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Kellmeyer honored by Hall

Fern “Peachy” Kellmeyer says tennis is her “passion.”

Special to the Times

Fern “Peachy” Kellmeyer says tennis is her “passion.”

Longtime St. Petersburg resident Fern "Peachy'' Kellmeyer, the first employee of the Women's Tennis Association, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., on July 9. Kellmeyer and eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi were the 2011 inductees.

"It's a special day in my life,'' Kellmeyer said before the ceremony. "Tennis has been my life and my passion, so I just couldn't be happier.''

Kellmeyer, 66, was a standout junior and collegiate player before getting into coaching and administration. She held just about every job at the WTA, from player relations to policy decisions to directing tournaments around the world. She works part time at the WTA headquarters as a consultant.

"I very much still enjoy working with (WTA chairman and CEO) Stacey (Allaster) and with my colleagues in the St. Petersburg office,'' Kellmeyer said. "I'm very lucky I'm a consultant now. I don't have to go 9 to 5; I like that. But I just like to be involved so very much because it's my passion.''

More tennis

Alexis Franco of Largo won the girls 14 singles championship at the Summer Hummer Super Series in Orlando on July 3. She defeated No. 2 seed Emily Louie-Meadors 7-5, 6-0.

• The Seminole Lake Tennis Center July Spectacular Super Series was held July 2-4. The boys 14 singles winner was John Carlin, the 12 winner was Sebastian Korda and the 10 winner was Chase Martin. The girls 14 winner was Kyla Nuesa, the 12 winner was Laetitia Pulchartova and the 10 winner was Katya Vazhenin.

• The Timmy the Tiger's Summer Local tournament was held July 9-11 at the Royal Racquet Club in Clearwater. The boys 18 singles winner was Zachary Bessette, the 16 winner was Justin Hall and the 14 winner was Aaron Carey. The girls 18 singles champ was Carolina Barnett, the 16 winner was Taylor Kries and the 14 winner was Shannon Wagner.

• The Countryside Summer NTRP Designated was held at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater on July 9-11. The men's 3.0 singles winner was Larry Green, the 3.5 winner was Kevin Gunn, the 4.0 winner was Jaime Pineda, the 4.5 winner was Driss Ouazzani and the 5.0 winner was Patrick Gillant. The women's 4.0 winner was Gillian Dionne and the 4.5 winner was Maisa Kingstone.


The 19th annual Innisbrook Amateur tournament was held July 2-4. The winner was Rick Kittelstad of Tampa, who shot 213. Matt Cote of Palm Harbor was second with 214. Other locals include Rick Kerper of Safety Harbor (219), Devin Hernandez of Seminole (219), Linzy Clark III of Palm Harbor (223), Travis Ralph of Reddington Beach (223) and Neil Vanleeuwen of Tarpon Springs (224).

• The Future Masters tournament was held in Dothan, Ala., on June 30-July 2. Taylor Hancock of Clearwater finished tied for second with a three-round total 204. Pinellas Park's Jeffrey Heinicka, Palm Harbor's Dustin Dingus, Palm Harbor's Travis Huston, Clearwater's Harrison McClimans and St. Petersburg's Anthony Quinttessenza did not qualify for the final round.

• The County Golf Association held a better ball tournament July 11 at Feather Sound. The regular division gross winners were Kevin Andress and Jim Fannin, who shot 73. The senior division gross winners were Bobby Kilgore and Brian Hawke, who shot 66. The overall net winners were Jim Hammar and Dan Barbaro, who shot 62.

• The West Coast Women's Golf Association held a tournament at the Bayou Club. The overall winner was Ryan Ashburn, who shot 74. The AA flight winner was Sisi Hedges, who shot 83. The A Flight winner was Kim Hollister, who shot 83. The B Flight winner was Sheila LeFors, who shot 86. The C Flight winner was Nan Habjan, who shot 87. The D Flight winner was Margie Irvin, who shot 92.


Northeast Little League won the District 5 10 to 11-year-old championship July 9. The team advances to sectional play in two weeks in Holiday. Team members are Conlan Hale, Frankie Vitarelli, Bobby Helmling, Nick Miller, Alec Hower, Greg Miller, Will Bond, Jackson Parker, Micah Foerster, Dylan Ohanain and Luke Vari. Coaches are Frank Vitarelli, Jack Hower and Rob Helmling.

• The Pinellas Park Sharks 7-under All-Star team won the Dizzy Dean state tournament with a 4-1 record. The team plays this weekend in Calhoun, Ga., at the Dizzy Dean national tournament. Team members are Trevor Armstrong, JoJo Becker, Chad Cloud, Joseph Garcia, Jacob Green, Justin Jacobs, Jordan Lawton, Shane McClanahan, Caiden O'Brien, Luke Percifield, Matthew Robinson, Jack Thompson, and Dallas Webb. The team is coached by Dave Thompson, Joey Becker, Dave Armstrong, and Geovanni Garcia.

Senior Games

The 2011 Senior Games were held in Houston in June and early July, and several area athletes earned medals. In badminton, Christopher Hee of Dunedin teamed with Pravit Choonit to finish second in the men's doubles 7-74 age group. In 3-on-3 basketball, the Clearwater Aces finished second with a 7-2 record. In bowling, Christine Srock of Pinellas Park teamed with Katie O'Brien to win the women's doubles 55-59 age group. Srock also teamed with Dean Tabbert to finish second in the mixed doubles 55-59 group. In cycling, Carol Jean Vosburgh of Treasure Island won the 20K road race in the 65-69 age group. Vosburgh also finished second in the 10K time trials and won the women's 65-69 triathlon. In softball, the Freedom Spirit of St. Petersburg finished third in the 70-plus age group. In table tennis, Nahed Williams of Redington Shores was third in both the women's singles and doubles 65-69 age group, and Sari Kisbany of Redington Shores teamed with Harriet Brin to win the women's 80-84 doubles. She also won the mixed doubles with Robert Quinn. Al Palumbo of Safety Harbor was second in both men's doubles and mixed doubles in the 75-79 age group. In the women's 70-74 triathlon, Rose Marie Ray of Seminole was second.


The Pinellas Heat 14 Elite team played in the National Junior Olympics in Atlanta and tied for third in the American division. Team members are Ashley Albers, Ava Lombardi, Marissa Brown, Majo Amundaray, Sara Brown, Sydney Burkett, Shea Hamilton, Rachel Odell, and Katie Moore. The coach is Kelleigh O'Neill.

Kellmeyer honored by Hall 07/16/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 16, 2011 4:31am]
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