Clay Senior Slams at Beverly G&T and Concord CC Are Again a Big Success in 2011 (updated 8/29)


The Clay Senior Slams in 2011 were again a big success with good singles draws and much drama and upsets. Weather was good until Sunday when rain came and play was either postponed or played indoors on hard courts.


This year, Concord CC hosted the “youngsters”, 50 and 55 mens singles and doubles and womens 50 singles and doubles. Beverly G&T hosted the remaining age groups and the new mixed 65 event.


In mens 50 singles, 4th seed Kevin Williams upset 1st seed John Geilfuss 6-2, 7-6 in the semis. He plays 2nd seed David Cox in the finals that was postponed and played August 27 due to the rain on Sunday. In the final, David Cox defeated Kevin Williams in a tight three setter 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Mark Cohen won the 50 singles consolation 6-3, 7-6 over Tom Chase. In mens 55 singles, Robbins Tien continued his domination in men 55 singles in 2011 by defeating Bill Frost (Frosty) 6-1, 6-3 in the finals that was played indoors due to the bad Sunday weather. Mike McGonagle won the 55 singles consolation over Bob Kantner in a close one, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.


In mens 50 doubles, Concord CC member Rich Wilson and partner Mark Leuders took the crown with decisive wins over Geilfuss/Rob Pease and Kelton Burbank and his SC partner Wayne Lilly. There were three 50 doubles teams and they played round-robin.


In 55 doubles with only two teams entered, Frosty and partner Howard Ames won the championship over John Daly and Mike Kliebhan in a tough 3 setter 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.


50 doubles winners Rich Wilson and Mark Leuders

55 singles finalist Bill Frost with winner Robbin Tien -- played inside in a bubble -- it was humid!

55 doubles winners Bill Frost and Howard Ames with finalists John Daly and Mike Kliebhan


In womens 50 singles, 1st seed Vicki Hibbard was upset by unseeded Heidi Maguire 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. Heidi had previously upset 2nd seed Lynn Kaufman in a tough 3 setter in the semis. Lynn won the consolation by defeating Stacy Moran in the consolation finals.


There were only two womens 50 doubles teams and the Manchester CT team of Barbara Clarke and Holly Schaefer prevailed over the NH team of Kathleen Mendoza and Lisa Sargeant 6-2, 7-5. They had such a good time that they said they were recruiting more players from CT and NH for the Grass Slam.


The Concord party was a big success. It was held on Saturday this year as the CCC Clay Slam started on Friday. Ken and Dorcas Miller were able to come and ran the raffle as the Beverly party was on Friday and thus did not conflict. Stacy Moran won the largest prize – see picture.


50 doubles winner Rich Wilson brought his son as cheerleader!


TD Nigel Bentley enjoying the party

55 singles winner Robbins Tien also brought his son -- but he was more than a cheerleader -- he played a jr. tournament nearby and was the finalist!

There were plenty of beverages at the party courtesy of W. Concord Liquors!

John Geilfuss and Vicki Hibbard enjoying the party


Stacy receiving her "big" raffle prize from Dorcas



Now on to Beverly. Due to rain on Sunday, all the singles finals were played indoors at Bass River. In mens 60 singles, 2nd seed Jon Wilson had a great run defeating 1st seed Alex Levichev in straight sets in the final. In the 60 singles consolation, Jay Lubker defeated Eliot Campbell 6-3, 6-1. In 60 doubles, 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw had a very tough match in the finals against unseeded Bob McKinley and Conway Felton 6-3, 6-7(8), 1-0 retired due to injury. McKinley and Felton had a great win in the semis to get to the final by defeating 2nd seeds Bill Busiek and Neil Proulx 6-3, 6-3.


