Governor’s Cup Play-by-Play: Proctor, Medlin Victorious in Round of 4
The round of eight at the 2023 Governor's Cup is set after Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin won the second round and $10,000 with a 4.6.
Coleman Proctor heading his final steer at the 2023 Cinch Playoffs Governor's Cup in Sioux Falls.
Coleman Proctor are $25,000 richer thanks to their win of the 2023 Cinch Playoffs Governor's Cup. | Clay Guardipee photo

๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ and ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป have added $35,000 to their pocketbooks this weekend, taking the 2023 Governor’s Cup title. Proctor nailed the start and had a good shot right away that he took easily. Medlin took the first shot he had, and it was quick. They were 3.4 seconds, the fastest run of the weekend, to take home the $25,000.

Second place might not always be a big win for some, but it was HUGE tonight for ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ and ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด. Summers needed to place no worse than second in tonight’s four-man round to qualify for the 2023 NFR. They did exactly that with a 3.6-second run, both taking home $19,000. Summers threw some line, and Long took a fast throw. Summers is now in for the Finals with Long.

What a way to end the year for ๐—ง๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ and ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ: on a roll. Wade and Thorp finished third overall with a 3.7, pocketing $12,000 a man. Wade came with a big swing to put be able to throw on his second, and Thorp made it look easy on the heel side. Wade and Thorp will finish out the regular season as No. 2 in the world for Wade and No. 1 for Thorp on the heel side.

๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป and ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต may not have made it work in the arena, but they aren’t leaving Sioux Falls empty-handed. Brown and Koch still finished with $6,000 in the round, and (unofficially) qualified for the Finals.

Round of 4 results

1Coleman ProctorLogan Medlin3.4$25,000 
2Clint SummersJake Long3.6$19,000 
3Tyler WadeWesley Thorp3.7$12,000 
4Luke BrownHunter KochNT$6,000 

ROUND OF 8

The eight-man round of the Cinch Playoffs Governor’s Cup in Sioux Falls was a nail biter with some bubble teams capitalizing big. Luke Brown and Hunter Koch, Clint Summers and Jake Long, Tyler Wade and Wesley Thorp and Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin all moved on to the four-man round.

๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป and ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต wowed the crowed with a blazing 3.5-second run. Brown and Koch both exposed themselves in this big run, wasting no time and winning the round to advance to the four-man round.

๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ and ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด made a BIG run. And how about that heel shot? Long really had one shot to be fast enough to make it back, he took it and let’s just say it was rank. Summers and Long did what they absolutely had to do and that was advance. They were 3.7 to finish second in the round of eight to move on to the four-man.

๐—ง๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ and ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ have remained dominant. Wade got his swing up and going fast out of the box and the rest followed suit. They were 4.0 to advance.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ and ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป were also 4.0 to move on to the four-man round. Proctor knocked the start out, and they both stayed aggressive throughout the run.

The road ends here

Brenten ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น and ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† started the round of in a solid way with a 4.9. But unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough to hold. Hall got a good start, and they had a good steer, but he was on the slower end in the handle, slowing things down a touch. Bray threw a good, quick loop.

๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜ and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† broke the barrier before being flagged out for a crossfire.

Derrick Begay and Colter Todd shocked us all when Begay’s loop went on and came right back off.

๐—–๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฒ were also unable to connect on the head side.

All four teams were awarded $2,500 a man.

Advancing

1Luke BrownHunter Koch
2Clint SummerJake Long
3Tyler WadeWesley Thorp
4Coleman ProctorLogan Medlin

ROUND 2

Round 2 of the inaugural Cinch Playoffs Governor’s Cup in Sioux Falls had everyone on their toes with a new pen of steers and some plot twists.

All eyes were on ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ and ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป tonight. The team is $10,000 richer after going 4.6 to win Round 2. Proctor was right on the start and Medlin heeled their steer strong to best the field. With a 9.2 on two head, Proctor and Medlin are advancing to Saturday’s eight-man round right behind Begay and Todd.

