The Red Swain Shootout is only in it’s fourth season. There have been three separate champions, Kane Waselenchuk, Alvaro Beltran and Rocky Carson, respectively. With two tournaments immediately preceding the event, there is no telling who will be on the top of their game, leaving speculation as to who the next titleholder will be.
Sign up for The Red Swain Shootout HERE. Online Registration open Wednesday, Nov. 4 until 7 p.m. Central; Late Registrations accepted until Nov. 4 until 9 p.m. Central, with additional fee.
The IRT will travel to Kansas for a second time this season for the Garden City Turkey Shootout November 12-15 after being on the road the past three weeks in Texas, Atlanta and Michigan.
Located in Southwest Kansas about 400 miles from Kansas City at the Garden City YMCA, the 25th annual event became an IRT Tier 1 in November 2013. “We started it as a really small tournament and then we had really great local support,” Garden City YMCA Chief Operations Officer Jackie Regan said of the core group of racquetball supporters. “They are the big volunteers that make this possible.”
Sign up for the Garden City Turkey Shootout HERE. Mail entries must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Nov. 10; Phone entries accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 10 by 10 p.m. Central by calling (620) 275-1199.
The St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout, the final first half tournament of the 2015-2016 IRT season, will make history to end 2015 by combining the Missouri High School Racquetball Association (MOHSRA) with the top racquetball players of the IRT.
Brian Pineda made history last season when he hosted the first-ever all professional doubles tournament in Long Beach, CA. The IRT has even partnered with college teams for fundraiser tournaments, but on Nov. 19-21, MOHSRA Director Dan Whitley and longtime St. Louis pro stop Tournament Director Shari Coplen will make racquetball history with the first-ever event marrying the St. Louis Winter Rollout, the longest running high school tournament in MOHSRA and largest junior tournament in the world, and the annual St. Louis Tier 1 tournament. “I’m just going to be so stunned when I see it.” Whitley said. “It’s going to be such a unique thing because we’ve never had anything like this. I’m fired up for it. I can’t even put it into words.”
Sign up for St. Louis Pro Racquetball Winter Rollout HERE. Online registration open until Monday, Nov. 16 until 6 p.m. central.
All four tournaments can be watched live on IRTNetwork.com and follow @PRORACQUETBALL on Twitter; at Facebook.com/IRTfan for tournament news and match updates.