Latest News from the 2003 USA League Tennis 4.5 Adult National Championships presented by Lincoln
by: Grant Chambers
|Las Vegas Women Win!© Cynthia Lum|
Sunday, October 12, 2003
Intermountain 4.5 Women from Las Vegas and Mid-Atlantic 4.5 Men from Columbia, Md., Capture National Title!
The women representing the Intermountain Section and the men from the Mid-Atlantic Section prevailed this weekend, both winning the 2003 USA League Tennis 4.5 Adult National Championship.
The women from Las Vegas, representing the USTA Intermountain Section, clinched with a 3-2 defeat of Florida’s Clearwater squad. With the team match tied at 2-2, Las Vegas came through in the fifth and deciding match. Their road to the National Championship was highlighted with a bold 4-1 semifinal victory over the Southwest team from Phoenix. “We just have an unbelievable team,” said team captain Dawn Farber. She went on to say,“We had our ups and downs, but with great support and team effort were able to pull through!” Shown in the team picture below: (left to right) Sarah Peterson, Teresa McMillian, Charmaine Dadian, Carri Greer-Thevenot, Dawn Farber (captain), Jamie Martin, Pamela Loyd, Heather Wrzesinski and Christy Leffett.
|Las Vegas Women Celebrate Victory© Cynthia Lum|
|Las Vegas Women's 4.5 Team Capture Nationional Title© Cynthia Lum|
The Mid-Atlantic men from Columbia, Md., captured the national championship with a 3-2 victory over the Northern California team from San Jose, Calif. “It’s been a long rode to the top, but we’re proud to be the number one 4.5 men’s team in the country,” stated team captain Marc Schneebaum. Team picture order shown below: Front Row, Left to Right - Peter Maller, Alberto Diaz, Brandon Oliver, Howard Staley; Back Row, Left to Right - Tom Brightfield, Grandon Haus, Matthew Lennox, marc Schneebaum, Matthew Bilger, David Costello, Jimmy Jeffers, Jon Baustany.
|Men Atlantic Men Take Home the Title© Cynthia Lum|
3rd Place Playoff Results:
Portland, Maine def. El Paso, Texas 3-2
Phoenix def. San Francisco, Calif. 3-2
Men Semifinal Round
Columbia, Md. def El Paso, Texas 3-2
San Jose, Calif. def Portland, Maine 3-2
Women Semifinal Round
Las Vegas def Phoenix 4-1
Clearwater, Fla. def San Francisco 4-1
|Caribbean Men Show off Their Shoes|
Caribbean Men Sport Matching Shoes
The Caribbean 4.5 Men's team won the fashion shoe award this weekend. Shown here, "it's all part of the strategy!"
|San Francisco 4.5 Women Known for Their FOOD!© Cynthia Lum|
Northern California All About Food!
The Northern California 4.5 women from San Francisco have always been known for, along with great tennis skills, their food. During local, sectional and national league play, people always rave about their “after-match” refreshments which include shushi, Chinese Noodles, cakes, cookies, homemade deserts and more. Their motto is “to compete, EAT, and have fun!”
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Day two of the USA League Tennis Adult 4.5 National Championships was full of action and fun. Win or lose, over 300 players attended tonight's national championship player party and dance night at the Double Tree Hotel. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s semifinal playoff line-ups!
|With dim lights, the party was bright!|
Saturday Night Fever!
Over 300 players and supporters attended Saturday night’s festival at the Double Tree Hotel. The event featured a fabulous three-course meal, fantastic music and dancing and an abundance of gifts and prizes including top-of-the-line watches from Citizen Watch Company and various clothing and equipment from Lincoln and Penn Racquet Sports. Lincoln is the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of USA League Tennis. Penn Racquet Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer of tennis balls, is in its 16th year as the official ball of USA League Tennis. The Citizen Watch Company celebrates its eighth year as a USTA Corporate Champion and as sponsor of USA League Tennis.
|Lucky winners of the grand Citizen Watch prize!|
|Jim and Lou Reffkin|
Longtime Passion for Jim and Lou Reffkin
Randolph Tennis Center owners Jim and Lou Reffkin always look forward to this time of year when the sizzling Tucson temperatures start to cool and USA League Tennis National Championships come to town. And after 29 years as owners and operators of Randolph Tennis Center, they still look forward to each day of “work”. Randolph Tennis Center is one of the nations premiere public tennis facilities and proud winner of the 1993 USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility Award. Visit www.randolphtenniscenter.com for more information.
