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Charity event deadline approaches

By NANCY MORGAN

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 21, 2001


Players planning to compete in next month's Philippine Tournament in Zephyrhills must register before the end of the week.

The second-year event begins July 4 at 8 a.m. on the McCannon Courts in Zephyr Park at a cost of $12 per player.

"Any of the money we get from the tournament will go toward helping supply books for a library in the Philippines," said Barry Herscovitch, vice president of the Zephyrhills Tennis Association. "Last year, proceeds went to help build a church."

Although members of the Philippine communities surrounding Dade City, Zephyrhills and Tampa are organizing the action and preparing refreshments, ZTA volunteers are lending a hand as well.

"We need to have at least 20 players -- better if we can get 30 -- to hold this event," Herscovitch said. "It takes a lot of work to plan this and we all put in a lot of time in getting things ready."

Last month, the ZTA's monthly tournament was held during the Memorial Day holidays and included nearly 30 players in a one-day tiebreaker tournament.

"We had a good time," said Barry Roades, president of the ZTA and director of the tennis activity. "We played some, laughed a lot and had some good food. All in all, I think everyone enjoyed themselves."

Roades devised the tiebreaker competitive format and divided players into five groups with partners selected at random.

Champion of the Blue division was the unbeaten team of Evie Whitney and Frank Bliss. Jean Stallcup and Art Kopp won the Brown division, Jo Cerny and Carol Hatfield won the Yellow, and Joe Worrell and Gary Goodwin won the Orange. With just one loss, Cellie Forrester and Roy Nyren won the Green division.

"Barry did a good job organizing everyone and keeping things going," said Nyren, former president of the ZTA. "The round robin competition allowed everyone to continue playing until they lost two times, so everyone had plenty of playing time."

Along with the tiebreaker competition, contests on speed serving, target hitting and lobbing accuracy were held. James Higgins won the serving competition with a 92 mph serve and Stallcup won the lobbing contest.

CHARITY WINNERS: The 11th Annual Charity Tennis Tournament at East Lake Woodlands was held during the Memorial Day weekend and included 51 mixed doubles teams, 32 women's doubles pairs and 39 men's teams.

Surviving three-set mixed doubles finals were Judi Esteppe and Mark Taylor in the French Open division and Donna Szazynski and Kevin Manning in the U.S. Open competition. Straight-set champions were Diane Gabay and Ron Bedlack in the 4.0 and Keli and Ron Messinetti in the 3.5. The team of Howard and Laurie Kahn finished first in the 3.0 round robin.

Keli Messinetti teamed with Susan Swenson to win the 3.5 women's title and was joined by Jan Sebba and Charlene Bartlett in the 3.0 and Carol Cotney and Pam Thomas in the 4.0. The mother-daughter team of Bonnie Resmondo and Jody Garner won the open division round robin.

Howard Kahn earned a second title when he teamed with Joe Assenheim in the 3.0 division and scored a 6-3, 6-3 final win. Also winning in two sets were Albert Alhadeff and Sam Tamcredid in the 4.5 and Rafael Muzquiz and Tim Shadrick in the open. Both Tom Frank and Steve Squitiro in the 3.5 and John Beda and Red McGarry in the 4.0 battled three sets to earn wins. JUNIORS: Competition in last month's state-sanctioned designated singles age-division tournaments in the Delray Beach area resulted in Brooke Allen in the girls 14-and-under division and Joel Samaha in the 12s reaching their respective consolation finals.

Earlier this month, results in the Summer Classic at Safety Harbor Spa included No. 2 seed Michael Navarro of Wesley Chapel reaching the boys 10-and-under final. New Port Richey's Greg Strange was a boys 14s consolation finalist.

Last weekend's St. Petersburg Tennis Center Junior Open featured Lara Fakoury of Wesley Chapel in the girls 18s final, Nicole Wellman of New Port Richey in the 16s semifinals, Yoji Masuoma of Wesley Chapel in the boys 18s semifinals, second seed Alec Vuckovic of Valrico in the boys 14s final and top seed Tyler Snook of Tampa in the boys 10s final. Matches were to conclude Monday. LITTLE MO: This month features a Little Mo sectional singles tournament for juniors ages 11-and-under at East Lake Woodlands on June 30 and July 1. Quarterfinalists in each of four age divisions advance to the Little Mo Eastern Regional Championships in August. Regional semifinalists qualify for the national championships in October. To enter, contact East Lake at (727) 785-2212.

COUNTY LEAGUES: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting tennis this summer at the Holiday Recreation Complex and at Veterans Park in Hudson. Veterans Park will begin a men's and women's singles round-robin competition June 26 through the end of August. Call Veterans Park at (727) 861-3052 or Holiday at (727) 934-4198 for information.

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