Cottonwood Tennis Club held its annual Gender Doubles Tournament Jan. 12-18. Competition included 43 teams, 86 players, and a total of 75 matches played. Because of the cold weather that week, matches didn’t begin until 10 a.m., and it was still chilly. Lots of coffee, tea, and morning snacks got players off to a good start.
Winning teams in three ability levels were as follows: Men’s competition Red Level: Champions: Bruce Beelman and Bill Gosiak. Second: Ron Ryer and Bill Jenack. Third: Dave Cain and Bob Walk.
Green Level: Champions: Jeff Donald and Bruce Brooks. Second: Rick Kendall and Steve Norvet. Third: Bert Hustad and Paul Eskridge.
Blue Level: Champions: Ken Griffin and Dennis Rix. Second: Duane Ticknor and Bill Triquart. Third: Irv Neltner and John Arhangelsky.
Winning teams in the Women’s competition were as follows:
Red Level: Champions: Judy Grefsheim and Barb Jorgensen. Second: Jenette Curran and Kathryn Campbell. Third: Cindy McCarville and Kathy Moliter.
In the Green Level: Champions: Susan Hood and Karen Herrmann. Second: Susan Aparicio and Maryann Sinerius. Third: Joan Osoinach and Anita Frindell.
At the Blue Level: Champions: Kim Vargus and Tina Carr. Second: Dorothy Thurman and Pat McRoberts. Third: Angela Dodge and RuthAnn Strohn.
One women’s match in this tournament was the longest played in recent memory. It lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes. Kathy Molitar and Cindy McCarville defeated Vonnie Ticknor and Mary Braton. Molitar and McCarville went on to win third in the Red Women’s division.
Tournament director was Jerry Higgins. Assistant TD was Nadine Sutter.
Also this month, there was a “Tennis Social” with Palm Creek. A social is a one-day event usually held on a weekend between clubs from other communities like SunBird, Springfield, or Palm Creek. Cottonwood was victorious in this social. They won 18 matches while winning 220 games. Palm Creek won 12 matches with 169 games. Cottonwood will travel to Palm Creek next January.
For information about membership in Cottonwood Tennis Club, contact Barb Jorgensen at email@example.com.