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Cercone, Faulkner Among Awardees at USTA/USPTA Florida Conference

June 16, 2009 07:00 AM
USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth (left) and Alex Cercone
Three USTA Florida awards were presented this past weekend at the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Assoc.) Florida Division 2009 Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with the USTA Florida Semi-annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Trish Faulkner, director of tennis and fitness at Ballen Isles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens since 1994, was presented as the 2009 USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award winner. USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth presented the award.

"Trish's USPTA involvement includes serving as USPTA Florida district president where she is very active in coordinating area pros for leagues and events," Booth said. "Her USTA involvement includes being ranked No. 1 in three senior age divisions -- 45s, 50s and 55s -- and that is no small feat, winning 36 USTA national senior titles. She was also inducted into the USTA Florida Hall of Fame in 2007 based on her playing achievements over many years."

Alex Cercone of Seminole (pictured with USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth) was presented with the 2008 Albert Carrington Balink Award (Junior Player of the Year), an honor that in the past has been presented to Florida junior luminaries such as Mary Joe Fernandez, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish among others. Cercone could not accept the award at the 2008 USTA Florida Annual Meeting due to her junior travel schedule.

Cercone is currently ranked No. 2 in the USTA Florida Girls' 18s, and this past April reached the USTA National Girls' 18 Clay Court Championships doubles final. She has maintained a Top 5 ranking in the various USTA Florida age divisions she has competed in throughout her junior career, and has reached the Top 5 nationally at No. 2 in the 16s and No. 4 in the 18s. Later this year she will be competing in the Wimbledon and US Open junior events.

The Bobby Curtis Junior Tournament of the Year award was presented to the Challenger Tennis Fall Designated tournament. Organizers Rafael and Lynn Jaimes are known for events such as the Girls 14s Designated that feature a number of innovative activities, including cupcake contests and bakeoffs, mother-daughter tournaments, and in-memory balloon liftoffs.

"We all need a helping hand now and then," said Lynn Jaimes regarding the tournaments raising money for charitable causes and individuals in need. "It is what we are supposed to do -- help others. What a great lesson to teach to a group of 14-year-old girls."

Other USPTA awards included Division Players of the Year: Adrians Zguns (Men's Open), Jackie Bohannon (Women's Open), Mark Palus (Men's 35), Robin Keener (Women's 35), Jeff Cohen (Men's 40), Greg Wheaton (Men's 45), Kendall Lyon (Men's 50), and Gewan Maharaj (Men's 55).

USPTA District Professional of the Year awards went to Renee Broxson (Panhandle), Randy Jenks (Jacksonville), Henner Lenhardt (Central Florida), Dave Brown (Daytona Beach), Laurie Tinnell (Sarasota), Emile de Cuba (Vero Beach), Frances O'Sullivan (West Palm Beach), Michael Baldwin, Jr. (Boca Raton), Jeff Timmer (Lee County), and Bill Macom (Melbourne).

Additional USPTA awards were: District of the Year to Melbourne; District President of the Year to Ron St. John; High School Coach of the Year to Beth Miller; Division Tester of the Year to Ben Rakusin; USPTA Florida/USTA Florida Service Award to Jeff Davis; Division Service Special Recognition to Glen Howe; Facility Manager of the Year to Jay DiPietro, general manager, Boca West Country Club; and Professional of the Year to John Joyce.
 

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