Clay Slams Very Successful with Large Turnout

August 5-8, 2010


The NE Clay Senior Slams, split between Beverly Golf and Tennis and the Concord Country Club, had a great turnout of 137 entries, 28 more than the total at Yale even with some familiar names missing. Weather was cooperative and there was much drama – and the parties were great!


The Concord CC hosted age groups 50, 55, 80, and 85 men and 50 women. Beverly G&T hosted age groups 60, 65, 70, and 75 men and 60 and 70 women.


The older groups started on Thursday. Perhaps the most memorable early match was the mens 85 doubles played on Friday morning at the Concord CC. Many kids, who were at CCC for league matches, watched the long three set doubles match won by Irving Levine and Henry Tiberio over Larry Hague and Yutaka Kobayashi (Koby) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. This was the final. TD Nigel Bentley then asked the players if they had any words of wisdom for the kids – they told them “never give up!” The kids were in awe!


The 80 singles final was also a battle as first seed Marvin Sears defeated Owen Landon 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. In the 85 singles final, Koby defeated Rupert Stow 6-1, 6-1. Up in Beverly, Dorcas Miller won the 70 singles over Jessie Von Hippel 6-3, 6-3. In the womens 70 doubles, veterans Ann Murphy and Judy Smith defeated Jessie Von Hippel and Jacquie van Haelst 6-2, 6-2.


Concord CC TD Nigel Bentley


Womens 70 singles finalist Jessie Von Hippel and winner Dorcas Miller

Womens 70 doubles finalists Jessie Von Hippel and Jacquie Van Haelst with winners Judy Smith and Ann Murphy

CCC Photographer Ron Jenssen


Now for some of the drama; in the men’s 50 singles quarters held Saturday at Concord, 3rd seed Harlan Stone had to retire against 5th seed Anthony Ditulio after splitting 7-5 sets as he cramped up very severely with cramps in many places. Ditulio then lost in the semis to 1st seed Jeff Gola 6-3, 7-5. In the other half of the draw in the semis, 2nd seed David Tien defeated unseeded David Cox 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 in 4 ½ hours! He then teamed with partner Jeff Gola in the doubles final but lost to 2nd seeds (and winners at the Yale Slam) Harland Stone and Jonathon Bates 6-1, 6-2. And this is not all – Jeff and David then had to play each other in the singles final. Both were cramping but there was great sportsmanship all around and both were helped by Jeff’s 13 year old son who was there to cheer on his Dad. David finally defeated Jeff 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 – another long three setter! They did not get off the court until about 7:15PM on Sunday.



David Tien and David Cox after their long 4 ½ hour match


CCC 50s doubles team Dave Porter and Rich Wilson in action and after the match

Singles finalist Jeff Gola and winner David Tien (they are pooped and glad it is over)

Doubles finalists David Tien and Jeff Gola with winners Harlan Stone and Jonathon Bates



In the 55 singles final, Jonathon Bates easily defeated 1st seed Lloyd Clareman 6-1, 6-1. In the 55 doubles final, Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace defeated 2nd seeds Tom Darby and Robert Milligan 6-2, 6-4. Kimm and Richard were on the losing end of the fabulous doubles match at Yale against Wade Frame and Phil Kadesch.


55 singles finalist Lloyd Clareman and winner Jonathon Bates


55 doubles winners Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace with finalists Tom Darby and Robert Milligan


There were seven women in the 50s singles draw and five of seven were lefties! Did that give the lefties an advantage? 2nd seed Vicki Hibbard played three lefties and lost to the third in the final, 1st seed Lynn Miller, by a score of 6-2, 7-5. The women’s 50 singles also had a ¾ playoff of two lefties in which Lynn Kaufman def Ann Behnke 6-2, 1-6, 10-5. In the women’s 50 doubles final, Denise Brosseau and CCC club member Mary Toth defeated Ann Behnke and Alice Shakman 6-3, 6-1.


