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HERMISTON, Ore. Steer wrestler Cash Myers used steady runs and an arena-record time to win the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston, Ore.
Myers (Athens, Texas) placed in all three rounds en route to the average victory with a total time of 13.4 seconds. His quickest run came during the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round on Saturday night, when he set a new arena record with a 3.6-second run.
The 26-year-old tied for seventh in the first round with a run of 5.8 seconds and was fourth in the second round with a time of 4.0 seconds. Shawn Greenfield won the first round in 4.8 seconds and finished second in the Tour Round and average with times of 4.1 seconds and 14.1 seconds on three head, respectively. Jason Miller won the second round in a time of 3.8 seconds. Myers picked up $4,740, while Greenfield won $4,525.
The Farm-City Pro Rodeo marked the seventh stop on the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour. Contestants not only compete for money at the Tour rodeos, but for valuable Tour points that qualify them for the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale upon the conclusion of the Summer Tour. The ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale will be held Sept. 28-30 in Omaha, Neb.
Hometown favorite Brad Goodrich finished atop the leaderboard in the tie-down roping with a three-head total of 26.4 seconds. Goodrich (Hermiston, Ore.) finished in a tie for first in the first round with Cody Ohl, the newest member of the PRCA's $2 million club, with a time of 8.6 seconds. Goodrich stayed consistent in the second round and turned in a run of 8.7 seconds, which was good for seventh in a round that was won by three-time all-around world champion Trevor Brazile in a time of 7.6 seconds. Blair Burk won the Tour Round after stopping the clock in 8.1 seconds, while Goodrich finished with a 9.1-second run, just out of the money. However, it was quick enough to give him the average by one-tenth of a second ahead of Tim Pharr. Goodrich won a total of $4,744.
Bareback rider Andy Martinez continues to add Tour-Round and average titles to his resume. Martinez (Pavillion, Wyo.) added the Farm-City Pro Rodeo to his list of 2006 victories over the weekend. He rode Calgary Stampede's Grated Coconut, a two-time PRCA bareback horse of the year, in the Tour Round for 89 points to finish just one point ahead of Dodge City Roundup champion Jason Jeter. Martinez added that to his first round-winning ride of 86 points on Calgary Stampede's Gorgeous Connie to capture the average title with 175 points on two. All totaled, Martinez added another $5,323 to his yearly earnings.
Team ropers Travis Tryan and Michael Jones turned in the quickest time on Saturday night to win the Tour Round with a time of 5.2 seconds. Tryan (Billings, Mont.) and Jones (Stephenville, Texas) tied for first in the first round with a time of 5.2 seconds and finished sixth in the average with a total time of 20.6 seconds. They pocketed checks totaling, $2,142.
Chad Masters and Cole Bigbee won the average title with a three-head total of 18.0 seconds. Masters (Adams, Tenn.) and Bigbee (Stephenville, Texas) finished fifth in the first and second rounds with a runs of 6.0 and 5.6 seconds, respectively. All totaled, Masters and Bigbee each won $3,079.
Jesse Bail is back and is making noise in the saddle bronc riding. Bail (Camp Crook, S.D.), who has spent the past few months on the sidelines nursing his injuries, was in top form in Hermiston, winning the Tour Round with an 84-point ride on Calgary Stampede's John Wayne. He finished in a tie for seventh in the first round with a 79 and was second in the average behind fellow South Dakotan Chad Ferley, who finished with a total score of 166 points on two head.
Ferley (Oelrichs, S.D.) won the first round with an 85-point ride and followed it up with an 81-point ride on Calgary Stampede's Liquor Whiskey to finish in a tie for second in the Tour Round. When the dust had settled, Ferley left town with $5,119, while Bail pocketed $2,854.
Tammy Key was the queen of the barrel racing in Hermiston, winning the Tour Round in a time of 17.26 seconds and the three-run average in 52.09 seconds. Key (Ledbetter, Texas) tied for seventh in the first round with a time of 17.60 seconds and then won the second round with a 17.23 en route to the Tour and average victories. Key pocketed $5,206.
Bull rider Sonny Murphy emerged victorious on Saturday night as the only cowboy to cover two bulls. Murphy (Herriman, Utah) rode Corey and Horst's Stoney in the Tour Round for 75 points en route to the average title with 151 points on two head. In the first round, he rode Beard Rodeo's Road Rage for 76 points to finish seventh. Charlie Barker and J.C. Bean won the first round with identical 84-point scores. With the victory, Murphy collected checks worth $3,575.
The next stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo on Aug. 19.
1dMarc Stein and Ramona Shelburne