Willis Wins BlueDEF Winston-Salem Event

By: Brynna Waters
April 23, 2016

Beau Willis earned an invitation to the BFTS Nashville Invitational in August.

Beau Willis earned an invitation to the BFTS Nashville Invitational in August.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Beau Willis captured the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) BlueDEF Tour (BDT) event victory Saturday night with a total score of 176 points inside the LJVM Coliseum.

Willis went 2-for-2 and earned $6,300 after riding Schizophrenic (Rickey West Bucking Bulls) for 87 points in Round 1 and King Buck (BMC Bucking Bulls/Jeff Robinson) for 89 points in the championship round.

With the win, Willis earned 80 points toward the PBR world standings and an invitation to the Built Ford Tough Series’ Nashville Invitational presented by Cooper Tires, in Nashville, on Aug. 19-20.

In second place was Emilio Resende with a total score of 172.5 points, while Neil Holmes (89 points), Chad VanAmburg (88.5 points), and Dallee Mason (88 points) rounded out the Top 5. Resende earned 50 world standings points, while Holmes picked up 30 world points for the third-place finish. VanAmburg earned 20 world standings points for finishing fourth and Mason notched 15 world standings points for finishing fifth.

There was a four-way tie for the highest marked bull of the night.  Blues Man (Davis Rodeo Ranch), XD Sports Double Agent (Soggy Hill Cattle Co.), XD Sports Soul Patch (Soggy Hill Cattle Co.), and Hornet’s Nest (Davis Rodeo Ranch) all earned 45 points on Saturday.

Winston-Salem was the 19th event of the 2016 BlueDEF Tour. The season will culminate with the 2016 BlueDEF Finals taking place Oct. 29-31 at South Point Arena in Las Vegas. The 2016 BlueDEF Champion will be the rider who earns the most world points throughout the 2016 BDT season, including the BlueDEF Finals. He will receive $50,000 and qualify to compete at the $2.3 million PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Tune in Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET to watch an hour-long highlight show of the action from this week’s event in Winston-Salem on the PBR LIVE app or

The BlueDEF Tour, presented by Real Time Pain Relief, heads to Rochester, New York in September. The event will take place at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, September 10, at 7 p.m. ET.

Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Tour Event Results
April 23- Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Final Results (Round 1-Round 2- Aggregate Score-Earnings)

1.) Beau Willis, 87-89-85-176 points-$6,300
2.) Emilio Resende, 87-85.5-172.5 points-$4,300
3.) Neil Holmes, 89-0-89 points-$3,300
4.) Chad VanAmburg, 88.5- 0-88.5 points-$2,300
5.) Dallee Mason, 88-0-88 points-$1,440

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