50 womens singles winner Lynn Miller (a lefty) with finalist Vicki Hibbard

Some 50 womens doubles action – finalists Alice Shakman with partner Anne Behnke (a lefty)


50 womens doubles winners Denise Brosseau (a lefty) with partner Mary Toth from CCC


Now back up to Beverly. In the mens 60 singles final, 2nd seed Paul Shaw handled 1st seed George Deptula handily, 6-3, 6-0. In the mens 60 doubles final, maestro doubles player Pete Allen and partner Tommie George (1st seeds) defeated 2nd seeds Paul Shaw and Bill Busiek 6-4, 6-3. In the mens 65 singles final, 1st seed Bob Dunlop defeated 2nd seed Bill Simonton. Bob also won the 65 singles at Yale. In 65 doubles, new team Ted Underwood and his ringer from Florida, David Boehk seeded 1st defeated 2nd seeds Tom Diehl and Warren Steele in the final 7-5, 6-4


60 singles winner Paul Shaw with finalist George Deptula

60 doubles winners Pete Allen and Tommie George with finalists Paul Shaw and Bill Busiek

70 singles winner George Lynch with finalist Ray Brodeur

70 doubles finalists George Lynch and Mac Farmer with winners Ken Miller and Ray Brodeur


The mens 70s gets interesting. In singles, 1st seed Bruce Cassella called in to default due to an Achilles injury. Ken Miller then moved on to play doubles partner and 3rd seed Ray Brodeur in the semis but retired due to a pulled glute muscle. He wanted to save himself for the upcoming doubles final. He and Ray played after lunch against George Lynch and Mac Farmer in the 70 doubles final. Ken’s pull was still hindering his mobility and Jessie Van Hippel loaned him a hand “massager”. At every changeover, he was vigorously massaging his glute muscle as he could not move very well without pain. He hung in there, however, and partner Ray Brodeur covered for him very well and Ken and Ray won 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours – a very long doubles match! Jessie gets an assist for loaning the massager! George got his revenge in the singles final, defeating Ray 7-6, 6-3. George had defeated Jack Reynolds in the other semis. Jack had a great upset win over 4th seed Dag Williamson in three long sets in the quarters.


The mens 75 singles final was also hard fought with 2nd seed John Clarno defeating 1st seed Bill Schmid 6-0, 5-7, 7-6. There were no entries in 75 doubles.


In the womens 60 singles final, 2nd seed Dorcas Miller faced 1st seed Michelle Immler, the same two who played the 60s final at Yale, and again Michelle was victorious, this time 6-2, 6-2. In the womens 60 doubles final, Immler partnered with Ezster Chase and defeated Carolyn Fournier and Ruby Curtis 6-2, 6-4.


Mens 75 singles winner John Clarno with finalist Bill Schmid

Womens 60 singles winner Michelle Immler with finalist Dorcas Miller

Womens 60 doubles winners Ezster Chase and Michelle Immler

Womens 60 doubles finalists Ruby Curtis and Carolyn Fournier


Both parties were great fun with good food, drink, and camaraderie (and prizes with a drawing). Prizes included a racket, tennis bag, and Pilot Pen tournament tickets. The Beverly party was held in a large room upstairs in the clubhouse whereas the Concord party was held on the veranda next to center court. There was a great 50 singles match going on during the Concord party between Sal Giglia and Peter Koekkoek on center court that entertained those who were finished playing and could relax.


The caterers at Concord are excited about the food!

Koby and wife are enjoying the food at the CCC party

Dorcas Miller giving out prize of Pilot Pen tickets to Anne Behnke



At Beverly, awards were presented to Ken and Dorcas Miller for conceiving the idea of the Slams and making it a reality, to John Shane for his generous donation to make the two parties top class, to Henry Tiberio for all his efforts in making the Beverly tournament a success and to Mike LaPierre for his great organization of the Beverly event.


Enjoying the Beverly party -- standing: Ann Murphy, Ray Brodeur and girl friend Candace, and Judy Smith. Sitting: Paul Foley, Alan Keith and Ken Miller

John Shane, Henry Tiberio, Mike Lapierre and Ken Miller (Dorcas covered the Concord party) with the awards they were given for support of the Slams


It seemed universal that every participant was thrilled about the Clay Slams and are talking about going to Newport for the grass Slam. There are a some players looking forward to possibly getting a “triple” Slam, winning an event at all three Slams!


Special thanks go to Ron Jenssen as the “official” photographer at Concord, and to the women who supplied the cookies in the afternoon at both places; Jessie Von Hippel, Vicki Hibbard and Henry Tiberio’s wife Fran.