The Bikini division was stacked at the 2017 2nd Annual IPL Southwest Grand Prix Pro/Am in Phoenix, AZ. Even so, one competitor owned the division.
It had been about a year and a half since Bikini Athlete Glenda McFarlane stepped foot on an IPL stage. Her last time being her IPL debut at the May 2016 California Championship, in Sacramento, CA. At that contest she placed 3rd in Bikini Mommas (3 to 5), 1st in Bikini Novice Class A, and 3rd in Bikini Masters 40+. At that contest she did not enter Bikini Open.
In Phoenix, Glenda would enter both Masters 40+ and Open.
Starting with Masters 40+ Glenda McFarlane dominated, winning all six scored categories: Muscularity, Symmetry, Conditioning, Posing & Presentation, Suit, and Model Walk at Finals. And, in the process, earning a very impressive 209 points (out of 240 max), 1st place and her IPL Bikini Masters Pro Card. Shout out to Claire Sime (2nd) and Kirsten Eastvold- Hanson (3rd) who rounded out the top three. Then, it was on to the Masters Overall.
In the Overall Glenda McFarlane would face Masters 60+ winner Victoria Nash and 50+ winner Lisa Barnes. In the end, Glenda took the Overall Bikini Masters title. Next came the Open.
The competition would ratchet up, as Glenda battled it out in Open Class A. In this class Glenda would take four of the six scored categories: Muscularity, Symmetry, Conditioning, and Posing & Presentation. However, a hard charging Bridget Troxell tied with Glenda in Suit, and won the Model Walk round at Finals.
That being said, those four rounds were enough to earn Glenda McFarlane 1st place honors and IPL Bikini Pro Card, as she bested her Masters score earning 211 points. Shout out to Bridget (2nd) and Carrie Cuellar (3rd) who rounded out the top three. Then it was on to the Overall Open.
In the Open Overall, Glenda would face Open Class B winner Michelle Alexander. Alexander, a stellar competitor as well, pushed Glenda to the max in the final pose down to determine the Overall Bikini Open Champion. In the end, Glenda was able to pull ahead earning the Overall title, with a priceless look of surprise at the announcement.
Glenda McFarlane makes a very nice addition to the very competitive group of elite IPL Pro Bikini Athletes. We can’t wait to see her on the Pro stage! Michael Brooks Photography.