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​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​2017 1 year, 1 month ago #9474

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SportsInsurance.com​ ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​back​ ​for​ ​an​ ​encore
The second annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup slalom
tournament for women is
just around the corner, with Little Mountain Lake ready for an
encore performance on
Sept. 16-17 near Charlotte, North Carolina, aka the Queen City.
With support from Race City Marine of NASCAR-rich
Mooresville, North Carolina,
and towed by Nautique, the $10,000 cash-and-prizes event will
be open to women
who ski in 30-, 32- and 34-mph age groups.
The inaugural Queens Cup in 2016 drew skiers from throughout
the United States
and into Canada. The tournament is designed to parallel the
men’s Big Dawg World
Tour and give women an opportunity to take center stage at an
elite, world-record ski
site. It will also provide women something to train for beyond
one-round events like
regionals and nationals, which typically have low turnouts in
women’s divisions.
With a projected field of 30 to 35 skiers, the Queens Cup will
have a guaranteed
two-round minimum, with Saturday qualifying rounds leading to
a Sweet 16 head-to-head Sunday final. The inaugural Queens
Cup proved that a 50-something
skier -- in this case Joy Kelley of Tennessee -- could go up
against a 30-something
skier -- Josefin Hirst of Florida -- in the final. Boat speed was
the only handicap as
Kelley’s scores at 32 mph counted the same as Hirst’s 34-mph
scores.
The 2016 Queens Cup included women in every age group from
their 30s to their 70s.
Entry fee is $150 and includes the Saturday night barbecue
banquet, where
top scores for the day’s 30-, 32- and 34-mph skiers will be
announced. The top three skiers of the day, based on a handicap
system that takes into account each skier's average score for the
past year, will also be announced and prizes awarded.
The bracketed
field of 16 for Sunday will also be announced.
For more information, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or do a tournament search at
usawaterski.org. You can also follow on Facebook at Little
Mountain Lakes Waterski.

Re: ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​2017 1 year, 1 month ago #9483

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Picture above is 2016 Sweet Sixteen

Joy Kelley returns for Year 2 of SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup in North Carolina

Joy Kelley is somewhat of an ageless wonder in water skiing.

She’s a three-event skier who breaks records and raises the bar almost every time she gets on the water. Kelley surprised probably everyone except herself in 2016 when, at age 58, she advanced to the head-to-head final of the SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup women’s slalom tournament near Charlotte, N.C.

The only disappointment was a fluke fall on her 28-off pass in the final against Sweden’s Josefin Hirst of Florida.

Kelley, of Tennessee, will return for the 2017 Queens Cup at Little Mountain Lake on Sept. 16-17, likely still riding high from the event’s 2016 debut. Her Facebook post after the inaugural event summed up her feelings:

“Wanted to show much gratitude to the sponsors of the Queens Cup! Since the weekend I have been in awe of the cash and prizes awarded, over $10,000. For a first ever event to reach such heights is a direct reflection of the passion, belief and support for women in water skiing and the daily, behind the scenes, focused efforts of the tournament organizers in securing sponsors who also share the same dedication to our sport! Hopefully, we gave the sponsors a good return on their investment by skiing our best, positively influencing others, sharing their product/service with others, and just being an overall strong woman of integrity and character!”

Hers was a popular opinion shared by many of the entrants after last year’s event. Year 2 is just around the corner with an even larger field to share the wealth. As Kelley posted:

“From t-shirts to goody bags to prizes of ski lessons, ski bags, skis, gloves, etc., and cash awards, I have never experienced an event like this! Thank you so very much to all the sponsors! May the Queens Cup live on in ways that continue to exceed the expectations of everyone involved!”

For information on the Queens Cup, which draws support from area Nautique dealer Race City Marine, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look for the tournament at usawaterski.org. It's also on Facebook at Little Mountain Lakes Waterski.

