- Juniors & College Home
- APTA Jr Nationals
- Beacon Hill
- Fox Meadow
- Indian Trail
- Jersey Shore
- Lake Bluff
- Long Island
- New Jersey
- Patterson 18s
- Hackensack Golf Club Junior Ranking Open
APTA Grand Prix Series Women's Wrap-Up
February 18, 2016
The competition for The Childress Cup was fierce early in the season, as three different teams won the first three APTA Grand Prix Series. The women’s field is ramping up, as more and more teams are able to take sets off each other, and momentum shifts come fast and furious.
At the first APTA Grand Prix Series event at the Patterson Club, the semis and finals were all show stoppers, filled with the top four seeds—Ana Brzova and Viki Stoklasova, Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay, Kerri Delmonico and Lauren Gebbia, and Gabriela Niculescu and Martina Ondrejkova. These four teams would became the dominators all season. The final of Brzova/Stoklasova versus Dardis/Shay went three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, the way of the “Ovas.”
Next up at the Chicago Charities, only two of the top four teams were in attendance, along with the new pairing of Brzova and the dynamic Chelsea Nusslock. Niculescu/Ondrejkova took down Dardis/Shay in the semis. On the other side, locals Jane McNitt and Wendy Shpiz beat out the strong team of Ania Kazakevich and Heather Prop. In the finals, Niculescu/Ondrejkova made short work of McNitt/Shpiz.
The Long Island Invitational in December was a tipping point for Childress Cup points. The top four teams were back in the draw, and the standings were tight. However, only Dardis/Shay and Delmonico/Gebbia made it past the quarters. These two would meet in the finals. A few breaks were the difference, with Delmonico/Gebbia winning, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. By this time, Dardis and Shay had the most consistent showing, yet without a win. That would change in 2016.
In Cincinnati at The Midwesterns, Dardis/Shay finally pulled out a win, over Hallie Bodman and Liz Hayward. The smiling duo from Illinois, Bodman/Hayward had solid results throughout the season, as did another new pairing, Long Islanders Liz Jaffe and Sue Tarzian.
By now, the Childress Cup was in hand. Dardis/Shay had accumulated enough points to earn the trophy. Not ones to rest on their laurels, they headed to the final Grand Prix, the Philly Open, on Valentine’s Day. Niculescu/Ondrejkova spent most of their energy winning a semifinal against Delmonico/Gebbia that went to a third-set tiebreaker, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Dardis/Shay also had to hold off Liz Cruz and Roxy Enica in a long three-setter. In the final, the youngsters weren’t able to hold off Dardis/Shay’s punishing returns. Playing in warm and bitter cold weather, traveling across the country, Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay won the first annual Childress Cup over a field of strong Grand Prix Series teams. Come join us at the presentation on Friday, March 4th, at the Nationals Hall-of-Fame dinner.
Special thanks to Patricio Misitrano and the Super Tournament Committee for all their hard work on the Grand Prix series. The APTA would like to thank all the players, volunteers, and sponsors for making the first annual APTA Grand Prix Series a successful endeavor, and an event to look forward to for years to come.