March 6, 2003, ORLANDO, Fla. — The Masters
Selection Committee has announced the athletes invited to compete
in the Rolex Junior Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament,
May 23–25, 2003 at Callaway in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Rolex
Watch U.S.A. has been title sponsor of the Junior Masters since
1996 in addition to sponsoring the Masters Slalom events and being
the official timepiece of the Masters.
The first Junior Masters was first held in 1993 and has become
the world's most prestigious junior water ski tournaments. Junior
skiers around the globe vie each year for the opportunity to
compete in the Rolex Junior Masters and a chance to “rub elbows”
with their idols and the sport's icons at the Masters. The Rolex
Junior Masters is a record-capability, closed tournament by
invitation-only. It is an amateur competition offering trophies to
the top three athletes in each event.
Only the most elite junior athletes in the world are invited to
compete at the Rolex Junior Masters in slalom, tricks, jump and
wakeboard. The Junior Men and Junior Women Overall Winners each win
a $1,000 Rolex Scholarship. This year also brings new scholarship
opportunities for US skiers in the form of two Jon Franklin
Scholarships of $1,250 each. All scholarships awarded at the Junior
Masters are administered by the American Water Ski Educational
The action will begin on Friday, May 23rd at 8:30 a.m. with the
ROLEX JUNIOR MASTERS elimination round. Junior Masters finals begin
at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24th preceding the CHEVY TRUCKS 44th
MASTERS eliminations at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 25th begins with
opening ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. preceding the Masters final round
competition that begins at 11:30 a.m.
Invited to compete in Junior Men Slalom are junior world
champions and top ranked junior skiers including Cale Burdick, USA;
Matteo Ianni, ITA; J.D. McClintock, CAN; Felipe Miranda, CHI; and
Ian Trapp, USA. Junior Women invited to compete in
Slalom are Nicole Arthur, GBR; Danyelle Bennett,
USA; Whitney McClintock, CAN; Morgan Pavur, USA and Mandi
Junior Men Tricks competitors invited are Felipe Miranda,
CHI; Kyle Nightingale, USA; Aaron Rathy, CAN; Florent Reyre, FRA;
and Tomlin Wilson, USA.
Invited to compete in Junior Women Tricks are
Danyelle Bennett, USA; Michale Briant, AUS; Marion Mathieu, FRA;
Whitney McClintock, CAN; Morgan Pavur, USA; Karina Sergeeva, ITA;
and Joy Todd, USA.
Junior Men to compete in the exciting Jump event
are Tyler Boyd, USA; Felipe Miranda, CHI; John Mommer, USA; Brody
Reid, USA and Stephen Seal, USA.
Junior Women Jump invitees for 2003 are Danyelle Bennett,
USA; Natalie Hammel, USA; Marion Mathieu, FRA; Jenna Mielzynski,
CAN and Joy Todd, USA.
Junior Men Overall competitors include Franck Desboyaux,
FRA; Quentin LaFosse, FRA; Felipe Miranda, CHI; Aaron Rathy, CAN;
Florent Reyre, FRA and Stephen Seal, USA. The Junior Women
Overall invitees are Danyelle Bennett, USA; Marion Mathieu,
FRA; Jenna Mielzynski, CAN; Karina Nowlan, AUS; Morgan Pavur, USA
and Joy Todd, USA.
Junior Men Wakeboard invitees, all from the USA, include
Joey Arcisz, Derek Grasman, Chris Kolb, Corey Miner, Jonathan
Nadolski, Robert “Tadpole” Soven and J. D. Webb. These junior
champions and top-ranked junior athletes have met rigorous criteria
set forth and announced by the Masters Selection Committee last
fall. Junior athletes are invited to compete in those disciplines
for which they have met the criteria. The 2003 Junior Masters
criteria includes the Junior Masters Defending Champions, Junior
World Record Holders, current Junior World Champions, Top five
skiers on the final 2002 IWSF Junior World Ranking Lists as of
March 1, 2003, 2002 US Nationals Champions or any IWSF sanctioned
record-capability tournament performance between November 1, 2002
and May 18, 2003, which equals or exceeds the performance level of
the 5th ranked skier on the final 2002 IWSF Junior World Ranking
List, published as of March 1, 2003.
The Wakeboard Selection Committee invited Junior Men and Boys
based upon the criteria: 2002 WWA/USA Nationals Boys and Junior Men
Champions, 2002 WWA Boys and Junior Men Wakeboard World Champions,
2002 Winner of the Junior X-Series, 2002 top ranked WWA/USA on Boys
National Ranking List, top four on the final 2002 WWA/USA Junior
Men National Ranking List, First on the final 2002 WWA Boys World
Ranking List or the top four ranked on the final 2002 WWA Junior
Men World Ranking List. To qualify a Rolex Junior Masters athlete
must be 17 years of age or younger as of January 1st, 2003.
Callaway hosts the Masters and Junior Masters annually on their
Robin Lake venue, created especially for the Masters Water Ski
Tournament. During the tournaments there are beachfront exhibits,
concessions and other festivities for guests to enjoy between
events. The Callaway Gardens – Resort – Preserve provides a
relaxing environment in which to enjoy the tournament action. Call
1-800-225-5292 for hotel information. Advance tickets and
tournament information call the Masters toll free at
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Look for the Rolex Junior Masters to be broadcast on the all-new
“Vortec Power on the Hour” starting June 2 at 11PM PST
and June 3 at 2AM EST on OLN (Outdoor Life Network).
*The Rolex Junior Masters, is an invitation-only tournament.
Invitations are issued at the sole discretion of the Masters