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TOPIC: 4th Annual Queen’s Cup

4th Annual Queen’s Cup 8 months, 3 weeks ago #9789

  • BudDavis
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NC’s Little Mountain Lakes to host 4th
annual Queen’s Cup
The fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen's Cup is set for Sept. 21-22 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. Little Mountain Lake is the site of
numerous national and world records.
Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers entered, with some 15 national
champions on the running order. The event is open to any level, from first tournament to skiers
in their 70s.
Among those skiing this year are Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint of Florida and
perennial national champion Joy Kelley of Tennessee. Other former or current national
champions entered include Gail Case of North Carolina and Trish Burt of Florida.
Skiers ages 30 and older from throughout the United States as well as Europe, Australia and
Canada competed in the first three Queen's Cups.
The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals.
Those outside the top 16 get a third round of skiing Sunday morning.
Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three skiers who most exceed their average scores
Saturday, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether they advance to the Sweet 16,
thus giving skiers of all levels multiple ways to win cash and prizes.
The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is parity. 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 Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against
34-year-old Josefin Hirst at the inaugural Queen's Cup in 2016. 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 falling to Hirst in the final.
Australian Vennesa Vieke, who trains and lives in Florida, won the 2017 crown, and tournament
host skier Mills won in 2018.
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
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