Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour

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The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour is the latest name for the women's professional racquetball tour. It features the world's best players and several events each season - running from September to May - that are mostly played in the USA.

History[edit]

Women's professional racquetball has existed since the 1970s but the women's pro tour began in 1980, when the Women's Professional Racquetball Association (WPRA) was created.[1] The tour was run by International Management Group, and did well in the early 1980s in part due to the great rivalry between Lynn Adams and Heather McKay. The WPRA lasted until 1994, when the Women's International Racquetball Tour (WIRT) was created.

In 2000, the United States Racquetball Association (USRA) took over administration of the WIRT, and renamed it the Ladies Professional Racquetball Association (LPRA). This led to significant growth under the supervision of the USRA, which had a three year plan for the LPRA.[2]

In 2005, the players took over control and ownership of the tour, and again it was reorganized and rebranded as the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization.[3] Shannon Feaster, a former player, served as the WPRO Commissioner from 2005 to 2010, when she stepped down to focus on her family. Gigi Rock was then hired as the new commissioner in July 2010.[4]

In 2012, the players decided to reorganize and created the LPRT with T. J. Baumbaugh as President and Andy Kulback Deputy Commissioner.

Current season[edit]

2014-2015 (Tier 1 and Grand Slam Events)[edit]

Event Winner Runner Up Semi Finalists Quarterfinalists
Torneo Fenapo Paola Longoria

San Luis Potosí, Mexico
August 15–17, 2014

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-6, 12-10, 11-2
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Mexico Samantha Salas
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
Canada Frédérique Lambert
Ecuador Maria Paz Muñoz
United States Kimberly Irons
Abierto Mexicano de Racquetas

Huixquilucan, Mexico
September 18–21, 2014

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-8, 2-11, 11-3, 11-7
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Canada Frédérique Lambert
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mexico Sofia Rascon
Mexico Susana Acosta
Colombia Cristina Amaya
United States Michelle Key
US Open Racquetball Championships

Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 8–12, 2013

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-5, 11-3, 11-8
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Colombia Cristina Amaya
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mexico Diana Aguilar
Mexico Sofia Rascon
Canada Frédérique Lambert
Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
Ektelon Stockton Pro-Am

Stockton, California
October 17–19, 2014

United States Rhonda Rajsich
11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-4
Mexico Paola Longoria Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
Canada Frédérique Lambert
United States Da'monique Davis
Mexico Sofia Rascon
United States Sheryl Lotts
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Paola Longoria Invitational

Monterrey, Mexico
December 5–7, 2014

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-4, 11-9, 11-5
United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Samantha Salas
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
Mexico Lucia Gonzalez
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
United States Cheryl Gudinas
Christmas Classic

Arlington, Virginia
December 12–14, 2014

Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11
United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Alexandra Herrera
Mexico Samantha Salas
United States Michelle Key
Mexico Jessica Parrila
United States Cheryl Gudinas
United States Da'monique Davis
Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati Pro-Am

Cincinnati, Ohio
January 23–25, 2015

Mexico Paola Longoria
12-10, 11-7, 11-5
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Mexico Samantha Salas
United States Rhonda Rajsich
United States Da'monique Davis
Mexico Susana Acosta
Canada Frédérique Lambert
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Winter Classic

Overland Park, Kansas
February 20–22, 2015

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-1, 11-2, 11-4
United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Samantha Salas
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
United States Da'monique Davis
Mexico Sofia Rascon
Canada Frédérique Lambert
Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
New Jersey Open

Warren, New Jersey
March 6–8, 2015

Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3
Canada Frédérique Lambert United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mexico Paola Longoria
Mexico Susana Acosta
Mexico Ximena Gonzalez
Mexico Sofia Rascon
Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
California Nevada USAR Regionals

Fountain Valley, California
March 20–22, 2015

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-6, 11-6, 11-6
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Mexico Samantha Salas
Colombia Cristina Amaya
United States Michelle Key
Mexico Susana Acosta
Canada Frédérique Lambert
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mile High Pro-Am

Denver, Colorado
April 17–19, 2015

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-9, 11-1, 11-1
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Canada Frédérique Lambert
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Mexico Sofia Rascon
United States Cheryl Gudinas
Mexico Samantha Salas
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Battle of the Alamo[5]

San Antonio, Texas
April 24–26, 2015

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Mexico Samantha Salas
United States Rhonda Rajsich
United States Cheryl Gudinas
Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
Canada Frédérique Lambert
United States Michelle Key
Ektelon Pro Nationals

