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Two Courts Get Refurbished in Baker

March 6, 2008 02:39 PM

Tennis players in Baker, Fla. have something to celebrate as two tennis courts have been fully refurbished by the county.  Through the initial efforts of John Ahearn, a local tennis player in the community, county commissioners backed his request to refurbish the tennis courts.  On Saturday, Feb. 8, the courts were officially reopened after months of construction, and over seventy players showed up to support the event.

Doug Barthel, Manger of Bluewater Bay Tennis Center in Niceville, and Jay Walpole, head pro at Bluewater Bay, offered a free two-hour tennis clinic and two-hour play component to help kick-off tennis in the park again.  Barthel read about the advocacy efforts of Mr. Ahearn in the newspaper and decided to get involved.

“As USTA Florida Okaloosa County Rep, when I saw this in the newspaper, I thought anything the USTA could do to help would be good,” said Barthel.  “We felt like our biggest role could be to help get people out to play and get things organized for them.”

Barthel is helping organize league play for adults and juniors and hopes to use the park as a site for summer USTA Jr. Team Tennis matches. 

“This is one of the few municipalities that’s expanding recreation, rather than shutting it down,” said Barthel.  







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