ACL Open #8 Champs
ACL Open #8 took place at the Advent Health Field House in Winter Haven, Florida. Ultra was well represented at the event with players from Ohio, and Michigan making the trip and the hometown Florida Team Ultra members making a big impact.
Middleburg, Florida’s Alan Rawls takes the overall singles championship! Alan won his bracket and then powered through playoffs. His first playoff game was a close one where he edged out Ben Brown 22-20. Rawls turned around and battled Alex Hicks next. He threw an impressive 10.5PPR to beat Hicks 22-3. Rawls stays hot in the finals. In the championship game, Rawls throws a near perfect 11PPR to beat Cody Henderson and win the overall championship! Rawls defends not only the home turf but becomes a repeat Open winner in singles winning the 2022 Open in Winter Haven and the 2023 Open!
Chris Kingsbury, also a Florida guy, places 2nd in his bracket. This is a solid run from the rookie pro. There were lots of eyes on Kingsbury and he steps up big time at the home Open. Michigan’s Joe Kniesteadt picked up a bracket 4th. All 3 are looking to build on this Open performance as they get ready for the 2023 Pro Season.
Tier 1 Open Doubles
Open Doubles went well. The Florida Duo of Kingsbury and Rawls seemed to relish playing at home. They notched a bracket 3rd place on the weekend. They had a great run dropping the winner’s bracket final 21-19 to Trey Burchfield and Alex Rawls, the eventual champions of the event. The duo of Kingsbury and Rawls look like a solid bet for the 2023 Pro Season.
Also in Doubles, Team Ultra’s Noah Almanza picks up a bracket 5th. Almanza has been at the top of most of the Open brackets this season. Illinois’ Jeremey Frazier also made the trip where he scored a bracket 3rd place finish in doubles with his partner. Frazier is quietly making a name for himself with strong finishes wherever he goes. Both Almanza and Frazier are looking to build on their rookie seasons with National 1 just a few weeks away.
Sarah Cassidy, another Florida native, makes a strong run. Cassidy wins her bracket in Women’s Singles going undefeated along the way. She notches big victories in the winners final and bracket final over Kamryn Belvin. Ultimately Sarah fell a little short losing to her 2022 Women’s Doubles partner, Cheyenne Bubenheim. Cassidy looks great as the Pro season looms. We expect to see her battling at the top of the women’s division all season.