Mens 65 singles saw a great run for unseeded Yoshi Akabane. He won the title with three 3 set squeakers; 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Bob McAfee in the 1st round, 6-7(6), 6-1, 7-6(3) over 2nd seed Curt Anderson in the semis, and finally 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over 1st seed Mark Severs in the final. The mens 65 doubles was not as dramatic with only two teams but they had a close match. Ted Underwood and partner David Boehk defeated long term partners Dave Fuller and Ken Wall 7-5, 6-4 to take the title.


60 singles winner Jon Wilson with finalist Alex Levichev

60 doubles winner George Deptula in action

65 doubles winner David Boehk and Ted Underwood with finalists Dave Fuller and Ken Wall


Mens 70 singles also provided surprises. Unseeded Ray Brodeur dispatched 2nd seed Dag Williamson easily in the 1st round 6-1, 6-1. He then defeated IL resident Amorn Salyapongse in the semis by an identical score and then went on to defeat 1st seed Jack Reynolds 6-4, 6-1 in the finals after being behind 4-0 in the 1st set. Ray and partner Ken Miller went on to also win the 70 doubles 6-2, 6-2 over Mal Swanson and Mac Farmer. In the 70 singles consolation final, 2nd seed Dag Williamson defeated George Hrabec 7-5, 6-1.


In mens 75 singles, 1st seed Bill Schmid defeated 2nd seed Dick Canepa in a tough 3 setter in the final to take the title. In 75 doubles, George Boyce and Dick Mount defeated Carl Reidemeister and Herb van Kruningen 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to win the doubles



70 singles winner Ray Brodeur with finalist Jack Reynolds


70 doubles winners Ken Miller and Ray Brodeur with finalists Mac Farmer and Mal Swanson


In mens 80 singles, 2nd seed Dick Morse defeated unseeded Yutaka Kobayashi (Koby) in the final 6-0, 6-2. Koby, however, played down as he is 87! He had a great win in the semis defeating 1st seed Marvin Sears 6-2, 6-3. In the 80 doubles there were three teams playing round robin. Marvin Sears and Bix Shoemaker won both of their matches in straight sets to win the mens 80 doubles.


Mens 80 singles finalist Yutaka Kobayashi (Koby) with winner Dick Morse

Mens 80 doubles champions Marvin Sears and Bix Shoemaker in action


In the womens 60 singles there were also three players playing round robin. Dorcas Miller won both her matches to take the title.  Womens 60 doubles likewise had three teams playing round robin and Ruby Curtis and Carolyn Fournier won both matches to win. In their match against Janet Clay and Jessie von Hippel they were severely tested, however, winning a close three setter 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.


Womens 60 singles winner Dorcas Miller showing off her serve

The 60+ womens contingent l-r, Rollie Ernst, Jessie von Hippel, Ruby Curtis, Dorcas Miller, Janet Clay, Carolyn Fournier and Bev Canepa

Womens 60 doubles winners Carolyn Fournier and Ruby Curtis in action


In the mixed 65 doubles, Jim Hufford’s partner dropped out so last minute sub Dorcas Miller stepped in to play with him. Jim got a good partner; they won against the only other team, John Kielty and Judith Schmid 6-3, 6-1 to take the title.


The Beverly party was held Friday night on the porch. Great fun was had in fact so much fun nobody remembered to take pictures! However, there is a picture of the porch where the party was held.


Mixed 65 doubles finalists Judith Schmid and John Kielty with winners Dorcas Miller and Jim Hufford

The porch where the party was held. No pictures of the party were taken because everyone was having too much fun and forgot to take any!

Cookies brought by Jessie von Hippel were a big hit!

New Slam sponsor NYR Organic (organic skin creams) had a booth at Beverly and got quite a lot of business!


Special thanks go to TD Nigel Bentley, assistant Charlie Koch and “official” photographer Ron Jensen at Concord CC (also Vicki Hibbard for providing great chocolate chip cookies) and TD Sue Love and Maureen and Mike LaPierre at Beverly G&T. Maureen arranged for the party and Mike was overall organizer. Also, Jessie von Hippel brought the delicious chocolate chip cookies.