Lots of tennis was played at the Roughrider Tennis Center this past weekend in the 4th Annual Yavapai Tennis Championships.
It looked like a small U.S. Open, with the sponsor signs on the fences, groomed grounds, hospitality tent (donated by Coke), players and fans milling around, and all run by former U.S. Open umpire Richard Bozeat and staff.
Twenty different events were held, between NTRP divisions and first round consolations.
Jean Blyth, her daughter Allison Wood, and then her children Lacy and Jeannie made up three generations of one family of tennis players that participated in different events.
Results: Men's 4.5 Singles: Andy Mraz def. Matt Mraz 7-5, 7-5. C. John Houston-winner. Men's 4.0 Singles: Robert Hernandas def. Pat McCormick 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. C. Stan Preston def. Steven Polk 6-0, 6-1. Men's 3.5 Singles: Ken Turner def. Ed Boyle 6-1, 6-3. C. Donovon Hufnagle def. Steve LaFleur 6-2, 6-4. Men's 3.0 Singles: Tom Winker def. Peter Stevens 6-1, 6-3. C. Hernan Funes def. Tom Polite 6-2, Ret. Men's 4.0 Doubles: Matt and Andy Mraz def. Cody Williams and Pat McCormick 6-4, 6-2. C. Stan Preston and Tim Hood def. Robert Hernandas and John Brickenridge 6-4, 6-3. Men's 3.5 Doubles: Russ Wagner and Dave Rainey def. Jim Love and Brian Bucholtz 6-1, 6-4. C. Joe Morales and Steve La Fleur def. Jim Winge and Jerry Mellinger 6-4, 6-4.
Women's 3.5 Singles: Young Haskett def. Lacy Wood 6-3, 6-2. C. Robin Fox def. Sallyann Ofner 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Women's 3.0 Singles: Marjorie Compton def. Jeannie Wood 6-4, 6-4. C. Jessica Martinez def. Jennifer Johnson 6-0, 6-2. Women 3.5 Doubles: Jean Blyth and Eileen Chalfoun def. Dawn Turner and Sarah Moglewer 6-2, 6-1.
Mixed 4.0 Doubles: Robert Hernandas and Bev Custer def. Kylie Link and John Kolody 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4. C. Cody Williams and Debbie Cassidy def. Allison Wood and Steve LaFleur 6-4, 6-4. Mixed 3.5 Doubles: Jean Blyth and John Zambrano 1st place.
A big thanks to all who helped make this event a wonderful success: desk people, clean-up volunteers, sponsors, the Prescott Area Tennis Association and Yavapai College.
"Why Have Entry
If you've ever run a tournament before you probably realize that it takes a little time to put it all together. From the idea, to lining up the facility, the staff, brochures, and putting the draw of players together, let alone everything else.
The participant has it pretty simple, all they have to do is fill out an application correctly, add the entry fee and then get it in by the deadline.
It is the opinion of this columnist that in the "old days" most people got their applications done and in within the entry deadline more often than it happens today. My theory is that there were fewer events happening 25 years ago and more time to spend doing them, while today, everyone is going in 15 different directions and making a decision to do something that might take up a full weekend much more difficult.
I can't tell you how many people expect you to get them in the draw after it's been made and even get upset at you when you say it just isn't possible ... like it's your fault they missed the deadline.
Most tournament directors will do their best to sneak you in if it's possible and work with some time restraints, but many times it's at the inconvenience of many people. Three or four people have to be called, times and courts rearranged and some bad feelings from those who did have their entry in on time.
The point that's trying to be made here is for all of us to be more conscious of meeting the entry deadlines, so the people running events can be more effective, not to mention the participant being able to get their times earlier and thus plan their time better as well.
"Halloween (Boo!) Doubles Tournament-Friday, Oct. 24"
The Halloween (Boo!) A-B & C Doubles Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Roughrider Tennis Center. All players are asked to wear a playable costume with the best to win a special prize.
The cost is $15 per person, with balls, food and prizes to the finalists provided.
Call 445-1331 to sign up. It will be a MONSTER SMASH, so grab the witch or warlock of your choice and call by the 22nd to enter.
(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 email@example.com)