The finals of the Wheelchair Championship hit the Top of the Riv on Saturday afternoon. Ron Bates (SL4) of Coldwater, Mich., was up against Joel Fini (SL6) of Des Moines, Iowa. The race was 3-5.
Joel started out winning the first two games, while Ron came back and won game three. Joel earned the fourth game after an early 8 by Ron. They would continue to keep the match exciting, eventually bringing it hill-hill. Ron would persevere and win his first Wheelchair Challenge.
Ron took home $1,600 for his Champion finish! Joel didn’t go home empty-handed, earning $800 as Runner-Up.
Bennett Jewett of Raleigh, N.C., was the Sportsmanship Award winner.
Ron Bates of Coldwater, MI
Joel Fini of Des Moines, IA
Bennett Jewett of Raleigh, NC