Bradshaw/Neu Memorial Tournament Is Always Best of the Season

Group of winners

Maryann Sinerius/Betty Dunn vs. Olena Buxton/Kristina Taylor

John Gates/Art Baessler vs. Maurice Allen/Roger Diddock

Running the show

The Bradshaw/Neu Memorial Tournament is the only tournament of the year open to players from Cottonwood Palo Verde, IronOaks, Sun Lakes Country Club, Springfield, and SunBird. All teams were either Men’s or Women’s Doubles. There are no Mixed Doubles at this event. The week-long tournament began on Sunday, Nov. 7, and concluded with the finals held Saturday, Nov. 13.

The tournament is a week-long competition named in honor of two people: Ken Bradshaw, who started the Cottonwood Tennis Club years ago, and Don Neu, who was the longtime tournament director and teacher who started the free tennis lessons on Monday nights.

The tournament provided competition at five levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.0+, and 75+. Altogether, there were 106 participants. Winners in each category are listed below.

Women:

4+: 1st Sharon Feltus/Cathy Lapointe, 2nd Carmella Davin/Traci Lynch, 3rd Barb Jorgensen/Judy Grefsheim

4.0: 1st Cindy McCarville/Kathy Moliter, 2nd Kathy Moore/Martine Blue, 3rd Kathryn Campbell/Jenette Curran

3.5: 1st Maryann Sinerius/Betty Dunn, 2nd Linda Dirksmeyer/Susan Aparicio, 3rd Oleana Buxton/Kristina Traylor

3.0: 1st Trish Kolb/Mary Dyrseth, 2nd Sonda Giles/Angie Dodge, 3rd Sylvia Beuler/Peggy Lagasse

Men:

4.0+: 1st Tim Shum/Leo Lapane, 2nd Craig Twitchell/Bill Cunningham, 3rd Bill Gosiak/Bruce Beelman

4.0: 1st Bob Lynne/Bill Jenak, 2nd Jerry Rex/Marv Jensen, 3rd Jim Utter/Jake Demoss

3.5: 1st Jeff Donald/Bruce Brooks, 2nd Paul Homan/Dave Sobeck, 3rd Spencer Roberts/Mike Gallant

3.0: 1st Tom Ahart/Dennis Doyle, 2nd Ron Sippy/Sid DeHaan, 3rd Jerzon Vargas/Dick Kane

75+ Men: 1st Art Brassler/John Gates, 2nd Roger Diddock/Maurice Allen

It took a lot of volunteers to make the tournament successful. Some of those people were Co-Tournament Directors MaryAnn Rice and Al Wagner, Steve Norvet (registration), Don Peterson (logistics), Sandy Casale (raffles), Spencer Roberts (finances, awards, and miscellaneous), Food Service Chair Dorothy Thurman (and her helpers).

Thanks also go to our sponsors: Sun Lakes Barber Shop, Sun Devil Auto, Big Two Toyota, Salon Excellence, Spooners Physical Therapy, Healthwaves, Shears to You, West USA Realty, Majestic (formerly The Alamo), and the Blue & Silver CTC ladies. The Battery Doctor provided a much-enjoyed happy hour, and Bill Gosiak of Cactus Realty provided a beer station.

Through sponsorships, registration fees, raffles, and donations, CTC was able to make monetary donations to Neighbors Who Care, Boys & Girls Club of Chandler, and the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

For information about joining Cottonwood Tennis Club, contact Barb Jorgensen at [email protected]