August Clay Senior Slam at Concord CC Had Great Competition and Fun

The August Clay Senior Slam was held August 10-13 with menís age groups 50, 55, 75, 80, and 85 and womenís age groups of 70 and 75. It was again successful with 59 individual players, better than last year.However, only one woman signed up resulting in no womenís play.We need to get these women out playing Ė it is fun and you make new friends!

Some other positives; the weather cooperated and we even had some players from NY.Also, more consolation and ĺ playoffs were actually played.Players seem to be realizing that it is fun to play them and you can get ranking points doing so.

Singles Results

In 50 singles, 1st seed Steve Gulla breezed to the final defeating Barry Schoonmaker 6-0, 6-2 to get to the semifinals and then defeating TD Nigel Bentley (who also played in the tournament) 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals to get to the finals.In the other half of the draw, 2nd seed John Wilcox defeated New Yorker Andrew Canning in the quarters 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 and then Mark Gelsinger 6-0, 6-0 to make the finals.Gulla defeated Wilcox 7-6, 6-1 to win the 50 singles.

Steve Durante defeated Mark Watkins 6-1, 6-1 to win the consolation.The ĺ playoff was unplayed.

In 55 singles, 1st seed Robbins Tien likewise breezed into the final defeating Chris Stephens 6-2, 6-1 to gain the semis and then defeated 3rd seed Russ Strong 6-1, 6-1 to make the finals.Unseeded Dave Wright in the other half of the draw made it to the finals without losing a set but his matches were closer.Wright defeated Tom Weber 7-6, 6-4 to make the semis and then beat 2nd seed Tim Riley 6-4, 6-2 to make the finals.The 55 singles event had the biggest draw at 16.

3rd seed Gary Jenkins won the consolation 6-1, 6-1 over Ron Chicoine.The ĺ playoff was unplayed.


Menís 50 singles finalist John Wilcox with winner Steve Gulla


Some great scenery of the golf course at the Concord CC from the edge of the tennis courts


Menís 55 singles finalist Dave Wright with winner Robbins Tien


In 75 singles, 1st seed Nick Ourusoff defeated Ray Brodeur 6-3, 6-3 in one semi.In the other semi, George Lynch defeated Jim Hufford 6-3, 7-6.In the 1st round, Hufford upset Ken Miller in three sets, the first time he had beaten him.He has improved his play!In the final, Oursoff defeated Lynch in a tough 3 setter 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.Brodeur defeated Hufford in the ĺ playoff 6-1, 6-0.

Roy Anderson defeated Ken Miller in the consolation final 7-5, 6-3.


Menís 75 singles finalist George Lynch with winner Nick Ourusoff


Menís 75 ĺ finalist Jim Hufford with 3rd place winner Ray Brodeur


Menís 80 singles finalist Mal Swanson with winner Ernie True


The 80 singles event only had two entries and Ernie True defeated Mal Swanson 6-4, 6-3.85 singles originally had three entries but Raymond Malley dropped out due to injury resulting in only one match, with George Boyce defeating Donald Crawshaw 6-0, 6-1.

On to the Doubles!

There were some VERY exciting doubles matches!The standout was the semis match between 1st seeds Steve Gulla and Carl Norbeck versus TD Nigel Bentley and Scott Stanier (who played #1 on the Yale tennis team years ago).The match lasted more than 2 Ĺ hours, very long for a doubles match!There was a large crowd watching.Gulla and Norbeck pulled it out in the 3rd set 5-7, 7-6(8), 7-5.Bentley and Stanier were ahead 4-1 in the 3rd set but Gulla and Norbeck came back to win it.In the other semi, Paul Coorssen and John Rubrich defeated Steve Durante and John Wilcox 6-4, 6-2.Gulla and Norbeck took the final over Coorssen and Rubrich 6-2, 6-2.The ĺ playoff was played Tuesday evening, and Bentley and Stanier defeated Durante and Wilcox 2-6, 6-2, 10-2.Andrew Canning and Mark Gelsinger won the consolation over Eric Schnadig and Larry Walsh 6-4, 6-2.

Menís 55 doubles also had a tight match in the semis.1st seeds Carl Norbeck (he played both 50 and 55 doubles!) and Bill Previdi defeated Jack Murphy and Tim Riley 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. In the other semi, 2nd seeds Ron Chicoine and Joe Trausch had an easier time, defeating Phil Kadesch and Rob LeRoy 6-3, 6-4.Norbeck and Previdi defeated Chicoine and Trausch in the final 6-3, 6-2.The consolation was not played.

Menís 75 doubles had some very close matches.In one semi, 1st seeds Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth were upset by Bob McAfee and John Swan in a tough three setter 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2. The other semi also had a close three setter with George Lynch and Nick Ourusoff prevailing over Tom Diel and Whitey Joslin 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.The final also featured a three setter with Lynch and Ourusoff prevailing 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.Anderson and Dilworth won the ĺ playoff over Diel and Joslin in another three setter 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.Ray Brodeur and Ken Miller won the consolation over Dusty Johnstone and Mal Swanson 6-2, 6-3.Johnstone and Swanson were playing down from the 80s.

There were no Menís 80 or 85 doubles as only one team had signed up for the 80 doubles (and they played down in the 75s) and no teams signed up for 85 doubles.


Menís 50 doubles finalists Paul Coorssen and John Rubrich with winners Carl Norbeck and Steve Gulla


Menís 50 doubles ĺ winners Scott Stanier and Nigel Bentley with ĺ finalists Steve Durante and John Wilcox


Menís 50 doubles semi losers Nigel Bentley and Scott Stanier with winners Steve Gulla and Carl Norbeck after their 2.5 hour+ match


Menís 55 doubles finalists Joe Trausch and Ron Chicoine with winners Carl Norbeck and Bill Previdi


Eating lunch and watching some of the amazing doubles matches


Menís 75 doubles finalists Bob McAfee (far left) and John Swan (far right) with winners Nick Ourusoff and George Lynch


Menís 75 doubles ĺ finalists Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth with winners Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin



The amenities were also great at the tournament.Besides a free lunch for all on Saturday, later in the day there was an informal party with free beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.


Menís 75 consolation doubles finalists Mal Swanson and Dusty Johnstone with winners Ken Miller and Ray Brodeur


We thank the Concord CC, tournament director Nigel Bentley and helper Dave Bell for a great tournament!We will look forward for more next year!