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 2011, 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. Kulback resigned in October 2016.

Current season[edit]

2017-2018 (Tier 1 and Grand Slam Events)[edit]

Event Winner Runner Up Semi Finalists Quarterfinalists
Paola Longoria Experience[5]

San Luis Potosí, Mexico
August 18-20, 2017

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-7, 11-5, 11-0
Mexico Jessica Parrilla Guatemala Gabriella Martinez
Mexico Montserrat Mejia
Argentina Natalia Mendez
Bolivia Jenny Daza
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mexico Alexandra Herrera
Torneo Milenio[6]

Tijuana, Mexico
August 25-27, 2017

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-4, 11-3, 11-0
Mexico Alexandra Herrera United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mexico Jessica Parrilla
Colombia Adriana Riveros
Mexico Nancy Enriquez
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Argentina Natalia Mendez
US Open Racquetball Championships[7]

Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 4–8, 2017

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-7, 11-4, 2-11, 11-3
Canada Frédérique Lambert United States Rhonda Rajsich
Argentina Natalia Mendez
Colombia Adriana Riveros
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Mexico Alexandra Herrera
Mexico Jessica Parrilla
Boston Open[8]

Boston, Massachusetts
October 27-29, 2017

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-9, injury forfeit
Canada Frédérique Lambert Mexico Jessica Parrilla
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Chile Carla Muñoz
Ecuador Maria Paz Muñoz
Mexico Alexandra Herrera
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Christmas Classic[9]

Severna Park, Maryland
December 8-10, 2017

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-2, 11-0, 9-11, 11-2
Canada Frédérique Lambert United States Rhonda Rajsich
Mexico Jessica Parrilla
Chile Carla Muñoz
Argentina Natalia Mendez
Mexico Alexandra Herrera
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Sweet Caroline Open[10]

Greenville, South Carolina
January 25-28, 2018

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-9, 11-7, 11-0
Mexico Nancy Enriquez Mexico Alexandra Herrera
Mexico Jessica Parrilla
Chile Carla Muñoz
Mexico Eleni Guzman
Canada Frédérique Lambert
Mexico Samantha Salas
2018 Peachtree Open[11]

Lilburn, Georgia
March 9–11, 2018

Argentina Maria Vargas
forfeit
Canada Frédérique Lambert Mexico Alexandra Herrera
United States Rhonda Rajsich
Colombia Adriana Riveros
Colombia Cristina Amaya
Mexico Lucia Gonzalez
Chile Carla Muñoz
Battle of the Alamo[12]

San Antonio, Texas
April 20–22, 2018

Mexico Samantha Salas
5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4
Mexico Paola Longoria Argentina Natalia Mendez
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
Mexico Jessica Parrilla
Mexico Nancy Enriquez
Mexico Monserrat Mejia
Bolivia Yasmine Sabja
The Teamroot.com Classic

Overland Park, Kansas
June 8-10, 2018

Mexico Paola Longoria
11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-2
Canada Frédérique Lambert Mexico Samantha Salas
Mexico Nancy Enriquez
Colombia Adriana Riveros
Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
Guatemala Gabriela Martinez
United States Rhonda Rajsich

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

Season Wins US Open winner
2017-18 Mexico Paola Longoria (7), Mexico Samantha Salas, Argentina Maria Vargas Mexico Paola Longoria
2016-17 Mexico Paola Longoria (10), Canada Frédérique Lambert, Mexico Samantha Salas Mexico Paola Longoria
2015-16 Mexico Paola Longoria (11) Mexico Paola Longoria
2014-15 Mexico Paola Longoria (10), 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

Rankings[edit]

Season ending top 10 rankings[edit]

