IRT coming to the Prairie Athletic Club

The Lou bradley 2017 logoFor the 15th straight year the Prairie Athletic Club (PAC) is proud to team with the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) to bring the finest racquetball players in the world to Sun Prairie, Wis. 

2017 Lou Bradley Memorial Pro-Am

The 19th annual Lou Bradley Memorial Pro-Am will be February 3-5, 2017, with a registration deadline of Monday, January 30. The draw is limited to 130 players and will very likely fill before the registration deadline. 

The pro draw has included many of the top players in the world over the past decade. Top players Rocky Carson (currently ranked #2), Jose Rojas (#5) and Jansen Allen (#6) have all committed to play The Lou this year with other top players still considering.

Top players from the Midwest, including Iowa’s Brad Hansen and Brad McCunniff, teenage standouts Justus Benson (Sun Prairie) and Minnesota’s Jordan Barth, and representatives of several other states will likely also help fill the pro draw.

Top players such as former Wisconsin state champions Andy Thompson, Tracy Chynoweth, Jay Wollenberg and Matt Stamborski may be in the mix as well.

Total purse for this year’s Lou is $10,000.

Sign up for The Lou on the PAC website at 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 3 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 sidewall 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, semifinals around 3 or 4 p.m. and the pro final to be about 8 p.m. Saturday night. Join the party as PAC’s own D.J. Johnson, of Galaxy DJ, and a portable bar upstairs 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 tournament is all about. It 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 (608-834-2630) or by e-mail at p.krueger@prairieathletic.com for more information on The Lou.