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Tennis Classic nets at least $57,000 for clinic

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 13, 2002

Everyone came out a winner in last weekend's 10th Annual Tennis Classic at the Paul Kronk Tennis Center in Crescent Oaks.

Players were treated to good tennis, plenty of food and an array of gifts and prizes. The Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, Inc., received more than 90 percent of the tournament money.

"We've been hosting this tournament for a while and I think this year's was definitely the best," Crescent Oaks' teaching professional Matt Kleber said. "Everyone was so generous and the play was exceptional.

"I think everyone was very pleased. Personally, I can't wait until next year to host it again."

Doug Sommerfield won a title in his first Classic appearance, taking the men's 3.5 doubles crown with Elvin Vargas. Sommerfield and wife Susan finished second in the mixed doubles 3.0.

Greg Yeomans and Dean Dykhuizen won in straight sets for the 4.0 men's doubles title, as did Pam Dubov and Ginger Pfeiffer in the women's 3.0.

Jil Colen and Joyce Hall won in two sets after a first-set tiebreaker in the women's 3.5 and Dee Dolson and Teresa Lyman accomplished the same in the 4.0.

In mixed doubles, Debbie Ramenda and Jerry Silva won the 4.0 title in three sets, as did Hilda Franco and Ricardo Ubillus in the 3.0 and Pam Rowan and Ed Hart in the 3.5. Eva Koulouris and Ben Kronk won the open division in two sets.

In 1992, the tournament's first year, the event raised $13,000 with about 70 players competing and 20 volunteers donating their time. This year, there were 160 players and more than 90 volunteers.

"The final count on the amount won't be in until probably next week, but at least $57,000 has come in from the sponsors," clinic executive director Barbara Holton said.

"We at the clinic are blessed to have these people working together and coming back year after year. I've been with the clinic the last seven years and I'm amazed with the friends in the community that support the clinic."

COMING UP: The Suncoast Tennis Foundation's annual meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at Royal Racquet Club. Yearly reports will be given in school tennis programs and other district activities. Officers for the next two years will be selected. ... The Pete Wolfberg Championships begin Saturday for junior singles players at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center. Call the center, (727) 360-2643, today to enter. ... The Train Smart Tennis Adult Championships begin Saturday at Arbor Greene. Age-division adult singles and doubles are offered. Call Alan Williams at (813) 991-9741. ... The Turkey Bowl Super Series at Cheval Country Club on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 includes junior singles and doubles. To enter, call the club, (813) 948-2282.

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