Young Gun Jake Curr Captures Career-First PBR Victory at Australian Monster Energy Tour’s Beaudesert Invitational
By: Kacie Albert Saturday, October 31, 2020 @ 12:22 PM
BEAUDESERT, Queensland – Amid a stormy Saturday afternoon, young gun Jake Curr (Mount Isa, Queensland) delivered a flawless 2-for-2 performance to capture his career-first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event win, victorious at the opening edition of the Australian Monster Energy Tour’s Beaudesert Invitational.
Curr began the 14th event of the season with a 79.5-point ride on Socket (Stuart Timm), tying for the fifth best score of Round 1.
The 2020 PBR Australia Rookie of the Year contender then punctuated his perfect effort in the championship round when he reached the requisite 8 seconds on Back in Business (CMC Rodeo Company) for 85.5 points.
The 21-year-old’s first win amongst the PBR ranks earned him $2,405.40, in addition to a critical 68.5 national points.
Seeking his first qualification to the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour Grand Finals, Curr climbed one position in the national standings, rising from No. 4 to No. 3. He is now within 258 points of No. 1 Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales) and 155.5 points of No. 2 Aaron Kleier (Clermont, Queensland).
Both Richardson and Kleier bucked off in Round 1 of the afternoon edition of the PBR Beaudesert Invitational. Richardson was upset by Bang Ya Drum (Dunne Bulls) in 2.47 seconds, while Guilty Pleasure (Dunne Bulls) bested Kleier in 4.92 seconds.
The 2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour Grand Finals will be held on Nov. 20-21 in Townsville, Queensland at the Townsville Event Centre. At the season-culminating event, the nation’s Top 22 riders will battle it out one final time in an effort to be crowned the 2020 PBR Australia Champion.
PBR World Finals Qualifier Brady Fielder (Clermont, Queensland) and 19-year-old phenom Brody Woodard (Dingo, Queensland) tied for second, each earning $1,242.60 and 48.5 national points.
The duo of riders tied for the Round 1 win after recording matching 83.5-point scores. Fielder covered Personal Space (Dunne Bulls), while Woodard rode Wild West (CMC Rodeo Company).
Fielder’s runner-up finish marked his fifth Top-10 finish of the 2020 season and catapulted him seven positions in the national standings. After entering the event No. 16, he is now ranked No. 7, 340.5 points behind No. 1 Richardson.
For Woodard the silver finish was a career-best and elevated him from unranked to No. 23, positioning him within striking distance of qualifying for the first PBR Australia Grand Finals of his career in late November.
Woodard now trails No. 22 Rubens Barbosa (Iaciara, Brazil) by a slim seven points.
In fourth was veteran rider Mitchel Paton (Nebo, Queensland).
The 30-year-old’s third Top-5 finish of 2020 was highlighted by an 83-point ride on Woomera (Dunne Bulls) in the opening round. His shot at victory came to a heartbreaking end in the championship round when he came down in 6.79 seconds aboard Rockslide (Dunne Bulls).
Paton left the Beaudesert Showgrounds with a check for $570 in addition to 29 national points.
Paton is now ranked No. 11 in PBR Australia competition, rising 11 positions from No. 22 compliments of his season-best result, 372 points behind the top spot.
Jay Borghero (Beaudesert, Queensland) rounded out the Top 5 in fifth.
Riding Walking Wounded (JD Bucking Bulls) for 81 points in Round 1, Borghero netted 16 points towards the national standings.
The 25-year-old Queensland-native climbed five positions in the national standings, now tied for No. 12 and within 376 points of No. 1 Richardson with just five regular season events remaining.
In the bull pen, Drag Iron (Dunne Bulls) and A Force (Stuart Timm) tied for the high-marked bull of the event after bucking to matching 43.5-point bull scores in Round 1. Drag Iron earned the marks for dispatching Kurt Shephard (Mareeba, Queensland) in 6.22 seconds, while A Force was awarded the score for his 5.52 seconds of work with Ben Gard (Albury, New South Wales).
One additional bovine athlete also turned heads. As the only other bull to exceed a 43-point score, Big Buck Hunter (Stuart Timm) led the bull pen in the championship round, marked 43 points for his 1.98-second buckoff of Borghero.
Fans can relive all the action for the 2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour’s Beaudesert Invitational on RidePass starting at 8:00 a.m. AEST on Sunday, November1 at RidePass.com or via the RidePass app available on iOS, Android and Roku.
The PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour is anticipated to next travel to Toowoomba, Queensland, and the Indoor Arena at the Toowoomba Showgrounds with the 2020 PBR Toowoomba Invitational on Saturday, October 7. The tour stop will once again feature a double-header competition, with action getting underway at both 1:00 p.m. AEST and 6:00 p.m. AEST. Stay tuned to PBRAustralia.com.au for the latest event information.
PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour – PBR Beaudesert Invitational 1
Beaudesert Showgrounds – Beaudesert, Queensland
Event Leaders (Round 1- Round 2-Event Aggregate-Payout-Australian Points)
1. Jake Curr, 79.5-85.5-165-$2,405.40-68.5
2 (tie). Brady Fielder, 83.5-0-83.5-$1,242.60-48.5
Brody Woodard, 83.5-0-83.5-$1,242.60-48.5
4. Mitchel Paton, 83-0-83-$570-29
5. Jay Borghero, 81-0-81-$239.40-16
6. Jackson Gray, 79.5-0-79.5-$0-8.5
7. Michael Smith, 70.5-0-70.5-$0-6
Aaron Kleier, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Bailey Woodard, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Ben Gard, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Budd Williamson, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Caiden Sandilands, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Cameron McLennan, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Dan Ruhland, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Harry Bridges, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Jack Keats, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Kelsey Pavlou, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Lachlan Slade, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Lane Mellers, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Lawson Nobbs, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Rohan Markham, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Sam Champ, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Sam Woodall, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Tyler Morgan, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Zane Hall, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Joey Buckingham, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Bryn Francis, 0-0-0.00-$0-0
Joseph Down, 0-0-0.00-$0-0