Rank 2005-16 2006-17 2007-18
1 Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria
2 United States Rhonda Rajsich Canada Frédérique Lambert Canada Frédérique Lambert
3 Argentina Maria Jose Vargas Mexico Samantha Salas Mexico Jessica Parrilla
4 Canada Frédérique Lambert Mexico Jessica Parrilla Mexico Alexandra Herrera
5 Mexico Samantha Salas Mexico Alexandra Herrera United States Rhonda Rajsich
6 Mexico Jessica Parrilla United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Nancy Enriquez
7 Mexico Sofia Rascon Colombia Cristina Amaya Argentina Natalia Mendez
8 Mexico Alexandra Herrera Chile Carla Muñoz Colombia Cristina Amaya
9 Mexico Susana Acosta Mexico Susana Acosta Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
10 Colombia Cristina Amaya Colombia Adriana Riveros Chile Carla Muñoz
Rank 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13[13] 2013-14[14] 2004-15[15]
1 United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria
2 Mexico Paola Longoria United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich Argentina Maria Jose Vargas
3 Mexico Samantha Salas United States Kerri Wachtel Mexico Samantha Salas Argentina Maria Jose Vargas United States Rhonda Rajsich
4 United States Kerri Wachtel United States Krystal Csuk Mexico Susana Acosta Mexico Samantha Salas Canada Frédérique Lambert
5 United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Adrienne Fisher United States Cheryl Gudinas Colombia Cristina Amaya Mexico Samantha Salas
6 Mexico Susana Acosta Mexico Susana Acosta United States Adrienne Fisher Canada Frédérique Lambert Colombia Cristina Amaya
7 Canada Jennifer Saunders Canada Jennifer Saunders United States Grace Hughes United States Aubrey Kirch United States Michelle Key
8 United States Adrienne Fisher Colombia Cristina Amaya United States Kerri Wachtel Mexico Susana Acosta Mexico Sofia Rascon
9 Colombia Cristina Amaya United States Kristen Walsh Bellows Colombia Cristina Amaya Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor United States Cheryl Gudinas
10 United States Krystal Csuk United States Cheryl Gudinas Bolivia Maria Jose Vargas United States Da'monique Davis United States Da'monique Davis
Rank 2005-06[16] 2006-07[17] 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
1 United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich Mexico Paola Longoria Mexico Paola Longoria
2 United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Kerri Wachtel United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich
3 Canada Christie Van Hees United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Kerri Wachtel United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes United States Cheryl Gudinas Holmes
4 United States Kristen Walsh Bellows Chile Angela Grisar Chile Angela Grisar United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Kerri Wachtel
5 Chile Angela Grisar Canada Christie Van Hees United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Kerri Wachtel United States Adrienne Fisher
6 United States Diane Moore United States Brenda Kyzer Mexico Paola Longoria Ecuador Veronica Sotomayor United States Jo Shattuck
7 United States Brenda Kyzer United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Adrienne Fisher United States Adrienne Fisher United States Keely Franks
8 United States Jo Shattuck Mexico Samantha Salas United States Brenda Kyzer Chile Angela Grisar United States T. J. Baumbaugh
9 United States Tammy Brown United States Jo Shattuck Canada Christie Van Hees Canada Jennifer Saunders United States Vivian Gomez
10 United States Laura Fenton United States Diane Moore United States Doreen Fowler United States Jo Shattuck Mexico Samantha Salas
Rank 2000-01[18] 2001-02[18] 2002-03[19] 2003-04[18] 2004-05[20]
1 United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas Canada Christie Van Hees
2 United States Jackie Paraiso United States Jackie Rice United States Jackie Paraiso Rice Canada Christie Van Hees United States Cheryl Gudinas
3 United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Kerri Wachtel United States Kerri Wachtel United States Rhonda Rajsich United States Rhonda Rajsich
4 United States Laura Fenton 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 Kersten Hallander United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Kristen Walsh Bellows
6 Mexico Susana Acosta United States Kristen Walsh Bellows United States Adrienne Fisher United States Kersten Hallander Chile Angela Grisar
7 United States Doreen Fowler Dominican Republic Claudine Garcia United States Kim Russell United States Adrienne Fisher United States Tammy Brown
8 United States Kerri Stoffregen 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 Canada Lori-Jane Powell Chile Angela Grisar United States Diane Moore
10 United States Kim Machiran United States Laura Fenton Mexico Susana Acosta United States Jackie Paraiso Rice United States Brenda Kyzer
  • 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.[21]
Rank 1995-96[22] 1996-97[22] 1997-98[22] 1998-99[22] 1999-2000[22]
1 United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould United States Jackie Paraiso United States Jackie Paraiso
2 United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Jackie Paraiso United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas
