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Area charity tournaments top the year's list

By NANCY MORGAN
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 2, 2002

Here is a look at some of the past year's highlights:

PLAYING FOR CHARITY: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast benefited by about $15,000 from the Time Warner Mixed Doubles Team Tennis Classic.

Among the winners were the teams of Mary Jane Evertz and Mike Carrigan, Julie Panton and Woody Woodbury and Jill and Larry Jackson.

The charity event to benefit the Morton Plant Mease Hospital Powell Pavilion included doubles winners Diane Gabay and Ron Bedlack (4.0 mixed), John Beda and Red McGarry (men's 4.0) and Keli Messinetti and Susan Swenson (women's 3.0).

Round robin doubles winners in the Bill Burnson Rotary Club Tennis Tournament included Lynn Sayler and Margaret O'Grady and Morris Horne and Frank Bellcourt (3.5) and Ward Johansen and Ken Cherven (4.0).

Mixed doubles winners in the eighth annual Humane Society of North Pinellas included Lara Cavanaugh and Bill Foley (8.5), Linda Thomson and Ken Pike (7.5) and Pam Bascio and Ron Whitcomb (6.5). Carol Fontaine teamed with Harold Warford to win the women's 4.5.

In the fifth annual Suncoast Tennis Foundation Benefit Tournament, Susan Hobbs and Ann Worthington won the women's 4.0, Melody Raetz and Judy Foster took 3.0, and Melanie Turner and Terry Stourm won 3.5.

Mixed winners were Marlene Mokvacek and Lesley Spang (7.5) and Maria and Don Drew (8.5). Doug Godinho and Wendell Walker won the men's 4.0, and Kevin Manning and Doug Allen took the open.

The third annual Rotary Challenge raised more than $5,500 for youth programs at Treasure Island Recreation, Tennis and Golf Center and Gulf Beaches Rotary Foundation in its non-elimination competition.

JUNIORS: Erin Heeder advanced to the final eight in the girls 16-and-under division of the 128-player draw for the USTA National Open Championships. Natalie Tirapelli reached the round of 32 in the 18 class.

Goran Dragicevic was a finalist in boys 18, and Brandon Pierpont reached the round of 32 in 16.

Kelly Nelson was selected to compete on the six-player Junior Fed Cup squad. R.J. Murray was picked for the Junior Davis Cup team.

Dragicevic and Murray teamed to advance to the 18 doubles quarterfinals in the Florida Bush Open. Nelson advanced in girls 18 with Tamarac's Linda Yang. Qualifying for the USTA Super National Clay Court Championships were Nelson and Murray, who were joined by Dragicevic and Kaela Kennedy at the hard court nationals.

ADULTS: Frederic Guerrier captured his fifth singles title at St. Petersburg Country Club, and Donna Dicus won her fourth.

Top-ranked state players included Jeff Chambers (men's 35-and-over), Jeff Davis (40), Bob Meyerdierks (75) and Jim Vuille (90). Among the top 10 were Thea McDougal (65), Fontaine (55), Sophie McCook (45), Joan Simmons (30), Jeff Winkler (40), Mike Reilly (50), Will Roeper and Ed Hamilton (60), Meyerdierks (70), Bob Bushman (75), and Vuille and Bob Graham (85).

Davis defended his top seed in the Atlanta Senior Invitational, and Meyerdierks was selected to compete on the U.S. team in the Bitsy Grant Cup in Perth, Australia.

Chambers was a finalist in the USTA National Men's 35 Clay Court Championships, Davis finished fourth in 40s competition, Gewan Maharaj reached the 50s quarterfinal, and Dave Krebs advanced to the round of 64 in 65 action.

CITY: The St. Petersburg league completed its 21st year and named Pam Myers the sportsmanship recipient.

Winners of more than one of the three sessions were Erica Rudin, Janet Matthews, Michael Simmons, Carlos Gallisa, Bruce Keen, Michael Gandeza and Nik Sukhasam. Unbeaten in the summer league were Karen Ryder, Donald Tharpe, Gallisa and Sukhasam.

USTA: The senior women's 4.0 team representing Treasure Island Recreation, Tennis and Golf Center qualified for the USA League Doubles National Championships.

The squad consisted of Hobbs, Worthington, Patti Prestera, Lynn Klein, Jean Krauss, Joan Plaster, Donna Brewer, Sharon Carlile and Linda Tyler.

Winning among the local competition and advancing to the state tournament in senior men's action was the Racquet Club's 3.5 team -- Marshall Craig, Steve Uebel, Ray Cianci, Tony Damouny, Tom Stewart, Bob Steele, Don Capagne and Russ Barlow.

Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club's 4.0 super senior squad just missed a national berth. Playing for TI were Jane Lee Cobb, Cini Malone, June Ide, Lynn Hesse, Margie Schiedt, Betty Crockett, Janice Stone, Marcia Sedgwick and Donna Connolly.

CLUB SHOTS: Kevin Quay completed his first year as director at Isla Del Sol Country Club and offered an open house to showcase facility changes. ... The St. Petersburg Tennis Foundation was created and assumed operation of St. Petersburg Tennis Center.

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