As you know the 2019 Sunshine State International Beach Games was hosted by the Sheraton Sand Key Resort this past weekend which included Beach Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Beach Ultimate Frisbee, Powerlifting, and Scottish Heavy Athletics.
More than 350 athletes competed over the three day weekend from September 27-29, 2019. An addition to the Beach Games weekend was an opportunity for all hotel guests, spectators, and Beach Games participants to enter a corn hole tournament. Corn hole which was once considered a simple backyard gathering entertainment has grown into a professional sport and can even be seen televised on ESPN.
The 2019 Sand Key Beach Tennis World Cup, an IFBT competition, was the cornerstone event offering $2500 in prize money which was distributed to Gold and Silver medal winners in 5 divisions. Although attendance was reduced by half from last years record of over 100 Beach Tennis professionals because of two conflicting tournaments the same weekend, the competition was still of very high caliber! All the athletes battled their hearts out for their share of the prize money and coveted IFBT ranking points.
The results and match scores are listed below:
In the Men's Open Singles final Carlos Rivera (PRI) defeated Matteo Godio (ITA) 9-3. Ignacio de Elia (USA) and Jose Manuel Millan (VEN) tied for the Bronze Medal.
In the Women Open Singles final Angela Bemquerer (BRA) defeated Samantha Siegel (USA) 7-1. Yulia Skurikhina (USA) defeated Yvonne Burgos (USA) 7-2 for the Bronze Medal.
In the Men's Open Doubles final Carlos Rivera (PRI) / Matteo Godio (ITA) defeated Nick Schneider (USA) / Fran Larios (NIC) 9-4. Ignacio de Elia (USA) / Robin Hochguertel (USA) defeated Gerard Galindo (USA) / David Veliz (USA) 7-1 for the Bronze Medal.
In the Women's Open Doubles final Angela Bemquerer (BRA) / Mayra Kaefer (BRA) defeated Cassia Lawrence (USA) / Vanessa Zamprogno (USA) 9-2. Yvonne Burgos (USA) / Yulia Skurikhina (USA) and Samantha Siegel (USA) / Rebeca Molina (USA) tied for the Bronze Medal.
In the Men's Over 40 Doubles final Carlos Arniella (PRI) / Jose Marin (USA) defeated Tony Guidicessi (USA) / Craig Whiteleather (USA) 7-3. Jeffrey Rodriguez (USA) / Roberto Hiller (USA) defeated Eloy Ramos (USA) / Jose Coca (USA) 7-4 for the Bronze Medal.
In the Mixed Open Doubles final Ignacio De Elia (USA) / Jessica Cortes (USA) defeated Matteo Godio (ITA) / Angela Bemquerer (BRA) in a tiebreak match 7-6 (7-1). Carlos Rivera (PRI) / Yulia Skurikhina (USA) and Fran Larios (NIC) / Mayra Kaefer (BRA) tied for the Bronze Medal.
All of the athletes that competed in the various events were treated to a complimentary buffet style banquet and a cash bar in the Sheraton's vast ballroom space on Saturday evening sponsored by the Clearwater / St. Petersburg Sports & Events and prepared by the Sheraton's own culinary staff. The banquet received rave reviews by all the athletes and the only complaint heard was that the party had to end!