- 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
Chicago Hosts a Talent Filled Mixed, H/W, H/W 50+ Nationals
March 2-4, 2012
Three's a charm for Jessica & Nathan LeFevre who won the Husband/Wife Nationals title in their third consecutive final. They defeated Suzanne and Matt Lemery in the final in wet and difficult conditions. Earlier in the day it hailed, then the hail turned to a long rain, then the rain turned to snow. Even with the heaters working non-stop, the conditions remained miserable throughout the final. Flat shots simply skidded and spins took impossible and unpredictable turns. But anyone in a National Championship final knows that we play our sport in lousy conditions sometimes, so they fought on to the end.
The Husband/Wife 50+ Nationals final was an all Chicago affair, with Leslie & John Hough securing the title with a decisive 6-2, 6-1 victory over Susan and Scott Bondurant.
Marina Ohlmuller and Mark Johnson captured their second APTA Mixed Nationals title (the first was on 2010) in an absolutely thrilling three set victory over Heather Prop and Nathan LeFevre. During the match, after a particularly well executed blitz by Johnson, a spectator was overheard commenting that it was amazing that a man of his size could move on the court like that without making a sound. Anyone who has taken a lesson from him would not be surprised. As a native South African, Mark uses wild animal metaphors in teaching, talking about stalking the ball and pouncing. He takes his own advice. But He had no monopoly on catlike grace and quickness. Nathan LeFevre, who we referred to in our tweets during the Husband/Wife final as a blitzing machine, did not disappoint today. Although the men took shots from a huge percentage of the court, the women were fully engaged in the match. Ohlmuller and Prop are top players and they not only stood up to the toughest the men could give them, but mixed aggressive play with outstanding consistency. This final was the best our sport can offer; 4 outstanding athletes competing in a near dead heat match. What a day! See the action photos in the slide show below.
(At right, l-r, LeFevre, Prop, Ohlmuller, Johnson)
Many thanks go to tournament organizers John Noble, Shannon Vinson and Matt Garavaglia, and to Anne and Walter Fyk who organized and ran the volunteers and scoring. Westmoreland Country Club and the Winnetka Park District welcomed the tournaments by serving as tournament centrals.