Grass Slam at Pt. Judith CC is Great Success Despite Losing 1.5 Days to Rain

There was a threatening weather forecast of 1-2 inches of rain on the first day of the tournament (Thursday) resulting in a total rearrangement of schedules.Instead of starting on Thursday, play started on Friday at noon to give the courts time to recover on Friday morning.

There were a total of 98 players in the tournament with a number of new faces not seen before or not recently.The courts were in pristine condition and the venue was beautiful.

One negative, however, is that there were no entries in the menís 80, 85, or 90 age groups and the womenís 70 and 75 age groups (one 75 doubles team entered but had no opponent so then entered the 60 doubles instead).

You expect that points and matches would be shorter on grass than on other surfaces.However, there were a number of exceptions.For example, two womenís 50 singles matches involving NY player Keiko Tase were lengthy featuring long baseline rallies.Unfortunately for her, she lost both of them, although both went for about three hours.In her match with Meg Donahue, one spectator counted how many balls went over the net in one rally and it was 55!

50ís Events

In menís 50 singles, #1 seeded player Russ Strong made it to the finals handily.Unseeded John Flatley defeated #2 seed Tom Weber 7-5, 7-5 to meet Strong in the finals.The final was a nail biter with Strong defeating Flatley in two tiebreakers in more than three hours to take the crown.Unfortunately, there was no play in ĺ playoffs or consolations, so players left ranking points on the table.

Womenís 50 singles had three entries that played round robin.The two featuring Keiko Tase were both marathons as mentioned above but Meg Donahue won both her matches to take the title.Mary McAuley took second place.

In menís 50 doubles, 1st seeds Jon Bates and Harlan Stone and 2nd seeds Carl Norbeck and Bill Previdi had little trouble making it to the finals.The finals provided amazing doubles and the onlookers were transfixed!Bates and Stone finally prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to take the title.No ĺ playoff or consolation matches were played.

Womenís 50 doubles had three teams and VT duo of Kristen Hartley and Jeanne Hulsen defeated Meg Donahue and Karen Neri 6-2, 6-3 and Wendy Ferrelli and Mary Toth 6-1, 6-2 to take the crown.Donahue and Neri won their match against Ferrelli and Toth to take 2nd place.

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Menís 50 singles finalist John Flately with winner Russ Strong

 

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Menís 50 doubles finalists Bill Previdi and Carl Norbeck with winners Jon Bates and Harlan Stone

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Womenís 50 singles finalist Mary McAuley with winner Meg Donahue

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Womenís 50 doubles winners Jeanne Hulsen and Kristen Hartley

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Official Tom Fayed surrounded by 50 women: 50s doubles team Wendy Ferrelli and Mary Toth and Meg Donahue

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Womenís singles players Keiko Tase and Meg Donahue, the authors of the 55 stroke rally!

 

55ís Events

In menís 55 singles, 2nd seed Chris Stevens had a tough 3 setter 6-2, 3-6, 5-2 over David Foster to make it to the finals.1st seed Wade Frame had an easier time in the semis winning 6-3, 6-4 over Jon Lurie.Frame defeated Stevens in the final 6-2, 6-1 to take the title.Again, no ĺ match or consolation was played.

In menís 55 doubles, Scott Andersen and Mark Lueders made it to the finals with a default due to injury over 2nd seeds Phil Kadesch and Rob LeRoy.1st seeds John Daly and John Voikos defeated Dave Foster and Mike McQuaid in a tough three setter 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the other semi.Daly and Voikos won the title in a squeaker over Andersen and Lueders 7-6(3), 7-6(5).

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Menís 55 singles winner Wade Frame with finalist Chris Stevens

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Enjoying the great play in the great outdoors!

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Menís 55 doubles winners John Voikos and John Daly with finalists Mark Lueders and Scott Andersen

 

60ís Events

Mensís 60 singles had the biggest draw of any event with 11 entries.1st seed Jon Bates (remember him from the 50 doubles?), had an easy time making the finals as he defeated 3rd seed Tom Carey 6-1, 6-0 in the semis.In the other semi, unseeded Stan Mescon defeated 2nd seed Gary Jenkins 6-2, 6-2 to make the finals.Bates had a tough time with Mescon in the final, but prevailed 6-3, 7-6(2) to take the title.There was a consolation; Mark Garner defeated Kevin OíNeil to make the final but Garner then got a default to win the consolation.

In womenís 60 singles, 1st seed Eszter Chase defeated Dorcas Miller in one semi 6-2, 6-3.Unseeded Denise Brosseau upset 2nd seed Lynn Kaufman in the other semi 6-1, 7-5 to make the final against Chase.Chase won the crown 6-3, 6-2 over Brosseau.Kaufman defeated Caroline Courmier 6-1, 6-1 to win the consolation.

In menís 60 doubles, both the 1st and 2nd seeds were defeated in the first round.Gary Jenkins and Stan Mescon defeated 1st seed Eliot Campbell and John Voikos 6-1, 7-5 and then defeated Rob Miller and Paul Shaw 6-2, 6-1 in the semis to make it to the finals.Kevin Hunt and Ken Newman defeated 2nd seed Stephen Campbell and Gene Chappell 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to gain the semis and then got to the finals with a walkover against Bill Busiek and Mark Garner due to injury.Jenkins and Mescon took the crown 6-3, 6-0 over Hunt and Newman.

