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Centenarian stays in the game on the tennis court

Roger Gentilhomme, who turned 100 in May, plays tennis three times a week when he winters in Dunedin. He participated in this week’s Florida Senior Games State Championships.


Roger Gentilhomme, who turned 100 in May, plays tennis three times a week when he winters in Dunedin. He participated in this week’s Florida Senior Games State Championships.

Roger Gentilhomme of Dunedin turned 100 this year, but that hasn't slowed him down a bit. Gentilhomme was in action this week at the Florida Senior Games State Championships in Estero. He is the only 100-year-old in the field, so he is assured a gold medal in tennis, bowling and shuffleboard, the three sports he has entered.

He plays against "younger'' players. In the tennis final, Gentilhomme played against 95-year-old James Kales of Bonita Springs. Kales won the first set 6-2 and led 5-3 in the second when Gentilhomme had to stop playing. He complained of dizziness, likely caused by the near 80 degree weather.

"I started feeling like I was stumbling and was getting dizzy," Gentilhomme said. "That's a sure sign that something is happening.''

Gentilhomme said he can recall having to quit due to heat only one other time, "25 years ago in Sarasota.'' He spends the winters in Dunedin and plays three times a week with a regular group. The group plays in the morning to avoid the warm weather.

The Florida State Senior Games ran through today, and more than 100 local athletes participated. Next week we will list athletes who earned gold medals in their sports.


The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held a two-day tournament on Dec. 5-6 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. The boys 16-19 winner was Gary Dunne of Greystone, Ireland, who shot 144. Locally, Nick Quintessenza was tied for 17th with 155 and Linzy Clark of Palm Harbor was tied for 25th with 159. Rigel Fernandes of India was the boys 13-15 winner with a score of 147. Ryan Mosley of St. Petersburg was tied for 13th with 160 and Anthony Quintessenza was 16th with 162. Sammi Stevens of Hereford, Texas, won the girls 15-19 age group with 144. Shane Crutchfield of St. Petersburg was tied for 12th with 165.

• Belleair Country Club's Women's Golf Association held its member-member tournament on Dec. 1 and 3. The overall low net winners were Gail Flanagan and Sharlene Snyder, who combined for 128. The low gross winners were Karen Koch and Kiely Allen, who shot 153.

• The West Coast Women's Golf Association held a tournament on Dec. 3 at Cove Cay Golf Club. Lisa Hartley was the Flight AA gross winner with 77. The Flight AA net winner was Cathy Schlenk, who shot 79.


USTA of Florida held its annual awards ceremony on Dec. 4-6 in Daytona Beach, and a pair of local members received awards. Phil Girardi of St. Petersburg was named the Committee Volunteer of the Year. Terry Logan of St. Petersburg was named Official of the Year.

• Skyler Fanning of St. Petersburg won the boys 12 singles championship at the Northdale Local Winter Championship in Tampa on Dec. 6.

• Seminole Lake Tennis Center held its Local Christmas Classic on Dec. 5-7. The boys 18 singles winner was Ricky Symanski, the boys 16 winner was Kento Tagashira, the 14 winner was Parker Hayslett and the 12 winner was Kodai Fujii. On the girls side, the 18 singles winner was Wendy Zhang, the 14 winner was Kelly Taylor and the 12 winner was Juliet Zhang.


The Tampa Bay Turners competed in the Level 4 USA Gymnastics State Championships in Coral Springs on Dec. 5-6. The group has six state champions: Alli Boyd (beam, floor, all-around), Shayla Snow (beam, floor, all-around), Ruth Jerger (bars, all-around), Jacqueline Hebert (vault, all-around), Alexandria Haggar (bars) and Alyssa Scott (vault).

• Victory Gymnastics also competed in the state meet. It had three state champions in Level 4. They were Kelsey Walker (vault), Rebecca Klein (vault) and Kristen Saranese (floor).

• LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of Largo also competed at the Level 4 Florida State meet in Coral Springs. The Level 4 team placed second in the state. Individual winners were Jordyn Condreay (beam, floor, all-around), Briana Egger (floor), Kennady Jones (bars), Krista Marrocco (bars, beam, floor, all-around), Sophia Molea (beam), Nicole Omasta (bars), Gabrielle Ondich (beam), Madison Swenson (bars, all-around), Savannah Taylor (bars, floor) and Emma Williams (bars).

Centenarian stays in the game on the tennis court 12/12/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 12, 2009 3:30am]
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