Adult Leagues Adult Tournaments Junior Tournaments Jr. Team Tennis Learn more

Ormond Beach Women Win, Naples Men Place at USTA League Super Senior Nationals Tennis

April 19, 2011 03:43 PM
The women's 6.0 division champions from Ormond Beach
The 2nd place 6.0 men from Naples
The 4th place 8.0 men from Naples
The women's 6.0 team from Ormond Beach, representing the USTA Florida Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 6.0 & 8.0 Super Senior National Championships, featuring players 60 and older and held April 15-17, 2011, at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The Ormond Beach team defeated Cape Cod, Mass., (representing the USTA New England Section) 2-1 in the championship match. Earlier in the day the Ormond Beach squad defeated the team from Pocono Pines, Pa., 3-0 in the semifinals. They advanced to the semifinals by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is co-captained by Frank Sica and Jimmie Sica, and features Sharron Ward, Tommie Hitson, Kay Kemmer, Bonnie Hanes and Carole Bennett, and plays at the Trails.

The top four teams in order of finish were Florida, New England, Middle States and Southern. This year's USTA League 6.0 Super Senior National Championship drew the top 21 teams (8 men's and 13 women's) from throughout the nation.

The men's 6.0 team from Naples finished second at the event, losing to the team from Hot Springs Village, Ark., (representing the USTA Southern Section) 2-1 in the championship match. The team is captained by Jim Moore and features Gary Lefebvre, Bruce Houran, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Bifaro, Larry Weinstein, David Saks and Ed McGuire and plays at the Players Club & Spa.

The top four teams in order of finish for the 6.0 men were Southern, Florida, Hawaii and Pacific Northwest.     

In the 8.0 division the team from Naples finished 4th after losing a 3rd/4th place playoff match 2-1 to Hamilton, N.J. (USTA Middle States Section). In the semifinals Florida lost 2-1 to USTA Pacific Northwest (Portland, Ore.), which went on to lose in the final to champion USTA Southern California (Palm Desert, Calif.).

The Naples 8.0 4th place finishers were comprised of Jim Gelhaar, Bob Boyson, Ron Mutchnik, Jack Suter (captain), Jack Moter, David Bushey, John Owler, Richard Hoel and George Morton.

Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 750,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis league.

USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels.  Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced).

USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).

For more information go to www.ustaflorida.com.






Print Article Email Article Newsletter Signup Share