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Women set to make return in doubles

By NANCY MORGAN
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 11, 2002

This month brings the return of weekly women's doubles leagues.

There are three formats that compete on Tuesday mornings, two on Wednesdays and one on Thursdays.

Tuesday consists of the Satellite Ladies Doubles League, Suncoast Ladies Doubles League and Advantage Ladies Tennis League. On Wednesdays, it's the Racqueteers and South Pinellas Ladies Doubles League. On Thursdays, it's the Pinellas Ladies Doubles League (PADL).

The first to begin was a Wednesday league, Racqueteers, with 16 squads of six ositions each. Defending champion Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club has captured the maximum 24 points in its first two matches.

"We're going for another win, and we've started off well," second-year Bardmoor captain Jacki Simon said.

"We basically have the same team with a few changes in partners and a couple of new players added to the team," she said.

Defending the No.1 slot for Bardmoor are Carol Whaley and Nancy Harper. They're followed by Elsie Anderlik and Merrilee Miller (No.2), Angie Lincicome and Erika Boardman (No.3), Pat Bellcourt and Sylvia Hagerman (No.4), Liz Proctor and Simon (No.5) and Esther Gonzalez and Lisa Truxal (No.6).

Feather Sound Country Club, a two-time defending Satellite Ladies League champion, opened its season with a 16-1 win over the Vinoy Aces last week.

Tackling the No.1 position for Feather Sound are Susan Powers and Debbie Komarnicki. Rounding out the lineup are Donna Dilonardo and co-captain Martha Wells (No.2), Terry Connors and Jan Cox, Jane Gordon and Deborah VanBrunt, Terry Hubener and Robyn Williams, Karen Augustine and captain Marilyn Quackenbush, Cherie Haigley and Charlotte Wheeler, and Liz Wohlwend and Pearl Schultz.

Captain Joann Huebner's Bardmoor III club is the defending PADL champ.

Returning for Bradmoor are Kay Caldwell and Harper (No.1), Mary Jane Evertz and Anderlik, Laura Rustin and Jayne Lewis, Boardman and Lincicome, and co-captain Jo-Ann Westafer and Huebner.

In its opening match last Thursday, Bardmoor III captured all five points from St.Pete Tennis Center.

The Suncoast Ladies Doubles League began Tuesday with 14 squads. Defending champion Bardmoor collected 10 of the possible 14 points from the Racquet Club of St.Petersburg.

The third Tuesday league is Advantage Ladies Tennis. With action scheduled to start next week, the two-time defending champion is ready to seek another crown.

Captain Susan Murbach and Jenny Anderson defend the Aces' top spot. The other players are Linda Bishop and Marilyn Symanski (No.2), and Carol Thurmond and Sharon Wexler.

The South Pinellas League opens later this month. The three-team competition includes the 3.0-3.5 and 3.5-4.0 levels.

NET NOTES: In the First Coast Junior Designated in rain-plagued Jacksonville, fifth-seeded Nicholas Berning reached the semifinal round in the boys 14-and-under division. Sixth-seeded George Navas was a 16 semifinalist, No.8 Erin Heeder played to the round of 16 in girls 18. ... Last weekend's Bay Area Adult Championships at Clearwater's McMullen Tennis Center crowned John Beda and Tim Kahle doubles champs in the men's 50-and-over class. They posted a 6-4, 7-6 final victory over Doug Godinho and George Pestre. Mike Bernaldo and Ken Duncan defeated Noi Saytharatha and Nik Sukhasam in three sets in the 40 championship, and Anh Thu Burks and Joan Simmons took the 30 title. The women's singles winners included Trish Riddell (30), Liz Leigh (40) and Kerry Young (50). Posting men's victories were Gavin Hertzberg (open), Bill Macom (30), Selim Benbadis (40) and Alex Deeb (50).

SINGLES: Eight teams with five players each began competition last week in the Suncoast Women's League. Shipwatch Tennis Club beat St.Petersburg Country Club 8-3, East Lake won over the Vinoy 7-5, Seminole Lake Tennis Center defeated the Racquet Club 6-4, and Southwest edged Bardmoor 6-5.

MARK THE DATE: The 19th annual Charity Pro/Am Tennis Tournament, a benefit for All Children's Hospital, is Oct.19-20 at Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club. Included in a $150 entry fee are two tickets to a cocktail party, participation in the pro/am tournament and a lunch. Former pro player Gigi Fernandez, recently named the South Florida women's coach, will participate in an exhibition during the two-day event. For information, call 367-4511.

State championships in boys and girls doubles and mixed doubles are scheduled for Sept.21-23 at Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. The registration deadline is Monday. Entry forms and information are available online at www.usatennis-

florida.com or by calling (386) 671-8949.

COMING UP: Saturday, the Tournament Players Academy begins its Fall Classic at the Racquet Club of St.Petersburg. The state-sanctioned junior singles competition includes consolation draws in all age divisions. For information, call director John Haggar, 527-6553. ... East Lake Woodlands will have its Rookie Tournament for junior singles players Saturday-Sunday. Call director Rick Workman, (727) 785-2212. ... The ninth annual Charity Tennis Tournament to benefit the Humane Society of North Pinellas starts Friday at Royal Racquet Club. The event includes men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. Call (727) 791-8415. ... The K-Swiss Tennis League starts its fall season this month. For information, call (727) 865-0615 or go online to www.ultimatetennis.com.

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