FLASH STAFF REPORT
(February 15, 2016) — Stephenville tie-down roper Chase Williams has found a good time to get on a roll.
Williams won the George Rowland Memorial Ultimate Calf Roping in Levelland over the weekend, just part of a big recent run the former Tarleton athlete will ride straight into the finals of the RFD-TV The American. He has qualified a second straight year for the finals of The American at AT&T Stadium – home of the Dallas Cowboys – on Sunday, February 28.
The Rowland Memorial event is special to Williams because he grew up roping with Georgie Rowland, grandson of the namesake of the roping. He also won a Hogg Custom Saddle.
Williams is also on a roll at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, where he is placed second in round one and fourth in rounds two and three for more than $2,800 and a spot in the semifinals of the bracket-style event.
The San Antonio rodeo continues through February 28, and Williams isn’t the only local cowboy on a roll there.
Bracket 1 semifinal qualifiers in team roping are led by Stephenville’s Rhen Richard and Cole Davison with more than $3,700 each. They placed fourth in the first round, won the second go and tied for third in the third round. Stephenville heeler Kory Koontz and partner Joel Bach are second with more than $3,400.
Dakota Kirchenschlager heeled with Eli Lord and was fourth in the second round of the ongoing Bracket 2 competition.
World champion saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley qualified in second in his bracket after placing first in round two and second in round three. He earned the same money – $3,992 – as top qualifier Ben Londo – but Londo finished atop the average.
Riley Pruitt qualified third in tie-down roping, winning more than $3,100 so far. Brittany Diaz placed third in the first round of the Bracket 2 barrel race.