Re: ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​2017 1 year, 1 month ago #9485

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SportsInsurance.com​ ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​fast​ ​approaching
The SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup will return for its second season at Little
Mountain Lake near Charlotte, N.C., aka the Queen City, on Sept. 16-17, with
more than $10,000 in cash and prizes on the line.
"The Queens Cup was well-planned, well-executed and provided exceptional ski
conditions," said Jennifer Leachman, a former world record holder and a member
of the USA Water Ski Hall of Fame. "I don't know how they could have made it
any better.”
Leachman won't be able to ski in the Queens Cup this year because of ankle
surgery, but she encourages others to experience the event. Women of all skill
levels enjoyed the camaraderie and inclusiveness of the 2016 Queens Cup.
The goal for the tournament is to bring national and international women skiers
together at a world-class site for a slalom championship with a significant number
of competitors. Tournament director Jeff Gilbert has goals he sets and meets for
the Queens Cup.
“This tournament provides a great value for the entry fee -- a great site, a
top-quality tournament, a minimum of two to three rounds, and multiple
opportunities to win cash and prizes for all levels,” Gilbert said.
Joy Kelley of Tennessee validated the scoring system -- and made skiers over 40
smile -- by finishing second last year as a 50-some-year-old skier.
“There is something truly unique about this event,” Kelley said. “Today, there is
no other opportunity like Queens Cup for women. It is an event that inspires,
challenges, and allows us to simultaneously pull together our physical, mental
and emotional strength -- with a (scoring) system that provides appropriate and
unlimited competitive opportunity for women 30 to 70-plus years of age.”
With support from area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C.,
the Queens Cup was created to give women the opportunity to ski for a cash
purse on a record-capability lake, with a format modeled after the men's Nautique
Big Dawg World Tour. Two rounds of Saturday qualifying will narrow the field to
16 skiers, who will return Sunday for the bracketed Sweet 16 head-to-head finals.
A significant difference is the Queens Cup scoring system that allows women
whose top speed is 30 and 32 mph to ski on equal footing with those who ski 34
mph. The Queens Cup is for women 30 years and older. The 2016 field had
women up to 72 years old and skiers from every age division down to Women 2.
The tournament will also be scored Saturday to recognize the best three skiers of
the day who beat their average handicap score for the year. Those top three will
receive cash and prizes.
The inaugural Queens Cup got rave reviews from officials, spectators and mostly
from the skiers. Sweden’s Josefin Hirst of Florida took the crown, defeating
surprise finalist Kelley of Tennessee in the final. Leachman of Florida was third.
“It is a ton of fun for any level female skier," Leachman said.
Said Kelley: “The Queens Cup showcases the longevity of women in our sport
and their powerful desire to keep reaching their potential, and be the best they
can be at any age through water skiing.”
Little Mountain Lake is the site of world record performances in Masters Men and
Open Men, as well as numerous national and international records. In addition to
its Pro-Am tournaments, Little Mountain annually hosts a Big Dawg World Tour
stop.
For more information, contact Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look for the
tournament at usawaterski.org. It's also on Facebook at Little Mountain Lakes
Waterski.

Re: ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​2017 1 year, 1 month ago #9486

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Australia's Vieke Wins Queens Cup

Posted by: usawsOn: 09/18/2017 09:15:27In: Water Skiing
Australia's Vennesa Vieke won the second annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup slalom tournament for women on Sunday at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C. The tournament, supported by Race City Marine and Nautique, offered $10,000 in cash and prizes and featured women who ski in the 30, 32 and 34 mph age groups.
Vieke defeated U.S. athlete Chelsea Mills (Cornelius, N.C.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to Mills’ ½ buoy at 38 feet off. For results, visit www.waterskiresults.com.

The tournament was designed to parallel the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, to give women an opportunity to take center stage at an elite, world-record capability water ski site. With more than 30 athletes, the Queens Cup had a guaranteed two-round minimum, with Saturday qualifying rounds leading into Sunday’s Sweet 16 head-to-head final.

The​ ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​scoring​ ​system​ ​allows​ ​women whose​ ​top​ ​speed​ ​is​ ​30​ ​or 32​ ​mph​ ​to​ ​ski​ ​on​ ​equal​ ​footing​ ​with​ ​those​ ​who​ ​ski​ ​34 mph.​ ​The​ ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​was​ ​for​ ​women​ ​30​ ​years​ ​and​ ​older.​ ​

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