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Seasoned Players Bring Their Game

January 31, 2009 06:42 PM

By: Tori Townsend


SSGP at Mid-Cape - TD Jack
Dunmead, assist. TD Susan
Lynch and tournament volunteers

The Super Senior Grand Prix (SSGP) is steadily moving along the West Coast, which began Jan. 5 in Ft. Myers. The circuit, which encapsulates eight tournaments on the West Coast and four on the East Coast, has produced exciting matches, unpredictable upsets and new champions in the first four events of 2009. An astounding 817 players from throughout the country have met on the courts at facilities including Colonial Country Club, Cambier Park Tennis Facility and Mid-Cape Racquet & Health Club. The fourth event wrapped up Feb. 1 at Naples Tennis Club& Resort with the USTA Super Senior Grand Prix Category II at Academia Sanchez-Casal.

New additions to the circuit have been implemented in 2009, including bag tags from USTA Florida and Hooters, an increase in prize money and more uniformity among tournament sites. SSGP Chairman, Larry Turville, explained, “The circuit is going great. What I’ve tried to do is to encourage a little more uniformity among the tournament and I think the players liking it,” he said. “We have increased the prize money dramatically in some of the tournaments, like from Cambier they went from 5% to 20% of the entry fees so at least the players who are winning a few matches are making a little bit of prize money.”

As far as the entries go, turnout has been consistent given the economy.

“Entries have held steady,” Turville said. “I think we are doing great; 350 for a Category II [in Naples] is a great response.”


Mid-Cape Hospitality

The circuit is a favorite for seasoned tennis players over 55 and is a true testament to the value of the SSGP. One of the best players in the world, Peter Adrigan of Wesley Chapel, won the last two circuit events in the men’s 65s division, proving why he was the No. 1 player in world last year. Players respect each other and never underestimate the talent of their opponents.

“The competition is very good and it is just a great group,” Turville said. “I think a lot of people get a kick out of seeing these guys go all the way to the 90s. There are some guys that are in amazing shape and playing hard out there at 70 and 80 and still getting around pretty good. It is a great example for people to see these guys playing.”

Congratulations to all players on the circuit and below is a brief re-cap of tournament champions.

*Check out all the information on the SSGP at http://flsupersenior.wordpress.com

West Coast Super Senior Grand Prix at Colonial (Designated) Champions:
Men's 55 Singles - Robert Chappell of Orlando
Men's 60 Singles - Jared Florian of Bradenton
Men's 65 Singles - Joe Bachmann of Sarasota
Men's 70 Singles - James Curry of Waco, TX
Men's 75 Singles - David Rothgaber of Longboat Key
Men's 80 Singles - Leonard Bunge of Bonita Springs
Men's 85 Singles - Edmond Heisler
Men's 90 Singles - Anthony Coker of Fort Myers
Men's 55 DOubles - Dalphon/Wendt
Men's 60 DOubles - Orlando Bracamonte/Stephen Shreiner
Men's 65 Doubles - Hank Irvine/Evert Jonsson
Men's 70 Doubles - Santiago Benites/Donald Mathias
Men's 75 Doubles - Richard Morse/Michael O'Hara


SSGP player Fred Drilling

Men's 80 DOubles - Leonard Bunge/James MacKey

SSGP Julius Lesser Memorial - Cambier Park Tennis Center (Designated)
Men's 55 Singles - Jared Chase of Ocklawaha
Men's 60 Singles - Larry Turville of Dunnellon|
Men's 65 Singles - Peter Adrigan of Wesley Chapel
Men's 70 Singles - Rudy Hernando of Ft. Lauderdale
Men's 75 Singles - Gordon Hammes of Durham, NC
Men's 80 Singles - Leonard Bunge of Bonita Springs
Men's 85 Singles - Richard Collier of Englewood
Men's 65 Doubles - Peter Adrigan/Chauncy Steele
Men's 70 Doubles - Donald Biedinger/Rudy Hernando
Men's 75 Doubles - Charles De Voe/Neil McDonald
Men's 80 DOubles - Lyn Abbot/Bob Meyerdierks

West Coast Super Seniors Grand Prix at Mid-Cape (Designated)
Men's 55 Singles - Robert Chappell of Orlando
Men's 60 Singles - Larry Turville of Dunnellon
Men's 65 Singles - Peter Adrigan of Wesley Chapel
Men's 70 Singles - John Erikson of Oberlin, OH
Men's 75 Singles - David Rothgaber of Longboat Key
Men's 80 Singles - Bob Meyerdierks of St. Petersburg
Men's 85 Singles - Joel Arnold Wyomissing, PA
Men's 90 Singles - Anthony Coker of Fort Myers
Men's 55 DOubles - Mike Dahm/ Clay Zyerveld
Men's 60 DOubles - Jerry Kirk/Larry Turville
Men's 65 Doubles - Hank Irvine/Evert Jonsson
Men's 70 Doubles - John Erikson/Jerald Hayes
Men's 75 Doubles - Dick Crawford/Neil McDonald
Men's 80 DOubles - Lyn Abbot/Bob Meyerdierks
Men's 85 Doubles - Richard Collier/Robert Klein
Men's 90 DOubles - Barrett Scallet/Norman Stoll

USTA Super Senior Grand Prix Category II at Academia Sanchez-Casal
Men's 55 Singles - Fred Robinson of Green Valley, AZ
Men's 60 Singles - Larry Turville of DunnellonMen's 65 Singles - Peter Adrigan of Wesley Chapel
Men's 70 Singles - Rudy Hernando of Ft. Lauderdale
Men's 75 Singles - King Van Nostrand of Vero Beach
Men's 80 Singles - Clement Hopp of Sarasota
Men's 85 Singles - Edmond Heisler of Lady Lake
Men's 90 Singles - Vero Ajello of Haddonfield, NJ
Men's 55 DOubles - Fred Robinson/Larry Turville
Men's 60 DOubles - Jerry Kirk/Hugh Thomson
Men's 65 Doubles - Hank Irvine/Evert Jonsson
Men's 70 Doubles - Thomas Brunkow/Samuel Corso
Men's 75 Doubles - Charles De Voe/Russell Seymour
Men's 80 DOubles - Leonard Bunge/James MacKey
Men's 85 Doubles - Byron Lutman/Bud Slessinger
Men's 90 DOubles - Anthony Coker/Irving Converse

 

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