Derrick Begay and Colter Todd have been on an exciting heater, and we hope it keeps rolling. Begay showed his veteran status, staying patient as their steer stirred in the chute. Both Begay and Todd took solid shots without wasting any time. They finished second in Round 2 with a 4.7 and took the lead in the aggregate with an 8.8 on two steers. They’ll lead the pack into tomorrow’s eight-man.

You can tell ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜ and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† want to make their first NFRs. Theriot and Curry split third and fourth in the round with a 5.3, making a businessman run. Theriot rode in there and made sure he got one caught, and Curry followed it up with a smart, but quick, heel shot. They’re 9.6 on two head and moving on to the clean-slate round of eight tomorrow.

After coming up short last night, Coy Rahlmann and Jonathan Torres finally got a piece of the pie. Rahlmann didn’t hold back, taking an impressive shot, and Torres followed it up by heeling a nasty steer by two feet. They split third and fourth in the round with a 5.3. Unfortunately, their 5.3 on one steer will not advance them to Saturday, begging the question of where will they end up in the world standings?

Still Alive

๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป and ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต made a very smart run. Koch took a smart shot, making sure they knocked another steer down. Their 5.6 tonight may have been out of the money, but it put them at 15.6 on two head which means they’re moving on to the eight-man round tomorrow.

๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ and ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด have two steers down, keeping Summers in the hunt for the NFR. In Round 2, Summers roped their steer around the neck, and Long came up one leg short, turning in a 10.4 for the team. They’ll advance to the eight-man round fourth with a 15.2 on two head. Summers and Long will need to advance to the four-man round for Summers to have a shot at the Finals.

๐—ง๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ and ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ started the round off, coming in with $5,000 from winning third last night with a 4.0-second run. But TWade took just too good of a start, catching the barrier turning their 4.1 tonight into a 14.1. They’ll still sneak into the round of eight tomorrow with their 18.1 on two head. And good newsโ€”tomorrow’s a clean slate.

๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ ๐—–๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฒ slipped right on into the Top 15 in the world standings after winning the first round last night with a 3.6 for $10,000 a man. Tonight was a different story, however. The team came up short on the heel side, resulting in a no time. But, PLOT TWIST. Their 3.6 from Round 1 will still put them into the top eight, moving them on to tomorrow’s clean-slate round of eight.

Brenten ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น and ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† had a night much different from last. Hall was unable to connect on the head side, resulting in a no time. Thankfully, though, their 3.9 from the first round was able to still advance them to Saturday’s eight-man.

Didn’t see that coming

Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith looked like they were going for the round. Tanner threw some line on a harder-running steer, but they came up short a leg, turning a 3.6-second run into an 8.6. Unfortunately, their Sioux Falls trip comes to an early finish as they will not advance on to Saturday’s round.

The reigning world champs haven’t had the trip they were looking for, not what we expected. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira were 8.9 with a leg tonight in the second round on a steer that didn’t look to handle easily. They won’t be moving on to Saturday’s clean-slate round, but we’ll be seeing them in Vegas come December, and we look forward to what they’ll do there.

Nelson Wyatt and Ross Ashford have had a rough go in Sioux Falls, coming up short both nights. As so, they will not be advancing to Saturday’s round. Wyatt will make his second NFR appearance come December.

Round 2 Results

1Coleman ProctorLogan Medlin4.6$10,000 
2Derrick BegayColter Todd4.7$7,500 
3Coy RahlmannJonathan Torres5.3$3,750 
4Marcus TheriotCole Curry5.3$3,750 

Advancing to Saturday

1Derrick BegayColter Todd8.8/2
2Coleman ProctorLogan Medlin9.2/2
3Marcus TheriotCole Curry9.6/2
4Clint SummersJake Long15.2/2
5Luke BrownHunter Koch15.6/2
6Tyler WadeWesley Thorp18.1/2
7Clay SmithColeby Payne3.6/1
8Brenten HallPaden Bray3.9/1

ROUND 1

๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ ๐—–๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฒ were on the bubble coming into ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜… ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ for the 2023 Governor’s Cup and knew they needed to capitalize. They wasted no time getting the ball rolling. They were 3.6 seconds to win the first round and both take home $10,000. According to our calculationsโ€”๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญโ€”Smith should now be No. 10 in the world standings with $100,598.76 won on the year and Payne should be No. 11 with $95,663.46 on the heel side.

