Twelve of Rossmoor's Wild Card champions battled it out in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. The standard was remarkable with very few unforced errors, lots of long rallies, counter-punches and put away winners.
In a nail biting final round, Susan Hill and Dave Kern took a close victory over Rowena Slee and her partner to clinch the following results.
For the women, Rowena Slee and Susan Hill shared first place, each with 18 points. Becky Reiss took second and Linda Hague took third.
One the men's side, Dave Kern took first place with 19 points, edging out Ed Logwood on 18 points, with Ron Wyman coming third.
All players qualified for the Championships by placing in one of the monthly Wild Card tournaments hosted by the Rossmoor Tennis Club. These events are open to anyone in Rossmoor, whether or not they are a member of the club. The tournaments are played over seven rounds.
Congratulations to the winners and all the other finalists: Barbara Blum, Carol Pillsbury, Margaret Logwood, Shin Kim and Terry Quinlan.
We'll see you back again in 2020.
[Left to Right in the picture: Ron Wyman, Ed Logwood, Dave Kern, Susan Hill, Rowena Slee, Becky Reiss and Linda Hague]
Another great monthly Rossmoor Tennis Club Wild Card! Saturday July 6 saw 70 degrees, low humidity, great weather and 24 eager players.
Six rounds of very competitive play saw the womens' and mens' leaders face off in the last round. In the end Becky Reiss and her partner won out, knocking Jerry Robinson out of first place and down into third. Ed Logwood and Jim Lindsay seized the opportunity to sneak by into first and second places.
On the womens side, Susan Mann took second alone. In the spirit of fun, three women collaborated to create a three-way tie for third place. Congratulations to Poppy Tanner, Shin Kim and Terry Tobey.
Left to right:Terry Tobey, Shin Kim, Jim Lindsay, Becky Reiss, Ed Logwood, Susan Mann, Poppy Tanner and Jerry Robinson.
Dave Corliss wants to thank all those who held up his side of the court and helped him coast home to victory by a single point in the last round. FAKE NEWS! Actually Dave wants to also thank all his opponents who were so considerate in helping him out ...
In perhaps the most competitive match of the day at #1 men’s doubles, Larry Barkley and Frank Haswell won 6-4, 6-4. At #2 men’s doubles, Bob Benz and Chris Slee made quick work of their opponents winning 6-0, 6-1. Dave Besenfelder and Bernie Wolf also won easily at #3 men’s doubles 6-1, 6-2. In #4 men’s doubles, Chris Christopher and Ron Wyman ran into a very strong Trilogy team and lost 6-1, 6-1.
In the #1 women’s doubles match Sherry Endicott and Becky Reiss won easily at 6-2, 6-0. Mary Jane Kiefer and Sherry Wiseman shut out their Trilogy opponents 6-0, 6-0 in #2 women’s doubles.
In mixed doubles, Rossmoor’s teams of Mike Kiefer and Jackie Rideau and Jerry Robinson and Barbara Blum both won their matches 6-1, 6-0.
May 19, 2018 RTC hosts Triology Rio Vista
After tennis, a barbeque lunch was served to the players and RTC members who were there to root on their teams.
Special thanks to Sally Nordwall who managed the court assignments, name tags and recorded the scores, and to Irene Wong and Ken Haley who helped Rob Ingalls with the barbeque grill and to Carol Pillsbury who filled in on a Trilogy team that was short a player.
It was a glorious crisp fall morning, ideal for the tournament of champions -- the Wild Card Championships. Coffee, breakfast, orange juice, all provided by Rowena Slee. Glorious!
18 women and 12 men qualified by placing first through third in one of club's many Wild Card tournaments during the year. Competing in the grand finale were:
On the womens' side: Cinnamon Renvall, Eppie Ying, Joan Gardner, Liz Rutter, Shelly Schlender, Shin Kim, Susan Mann and Terry Quinlan.
On the mens' side: Alan Tam, Chris Bang, Chris Christopher, Ed Logwood, Ken Steiner, Larry Barclay, Mike Ying and Ron Wyman.
Things started slowly with many 2-2 ties in the first two rounds but then some players started to pull away, then others caught up again. After more rounds of jockeying, five of the eight men were still in contention to win, and four of the women, going into the last round.
Liz Rutter and Susan Mann both scored three points in the last round to stay in joint first place, while Shin Kim and Terry Quinlan took joint third place,
Allan Tam's last round perfect score wasn't quite enough to catch Ed Logwood who took first place, leaving Allan in second. Ken Steiner and Mike Ying tied in third place.
Congratulations to all competitors. See you next year. Your tournament director, Chris Slee.