Tennis teams punch ticket to next year's nationals

The Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club men’s 4.0 team is headed to the national tournament next year after winning in Daytona Beach. All matches in the tournament are doubles.

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The Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club men’s 4.0 team is headed to the national tournament next year after winning in Daytona Beach. All matches in the tournament are doubles.

Three local tennis clubs recently returned from the USTA Super Senior sectional matches at the USTA Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. The Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club won the men's 4.0 championship and qualified for the national tournament next year. State champions earn berths in the following year's tournament. A site for the tournament has not been determined.

The Super Senior team from McMullen Tennis Center also won a state championship. It won the men's 4.5 division and will play in the national tournament in 2010. Shipwatch Yacht and Tennis Club also had a team in Daytona Beach. The men's 3.5 team finished second.

The team representing Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club was put together by captain John Rensch. After years of playing on super senior teams, Rensch was a captain for the first time.

Team members were Ed Hamilton, Andris Cakarnis, Leon Kennedy, Hank Houser, Nga Q. Duong, Barry Schollenberger, Don Wheeler and Don Mathias.

"The competition was outstanding,'' Rensch said. "Sometimes when you play in these tournaments there are some teams that are kind of pushovers. But not at this one. Those guys were good.''

Matches in the tournament are all doubles. The final came down to the last doubles match, which was won by Mathias and Duong. Rensch said he thought his team had a chance to win.

"It was especially rewarding,'' Rensch said. "As some of us get close to or over 70 it becomes harder and harder to compete with the younger guys.''

The team representing McMullen Tennis Center in Clearwater is made up of Terry Payton, Mark Rosenfeld, Ronald Massey, Peter Bonfa, Tom Grayson, Ralph Howe, Richard Bruer, Anthony Ruggiero, William Christensen and Marc Mazo.

Shipwatch's team is Ed Mehew, Charles Harris, Fred Glenn, John Gelestor, John Todia, Alton Blackburn, Leslie Spang, Thomas Rinehart, Henry Van Drunen, Joe Campbell, Richard Armstrong and Pete Mosher.

More tennis

The Largo May Day Rookie tournament was held on April 25-26. The boys 16 singles winner was Trent Lott. The 14 winner was Max Kramer, the 12 winner was Shin Zaw and the 10 winner was Avery Tacea. The girls 16 winner was Alyssa Lukish, the 14 winner was Kate Byrne, the 12 winner was Thinzar Zaw and the 10 winner was Sophia Edwards.

• The Countryside Spring Junior Super Series was held at Countryside Country Club on April 25-26. The boys 18 singles winner was Justin Crenshaw, the 16 winner was Kamil Khalil, the 14 winner was Stephen Goldman, the 12 winner was Ganesh Rajaram and the 10 winner was John Sakellarides. The girls 18 winner was Monica Puig, the 16 winner was Laura Gulbe, the 14 winner was Andrea Macchiavello, the 12 winner was Rachel Rohrabacher and the 10 winner was Shachaamah Brown.

• The Gulf Coast Spring Classic was held in Tarpon Springs on April 24-26. The men's 35 singles champ was Sean Kepinski, the 45 singles winner was Paul Kronk, the 55 winner was Herb Feldmann, the 65 winner was Chip Gamble, the 75 winner was Danny Holcomb and the open division winner was Payum Payman.

Golf

The American Junior Golf Association held the Cliffs Championship on April 25-26 in Arden, N.C. M.J. Maguire of St. Petersburg tied for second in the two-day tournament with 1-under 141. Shun Yat Hak of Lake Mary won the tournament with 2-under 140.

Tim Hume of Tampa won the inaugural Mid Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota on April 26 with a three-round total 219. John Crum of St. Petersburg also played in the tournament and shot 241.

Holes-in-one: Glenn McClure of Clearwater aced the 125-yard fifth hole at Largo Municipal Golf Course on Dec. 30 with a 7-iron. Earl Lownsbury of Seminole 105-yard sixth hole at Largo Municipal on April 26 with a sand wedge. Michael Houlton of Canada aced the sixth hole on April 24 with an 8-iron.

Gymnastics

LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of Largo sent its Level 8 team to Region 8 competition in Atlanta on April 25-26. Individual winners were Sarah Spurgeon (vault) and Megan Schell (beam).

Athlete update

Morgan Frank of Oldsmar was the Big 12 Conference's No. 2 singles champion after going 10-1 for Texas A&M. Frank, a sophomore, is 20-2 in regular-season matches the past two seasons.

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Tennis teams punch ticket to next year's nationals 05/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009 10:58am]

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