Inaugural Governor’s Cup This Weekend!

It may be a first-year event, but the IFBB/NPC Governor’s Cup is coming out of the gates with a bang. Held this Saturday in Sacramento, California, the contest will feature three IFBB Pro Divisions – Figure, Women’s Physique and the first-ever pro Men’s Physique competition – and over 200 NPC competitors.

(Go here for contest information)

Since it’s inception a year ago on the NPC level, the number of competitors in the Men’s Physique division have skyrocketed. Four of the best from last year’s amateur ranks – USA Overall winner Deniz Duyugu, Nationals Overall winner Matt Acton, Team Universe Overall winner Doug Peaney and Junior USA Overall winner Matt Christainer – will look to put their name in the record books with a win at the first Men’s Physique pro event.

In Women’s Physique, former figure competitor Sara Hurrle will attempt to win her second straight contest. Hurrle decided to make the switch to the physique division just weeks before the St. Louis Pro. She’ll  be tested by a group that includes 2011 NPC Nationals Overall winner Karin Kimura.

Heather Dees comes in as the early favorite in Figure just three weeks removed from her fifth-place finish at the Figure International, while  Krissy Chin (10th at the Figure International) and hometown girl Jamie DeBernardo should also contend for the top spot.

1 Acton, Matthew
2 Aguilar, Miguel
3 Ashhurst, Bobby
4 Carneiro, Alex
5 Christianer, Matt
6 Duygulu, Deniz
7 Fazzolari, Dean
8 Hughes, Burton
9 Peaney, Douglas
10 Sandoval, Francisco

1. Tracy Beckham
2. Lisa Giesbrecht
3. Sara Hurrle
4. Karin Kimura
5. Marina Lopez
6. Akane Nigro-Ismeal
7. Susan Salazar
9. Patricia Wood
5. Marina Lopez
6. Akane Nigro-Ismeal
7. Susan Salazar
9. Patricia Wood

1. Leah Berti
2. Melanie Burger
3. Viviana Casarubbia
4. Krissy Chin
5. Jami DeBernard
6. Heather Dees
7. Deborah Denio
8. Wendy Fortino
9. Allison Frahn
10. Rachel Gichert
11. Carin Hawkins
12. Cheri Lewis
13. Tracey MacDonald
14. Julie Mayer-Hyman
15. Michelle McDonald
16. Jodie Minear