Monday, January 23, 2012

Super Seniors Head to Naples

David Vaughan
David Vaughan of Fort Myers, playing out of Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers, and Fred Drilling of Estero, playing out of Bella Terra, garnered “Best in Show” honors by claiming both singles and doubles titles this past weekend on the Cape Coral stop of the West Coast Super Senior Grand Prix. 

Peter Redpath & David Vaughan
Unseeded in the small singles draw of the Men’s 55s, David beat the No.2 & No.1 Seeds in the semis and finals respectively without dropping a set and losing only nine games in the process. David then teamed with Peter Redpath to win the doubles, their second in a row.  

Fred Drilling
Seeded No.1 in Singles and Doubles, Fred won his second consecutive Men’s 70s Singles Championship on the West Coast swing, and picked up his first Doubles Title of the series. Fred asserted his dominance of the field for the second consecutive week, refusing to drop a single set en route to his win in Singles. He beat the No.2 Seed 6-1, 6-1 in the Final. Ouch! Fred will be aiming for three in a row in Naples this week.

Steve Shortridge
Steve Shortridge, long time pro at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, also captured a title this past weekend. Steve entered the 60s Singles as the No.1 Seed and held his seeding throughout, downing Dennis Posteraro of St. Marys, PA 6-1, 7-5 in the Final.

Terry See
Other locals to shine in Cape Coral this past weekend include Terry See, Director of Tennis at Cypress Lake, who teamed with Steve Shreiner, playing out of the Landings, to win the 60 Doubles event.  Neil McDonald of Naples was seeking the double-double (winning singles and doubles for the second consecutive week) in the 80s, but lost in the Finals of both, losing three-setters in both.  

On to Naples
The Super Seniors are finishing the Fort Myers/Naples leg of the West Coast Super Senior Grand Prix this week, heading down to The Club at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Matches begin tomorrow morning.

Armor Persons
Representing our Fort Myers/Naples area in the 55s are Armor Persons of Fort Myers, Willy Hoffman and Andrew Bloom of Bonita Springs, and No.1 Seed Warren Eber of Naples.  

Larry Turville
There’s a strong field in the 60s Singles, with three players from Naples, including No.1 Seed Larry Turville, and Fort Myers representative Steve Shortridge, seeded third. Steve will be vying for his second championship in a row, but I’m sure he’ll be happy if he holds his seed. 

Steve Shreiner & Howard Ames
Steve Shreiner will be going for his third 60s doubles title in a row when he serves them up this week with Howard Ames, his partner when he won at Colonial two events ago. He’ll have some tough competition to conquer before he can raise his glass though.

Larry Albritton
The 65 Doubles Division promises to be as competitive as any with a pretty full field and some topnotch players. Greg “Spike” Gonzales who teamed with Joe McAleer to win the 65 Doubles at Colonial are seeded third. Larry Albritton of Lehigh and Mike Melnick of Bonita, seeded fourth, should also be in the mix.

Bottom line is that there will be some more terrific tennis this week as the Super Seniors wrap up in our area and head up to Sarasota. Game, set, match…T A

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