โ€œI wasnโ€™t nervous; I was ready to run that steer,โ€ Smith said. โ€œWeโ€™ve been talking about that steer for a month. You put a lot into that steer and then at the time, you really just have to think itโ€™s literally like no barrier and just turn the steer. You couldnโ€™t overthink it. I was just wanting to get it for Coleby; itโ€™s not right if a guy makes it and his partner donโ€™t. I was sure glad to make a good run.โ€

*๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜œ๐˜•๐˜–๐˜๐˜๐˜๐˜Š๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜“.*

Welcome to the Top 15, Brenten Hall.

๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น and ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† were the first team out and finished second in the round with a 3.9-second run, landing them both a $7,500-check. Hall should now have $94,180.56 won on the year to push him from No. 18 to inside the Top 15, and Bray should have $96,051.30, bumping him deeper in the Top 15.

READ: Keeping Up with the 2023 Governorโ€™s Cup

Oh, and what about our possible world title contenders?

๐—ง๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ and ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ ended up third in the round with a 4.0, both taking home $5,000. TWade should remain No. 3 in the world, now with $142,941.67, and Thorp remains No. 2 on the heel side with $160,168.94.

Donโ€™t forget Derrick Begay and Colter Todd, also possible world title contenders. They both are taking home $2,500 for fourth in the round with a 4.1-second run. Begay should still be No. 5 in the world after tonight, now with $128,059.86, and Todd should remain at No. 3, now with $143,227.06.

Keep in mind…

With Smith and Payne moving up in the standings after tonight, ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜ and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† will more than likely drop in the world standings. ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™โ€ฆ they got the win in Pasadena, Texas, to give them some defense. They also were 4.3 tonight, meaning they are solid in the aggregate heading into tomorrowโ€™s second round. Another clean, solid run can move them on to Saturday.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ and ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป also made a solid run, finishing right behind Theriot and Curry with a 4.6. Proctor should be No. 11 now with $98,487.42 and Medlin should remain No. 9 with $98,487.42.

Another bubble team knocking one down, ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ and ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด were 4.8 seconds. And though they were out of the round money, they set themselves up nicely in the aggregate. Summers should still be No. 19 with $81,018.02, and Long should now be No. 12 with $95,023.57.

๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป and ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต didnโ€™t have the run they were needing, slipping a leg and ending up with a time of 10.0 seconds. Brown should now be No. 15 with $91,775.50 and Koch No. 14 with $91,775.50. Having a time, though, in the first round could play out in their favor in terms of the aggregate and moving on to Saturday. As long as they can get another one down, they should advance to the eight-man round.

Uh Oh

Nelson Wyatt and Ross Ashford came up short tonight, not able to connect on the head side. Wyatt is No. 2 in the world standings with $145,083.21, and Ashford is No. 23 on the heel side with $77,047.05.

Coy Rahlmann and Jonathan Torres needed to keep the ball rolling and capitalize as much as possible this weekend, but were unable to get the job done tonight. Rahlmann roped their steer around the neck and lost his rope. After tonight, Rahlmann should be No. 18 with $87,352.31 and Torres should be No. 15 on the heel side with $91,159.03.

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira and Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith are in the same boat. Both teams were unable to stop the clock tonight but both are safe for the 2023 NFR. Driggers and Nogueira lead the world standings with $160,185.89. Tomlinson is No. 8 on the head side with $118,705.98, and Smith is No. 7 on the heel side with the same amount.

Round 1 Results

1Clay SmithColeby Payne3.6$10,000 
2Brenten HallPaden Bray3.9$7,500 
3Tyler WadeWesley Thorp4.0$5,000 
4Derrick BegayColter Todd4.1$2,500 
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