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Feather Sound heads to nationals

By NANCY MORGAN
Published April 25, 2007


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Feather Sound Country Club's super senior men's 6.0 team of nine leaves this week to challenge for a national championship in the 60-and-over doubles league in Daytona Beach.

"I feel very comfortable about our team and our chances," captain Roger Rogers said. "I think we're as good as we were when we won the state title last April."

In all, 16 of the 17 USTA sections are represented in the three-day event. There are four sections each in four flights with the winner from each advancing to the semifinals.

Rogers said it is to Feather Sound's advantage that the national championships are scheduled on the soft courts at the Florida Tennis Center, since a majority of the other teams are more accustomed to hard courts.

Friday, Feather Sound faces USTA section Midwest, then Southwest. Saturday is a matchup with Hawaii.

Rogers said Chip Frey will lead the charge of Feather Sound players, followed by Blane Sherk and George Ditzel. Frey has partnered with Ditzel, Tom Schultz and Tom Riley, and Sherk generally pairs with Rogers. Bob Shuck, Dan Diloreto and Greg Miller round out the squad of three doubles positions.

To follow the championships, go to www.ustaflorida.com.

MORE LEAGUE NEWS: The St. Petersburg Tennis Center outplayed 25 teams to win the Pinellas Area Doubles League championship. SPTC scored 219 points over the season, compared to second-place Bardmoor II's 212 and third-place Royal Racquet II's 211.

Playing for SPTC were Heather Nicoll and Clara Reynolds in No. 1, Vicki Tuller and Martha Wells No. 2, co-captain Janet Matthews and Norma Rizzo No. 3, captain Pat Colacchio and Cecelia Tucker No. 4 and Janice Stone and Joyce Rossner No. 5. Key subs were Gayle Woodley, Diane McDaniel, Margie Schiedt, Lil Simmons, Judy Ralph and Sue Dunning.

- Capturing the Advantage Ladies Doubles League title among 10 teams were the Sheraton Suns (136 points), surpassing second-place Aces (128) and the Sheraton Stars (101). Ilona Blumberg and Bernadette Grindley defended the No. 1 position, Jo Nichols and Joyce Williams No. 2 and captain Pat Grohman and co-captain Susanne Reynolds No. 3.

- The South County Doubles League named Treasure Bay the winner in the women's 3.5, Shipwatch in 3.25 and Isla Del Sol the men's 3.0/3.5. Playing for Treasure Bay were Linda Riffe, Susan Best, Robin Allen, Betsy Meier, Pam Stafford, Sue Dunning and captain Gillian McDonnell. Shipwatch players included Shirley Sproul, captain Diane Nicholsen, Margaret Fuselier, Judith Persing, Cassie Wilson, Iva Eikner, Joanne Kupsis and Lynne Finlayson.

Isla's squad, with Robert Curtis the nonplaying captain, consisted of Richard Aliotti, Jim Budreau, James Glover, Peter Mulligan, Mike Mayo, John Schleicher, Joe Stankowicz, Glenn Phillips and Mike Premovic.

The next league begins May 16. For details, call 867-9105.

NET SHOTS: Claiming singles titles in the Safety Harbor Spring Classic were top seed Anya Coy in the women's open, Juan Segovia the men's 35-and-over and Andres Molina the 45.

- Twenty-six women's teams and 19 men's competed in last weekend's inaugural Stroke4Stroke Charity Tournament in Clearwater. Claiming doubles wins were Karen Randazzo and Jane Robinson in women's 4.5, Susan Hobbs and Ann Worthington 4.0, Linda Doty and Linda Sardano 3.5, Scott Monett and Rick Workman men's 4.5, Wendall Walker and Reinaldo Valor 4.0 and Craig Emery and David Willard 3.5.

COMING UP: The Largo May Day Rookie Tournament begins Saturday at the Southwest Complex for boys and girls 16 and younger. Call 518-3125. ...The Spring Junior Super Series is at Countryside Country Club this weekend. Call 796-1136. ...The Spring Classic for adults begins Friday at Clearwater's McMullen Tennis Complex. Call 669-1919.

[Last modified April 25, 2007, 07:39:16]


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