Herndon, Virginia
May 15–17, 2015

Season Summaries (Tier I and Grand Slam Events)[edit]

Season Wins US Open winner
2014-15 Mexico Paola Longoria (9), Argentina Maria Jose Vargas (2), United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria
2013-14 Mexico Paola Longoria (12) Mexico Paola Longoria
2012-13 Mexico Paola Longoria (11) Mexico Paola Longoria
2011-12 Mexico Paola Longoria (7), United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria
2010-11 Mexico Paola Longoria (5), United States Rhonda Rajsich (4), Mexico Samantha Salas (1) United States Rhonda Rajsich
2009-10 Mexico Paola Longoria (5), United States Rhonda Rajsich (2), United States Cheryl Gudinas (1) United States Rhonda Rajsich
2008-09 Mexico Paola Longoria (4), United States Rhonda Rajsich (4), United States Kristen Walsh Bellows (1) Mexico Paola Longoria

Season End Rankings[edit]

Rank 2013-14[6]
1 Mexico Paola Longoria
2 United States Rhonda Rajsich
3 Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
4 Mexico Samantha Salas
5 Colombia Cristina Amaya
6 Canada Frédérique Lambert
7 United States Aubrey Kirch
8 Mexico Susana Acosta
9 Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
10 United States Da'monique Davis
Rank 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13[7]
1 Mexico Paola Longoria United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria
2 United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich
3 United States Cheryl Gudinas Mexico Samantha Salas United States Kerri Wachtel Mexico Samantha Salas
4 United States Kerri Wachtel United States Kerri Wachtel United States Krystal Csuk Mexico Susana Acosta
5 United States Adrienne Fisher United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Adrienne Fisher United States Cheryl Gudinas
6 United States Jo Shattuck Mexico Susana Acosta Mexico Susana Acosta United States Adrienne Fisher
7 United States Keely Franks Canada Jennifer Saunders Canada Jennifer Saunders United States Grace Hughes
8 United States T. J. Baumbaugh United States Adrienne Fisher Colombia Cristina Amaya United States Kerri Wachtel
9 United States Vivian Gomez Colombia Cristina Amaya United States Kristen Walsh Bellows Colombia Cristina Amaya
10 Mexico Samantha Salas United States Krystal Csuk United States Cheryl Gudinas Bolivia Maria Jose Vargas
Rank 2005-06[8] 2006-07[9] 2007-08 2008-09
1 United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria
2 United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Kerri Wachtel United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Rhonda Rajsich
3 Canada Christie Van Hees United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Kerri Wachtel United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes
4 United States Kristen Walsh Bellows Chile Angela Grisar Chile Angela Grisar United States Kristen Walsh Bellows
5 Chile Angela Grisar Canada Christie Van Hees United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Kerri Wachtel
6 United States Diane Moore United States Brenda Kyzer Mexico Paola Longoria Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor
7 United States Brenda Kyzer United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Adrienne Fisher United States Adrienne Fisher
8 United States Jo Shattuck Mexico Samantha Salas United States Brenda Kyzer Chile Angela Grisar
9 United States Tammy Brown United States Jo Shattuck Canada Christie Van Hees Canada Jennifer Saunders
10 United States Laura Fenton United States Diane Moore United States Doreen Fowler United States Jo Shattuck
Rank 2001-02[10] 2002-03[11] 2003-04[10] 2004-05[12]
1 United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas Canada Christie Van Hees
2 United States Jackie Rice United States Jackie Paraiso Rice Canada Christie Van Hees United States Cheryl Gudinas
3 United States Kerri Wachtel United States Kerri Wachtel United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich
4 United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Kerri Wachtel United States Kerri Wachtel
5 United States Kersten Hallander United States Kersten Hallander United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Kristen Walsh Bellows
6 United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Adrienne Fisher United States Kersten Hallander Chile Angela Grisar
7 Dominican Republic Claudine Garcia United States Kim Russell United States Adrienne Fisher United States Tammy Brown
8 United States Kim Russell United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Tammy Brown United States Adrienne Fisher
9 Canada Lori-Jane Powell Canada Lori-Jane Powell Chile Angela Grisar United States Diane Moore
10 United States Laura Fenton Mexico Susana Acosta United States Jackie Paraiso Rice United States Brenda Kyzer
Rank 1997-98[13] 1998-99[13] 1999-2000[13] 2000-01[10]
1 United States Michelle Gould United States Jackie Paraiso United States Jackie Paraiso United States Cheryl Gudinas
2 United States Jackie Paraiso United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Jackie Paraiso