Womenís 60 doubles had three entries that played round robin.Ezster Chase and Carolyn Fournier defeated Judy Smith and Jesse von Hippel (who played down from the 75s) 6-1, 6-2 and also defeated Dorcas Miller and Heidi Attlfellner in a walkover due to injury to win.Smith and von Hippel defeated Miller and Attlfellner 6-0, 6-3 to claim second place.

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Menís 60 singles finalist Stan Mescon with winner Jon Bates

 

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Womenís 60 singles finalist Denise Brosseau with winner Eszter Chase

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Menís 60 doubles winners Gary Jenkins and Stan Mescon with finalists Kevin Hunt and Ken Newman

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Ŗ Womenís doubles winners Carolyn Fournier and Eszter Chase

 

 

 

 

Checking out the scores ----->

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65ís Events

Menís 65 singles had some very competitive matches.In one semi, 1st seed George Deptula defeated unseeded Bruce Leibig 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.In the other semi, 2nd seed Laurie Hammel defeated unseeded Ken Newman 7-5, 7-6(5).Hammel defeated Deptula 6-2, 7-6(8) to take the final.

In menís 65 doubles, 1st seeds Pete Allen and Tommie George and 2nd seeds George Deptula and George Ulrich easily made it to the finals which Deptula and Ulrich won 6-3, 6-3.John Fournier and Derek Lowe won the ĺ playoff in a walkover.

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Menís 65 singles winner Laurie Hammel with finalist George Deptula

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Menís 70 singles finalist Yoshi Akabane with winner Tom Bauer

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Menís 65 doubles finalists Pete Allen and Tommie George with winners George Deptula and George Ulrich

 

70ís Events

One of the first round matches was a marathon with Bill Ewen defeating Tom Wuethrich 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1 to make it to the semis.However, he then lost to 2nd seed Yoshi Akabane 6-3, 6-3. (Yoshi had a fantastic shot in an earlier match hitting a ball behind his back for a winner!)In the other half of the draw, 1st seed Tom Bauer cruised into the semis defeating Peter Fiore 6-0, 6-0.Bauer won easily over Akabane in the final 6-1, 6-1.In the consolation final, Wuethrich defeated Chris Bentley 6-0, 6-0.

There were only two entries in menís 70 doubles and John Swan and Jeremiah Sullivan defeated Ray Brodeur and Hoby Hyde 6-3, 6-2.

75ís Events

In menís 75 singles, there were some tight matches.In a 1st round match, Bob Blanck defeated Ken Miller 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted about three hours.Blanck then lost to 2nd seed George Lynch in the semis.In the other half, Ray Brodeur defeated 1st seed Roy Anderson by default as he was two hours late to the match.In the finals, Lynch won the crown 6-2, 4-3 (retired due to injury) over Brodeur as he caught his foot on the grass and fell on it resulting in two bone fractures in his ankle.His screams when this happened could be heard throughout the courts.An ambulance was called and he was taken to a nearby hospital where the fractures were diagnosed.TD Brian Shanley followed the ambulance to the hospital and brought him back to the club after he was bandaged up and given crutches.He was not able to drive as it was his right ankle that was in the cast, so long time doubles partner Ken Miller drove him home with wife Dorcas following so he could get home with his car.He will be in his cast about six weeks after which he will have to go into physical therapy resulting in no tennis until about next January.In the consolation final, Miller won over Bob Fougere 6-2, 6-2.

In menís 75 doubles, 1st seeds Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth defeated Tom Larkin and Omer Menard 6-3, 6-3 in one semi.In the other semi, Mac Farmer and George Lynch defeated Ken Miller and Mal Swanson in a close one 7-6(4), 6-4.In the final, Anderson and Dilworth defeated Farmer and Lynch 6-2, 7-5 to take the crown.Miller and Swanson won the ĺ playoff in a default over Larkin and Menard due to injury.

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Menís 75 singles winner George Lynch with finalist Ray Brodeur right after fracturing two bones in his ankle

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Menís 75 consolation singles finalist Bob Fougere with consolation winner Ken Miller

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Menís 75 doubles winners Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth with finalists Mac Farmer and George Lynch

 

The Party!

The party was held Saturday starting at 5:30.Jules Olley, General Manager of Pt. Judith CC, did a great job of arranging the party and did a great job!Many players brought their spouses to the party and it was very well attended with great food and camaraderie.

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Enjoying the party!

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Ken and Dorcas Miller ran the traditional Slams drawing.Some great prizes were drawn

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Here is one of the great prizes Ė a tennis bag!

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After the drawing was completed, Adult Players Committee Chairman George Ulrich thanked all those who made this a success

 

We thank all of those who made this tournament a great success; TD Brian Shanley, Pt. Judith CC General Manager Jules Olley, Official Tom Fayed, and the Millers.Also, thanks to Rich Heath that made it happen through his connections and to Pete Allen and George Ulrich who helped at the check in desk on Friday.