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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Red Swain Shootout begins in Davison, draws top racquetball players

DAVISON, Michigan — The first International Racquetball Tour stop in Michigan in the last 20 years kicked off Thursday.The Red Swain Shootout, which features 29 top ranked players and more than 100 amateur players, will continue through Sunday at the Davison Athletic Club, 2140 Fairway, in Davison.Proceeds from the event and from an equipment auction will benefit The Angel Fund, which supports those with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. The tournament is named for Red Swain, father of tournament host and six time champion Cliff Swain, who saw how the disease affected his father.
If you go
THURSDAY: 5 to 7p.m.: Men's round of 64. 8 to 10 p.m.: Men's round of 32
FRIDAY: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: professional men’s round of 16; 5:30 to 11 p.m.: professional men’s quarterfinals
SATURDAY: 4 p.m.: professional men’s semifinal No. 1; 5 p.m.: professional men’s semifinal No. 2.
SUNDAY: 12 p.m.: professional men’s finals.
ADMISSION: Day passes are $20 for Thursday; $30 for Friday or Saturday; $20 for Sunday. A weekend package is $50. A VIP package, which includes reserved seating and refreshment room, is $100"It's a win-win," Cliff Swain said of fundraising and promoting the sport in the same event.Racquetball is played in a 40-foot by 20-foot room and can consist of either two single players competing or doubles teams. A match is played to 11 points and players score by winning a rally. The Flint Journal Fans watch the opening match of the Red Swain Racquetball tournament between Eric Desrochers, of Ancaster, Ontario and Jim Bronson of Toledo, Oh. at the Davison Athletic Club Thursday evening. The tournament is back for the first time since last being played in the early 90's.
Tournament director Don Schopieray said organizers hope to make the tournament an annual event. Schopieray's son, Brad, 18, is the 29th ranked player in the world and will be competing.
The sport’s No. 1 player and six-time champion, Kane Waselenchuk, also will compete in Davison, looking to add to his three-year-long 122-match winning streak.The pros will be competing for a share of a $18,500 purse. Amateurs will be competing for a share of $1,500, Schopieray said.Organizers also hope to get others interested in the racquetball, said Tour president Jason Mannino.“If you see it, you can’t help but love it,” Mannino said. “It’s infectious.”

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