Cottonwood Tennis Club’s 2018-19 season began with the “Rainbow Classic,” a two-day, fun-for-everyone where teams play against one another and all levels participate together. The first tournament of the season, “The Bradshaw,” was open to players from SunBird, Sun Lakes CC and IronOaks as well as Cottonwood PV players. It was played November 5-10 and honors the founder of the Cottonwood Club, Ken Bradshaw. One hundred fifty players participated in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles. The Bradshaw is an annual event sponsored by CTC.
The Triple T was held December 5-8. Players sign up and are then placed on a team by the tournament director. Until the entire four days are over, nobody is sure which team won.
The Gender Doubles Tournament, six days long, was held January 6-12. It rained all night the 5th, and the courts were soaked. Volunteers swept and applied squeegees to the courts. The rest of the week was perfect. Bob Walk and Bruce Beelman, winners in the Red Men’s Division for the second year, can no longer play together. Rules say if you win twice, you get a new partner for the following year.
The Canadian vs. American (Can/Am) Social was held January 26 with great fanfare. Canadian Teams donned red shirts with “Canadian” in white letters. Americans came in varied representations of “The Red White and Blue.” This social is an all-time favorite for everyone who participates.
The Mixed Tournament, six days long, was March 11-16. It allows couples to play together if they are at the same level. There are many tennis couples in CTC, and even if they are not at the same level, they can enjoy watching each other play. For many, this is their favorite tournament of the year.
The last event of the year was the Don Neu Memorial Charity Event, open to players from all the Robson communities and dedicated to the memory of Cottonwood’s longtime Pro Don Neu. As a result of this event, $1,000 was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Chandler.
In addition to the above, there were eight socials and inter-club events with Sun Lakes CC, SunBird, Leisure World, IronOaks and Trilogy.
Although the official “Season” is over, there’s a men’s summer league and sign-ups throughout the summer. Recent appointments: Kathy Moliter, Ratings Committee; Barb Jorgensen, Membership. For information about CTC membership or free lessons, go to www.cottonwoodtennisclub.com.