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Jerome, Chinsky win men's doubles

Al Jerome and Shelly Chinsky won the 12-team Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department Men's Doubles League.

"Shelly and I had a lot of fun playing," said Jerome, of New Port Richey. "It was the first time we played together and his style of play fit very well with my type of tennis."

Jerome described his type of tennis as good at the net combined with court quickness; Chinsky's as strong in the backcourt. Jerome was a member of the former River Crossing Country Club's 3.5 senior men's team that placed third in the nation in 1994.

Jerome's tennis began briefly at the age of 21, then again at 45. For six years, the French-Canadian switched to racquetball and at 52 became the best player in Quebec in the 45-and-older division.

"I switched back to tennis when I couldn't find anyone my age at my level in racquetball," said Jerome, 66. "Now I play tennis four, five or six days a week."

Jerome and Chinsky had a winning percentage of 90 in the 10-match league. Second-place Jack Osborne and Larry Houk had 74 percent with 17 sets won and six lost.

"We are just trying to have a friendly, competitive league, and encourage anyone interested in playing to join us," said Andre Feller, who played with David Mcnegus and coordinated league play and standings.

The final standings: 1. Jerome- Chinsky; 2. Osborne-Houk; 3. Dan O'Malley-Jerry Michner; 4. Dallas Hermanson-Gary Butler; 5. Phil Mousseau-Dick Wilson; 6. David Helfrich-Kenny Sawotka; 7. Feller-Mcnegus; 8. Gene Roux-Jim Costelloe; 9. Lee Villani-George Quiles; 10. Bob McKelvey-Mack Eveleth; 11. Lou Ardissi-Lenny Marinaccio.

The next men's doubles league begins March 27 with a five-week schedule in two divisions. At the completion of play, the top two teams from the B division will move to the A division and the bottom two A teams will enter the B.

For more information, call Feller at 856-8419.

INNISBROOK WINS FIRST PLAYOFF: Innisbrook's 3.5 senior women's team won its first match in a best-two-of-three playoff series with Lakewood Country Club last weekend.

Innisbrook, the undefeated winner in the north division of the USTA/Florida Section District 12 Senior Women's Doubles League, hosted Lakewood, the south division winner with a 7-2 overall record, Sunday. Innisbrook won 2-1.

Josie Doucette and Anne Hammond defeated Lakewood's Elaine Concord and Fran Matwijczyk 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 2 position. Lakewood evened the score at 1-1 when Alice Belanger and Judy Charlton defeated Innisbrook's Barbara Raum and Bonnie Nieman 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 in No. 1. Due to team injuries, Lakewood was unable to field its third team and gave up the deciding point to Innisbrook.

Saturday, Innisbrook travels to Lakewood for the second playoff match. A third match, if necessary, will be played Sunday at Innisbrook. The winner advances to the state championships in May.

SENIOR MEN'S PLAYOFF: This Sunday's match between Innisbrook's senior men's team and one from St. Petersburg Tennis Center will determine the 3.5 local champion that will advance to the state championships in May. Both Innisbrook and SPTC defeated Royal Racquet Club to force the third playoff match.

COMING UP: The College Tennis Academy hosts a junior state-sanctioned tournament Saturday through Monday at the University of South Florida. Call Ed Krass at 684-9031. The final event in the Junior Grand Prix Challenger Series for beginning tournament players is April 12-13 in Treasure Island. Call 360-6062. Cheval Country Club in Lutz hosts an adult state-sanctioned tournament April 5-7. Call Allegro Campos at 948-2282.