Concord CC 60-70s Tournament has Good Draws and Drama

July 15-17


The Concord CC 60s & 70s tournament again had good draws. There were 56 individual players in 2011 compared to 55 last year. However, the mix was quite different. Last year, the mens 60 singles, the sectional, drew 26 but there were no womens events except the mixed 65 doubles due to non-participation.


This year, the mens 60 singles draw was 17 but there were also good draws in womens 60 singles and doubles. Last year, mens 70singles only drew 7 whereas this year it drew 15.


Weather cooperated but it was hot and humid especially on Saturday and Sunday. One of the first matches was very noteworthy. On Friday, the one 60 singles match between Jay Lubker and Ron Bartlett went 3 sets not unusual, but Ron won the 2nd set in a tie breaker with the breaker score 19-17! Is this a record for NE senior tennis? Jay went on to win the match 6-1, 6-7(17), 6-3. There were a number of other very tight mens 60 singles matches; 1st seed Laury Hammel won a tough 3 setter in his first round against Gary Chafetz and won a tight 6-4, 7-5 match in the quarters against Jeff Parker. His luck ran out in the semis, losing to 4th seed Jon Wilson 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(6). On the other side of the draw, 3rd seed George Deptula also had some tough matches defeating Bob Szlosek 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the quarters and defeating 2nd seed Paul Shaw 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the semis. Jon Wilson then went on to win the singles title defeating George Deptula in the final 6-3, 6-3. Great tournament for Jon!


Gary Chafetz won the 60 singles consolation over Ron Bartlett.


There were five mens 60 doubles teams and 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw defeated 2nd seeds John Fournier and George Ulrich in the final 6-2, 6-1 to take the title.


In the mens 70 singles, all four seeds came through to the semis. In the semis, 3rd seed Bill Simonton defeated 1st seed Wally Weld 6-4, 6-4. In the other side of the draw, 2nd seed George Lynch defeated 4th seed Jack Reynolds 6-3, 6-2. In the final, Bill Simonton defeated George Lynch 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the title. Ken Miller won the consolation singles over Gerry Rothman.



Mens 60 doubles winners Paul Shaw and George Deptula with finalists John Fournier and George Ulrich


Mens 70 singles finalist George Lynch with winner Bill Simonton



There were five mens 70 doubles teams and the 1st and 2nd seeds came through to the finals. In the final, 1st seeds George Lynch and Mac Farmer defeated 2nd seeds John Swan and Dan Kennedy 6-3, 6-3.


Although there were no womens 70 events, the womens 60 singles had a draw of six. One noteworthy first round match was between Charlene Reese and Laura Harley and lasted four hours! Laura prevailed 6-7(6), 6-0, 7-6(3). 1st seed Janet Clay and 2nd seed Lianne Moses came through to the final. Janet prevailed in the final 6-0, 7-6(5) to win the title. There was one consolation match and May Burns defeated Charlene Reese in a pro set Charlene was tired from her long main draw match!


There were five womens 60 doubles teams (the doubles events seem to like a five draw) and 1st seeds Ruby Curtis and Carolyn Fournier and 2nd seeds Janet Clay and Sharon Edwards made it to the final where Curtis and Fournier prevailed 7-5, 6-3 to win the title.



Womens 60 singles finalist Lianne Moses with winner Janet Clay


Womens 60 doubles winners Carolyn Fournier and Ruby Curtis



There were three mixed 65 teams and they played round robin. The husband and wife team of Hap and Carolyn Peele won both their matches to take the title.


The traditional informal party on Saturday afternoon was again enjoyed by the players (those not playing) and spectators and again everyone had a good time. Thanks to TD Nigel Bentley for another well run tournament where everyone felt welcome.



Esther Williams, Jessie von Hippel and Ruby Curtis chatting on the porch


Many spectators were entranced by the great matches!