No Entry Fee ~ $50,000 Purse ~ ESPN/Handball Pro Stop Nov 1

Posted on Oct 22 2018 - 5:00am by DV
The Tucson Memorial was designed by local handball players in early 2015 to honor those in our community that have left us; remembering that “Life is What You Celebrate.  Every Ounce of it. Even it’s End.”  This is not a somber event, instead it’s a celebration of life and the sport we love most…  HANDBALL!!!  
This November 2nd-4th, 2018, the handball community will be celebrating those that helped progress the game; members of our handball community that have passed; past champions and future players of the game w/the Tucson Memorial Handball Tournament!
Deadline:  Oct 29th, 2pm Central; Noon Pacific (No Exceptions)
On Line Entry:  HERE
Paper Entry:  HERE
DIRECTORS:  David Vincent/Scott Cleveland/Ashley Moler/Steven Soto/David Fink/Braulio Ruiz/Abe Montijo/Fred Lewis/Jeff Healam FOOD:  Jim Verhaeghe/Dave Vincent/Lolita Vincent BBQ:  Fred Lewis/Don Curry TOURNAMENT DESK:  Steven Soto/Tricia Fink/Ashley Moler/Braulio Ruiz/Abe Montijo/Vince San Angelo REGISTRATION DESK:  Tricia Fink/Brenda Hays .
HOTEL: Since has a lower rate than the one given to the handball tournament, we recommend that you go through a travel site to find the nearest hotel that is suitable. The Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club (Venue for this event) is located on a River Walk at: 4001 N Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716. The closest Hotel is on the same river walk just .6 miles away at: Homewood Suites by Hilton in the St Phillips Plaza: 4250 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718. By walking out the back door of the hotel and heading east on the riverwalk, you will come to a catwalk that takes you over the river to the back door of the TRC (Venue). Less than a mile total walk.
Here’s what the community has planned:
FEATURING: Pro Qualifiers (capped at 35 w/seven qualifiers advancing to the main pro rd of 16 bracket), Elite Men, Women’s Pros, Senior 40+ and Pro/Am Money Doubles (Skilled divisions, age classes, amateurs; juniors, women; singles & doubles).
PRIZE MONEY:  $50,000 in cash and prizes offered in just four divisions!
NO ENTRY FEE:  You do not have to pay to play in this event!  Souvenir, food, drink and BBQ are all FREE for the player.
DONATIONS:  We ask that you make a donation to Junior WPH in any amount.  All money raised will go toward Junior Development.  See to see what we’ve been up to, or go HERE>  For donations, please send a check to:  World Players of Handball Foundation or WPH, 3561 E Sunrise Drive #125, Tucson, AZ, 85718 – Or, go online to donate through the Web Store, HERE>
THREE-WAY PLAY: A participant can play in three divisions as long as one of those is Pro/Am doubles; this event will have a cap of 16 teams!  Pro Am Doubles is the only division that carries an Entry Fee.  Money raised will go toward Junior Development.
ESPN3/WATCHESPN APP: ESPN in the house to capture the event for the 3rd straight year!  Filming begins on Saturday morning at 10am.  All filmed matches must feature those with approved clothing.  See the WPH for details:
JUNIOR WPH: Free WPH Pro Player/Junior Clinic w/Emmett Joseph Peixoto on Saturday.
REF CERTIFICATION CLINIC:  Friday at 1pm; contact David Fink for details:
TOP PROS ATTENDING: Catriona Casey, Killian Carroll, Sean Lenning, Luis Cordova Jr, Daniel Cordova, David Fink, Emmett Peixoto, Tracy Davis, Aimee Tuohey, Vic Perez, Marcos Chavez, Mando Ortiz Jr., Ciana Ní Churraoin, Ashley Moler, Braulio Ruiz, Abraham Montijo, Juan Leo Canales, Tyler Stoffel, Adam Bernhard, Stephen Cooney, Jonathan Iglesias, Loren Collado, George Garcia Jr., Joe Harris and more!
SPECIAL SATURDAY BBQ: Hall of Famer, Fred Lewis w/Don Curry (details to follow).
FOOD/DRINK/SOUVENIR:  Continuous food and drink begins Friday morning for all attending the event; friends and family asked to make a donation 
RESERVED SEATING:  Contact Jeff Healam: (first come/first serve)
8:30am – Player Registration
9:00am – WPH Pro Qualifier begins
1:00pm – WPH Pro Player Main Draw (sweet 16) begins
1:00pm – Referee Clinic/Certification
4:00pm – Local Tournament begins
6:00pm – Women and Senior 40+ Pros begin
10:00pm – Tournament wraps for the day
8:30am – Play continues for all divisions
10:00am – ESPN begins filming on the show court (men’s pro quarterfinals)
11:00am – Junior WPH Pro Player Clinic w/Emmett Peixoto
2:00pm – 7:00pm (TBD) – Fred Lewis/Don Curry Free BBQ, Women’s & Senior 40+ & Men’s Elite Pro Semifinals, Award Presentation (Congratulating last year’s Champions, Martina McMahon and Killian Carroll; recognizing those from the past that have left us, celebrating life (between last semifinal) w/David Fink, Kara Mack and ESPN
8:30am – Play continues for all divisions
10:00am – 1:30pm ESPN coverage on the show court
2:30pm – Tournament Wraps
3:00pm – Help breakdown 🙂

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