Franklin Lakes, NJ
written by: Marjorie
Sometimes a blind date turns out better than expected...Fritz Odenbach and Brian Mitchell found that out today in the Men's APTA 60+ National Championships. Mutual friends suggested that the two pair up, and they managed to reach the finals before falling to Jim Kaufman and Bob Kleinert, upsetting top seeds Ivan Harlow & Ken Persson en route. This is Kaufman's second gold medal of the season, and he will go for #3 tomorrow as Senior Men's competition continues at the Indian Trail Club. [ read more ]
written by: Marjorie
One of the repeated hallmarks of platform tennis is "camaraderie". This is always on display at the APTA Men's 145 National Championships. Hosted by the "Home of Platform Tennis" (Fox Meadow Tennis Club) once again, and steered by Jo Rogers and Rick Reuter, the event had sixteen teams competing for the coveted medals. Most of the teams playing on Thursday, however, were there for the fun and friendships. The Alph Beane Award, presented annually to a player who exemplifies this spirit of camaraderie, as Alph did so well, was given this year to Bob Brown (pictured).
Summit, NJ area
written by: Patty Hogan
Join other juniors in the celebration of paddle known as the APTA Junior Nationals! This year's tournament will take place on Saturday, March 4. Play will be at various clubs throughout the area. Entry fee includes favors, lunch, tailgate party and loads of fun, as well as prizes for the National Champions. All participants are also invited to return on Sunday for drills and play with some of the best pros in the nation.
All juniors are encouraged to play in this kid-friendly event. If you need a partner, contact Patty Hogan and she will do her best to match you up with someone. Lunch for everyo [ read more ]
written by: paddlepro staff
The APTA Grand Prix series began with the Patterson Open Men's and Women's championships. In the Women's division, all four seeded teams reached the semifinals. Top seeds Ana Brzova and Viki Stoklasova claimed the women's crown with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 victory over second seeds Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay. The Men's draw saw the second seeds bow out in the quarterfinals, but the other three top-seeded teams reached the semis. The finals saw #4 Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow topping #3 Martin Bostrom and Sebastian Bredberg 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Complete results http://platformtennisonline.org/TournamentHome.aspx?eid=> [ read more ]
Many junior players go off to college and don't find time for paddle. In an effort to "bring them back" a group of pros is offering College 101 paddle events at holiday times. On January 4, Mike Gillespie and Patty Hogan will host a College 101 event at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ. All players (or potential players) 17 and older are invited to attend this fun, free afternoon event. Contact Mike or Patty for more info, or just show up at Canoe Brook between 2:00 and 4:00 that day.
Fairfield, CT Scott Slobin hosted The Patterson Junior Open - part of the Viking APTA Junior Tour - on Sunday, November 9. With good weather and enthusiastic juniors it was a great day of paddle! Thanks to Viking for their sponsorship and all the volunteers who made it happen!
Essex Fells, NJ Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers have to go down in the record books as one of the most successful teams ever in senior platform tennis play. Once again they claimed the gold medals at the Women's 70+ National Championships, held today at the Essex Fells Country Club. Thanks to Carolyn Tierney for "making it happen" - all who have been involved know that it is a giant juggling feat to end up with 8 teams for this event! Silver medalists were Ginny Sniatkowski & Thelma Huber. Anke Cornell & Gail Condon finished in 3rd place, edging Dolores Krzanowski & Birgit Maio in the playoff match.
US Ryder Cup Team takes Ice Bucket Challenge - On Paddle Court
On Wednesday (Aug. 20) at The Barclays in Paramus, N.J., seven members of the 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Captain Tom Watson. Pictured from left to right: Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker. View Video
It rained and it rained and it rained...it was only 3 days, not 40, but we think that the fact that the film "Noah" was opening this weekend must have had something to do with the weather for the Mixed Masters held at Saucon Valley Country Club! On Friday, the 60+ Mixed Nationals featured 8 teams and a lot of fun while dodging raindrops. Gold medalists Diane Straus Tucker & Scott Estes already have an impressive array of medals, and added another at the expense of Connie Jones & Ken Persson. Saturday was the day for the 50+ Mixed Nationals, and as the weather got sloppier the play got more intense. In the end, sister-brother duo Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy repeated as champs, defeating Bobo Delaney & Mike Gillespie. Sunday's Husband-Wife 50+ tournament featured 16 teams who travelled from as far as Massachusetts and Ohio to compete for the gold. For the third day in a row we had #1 vs #2 in the finals, with Heather & Vince Prop defeating Cynthia & Ken Dardis for the crown.
The Viking APTA Junior Tour Beacon Hill Junior Open took place on Sunday ahead of an impending snow storm...with all but one match decided before it was time to get on the road and head home! Champs were crowned in Girls 10s (Grace Denious & Amelia Hughes), Girls 12s (Kelly Van Hoesen & Isabel Sanchez), Girls 15s (Tori Blundin & Cami Haarmann), Girls 18s (Audrey Randazzo & Kendall Codey), Boys 10s (Griffin Cramer & Charles Brossy), Boys 15s (Jordan Beacham & Terrence Small) and Boys 18s (Griffin Kulick & Lukas Mahler). The Boys 12s final between Colin Wahl & Luke Muse and Luke Crowley & Peter Denious will be completed at a later date. See the full resultsSee some photos
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Ninety-four juniors gathered on the courts at Indian Trail Club on Saturday for the Indian Trail Club Junior Open, part of the Viking APTA Junior Tour. Following round robin play, the juniors entered bracket play. Champs were crowned in 7 divisions: 10 & Under Girls - Amelia Hughes & Grace Denious; 12 & Under Girls - Kelly Van Hoesen & Isabelle Sanchez; 15 & Under Girls - Tori Blundin & Stephanie Maluso; 10 & Under Boys - Charlie Stuhr & Trevor Ramirez; 12 & Under Boys - Peter Denious & Luke Crowley; 15 & Under Boys - William Cannon & Henry Fishman and 18 & Under Boys - Gardner Tregellas & Will Burger. Complete bracketsPhotos
The final APTA National Championships - Men's 50s, 60s and 70s - were played at the New York Athletic Club March 22-24. Even though new players become eligible each year, making it difficult to hold onto a title, this year the champions were all familiar. In the 60 & Over group, Scott Estes and Lloyd Ucko (pictured) repeated as champs; Mike Gillespie and Ron Erskine retained their 50 & Over title; and 2-time defending champ Mike Hanna paired with Jim Bishop to claim the 70 & Over crown.
Complete draws: Men's 50+Men's 60+ Men's 70+
There was a lot of experience on display at the 2013 APTA Men's 145+ Nationals at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Originally conceived as an alternative to holding a Men's 75+ Nationals, the event has become one of the most popular and well-attended senior events on the calendar. Director Rich Lombard has shepherded the tournament through its 13th year. Champions were determined on Friday at the NYAC. See the completed draw and some photos.