I wish I had better news for those of you who may not be happy about the sheer dominance Naples has demonstrated over the past 31 years of the Naples-Fort Myers Challenge. But I don’t. Our Fort Myers team began last Saturday afternoon as though we were “mad as heck, and weren’t gonna take it anymore (frown)”…
|Holly Chomyn & Paula Scheb deliver straight-set win|
|Some awesome volunteers!|
|Isabel Munoz holds fort for LCCTA|
How many events provide complementary food (deliciously served up by Carrabba’s Italian Grill) and drinks (including beer and wine) to the players and guests? Real-time scores were being posted as matches were being played! Wow! Hard to imagine that this event keeps getting better, but it is. I considered it an honor to represent Fort Myers…even if we continue to be Naples’ stepchildren.
Fort Myers winners included:
|Holly & Paula doing work|
John Jerome & Tom Fisher in Men’s 45 Doubles (This one was a routine straight-set victory for us);
Larry Gagnon & Jim Katterfield in Men’s 55 Doubles (I don’t even know why they bothered to play this one with Larry “The Legend” on the court);
|Dave Vaughan Peter Redpath and Brad Nash|
celebrate after victory
Larry Albritton & Paul Veltman in Men’s 65 Doubles (our super seniors were really super, taking this one without too much of a struggle, posting a 6-2, 6-2 win);
|T A stepping into it|
|Oliver Stenger & Carl Winslow in a tough one|
If those tiebreaks had gone the other way, perhaps…oh well, can’t really go there; can we? Honestly, the bottom line is that it was a terrific experience despite the team’s loss, and I really am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Fort Myers in the 31st Naples-Fort Myers Challenge.
Sponsors, without whom the event couldn’t be what it is, included:
Carrabba’s Italian Grill- Does “Carrabba’s” mean “delicious” in Italian? If not, it should!
Ritzman Tennis Courts- Tony Ritzman sponsors just about everything tennis in town, and just about every tennis court has his mark on it;
Page & Tuttle- Designing, manufacturing and marketing golf apparel since the 1800s!
ASG Software Solutions- Providing more business software solutions than I can list here; and
Bonita Bay Club- Amenities, amenities, and more amenities. Doesn’t get much better than the BBC…no not the broadcasting network (chuckle).
in any event, if you were at the Challenge and didn't have a good time, it had to be because you didn't want to...or had a headache, bad cold, or something. The weather was as good as it gets, the crowd was responsive, and there isn't a thing wrong with free food and drink...especially when the food is good and the drink is alcoholic; right? Hold on a sec, lemme get my tongue outta my cheek here...
|The crowd enjoyed the action|
Thanks again to Captain Timmer for the call and everyone at Bonita Bay Club for doing a superb job! Happy Thanksgiving!