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Humane Society Tennis Tournament

December 2, 2008 01:56 AM

By Nancy Morgan
The Tennis News.Net

Top among last month’s tournaments was the popular 15th Annual Humane Society of Pinellas Charity Tennis Tournament. Donna Coddington and her crew staged over 190 matches in three days for 250 players, Sept. 24-28, at the Royal Racquet Club.  The men's women's and mixed doubles contest netted about $20,000 for the county facility and its programs. 

"We raised pretty close to what we did last year, and with the state of the economy, I'm very pleased," said Judy Foster, the tournament's director from its inception. "I think this year's tournament was one of our best. Every year brings something different, and this year one of the things I noticed was there were a lot of players from public facilities all around - I think more and more people want that doggie bone trophy."

Leading the mixed doubles winners were Karen Olson and Craig Hajdich in the open division over Judi Morris and Dale Alford, followed by Donna Roberts and Robert Carlbo in a three-set battle with Maria Drew and Rob Perry in 4.5. Lindsay Webb and brother Scott Kroeger survived a three setter to win the 4.0 division over Sherry Ebelke and Terry Reeb and Amy and Paul Williams beat Melody and Grant Raetz 7-6, 6-2 in the 3.5 draw.

Karen Olson collected a second doggie bone when she teamed with Kim Scullion to win the women's 4.5 division in a three-setter over Judi Morris and Linda Thomson. Lisa Moyers and Beth Seith played to a straight-set win over Ria Graham and Susan Martin in 4.0, as did Lisa Savarese and Denise Schonwald in 3.5 over Kathy Duncan and Brooke Johannessen. Suzanne Pedone and Suzanne Ehrlich beat Gail Eberhardt and Darlene Stephenson in the 3.0 final.

Marcel Kluth and Alex Bose defeated Kenny McCormach and Kyle Staton in the men's 4.5 final with a 6-4, 7-5 score, while John Beda and Wendall Walker beat Dave Coogan and Bill Hodges 6-2, 6-4 in the 4.0 title match. Jim Gardner and Matt Ruby won the 3.5 title over Joseph Haas and Mark Mccomeskey.






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