|Father Son Duo from Tulsa, OK|
Father/Son Duo Takes Aim
Missouri Valley’s Dean and Dean Clower father and son duo are taking care of business at this weekends national championships. After three rounds, Dean and Dean have a smashing 3-0 doubles match record together helping Missouri Valley to a perfect 3-0 record and into strong contention for a spot in Sunday’s semi-final round. Dean I and Dean II were also national contenders at last year’s 9.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships and will return for this year’s 9.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships in San Antonio.
|Hawaii Mother/Daughter Duo's© Cynthia Lum|
Hawaii Mother/Daughter Duo’s
Hawaii’s Mother/Daughter Duo’s Marie and Katrina Holmberg (left) and Abby and Katie Murray (right) are having a ball at this year’s national championships. Please see article below for more information on the Hawaii team.
Las Vegas Women Playing Their Best Cards
Las Vegas is known for its extravagant entertainment shows and casinos. This year’s 4.5 women’s team from Las Vegas fits right in. Team member Teresa
McMillan has actually played in the World Series of Poker and in Party Poker Cruises, as seen on the Travel Channel. Her husband, Ron, actually has a poker chip named after him. Team captain Charmaine Malmuth’s husband, Mason, is a well known Professional poker player who has 30 published books on the subjects of poker, blackjack and more.
|Las Vegas Women© Cynthis Lum|
A Family Affair
Southern California sister teammates Julie Amble and Jill Roberts may have the most family support of any at this weekends event. After a 3rd round victory
over the Hawaii women’s doubles team, we rounded’em up for a fun (and cuteJ) photo.
|Southern California Family Affair© Cynthia Lum|
Back row (left to right): Husband and wife Julie and Peer Amble, Sister Jill Roberts, Sister Jan Trotter and their mother Cathy Sanford.
Front row youngsters and son’s and daughters of Julie and Peer Amble (left to right): Breana (held by Peer), Melia, Mikaela, Keara (being held) and Dakota Amble.
Friday, October 10, 2003
|Storms cleared and friday morning action began only one hour late|
Thunder, lightning and rain filled the skis of Tucson for most of Thursday and on into the early morning of Friday. Graciously, the storm let go around and delayed the first round by only one hour. A gorgeous day of tennis was had by all!
|Hawaii captain Jeanne Guanzon in full form!© Cynthia Lum|
Aloha Spirit Comes to Tucson
Jeanne Guanzon, team member of the Hawaii 4.5 women’s team, states, “our team has the Aloha Spirit. We’re ‘Maui Pupule’!” Maui Pupule in plain English means “crazy.” Hawaii teams are known for their good and giving spirit. These women brought an array of Hawaiian gifts for their opponents including actual pineapples for tournament staff, Cookkwee's Maui Cookies, Hawaiian Gold Pineapple Juice and Maui Brand Sugar.
|Dallas Captain Kay Tully Looking for Dual Title|
Dallas Captain Looks for Dual Title, To Retire After This Year
Kay Tully, captain of the Dallas 4.5 women’s team has her hands full to say the least. She also happens to be the captain of the 4.5 Senior women’s team from Dallas who will compete in next weeks national championships in Palm Springs, Calif. Adding this year’s national championship contentions to her list, Kay will have competed in a total of seven national championships over the past 15 years. With growing personal and family responsibilities, Kay will be retiring from league tennis after this year.
“I love working with personalities,” stated Kay. She went on to say, “We have fun working as competitors and friends. I enjoy being a coach and will miss my teammates dearly.” Kay may be retiring as a team captain, but still plans to play her weekly tennis back home in Dallas.
20s, 30s, 40s and 50s….Northern Men Span Four Decades
This year’s USTA Northern Sectional Champion 4.5 men from Minneapolis have a unique team. Their youngest player is 27 years old while the oldest is 51, covering a whopping four decades of time. “We have a dynamic team that comes from all walks of life,” stated team captain Greg Garritty. Specifically, this team is comprised of a lawyer, writer, caterer, sales trainer, HR manager, business owner, computer programmer, general contractor and a project manager. They would like to thank their gracious team sponsor , Insight Enterprises Inc., a company based in Tempe, Ariz., providing computing products, advanced IT services and outsourcing of business processes.
|Northern Men Span Decades, Shown here From Left To Right, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s|
|Merchandise Booth at 4.5 National Championships Gets Swarmed|
USTA Merchandise Stand in Full Swing
Gloria and Julian Axelrod have managed USA League Tennis merchandise for over ten years now including sales at national championship events. A full line of USA League Tennis National Championships presented by Lincoln apparel includes hats, collared shirts, vests and more. As you can see in this picture, they’re doing a great job!