Former Men’s Slalom World Champion Jeff Rodgers won the Big Dawg World Tour Finals Sunday at Lake Jepawhit in Gaines, Mich., holding off seven GOODE skiers who all advanced to the Elite 8.
Rodgers topped Todd Johnson in the final round to earn the win, while Dave Miller (3rd) edged Mark Menasci (4th) in the consolation bracket. Additional GOODE skiers who qualified for the Elite 8 were Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Ben Favret, Chad Scott, and Greg Badal. GOODE skiers also claimed 12 of the Sweet 16 spots.
Heading into the Big Dawg Finals a GOODE skier had won each stop on the tour this year as Miller won at both Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge, Greg Sund won in Sesena, Spain, and Badal won at Laku Landing.
GOODE skiers claimed 16 slalom titles – more than all other manufacturers combined – at the GOODE U.S. National Water Ski Championships held last week at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas.
By claiming 16 of 28 slalom titles, GOODE skiers netted an amazing 57 percent of all slalom gold medals awarded.
Congratulations to the following national champions:
Girls 3 – Kristen Baldwin
Women 1 – Kelley Breeden
Women 2 – Keri McClure
Women 3 – Brandy Nagle
Women 4 – Gail Case
Women 5 – Alison Poulsen
Women 6 – Joy Kelley
Open Women – Regina Jaquess
Boys 1 – Luka Zazade
Boys 2 – Nicolas Nelson
Men 4 – Tim Henderson
Men 6 – Steve Ware
Men 7 – Steve Raphael
Men 8 – Bob Hardeman
Men 9 – George Adams
Masters Men – Greg Badal
Additional highlights of the week included:
A GOODE sweep of Masters Men slalom as champion Greg Badal was joined on the podium by Jay Leach (2nd), Jed Blackburn (3rd), Don Aschenbrenner (4th) and Mark Menasci (5th).
Three straight titles for Steve Ware and Steve Raphael.
An eighth career slalom title for Keri McClure, who in addition to 2018 also won titles in 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2000.
Nicolas Nelson won the Boys 2 title on the strength of a 5-buoy PB.
Kristen Baldwin winning Girls 3 slalom in only her second year in the age division. Her sister Brooke had won it the three previous years.
Greg Badal and Regina Jaquess tying for the highest 34 mph score of the week with 1 buoy at 41 off.
During the America’s Cup Invitational – held Friday night under the lights with approximately 3,000 people lining the shores – Regina Jaquess won both the Women’s slalom and jumping crowns, while finishing fourth in tricks. Karen Truelove was third in slalom.
Dating back to 2012, GOODE skiers have won 114 out of 207 U.S. national slalom titles, or 55 percent.
For full 2018 GOODE Nationals results, click here.
Dave Miller outlasted runner-up Greg Badal to win the first stop of the 2018 Big Dawg World Tour and Greg Sund finished fourth as GOODE XTRs occupied three of the top four positions. Jeff Rodgers finished 3rd.
Dave beat Jodi Fisher, top-seed Harald Hintringer and Greg Sund to advance to the finals, while Greg Badal had to get past Jason Seels, Fred Halt and Jeff to reach the final pairing.
After waiting out a rain storm, Dave edged Greg by one buoy with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to earn the victory.
The weekend was a successful one for GOODE skiers, as they made up nine of the Sweet 16, 5 of the Elite 8 and three of the Final Four. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 were Bruce Dodd, Mark Menasci, Chet Raley, Tim Huston, and Chad Scott.