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.
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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.