3 United States Marci Drexler Canada Christie Van Hees Canada Christie Van Hees United States Rhonda Rajsich
4 United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Kersten Hallander United States Kersten Hallander United States Laura Fenton
5 United States Laura Fenton United States Lydia Hammock Mexico Susana Acosta United States Kersten Hallander
6 United States Lynne Coburn United States Robin Levine United States Lisa Hjelm Mexico Susana Acosta
7 United States Molly O'Brien United States Molly O'Brien United States Kim Machiran United States Doreen Fowler
8 United States Lorraine Galloway United States Michelle Wiragh United States Phyllis Morris United States Kerri Stoffregen
9 United States Lydia Hammock United States Janet Myers United States Doreen Fowler Canada Lori-Jane Powell
10 United States Doreen Fowler Canada Lori-Jane Powell United States Michelle Lucas United States Kim Machiran
  • Note - Christie Van Hees announced she was retiring at the end of the 2000-01 season, and was omitted from the season ending rankings despite winning two tournaments that season and being in the finals of two others. She certainly would have been in the top 10 that season.[14]
Rank 1993-94[15] 1994-95[13] 1995-96[13] 1996-97[13]
1 United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould
2 United States Marci Drexler United States Robin Levine United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas
3 United States Robin Levine United States Marci Drexler United States Amy Kilbane United States Jackie Paraiso
4 United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Marcy Lynch* United States Laura Fenton
5 United States Lynne Coburn United States Lynne Coburn United States Anita Maldonado* United States Molly O'Brien
6 United States Molly O'Brien United States Chris Evon United States Kim Machiran United States Lynne Coburn
7 United States Laura Fenton United States Laura Fenton United States Molly O'Brien United States Marcy Lynch
8 United States Chris Evon United States Molly O'Brien United States Jackie Paraiso United States Janet Myers
9 United States Ellen Crawford United States Marcy Lynch United States Dina Moreland United States Lydia Hammock
10 United States Roz Olson United States Amy Kilbane United States Lynne Coburn United States Randi Friedman
  • Note - Marcy Lynch and Anita Maldonado tied for 4th in 1995-96.
Rank 1989-90[15] 1990-91[15] 1991-92[15] 1992-93[15]
1 United States Lynn Adams United States Michelle Gilman United States Jackie Paraiso Gibson United States Michelle Gould
2 United States Michelle Gilman United States Lynn Adams United States Malia Kamahoahoa Bailey United States Marci Drexler
3 United States Caryn McKinney United States Malia Bailey United States Toni Bevelock United States Malia Bailey
4 United States Toni Bevelock United States Caryn McKinney United States Michelle Gilman Gould United States Jackie Paraiso Gibson
5 United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Jackie Paraiso United States Dottie Fishl Kelly United States Lynne Coburn
6 United States Malia Bailey United States Toni Bevelock United States Marci Drexler United States Kaye Kuhfeld
7 United States Molly O'Brien United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Marcy Lynch United States Toni Bevelock*
8 United States Jackie Paraiso United States Marci Drexler United States Lynne Coburn United States Molly O'Brien*
9 United States Dottie Fishl United States Lynne Coburn United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Chris Evon
10 United States Chris Evon United States Marcy Lynch United States Robin Levine United States Caryn McKinney
  • Note - Toni Bevelock and Molly O'Brien tied for 7th in 1992-93.
Rank 1985-96[15] 1986-87[15] 1987-88[15] 1988-89[15]
1 United States Lynn Adams United States Lynn Adams United States Lynn Adams United States Caryn McKinney
2 United States Caryn McKinney United States Caryn McKinney United States Caryn McKinney United States Lynn Adams
3 United States Marci Drexler United States Marci Drexler United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Toni Bevelock
4 United States Vicki Panzeri United States Molly O'Brien United States Marci Drexler United States Marci Drexler
5 United States Terri Gilreath* United States Vicki Panzeri United States Molly O'Brien United States Kaye Kuhfeld
6 United States Bonnie Stoll* United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Jackie Paraiso United States Molly O'Brien
7 United States Molly O'Brien* United States Terri Gilreath United States Vicki Panzeri United States Dottie Fishl
8 United States Sandy Robson* United States Marcy Lynch United States Liz Alvarado United States Jackie Paraiso
9 United States Fran Davis United States Chris Evon United States Toni Bevelock United States Cindy Doyle
10 United States Trina Rasmussen United States Jackie Paraiso]] United States Cindy Doyle United States Marcy Lynch

Note: In the 1986-85 season, Terri Gilreath and Bonnie Stoll tied for 5th and Molly O'Brien and Sandy Robson tied for 7th.

