The 27th annual TURKEY Tournament is a wrap! What a wonderful weekend we had of tennis and beautiful weather. There was lots of good, competitive play at all levels. Players enjoyed coffee and pastries all weekend long at Green Tree and on Sunday, temperatures were cool enough that all enjoyed the fireplace. Thank you for playing the Turkey Tournament. It is the players that make the tournament so much fun.
Completed draws are posted below. I wanted to give you some of the weekend’s highlights so . . . here’s your run down.
WOMEN’S SINGLES draws were very competitive with very close matches in the finals of the 3.0,4.0 and 4.5 levels. At 3.0, Kassandra Moffitt defeated Maria Vergel 6-3,2-6,6-3; at 4.0, Luz Cantor defeated Desirae Carbajal 6-4,6-3; at 4.5, Mariyah Briones defeated Stephanie Ruiz 6-2,4-6,6-2.
MEN’S SINGLES draws were large at all levels. Winners played several matches and played very well as they moved through the draws. Alex Arrezola was impressive at the 4.5 level winning easily in the finals with a 6-3,6-0. Similarly, in the men’s open singles final, Luis Hernandez played beautifully to defeat last year’s champion and #2 seed Mathias Rocha in straight sets 6-0,6-4.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES winners also moved through the draws with ease. The 4.0 draw was very strong. Winners and #1 seeds, Terry Garza and Catherine Dooley, played exceptional tennis losing only eight games the entire weekend. To win the turkey, they defeated a very solid team in #2 seeds Trisha Walker & Casey Herridge 6-1,6-2.
In MIXED DOUBLES, the 8.0 draw was large and competitive with #1 seeds Yoav Shiloah & Casey Herridge defeating a solid team and #2 seeds Wendy & David Ortega 6-2,7-5 in the final. The mixed 9.0 draw found #1 seed Alex Arrezola and Stephanie Ruiz edging out Mike Caldarella & Zdenka Edgar 7-6,7-5 to take the title.
I would like to thank my GT staff for all their help in making the tournament run smoothly and successfully. David Culver heads up our maintenance and does a great job having everything at the club ready to go and looking good; Eric Romasanta who ran the tourney desk at Blossom and at GT on Sunday as well as Randy & Ryan Castaneda; college kids Evan Baker and Ryan Gutierrez who helped with everything from counting and folding t-shirts, handling snack bar, hauling LOTS of turkeys and cornish hens and putting matches on. Thank you to my long time friend, Debbie Lowry, who ran the Sonterra site Friday evening. A special thanks to Michele Dodier who allowed us to rent courts at Sonterra Friday and Saturday evening and also to Patrick Johnson at Blossom Tennis Center. Happy holidays everyone!
We had a wonderful weekend of tennis and we thank all of you who played in this very special and unique tournament. We wish you a wonderful Holiday season!
Courtney & the Green Tree Staff
Courtney P. Mayer, USPTA
GreenTree Tennis Club