The 2017 John Pelham Memorial/Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions finished this past weekend in Portland, Oregon with a new face being crowned champion, Charlie Pratt.
Pratt, residing in Gainesville, Florida, got a taste of what it is like to be named a racquetball champion over the weekend when he defeated Mario Mercado, from Cali, Colombia by scores of 11-4, 11-1, 12-10. Pratt battled his way into the championships after defeating the #2 ranked player in the world, Rocky Carson, from Ladera Ranch, California in five long games by scores of 6-11,11-6,11-4, 8-11,11-5.
Pratt, who is currently the head coach of the U.S. Jrs Racquetball team, ranked 14th on Tour, and a former and well respected International Racquetball Tour referee now adds being an IRT Champion to his list of accomplishments.
The IRT Futures Doubles finished with Felipe Camacho, from Pueblo, Colorado and his partner Samuel Murray, from Baie-Comeau, Quebec taking home first place. Murray and Camacho defeated the #3 seeded team of Adam Manilla, from Centennial, Colorado and Nicholas Riffel from Superior, Colorado by scores of 15-4, 15-7.
The IRT will be in California next for the 2018 Los Angeles Open in Canoga Park, California.
Kelly R. Diesel