Ron Blouw WINS St. Louis Figure 8
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 18:33:21 EDT
Topic: Tournaments


The Glen Meuller Figure 8 challenge at Lake St. Louis was this past Saturday and Ron Blouw plowed through the competition on his way to a first place finish!

Tom Knoezer, Ron Blouw and JJ Link
Left to Right. Tim Knoerzer, Ron Blouw, JJ Link

1st Place: Ron Blouw
2nd Place: Tim "Hydro" Knoerzer
3rd Place: JJ Link

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Overcast skies greeted the 39 footers Saturday morning at Lake St. Louis for the 2001 Glen Mueller Figure 8 Tournament. With a chance of rain in the forecast, the tournament organizers were anxious to get started. Event organziers shuffled through the entry forms and setup the bracket in order to get the event running on schedule and smoothly. The field was stacked with stiff competition from all over. Last year's winner, Marc Donahue was in attendance as were the likes of JJ Link, Keith St. Onge, Ron Blouw, Mike Netzer, Greg Fatla and many others. It appeared that this was going to be a very tough competition.

Ben Deiser versus Lauren Lindeman
Lauren Lindeman sizes up her competitor, Ben Deiser
Figure 8 Drivers
The boat drivers get ready after the rain


After getting the first few runs completed for most skiers, the competition had to be put on hold as lightning, thunder and rain covered the course. After an hour or so delay, the boat drivers and skiers once again set out to continue on with the tournament.


Skis on the Dock
Marc Donahue versus Ron Blouw
Ron Blouw takes out Marc Donahue

The first few runs proved that anyone doing over 2 8's would be a substantial contender and could win the entire Glen Meuller Figure 8 event. The course was proving to be very difficult to navigate after the first 8 completed as the wash back rollers in the two far corners were taking down quite a few footers.


Ben Deiser goes out the front soon after Gramolino goes down

The day rolled on as the top footers proved they are a continued force to be reckoned with. A surprise of the tournament was Tim "Hydro" Knoerzer. Hydro had barely skied all year, however, on Saturday he was skiing like a man possessed. Later in the day, Freddie Deiser had a match up against his own brother Ben. The two decided to both do a deep-up in order to mix it up. The loser had to fill the cooler after the tourney. In the end, Freddie triumphed and sent Ben to the store.

Freddie Deiser Ben Desier barefoot deep start
Freddie Desier and Ben Deiser deep start

Marc Donahue had a surprising early exit which opened the door for Blouw, Link, Fatla and KSO to make their moves. KSO dropped his first loss to JJ Link but then handily took out Jacob Weber, Donahue, and Fatla before falling to Ron Blouw.  As Hydro marched through the winners bracket other skiers were fighting for their chance to take Tim on in the finals. After Tim sent JJ to the losers bracket against Ron, Hydro was assured of at least a 2nd place finish. Ron made short work of JJ after losing to him earlier in the competition and was then pitted against Timmy in the finals.

Jacob Weber versus Keith St. Onge
Jacob Weber versus KSO
Freddie Deiser versus Chris McWatters
Freddie Desier takes down Chris McWatters

Ron needed two wins to take out Tim and claim the 1st place spot. Surprisingly, in the first run Tim went down before the second set of rollers on the first half of the fist Figure 8. No matter, Tim was ready to go again and appeared to be pumped up. After Tim and Ron completed just over one  Figure 8, a re-run was called as a rogue pontoon boat disrupted the course. Following a short time out, the two were in the water and ready to go again. Both skiers looked solid as the rounded out the first 8, however, shortly after, Tim simply lost his grip and lost the handle giving Ron Blouw the 1st place finish.


Ron Blouw versus Tim Knoerer

Thanks to all the skiers and event organizers and sponsors for another great 2011 Figure 8 Tournament. We are now only 2 tournaments away from the 2011 Figure 8 Series Championships.

Ben Deiser Step Off Injury

Standings:
Ron Blouw            65
Tim Knoerzer        50
JJ Link                    40
Keith St. Onge       35

Greg Fatla                 30
Freddie Deiser        30

Craig Campbell        25
Marc Donahue         25

Ben Deiser             20
Anthony Gramalino  20

Jacob Weber           15

Chris McWatters    10
Eric Olsen              10
Randy Phillips        10
Adam Pollard          10

Mitch Buhrle        5
Jake Didion           5
Patrick Felgner     5
Grant Johnson      5
Bill Lindeman        5
Mike Miller            5
Jim Mondl             5
Mike Rotar            5
Dan Tanis             5
James Weber       5
Ted Woods          5

Mark Bellover        0
Brad Bocke            0
Casey Carmody      0
Ron Coonse           0
Nick Davis              0
Jeff Hoekstra         0
Curt Johnson         0
Lauren Lindeman  0
Mike Netzer           0
Don Simon             0
Doug Smith            0
Catlynn Smith        0
Greg Wilkinson      0


*Remember. No points are awarded for each skiers first run no matter if they have a BYE or not. Points start to accumulate after the first round whether you have a bye or not!
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