Rank 1980-81[15] 1981-82[15] 1982-83[15] 1983-84[15] 1984-85[15]
1 Australia Heather McKay United States Lynn Adams Australia Heather McKay Australia Heather McKay United States Lynn Adams
2 United States Lynn Adams Australia Heather McKay United States Lynn Adams United States Lynn Adams United States Vicki Panzeri
3 United States Shannon Wright United States Shannon Wright United States Shannon Wright United States Shannon Wright-Hamilton United States Terri Gilreath
4 United States Marci Greer United States Marci Greer United States Laura Martino United States Janell Marriott United States Caryn McKinney
5 United States Karin Walton-Trent United States Peggy Gardner United States Vicki Panzeri United States Vicki Panzeri United States Marci Drexler
6 United States Peggy Gardner United States Laura Martino United States Janell Marriott United States Terri Gilreath United States Janell Marriott
7 United States Laura Martino United States Terri Gilreath United States Marci Greer United States Laura Martino Australia Heather McKay
8 United States Linda Prefontaine United States Rita Hoff United States Terri Gilreath United States Caryn McKinney United States Liz Alvarado
9 United States Francine Davis United States Jennifer Harding United States Peggy Gardner United States Marci Greer United States Diane Bullard
10 United States Janell Marriott United States Vicki Panzeri Canada Heather Stupp United States Brenda Barrett United States Cindy Baxter
Most Years In Top 10
1. Cheryl Gudinas 20
2. Jackie Paraiso 16
3. Rhonda Rajsich 14
4. Kerri Wachtel 12
4. Molly O'Brien 12
6. Lynn Adams 11
6. Marci Drexler 11
8. Adrienne Fisher 9
8. Michelle Gould 9
8. Caryn McKinney 9
8. Kristen Bellows 9

Year-end number 1[edit]

Years ended No. 1
1. United States Michelle Gould 7
2. United States Lynn Adams 6
3. Mexico Paola Longoria 5
4. United States Cheryl Gudinas 4
4. United States Rhonda Rajsich 4
6. Australia Heather McKay 3
6. United States Jackie Paraiso 3
8. United States Caryn McKinney 1
8. Canada Christie Van Hees 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video". CNN. October 29, 1984. 
  2. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20030802090845/www.racqmag.com/racqmag/2003/233/232feat_lpra.htm Racquetball Magazine article
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050824155731/http://ladiesproracquetball.com/ 2005 WPRO website
  4. ^ http://wprotour.com/documents/Rock_And_The_Role.pdf WPRO Press Release
  5. ^ http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/drawsOut/view-bracket.asp?leftFrame=&TID=13654&divID=34&combinedID=0&print=&fromPage=&highlightMatchNum=&drawVar=&message=
  6. ^ http://www.lprtour.com/downloads/2013-2014_Rankings_052014_Season_Ending.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.lprtour.com/downloads/2012-2013_Rankings_as_of_052013.pdf
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20060703233841/ladiesproracquetball.com/rankings.htm Women's Professional Racquetball Organization
  9. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20070609022856/www.ladiesproracquetball.com/rankings.htm Women's Professional Racquetball Organization
  10. ^ a b c http://web.archive.org/web/20030214221311/ladiesproracquetball.com/events.htm Ladies Professional Racquetball Association
  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20030720144454/http://ladiesproracquetball.com/ Ladies Professional Racquetball Association
  12. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050826202508/www.ladiesproracquetball.com/rankings.htm Ladies Professional Racquetball Association
  13. ^ a b c d e f http://web.archive.org/web/20030607144001/ladiesproracquetball.com/events/WIRT_results.htm Women's International Racquetball Tour
  14. ^ Racquetball magazine, July–August 2001
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n http://web.archive.org/web/20030607145240/ladiesproracquetball.com/events/WPRA_results.htm Women's Professional Racquetball Association

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