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Century Tourney winners; Prescott courts repaired

The partners all added up to at least 100 years in total age, with the oldest duo being Orlando Martinez and Dave Humphrey at 125 years combined, the youngest at 101 years was Orlo Jantz and Matt Sims.

Evidently age doesn't make you better or worse as a tennis player, as Dana Wingate and Jeff Downs won the A/B division over Orlando and Dave 3-1. Semifinalists were Hannie Blauuw/Jana Jensen and Orlo and Matt in the lower bracket. Quarterfinalists were Margaret and Tom Nelson, George Reynolds and Kellie Shanahorn.

Montana visitor Gail Nutting and local Dave Justice teamed together to win the B/C division over Joyce Thomson and Marina Martinez 3-1. Semifinalists were Butch Miller and wife Susan Gerber and Larry Iverson and Mike Allan.

The next one-day tournament is Sunday, Sept. 12 from Noon-5 p.m., "Back to School Family Doubles." You need to find a family member to play with or a kissin cousin at the least. Call 445-1331 to enter.

"Many Courts Repaired In Prescott Area This Summer"

I am a firm believer that if you are going to build a tennis court or facility, you should budget to maintain it and then make sure you do keep up with its needs.

Many subdivisions have been doing just that this summer.

Hidden Valley has four courts and under the direction of Orlo Jantz had all four courts resurfaced, cracks fixed with a new system, net posts pulled and reset with sleeves, rusted fences replaced/painted and, boy, does it look and play like a brand new facility.

The Prescott Racquet Club took two of its worn courts and put down another type of system that will keep the cracks from coming back.

I noticed where the subdivision on Smoke Tree Lane, after years of letting their courts go, too have repaired and resurfaced their tennis facility.

George Reynolds and Dave Justice took the time to reset the posts at the Prescott Ranch tennis court this past spring.

But what grips me just a bit is when our public facilities reach the point of needing capital improvements and then no money has been appropriated or planned for.

Prescott High School is certainly in dire need of having its six courts repaired in a major way and it will be costly. But after 30 years or so of existence and a sub-base that has left spider-cracks all over each court it needs a major revamp. Has this most recent proposed bond added this capital improvement in? Not that I'm aware of, even though this facility is really used by the school and the public with its great location.

The Yavapai College tennis facility has been taken care of in the past by the City of Prescott, and, more recently, as a joint venture by the college and local tennis players. But it, too, needs some major crack repair again soon and money needs to be budgeted.

It is my understanding that this next year that at least two of the Armory tennis courts will be redone with the other two upgraded the following year and that's great. After almost 20-plus years of the synthetic grass/sand surface, it is getting there.

The subdivision called Prescott Resort near the airport has two courts that are a mess currently. Maybe those courts don't get used a lot, but does that mean you just let them go to pot? They might consider forming a tennis committee and putting a few programs together like many of the other subdivisions do.

When tennis facilities are built to help sell your town or your subdivision that doesn't mean that they'll just be good forever, or even played on to any degree unless you have programs for everyone to get to know one another.

Planned out and budgeted maintenance goes hand-in-hand with a solid program of tennis activities for any tennis facility, no matter if it's one court or six. Otherwise don't bother.

I want to be proud of what we have here in Prescott with our tennis facilities, don't you?

"Yavapai College Fall Tennis Program To Begin Aug. 23"

The summer YC tennis program ended this last week, and there's a two-week break before the fall session begins, Aug. 23.

Tennis classes to sign up for are: Monday and Wednesdays, noon-1:20 p.m. and 5:30-6:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m.

The cost is $38 per 30 hours of instruction with an additional fee of $20 (total of $58) that goes for balls and other court equipment. That still breaks down to less than $2 per hour of instruction, a deal you'll never beat.

Call 776-2199 to register by phone.

(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or

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