3 United States Amy Kilbane United States Jackie Paraiso United States Marci Drexler Canada Christie Van Hees Canada Christie Van Hees
4 United States Marcy Lynch* United States Laura Fenton United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Kersten Hallander United States Kersten Hallander
5 United States Anita Maldonado* United States Molly O'Brien United States Laura Fenton United States Lydia Hammock Mexico Susana Acosta
6 United States Kim Machiran United States Lynne Coburn United States Lynne Coburn United States Robin Levine United States Lisa Hjelm
7 United States Molly O'Brien United States Marcy Lynch United States Molly O'Brien United States Molly O'Brien United States Kim Machiran
8 United States Jackie Paraiso United States Janet Myers United States Lorraine Galloway United States Michelle Wiragh United States Phyllis Morris
9 United States Dina Moreland United States Lydia Hammock United States Lydia Hammock United States Janet Myers United States Doreen Fowler
10 United States Lynne Coburn United States Randi Friedman United States Doreen Fowler Canada Lori-Jane Powell United States Michelle Lucas
  • Note - Marcy Lynch and Anita Maldonado tied for 4th in 1995-96.
Rank 1990-91[23] 1991-92[23] 1992-93[23] 1993-94[23] 1994-95[22]
1 United States Michelle Gilman United States Jackie Paraiso Gibson United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould United States Michelle Gould
2 United States Lynn Adams United States Malia Kamahoahoa Bailey United States Marci Drexler United States Marci Drexler United States Robin Levine
3 United States Malia Bailey United States Toni Bevelock United States Malia Bailey United States Robin Levine United States Marci Drexler
4 United States Caryn McKinney United States Michelle Gilman Gould United States Jackie Paraiso Gibson United States Cheryl Gudinas United States Cheryl Gudinas
5 United States Jackie Paraiso United States Dottie Fishl Kelly United States Lynne Coburn United States Lynne Coburn United States Lynne Coburn
6 United States Toni Bevelock United States Marci Drexler United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Molly O’Brien United States Chris Evon
7 United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Marcy Lynch United States Toni Bevelock* United States Laura Fenton United States Laura Fenton
8 United States Marci Drexler United States Lynne Coburn United States Molly O'Brien* United States Chris Evon United States Molly O'Brien
9 United States Lynne Coburn United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Chris Evon United States Ellen Crawford United States Marcy Lynch
10 United States Marcy Lynch United States Robin Levine United States Caryn McKinney United States Roz Olson United States Amy Kilbane
  • Note - Toni Bevelock and Molly O'Brien tied for 7th in 1992-93.
Rank 1985-96[23] 1986-87[23] 1987-88[23] 1988-89[23] 1989-90[23]
1 United States Lynn Adams United States Lynn Adams United States Lynn Adams United States Caryn McKinney United States Lynn Adams
2 United States Caryn McKinney United States Caryn McKinney United States Caryn McKinney United States Lynn Adams United States Michelle Gilman
3 United States Marci Drexler United States Marci Drexler United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Toni Bevelock United States Caryn McKinney
4 United States Vicki Panzeri United States Molly O'Brien United States Marci Drexler United States Marci Drexler United States Toni Bevelock
5 United States Terri Gilreath* United States Vicki Panzeri United States Molly O'Brien United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Kaye Kuhfeld
6 United States Bonnie Stoll* United States Kaye Kuhfeld United States Jackie Paraiso United States Molly O'Brien United States Malia Bailey
7 United States Molly O'Brien* United States Terri Gilreath United States Vicki Panzeri United States Dottie Fishl United States Molly O'Brien
8 United States Sandy Robson* United States Marcy Lynch United States Liz Alvarado United States Jackie Paraiso United States Jackie Paraiso
9 United States Fran Davis United States Chris Evon United States Toni Bevelock United States Cindy Doyle United States Dottie Fishl
10 United States Trina Rasmussen United States Jackie Paraiso]] United States Cindy Doyle United States Marcy Lynch United States Chris Evon

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[23] 1981-82[23] 1982-83[23] 1983-84[23] 1984-85[23]
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[edit]

Rank Player Years
1. United States Cheryl Gudinas 21
2. United States Rhonda Rajsich 18
3. United States Jackie Paraiso 16
4. United States Kerri Wachtel 12
4. United States Molly O'Brien 12
6. Mexico Paola Longoria 11
6. United States Lynn Adams 11
6. United States Marci Drexler 11
8. United States Adrienne Fisher 9
8. United States Michelle Gould 9
8. United States Caryn McKinney 9
8. United States Kristen Bellows 9

Players ranked #1 at season's end[edit]

Years ended No. 1
1. Mexico Paola Longoria 9
2. United States Michelle Gould 7
3. United States Lynn Adams 6
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]

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