USTA NORCAL ACES AWARDS
THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & HOW OF THE ACES
THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & HOW OF THE ACES
USTA Northern California is proud to present the Awards Celebrating Excellence in Service (ACES), honoring the section’s best organizations, volunteers and players for their outstanding achievements and service to the game of tennis for 2019.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM
Luncheon & Awards Presentation
Chateau Hall at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, California 94523
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2019 President's Awards
Betty Cookson Lifetime Achievement Award
Fred A. Earle Teaching Pro of the Year
Member Organization of the Year
Lafayette Tennis Club
2019 Community Tennis ACES
Outstanding Community Tennis Volunteer
Garry and Marylin Hurlbut
Outstanding Community Tennis Association
Rancho Calaveras Community Tennis Association
NJTL Chapter of the Year
San Francisco Recreation and Park: Tennis Learning Centers
2019 Diversity ACES
Diversity & Inclusion Service Awards
Larry J. Platt
Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer Award
Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award
2019 Wheelchair ACES
Outstanding Wheelchair Volunteer
Ned Mansfield Memorial Award
2019 Tournament ACES
Most Outstanding Senior Tournament
The Marin Championships is going into its 44th year in 2020. Mill Valley Tennis Club has been the host and principal site since it started. The tournament offers age categories 30-75 and awards over $25,000 in prize money. A Category 2 National tournament, it has almost 300 entrants each year from around the country. The tournament wouldn’t be successful without the support of the Board, staff and members of Mill Valley Tennis Club, the tireless volunteers and the satellite sites.
Most Outstanding NTRP Tournament, Co-Awardees
Napa Valley Tennis Classic
Many players love playing the Napa Valley Tennis Classic. Players comment that the staff at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic goes above and beyond to put the players first and ensure a wonderful tournament experience.
The 11th Annual Pam Krone Memorial NTRP Tournament
The Pam Krone Memorial NTRP Tournament will be going into its 12th year in 2020. Players who play this tournament like the format of the tournament, the amenities and the hospitable staff. This tournament consistently gets high ratings from the players. Some players consider the Pam Krone Memorial NTRP Tournament to be one of the best run tournaments in Northern California.
Most Outstanding Open Tournament
Rollingwood Cinco de Mayo Open
May players enjoy the Rollingwood Cinco De Mayo Open and gave the tournament high evaluations. Players enjoy the friendly and hardworking staff. They also enjoy the amenities that are given out at the tournament.
Adult Tournament Volunteer of the Year
Anna has contributed many volunteer hours in 2019 to help make Adult Tournaments better. She is currently a member of the USTA NorCal Adult Tournament Committee and has attended many meetings including meetings to work on new pilot tournaments. Anna also volunteered at a number of events including the Tri-level Mixed Team Tournament and the 2019 Adult Grand Prix.
Adult Tournament Director of the Year
Ian does a fantastic job hosting a number of tournaments throughout the year at Tahoe Donner Tennis Club. Players enjoy the tournaments that Ian is the tournament director of. Ian continuously goes above and beyond to make the tournament enjoyable for all players.
2019 Umpire ACES
Umpire of the Year
Kevin has been a USTA certified umpire for 6 years. He has grown tremendously as an umpire; excelling in all areas of officiating including being a referee, line umpire and chair umpire. Kevin has recently been selected to work the 2020 Australian Open. His peers say that he is friendly and approachable and is always ready to help out with any situation.
Rookie Umpire of the Year
For being only his second year as an umpire, Vinod has excelled in many areas of officiating. Vinod has been working events in the NorCal section as well as being hired to be a line umpire at professional events such as WTA San Jose, ATP Cincinnati and Winston Salem. He is a great team player and is always open to learning more and improving.
Referee of the Year
Joan is currently in her 39th year of umpiring and loves what she does. When being the referee at tournaments, her experience, organization and knowledge of the rules help for making a smooth tournament. Joan is a great team player and is always willing to share her knowledge with others and help mentor other umpires at the tournaments she is working at.
2019 Adult Leagues ACES
Service to Leagues
League Volunteer of the Year
League Facilities of the Year, Co-Awardees
Laguna Creek Sports Club
Local League Area Coordinator of the Year
2019 Adult League Captains of the Year
Diablo North – Annette Clear
Diablo South – Vicente Belizario
East Bay – Yen Lim
South Bay – Nathan Michael Mertz
Mid Peninsula – Paula Guslani
Lower Peninsula – Gwen Tran
Monterey Bay – Karen Ehlers
North Counties – Rosie Gilbert-Ahrens
Napa/Solano – Imelda Lee
Reno/Tahoe – Jean Van Well
Sacramento – Betty Williams
Marin – Sean Maher
Sonoma/Mendocino – Allison Hackett
Fresno – Doris Harpain
San Francisco – Gillian Khoo
Upper Peninsula – Dave Kling
2019 Tyler Nii Memorial Scholarship Award
From Cupertino, CA. Attends Cupertino High School.
From Roseville, CA. Attends Jesuit High School.
Should you have any questions, contact John Franco.