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Butler Looks to Make it Four in a Row in Fort Worth

June 4, 2011

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Butler Looks to Make it Four in a Row in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Tex. – The wakeboarding action continued today in Fort Worth, as the sport’s top pros hit the waters of Texas MasterCraft’s Lake Moser for day two of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The three-day-long contest, which concludes Saturday, June 4, featured preliminary rounds today for the Jr. Pro Men, Pro Women and Pro Men’s divisions, narrowing down the field of riders for tomorrow’s final day of action.

In the Pro Women’s division, the top 12 female rippers on tour hit the water in three heats of four for their semifinal round. With only the top two riders in each heat advancing, the competition was quickly cut in half to form tomorrow’s six-woman final. Among the finalists is England’s Nicola Butler, who looks to extend her winning-streak in Fort Worth.

The two-time Queen of Wake champion has won the previous three Pro Tour stops in Fort Worth, and after pacing her heat today, is poised to make it four in a row.

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“I had two stand-up passes, so I’m pretty pumped on the way I rode today,” said Butler. “I’m stoked to make it into the finals and can’t wait to ride tomorrow.”

Should the current world champion win tomorrow, she will hold the record for the most consecutive Pro Tour stops wins in the Lone Star State. Butler credits her success in Fort Worth to the fans that continuously come out to Texas MasterCraft to support her and the entire Pro Tour.

The Pro Women’s finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, where Butler will face off against Melissa Marquardt, Amber Wing, Anna Hajek, Raimi Merritt and Emily Durham for the win.

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In the Pro Men’s division, 42 pros faced off in 10 heats for one of 20 spots in tomorrow morning’s quarterfinals. The prelims were filled with upsets in nearly every heat today, setting up a very exciting matchup for the final day in Fort Worth.

Among the top quarterfinalists are current Pro Tour points-leader Harley Clifford, 2010 Fort Worth tour stop winner Phillip Soven and rookie sensation Steel Lafferty.

In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, 26 amateur rippers hit the water today for their quarterfinal round of action. Only the top two riders from each of the five heats advanced onto tomorrow’s semifinals, sending more than half of competition home.

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Among the 10 semifinalist are Kyle Evans and Marc Kroon, who each posted a perfect score of 100 points to win their respective heats today. Also advancing to the Jr. Pro Men’s semifinals is the division’s points-leader Shota Tezuka.

Tezuka is the top-seeded rider in the division after becoming the first Japanese-born rider to win a Pro Tour event, during the 2011 season opener in Acworth, Ga. last month.

The Jr. Pro Men riders will take to the water for their semifinal round tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., following the pro men quarterfinals.

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The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will wrap up in Fort Worth tomorrow, Saturday, June 4, with the ticketed event beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

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June 3 Results:

**Pro Women

Semifinal Round – Heat #1

1    Nicola Butler    GBR    76.67

2    Emily Durham    USA    66.67**

3    Miku Asai    JPN    50.00

4    Corrie Dyer    USA    43.33

**Pro Women

Semifinal Round – Heat #2

1    Melissa Marquardt    USA    73.33

2    Raimi Merritt    USA    65.00

**3    Tarah Mikacich    USA    56.67

4    Alexa Score    USA    41.67

**Pro Women

Semifinal Round – Heat #3

1    Anna Hajek    USA    70.00

2    Amber Wing    AUS    61.67

**3    Hayley Smith    AUS    60.00

4    Shawna Hoffman    USA    46.67

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #1

1    Austin Hair    USA    71.67

2    Danny Thollander    USA    60.00

**3    Corey Bradley    USA    59.17

4    Chad Sharpe    CAN    51.67

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #2

1    Trevor Hansen    USA    71.67

2    Jason Bannatyne    CAN    60.00

**3    Jimmy LaRiche    USA    53.33

4    Josh Palma    USA    43.33

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #3

1    Andrew Adkison    USA    71.67

2    Kyle Rattray    CAN    56.67

**3    Julian Cohen    USA    48.33

4    Terry Bailey    USA    40.00

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #4

1    Rusty Malinoski    CAN    75.00

2    Jeff House    USA    60.00

**3    JB O’Neill    USA    53.33

4    Dean Smith    AUS    50.00

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #5

1    AJ Racinelli    USA    71.67

2    Padiwat Jaemjan    THA    63.33

**3    Adam Errington    USA    58.33

4    Dante Digangi    USA    50.00

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #6

1    Bob Soven    USA    73.33

2    Olivier Derome    CAN    66.67

**3    Jefferson Langley    USA    55.00

4    Joey Bradley    USA    48.33

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #7

1    JD Webb    USA    70.00

2    Nick Jones    USA    61.67

**3    Shaun Murray    USA    58.33

4    Zane Schwenk    USA    38.33

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #8

1    Steel Lafferty    USA    76.67

2    Aaron Rathy    CAN    71.67

**3    Danny Burnstein    USA    50.00

4    Jimmy Trask    USA    48.33

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #9

1    Phillip Soven    USA    78.33

2    Tony Carroll    USA    65.00

**3    Phillip Aslinger    USA    50.00

4    JoJo Lemberg    USA    41.67

5    Stephen Pierce    USA    33.33

**Pro Men

Round of 40 – Heat #10

1    Harley Clifford    AUS    80.00

2    Tom Fooshee    USA    61.67

**3    Kirby Liesmann    USA    55.00

4    Sam Thomson    AUS    54.17

5    Sean O’Brien    USA    45.00

**Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #1

1    Kyle Evans    USA    100.00

2    Paulie Koch    USA    78.75

**3    Freddie Wayne    USA    74.50

4    Pierce Homsey    USA    71.25

5    Joey Buss    USA    64.00

6    Connor Bitton    USA    61.50

**Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #2

1    Joshua Twelker    USA    96.00

2    Morgan Pederson    USA    87.00

**3    Gunnar Shuler    USA    79.75

4    Colby Bernier    USA    73.00

5    Gunner Daft    USA    47.75

**Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #3

1    Marc Kroon    NED    100.00

2    Dylan Prideaux    AUS    80.50

**3    Trey Romine    USA    75.25

4    Gus Shuler    USA    73.75

5    Hayden McEntire    USA    70.50

**Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #4

1    Michael Dowdy    USA    94.00

2    Jacob Valdez    USA    90.50

**3    Keenan Allen    USA    80.75

4    Robby Holihan    USA    74.75

5    Yancey Crew    USA    60.00

**Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #5

1    Shota Tezuka    JPN    90.00

2    Daniel Powers    USA    88.00

**3    Gordon Harrison    USA    86.50

4    Robbie McMillan    CAN    69.75

5    Cody Hesse    USA    65.75

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