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TOPIC: Queen’s Cup returns for 3rd year in North Carolina

Queen’s Cup returns for 3rd year in North Carolina 2 months, 3 weeks ago #9619

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Queen’s Cup returns for third year in North
Carolina
The third annual SportsInsurance.com Queen's Cup is set for Sept. 15-16 at Little Mountain
Lakes near Charlotte, N.C., returning with its unique slalom format and created to provide
women the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes at a world record site.
The Queen’s Cup, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is presented by
SportsInsurance.com and area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C. The
event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and to give women the
opportunity to take center stage at an elite event.
Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers who entered in the first two
years, and the event is also open to any level, from first tournament to skiers in their 70s.
The inaugural Queen’s Cup champion, Josefin Hirst, will return after having to miss last year’s
event. The 2017 champion, however, will not be eligible to defend her title because of her
placement in the 2018 Moomba Masters. Vennesa Vieke was third at Moomba. Queen’s Cup
rules prohibit skiers who place in the top seven of an elite tournament from entering.
Previous Queen's Cup skiers include USA Water Ski Hall of Famer Jennifer LaPoint, a former
world record holder, as well as winners of multiple regional and national championships, such
as Leeza Harrison, Joy Kelley, Trish Burt, Chelsea Mills, Shirley Coble, Gail Case, Brenda
Baldwin, Cyndi Benzel and more.
Skiers ages 30 and older from throughout the United States as well as Europe and Canada
competed in the first two Queen's Cups.The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying
advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. An award is also given to the skier who most exceeds
her average score, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether she advances to the
Sweet 16.
The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is the parity it brings. Skiers of all ages compete on
equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose
maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is
34. A 28-off pass -- or any other -- counts the same at any boat speed.
That format propelled Joy Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against
34-year-old Hirst at the 2016 Queen's Cup. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34.
Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4,
before meeting Hirst in the final.
To enter, go to usawaterski.org for tournament information. For sponsorship opportunities and
other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Re: Queen’s Cup returns for 3rd year in North Carolina 2 months, 1 week ago #9621

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Queen’s Cup Postponed Until Oct. 6-7
Posted by: usawsOn: 09/12/2018 13:20:28In: Water Skiing
The third annual SportsInsurance.com Queen's Cup, which was scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday at Little Mountain Farms near Charlotte, N.C., has been postponed until Oct. 6-7 due to Hurricane Florence.
The unique format of the Queen's Cup was created to provide women's slalom skiers the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes at a world-record capability water ski site. With a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, the tournament is presented by SportsInsurance.com and Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C. The event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour in giving women the opportunity to take center stage at an elite event.

Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers who entered in the first two years, but the event is also open to water skiers of all levels.

The inaugural Queen’s Cup champion, Josefin Hirst, will return after having to miss last year’s event. The 2017 champion, however, will not be eligible to defend her title because of her placement in the 2018 Moomba Masters. Vennesa Vieke was third at Moomba. Queen’s Cup rules prohibit skiers who place in the top seven of an elite tournament from entering. 



Previous Queen's Cup skiers include USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer LaPoint, a former world record holder, as well as winners of multiple regional and national championships, such as Leza Harrison, Joy Kelley, Trish Burt, Chelsea Mills, Shirley Coble, Gail Case, Brenda Baldwin, Cyndi Benzel and more. 



Skiers ages 30 and older from throughout the United States as well as Europe and Canada competed in the first two Queen's Cups. The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. An award is also given to the skier who most exceeds her average score, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether she advances to the Sweet 16. 



The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is the parity it brings. Skiers of all ages compete on equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is 34. A 28-off pass – or any other – counts the same at any boat speed.



That format propelled Joy Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against 34-year-old Hirst at the 2016 Queen's Cup. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34. Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4, before meeting Hirst in the final.



To enter, click here. For sponsorship opportunities and other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Re: Queen’s Cup returns for 3rd year in North Carolina 1 month, 1 week ago #9627

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Chelsea Mills is Queens Cup champion

Chelsea Mills defeated Lori Krueger Covington in the head-to-head final to win the third annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Mills, skiing on her home lake, ran 4½ at 38 off, topping Covington’s 3 at 38 in the final, and claimed the $2,000 first-place check. The Queens Cup, also sponsored by Race City Marine and the Women’s Sports Foundation, was originally scheduled for Sept. 15-16 but was postponed because of Hurricane Florence.

Mills was the No. 1 seed throughout the two rounds of Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s Sweet 16. Covington, of Texas, was seeded third throughout and defeated No 2 seed Joy Kelley of Tennessee in the final four, running 1¼ at 38 off to Kelley’s 1 at 38.

Mills and Covington are Masters Women skiers, and Kelley skis in the Women 6 age group.

Kelley, 60, represented the mature skiers in the field and held her spot as No. 2 seed through the two qualifying rounds and into the final four. She has been a podium finisher in all three years of the Queens Cup, and also got the skiers fired up with a motivational speech at the Saturday night banquet.

“It would be impossible to duplicate how special a weekend we all had,” Kelley posted on Facebook on Sunday evening. “There is no other event like it … lives greatly impacted and inspired on and off the water! Really happy to get third with so many strong and tough women!”

Strong and tough were keywords in her speech Saturday night as she encouraged everyone present to be emotionally, mentally and physically strong.

“Put blinders on. Find a way that works for you and make it happen,” Kelley said.

The Queens Cup is for women ages 30 and older, and uses a format that allows all ages to compete on equal footing. The event included five Women 7 skiers (ages 65-69), and four of them made the Sweet 16.

Rounding out the money winners and podium finishers were Trish Burt of Florida in fourth place and Erin Peckham of New York in fifth. The rest of the elite eight were Jennifer Wood of South Carolina in sixth place, legendary Leza Harrison, a Women 7 skier from Florida in seventh, and Marla Lott of Indiana in eighth place.

Among the tournament officials were world record holders Nate Smith of Indiana and Jeff Rodgers of South Carolina, renowned drivers Tommy Harrington and Pat Bloodworth of North Carolina, and P.A. announcer Seth Stisher of South Carolina.
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Re: Queen’s Cup returns for 3rd year in North Carolina 1 month ago #9630

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Results show that slalom skiing is an excellent sport for people of all ages. 'Mature' skiers can excel at this sport and it is so great for exercising all the muscle groups. Kudos to all the women that competed.
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