2007 Men's MAPTA

KEITH STUDNICK
NOVEMBER 30, 2007
NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA

The weather was perfect for a day of camaraderie and paddle in the Philadelphia area as the 2007 Men's MAPTA was set to begin. As this tournament is a non PCQ for the men, 32 teams of all abilities signed up and participated in this year's event. Tournament director Andrew Hocker and host club Aronimink Golf Club provided ample food and beverages to conclude this festive event. Matches were also hosted at Overbrook Golf Club and Waynesborough Country Club.

The Aronimink team of Andrew Sorrentino and Drew Friel were looking to defend their title from last year and drew the #1 seed from the tournament committee. The veteran champion Tim McAvoy (Waynesborough) teamed up with Tom Burt (Overbrook) and received the # 2 seed. Although the two top seeds both had to play some challenging matches in the early rounds, no team was able to stop them from reaching the finals.

The finals between the two top seeds was exciting to watch as both teams squared off and made some incredible shots as well as diving recoveries to keep the spectators on their feet. After splitting the first two sets at 6-2, team McAvoy and Burt were able to hold onto the third set 6-4 defeating the reigning champions.

The A back draw was won by the father and son duo of Tom and Brian Safford in a thrilling three set match over Ed Saxman and Doug Morrow.

The B back draw was won by a couple of teaching pros. Vlatko Najdek (Waynesborough) teamed up with Justin Poletti (Philly Country Club) to defeat Waynesbrough's Steve Beers and Keith Studnick. Justin was looking forward to this revenge match as Beers and Studnick defeated his team in an interclub slugfest earlier in the week.

The winners received some sturdy hand shakes from the crowd and a bottle of the finest tequila that could be purchased in the State of Pennsylvania. It should be noted that Brian Safford's bottle was gladly accepted by his father Tom. Tom mentioned something about putting it away until Brian's 21st birthday.

Special thanks to Andrew Hocker, Justin Poletti, and Andrew Sorrentino for running such a smooth event as well as to Aronimink, Waynesborough,and Overbrook for hosting the matches on their courts.

Finalists Tom Burt, Tim McAvoy, Andy Sorrentino, Drew Friel

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