In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, The Glass Court Swim & Fitness Club in Lombard, IL hosted the 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout featuring a Tier One IRT Men’s Tour Stop in addition to over $5,000 in prize money for amateur events! The weekend featured over 175 competitors, green beer, a DJ, and access to all of the Pro matches for the amateur players.
This was the second year in a row that local sponsors, including: KWM Gutterman, Platt Hill Nursery, JAM Trucking, Kiersten’s Danish Bakery, Professional Insurance Producers, Anthony’s Pizzeria, Papa Nicholas Coffee, CPR for Life, Onesti Entertainment, Taco Burrito King, Watra Church Goods, Timber Trails, and Chicago Spectro Service Laboratory stepped up to ensure that Chicago could host a Tier One event at The Glass Court!
Glass Court Swim and Fitness boasts eight courts including the namesake 3-glass walled showcase court with a VIP hospitality room stretching along one side and additional viewing along the other and back. Fans and players also gathered at the tournament’s hospitality central: the club bar and restaurant where player meals were served and the IRT Network streamed live all weekend.
On the pro side of the draw, the IRT’s top-ranked Kane Waselenchuk repeated as champion with a 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 victory over
#5-ranked Daniel De La Rosa in a rematch of the 2015 UnitedHealthcare US Open Finals. Waselenchuk beat Alejandro Herrera, Markie Rojas and Alvaro Beltran in the road to the finals for his eighth tournament win this season. De La Rosa outlasted Jose Rojas in four games and defeated Mauricio Zelada and Jake Bredenbeck, both Reaching Your Dream Foundation (RYDF) players on his side of the bracket.
Fellow RYDF Athletes Robert Collins, Sebastian Franco and Mario Mercado, also joined Zelada and Bredenbeck in this 31st annual Chicagoland area tournament. Bredenbeck started Friday’s Round of 16s with a huge five game upset of #2-ranked Rocky Carson and went on to beat Jansen Allen to setup his semifinal with De La Rosa.
The Pros also participated in a special Junior Clinic on Saturday morning at 9 am (yes, 9
am) where 21 juniors heard from Pros Sebastien Franco, Jansen Allen, Markie and Jose Rojas, and yes – Rocky Carson, while having a chance to win some prizes and take home a few autographs, pictures, and swag!
On the Amateur side of the draws, Felipe Camacho defeated Sebastien Franco, and Cheryl Gudinas defeated Sheryl Ann Lotts to take home $1,000 each in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, while Jorge Ortiz/Oscar Madrigal and Kelley Gremley/Sheryl Lotts received cash prizes in the Men’s and Women’s Open Doubles and Masiel Rivera/Mauricio Zelada did likewise in the Mixed Open Doubles. In all, trophies were award to 25 division winners by the conclusion of play late on Sunday afternoon.
The Glass Court team would like to thank IRT Commissioner Jason Mannino, Illinois State Racquetball President Laurel Davis, Operations Director Cheryl Kirk, and the entire volunteer team that came together for a very long weekend to make this event a success for everyone.