Pro Tour Seattle 2004 Sponsorship Results

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The following people were selected for sponsorship to Pro Tour Seattle, July 9-11, 2004:

Head Judge
Gijsbert Hoogendijk, Level-4 Netherlands

Full Sponsorship
Collin Jackson, Level-4 USA
Rune Horvik, Level-4 Norway
Sheldon Menery, Level-4 USA (VA)
Jacky Yang, Level-3 Taiwan
Jesper Stehr Nielsen, Level-3 Denmark
John Carter, Level-3 USA (PA)
Lee McLain, Level-3 USA (OH)
Ray Powers, Level-3 USA (AZ)
Yoshiya Shindo, Level-3 Japan
Alex Yatsenko, Level-2 Russian Federation
George Michelogiannakis, Level-2 Greece
Rafael Dei Svaldi, Level-2 Brazil
Thierry Gourdon, Level-2 France

Partial Sponsorship
Dale Sizemore, Level-2 USA (WA)
Jason Ness, Level-3 Canada
Ken Somerville, Level-2 USA (ID)

Notified that they are coming on their own:
David Noble, Level-2 USA (OR)
Geoff Zeiger, Level-2 USA (WA)
Jay Schneider, Level-2 USA (WA)
Kevin DeFields, Level-2 USA (WA)
Mike Goodman, Level-2 USA (ID)
Nicholas Fang, Level-2 USA (WA)
Tony Mayer, Level-2 USA (WA)
Seamus Campbell, Level-2 USA(OR)
Matt Tabak, Level-3 US (NV)

Judges who wish to volunteer are encouraged to email ( as soon as possible to be placed on the schedule (please include which days you will be available).
It is understood that some judges are attempting still to qualify to play - and therefor some substitutions may occur.

Many judges applied for sponsorship, but only a limited amount could be selected based on our budget. If you were not selected, it's not because you weren't qualified, but because we can only accept a small fraction of the applicants.

If you are still planning on attending this event and would like to judge voluntarily to gain more experience, please email DCI Judge Certification at

Some of the criteria that were used to decide which judges were selected include:

Testing – We try to administer judge certification test to an individual and will bring them to an event to take the test. This usually occurs with level 3 candidates, but may also occur with level 4 candidates.

Level - We need a certain percentage of judges of each certification level. Level 1 judges are usually not sponsored for Pro Tour level events, but may volunteer in side events.

Region - In order to support judging in certain regions of the world, we select judges from those regions to attend a high-level event and gain experience.

Age - Judges under 18 years old will not be selected for liability reasons.

Language - At certain events, we need bilingual judges. All judges must speak English fluently. You have a slightly higher chance of being accepted if you are fluent in a second language that we particularly need for an event.

History - If a judge has performed exceptionally well at previous events, they stand a better chance of being brought to another event. If a candidate has performed poorly, this may negatively affect their chance of being brought to another event.

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