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MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Kicks Fort Worth Qualifiers, Local Makes the Cut
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Date: 05-30-2009

Fort Worth, Tex. - Nearly 90 wakeboarders from throughout the globe hit the waters of Lake Moser at Texas MasterCraft today to compete in the qualifying rounds of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Fort Worth, Tex. Riders in both the Pro Men and Jr. Pro Men divisions battled it out behind the boat, performing rail tricks and aerial stunts to try to earn a spot this weekend's contest.

While the top-16 riders in the Pro Men's division received a bye from today's Qualifiers, over 50 hopefuls turned out to compete in the division's opening-round. Only taking the top-two riders from each of the 12 heats in the Qualifiers, the competition was cut in half, advancing only 24 riders onto tomorrow's Round of 40, where they will be joined by the top-16 athletes.

Among the 24 to advance today was Fort Worth area local, Keith Holley. Holley, 22, of Weatherford, Tex., competed in a five-man heat, where he took the second spot, behind Australian Pro Tour champ, Dean Smith. Both Holley and Smith will hit the water tomorrow, Saturday May 30 for the Pro Men's division Round of 40, which is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. noon.

In the Jr. Pro Men's division, 36 amateur rippers battled it out on the water in ten heats, with only top-two riders from each group advancing onto tomorrow's 20-man Quarterfinal. Among the 20 amateur riders, who qualified into the Quarterfinals, were Steel Lafferty (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Mitch Langfield (Brisbane, Aus.) and Bob Soven (Longwood, Fla.), who each posted a perfect score of 100 points. Bob Soven, younger brother of current Pro Tour champ, Phillip Soven, enters tomorrow's Quarterfinals as the top-seeded rider in the division.

The Pro Women's division will join both male divisions tomorrow, Saturday, May 30. Tomorrow's festivities will run 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and concludes on Sunday, May 31.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).

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Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 1

1. Jimmy LaRiche USA 97.25

2. Kirby Liesmann USA 83.50

3. Marcelo Giardi BRZ 81.75

4. Alex Brown USA 77.50

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 2

1. Dylan Miller CDN 97.25

2. Jefferson Langley USA 92.75

3. Derek Grasman USA 76.50

4. Mike Maynard CDN 57.75

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 3

1. Shaun Murray USA 91.50

2. Sam Thomson AUS 86.75

3. Jason Bannatyne CDN 81.50

4. James Hindes USA 80.25

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 4

1. Danny Harf USA 97.25

2. Troy Mackey AUS 90.50

3. Scott Stewart USA 78.75

4. Nick Weinacker USA 73.50

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 5

1. Josh Palma USA 85.50

2. Anthony Hollick USA 85.25

3. AJ Racinelli USA 85.00

4. Dustin O'Ferrall CDN 84.50

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 6

1. Alex Scagliotti USA 86.75

2. Jeff McKee USA 86.00

3. Kyle Rattray CDN 85.75

4. Chris Dykmans USA 67.75

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 7

1. Alex Hamrick USA 87.00

2. Paul Hernaez FRA 84.50

3. Robby Carter USA 77.50

4. Eric Deegan USA 75.25

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 8

1. Brad Smeele NZL 93.00

2. Joey Bradley USA 89.50

3. Jeff House USA 82.75

4. Glenn Valentine USA 74.75

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 9

1. Corey Bradley USA 95.25

2. Keith Lidberg USA 91.00

3. Luciano Rondi Neto BRZ 80.75

4. Jake Sonnevelt USA 73.00

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 10

1. Keith Lyman USA 95.00

2. Harley Clifford AUS 92.75

3. Zane Schwenk USA 82.25

4. JoJo Lemburg USA 68.00

5. Jacob Loken USA 62.00

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 11

1. Dean Smith AUS 98.50

2. Keith Holley USA 86.75

3. Tony Carroll USA 84.75

4. Nick Jones USA 54.25

5. Victor Sanchez USA 34.50

Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 12

1. Shane Bonifay USA 95.50

2. Nick Davies GBR 90.75

3. Rusty Scott USA 65.00

4. Rob Jacques USA 56.50

5. Marcus Kistler USA 33.75

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 1

1. Jacob Valdez USA 98.00

2. Gunnar Shuler USA 81.75

3. Adam Holdsworth USA 66.75

4. Connor Bitton USA 63.50

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 2

1. Ryan Anderson USA 91.25

2. Pierce Homsey USA 86.75

3. Freddie Wayne USA 85.25

4. Danny Faulkner USA 52.25

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 3

1. Daniel Powers USA 97.25

2. Alex Graydon USA 90.50

3. Kyle Evans USA 70.25

4. Hayden McEntire USA 57.50

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 4

1. Danny Burnstein USA 95.75

2. Nick Galotifore USA 91.25

3. Manatea Bresson TAH 77.25

4. Hunter Stich USA 75.75

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 5

1. Raphael Derome CDN 98.50

2. Taylor Kress USA 87.25

3. Daniel Dyck USA 82.75

4. Taylor Heithold USA 71.50

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 6

1. Phillip Aslinger USA 95.50

2. John Jeffries USA 89.50

3. Kelton Collins USA 85.00

4. Andy Milovanovic USA 56.00

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 7

1. Mitch Langfield AUS 100.00

2. Steven Cahail USA 86.00

3. Joshua Twelker USA 85.00

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 8

1. Steel Lafferty USA 100.00

2. Johnny Tobaben USA 90.00

3. Michael Dowdy USA 80.00

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 9

1. Jarrod Askew AUS 97.25

2. Stephen Pierce USA 87.25

3. Erik Nikstad USA 67.50

Jr. Pro Men: Qualifying Round - Heat 10

1. Bob Soven USA 100.00

2. Taylor Renfroe USA 90.00

3. Luke Thompson USA 40.00

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