Carrie Cochrane and Leslie Gambee Solid at The Sally

The Sally Committee
October 30, 2017
Scarsdale, NY

Over $35,000 raised for homeless teens

2017 The Sally Winners
L to R Finalists Jane Foster, Michele Shepard,
Winners Carrie Cochrane, Leslie Gambee
“The Sally” has been held at Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale, New York, for over 35 years with help from local clubs—this year thanks go to the Scarsdale Golf Club and Bronxville Village. The Sally is a competitive, yet friendly, women’s paddle tournament for intermediate and advanced players. The continued success of The Sally further demonstrates that our sport can be both fun and a wonderful platform (pun intended!) to help serve our communities.  
This year we had a beautiful sunny warm day with a draw-convenient 37 teams, allowing for lots of competitive play in all the draws. Our champions were new to The Sally, but not to paddle or Fox Meadow. Carrie Cochrane and Leslie Gambee (niece of Fay Gambee, a Women’s Finalist in 1976 and 1985 and a three-time winner of Women’s Seniors) won a tight three-set match against perennial finalists Jane Foster and her partner Michele Shepard (4-6, 6-2, 10-3). The Cochrane family has a multi-generational history at Fox Meadow and certainly are well known in local platform tennis lore. 

The tournament, named after Sally Rogers who assisted with managing the event for dozens of years, helps increase awareness to the unsettling statistic of over 1,400 teenagers living on the streets of Westchester County every night. All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle, and registrations support the Children’s Village Sanctuary, which provides a safe haven for Westchester County teens who are homeless or have run away, often from unsafe or abusive homes. They come to the shelter voluntarily, sometimes after spending weeks or months on the street.  

Results:
Main: Carrie Cochrane/Leslie Gambee def. Michele Shepard/Jane Foster, 4-6, 6-2, 10-3
Quarterfinal Reprieve: Jackie Gaines/Sharon Melville def. Kori Lannon/Colleen Baker
Reprieve: Kingsley Crawford/ Lisa Crawford def. Cindy Holland/ Joanne Smith, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
Consolation: Diane Girgenti/Adriana Melittas def. Jill Klaffky/Danielle Lenois
Consolation Reprieve: Carolyn McKigney/ Kathryn O’Rourke def. Kristin Brown/April Mongelli, 2-6, 6-2, 10-7
(Draw details can be found at: http://childrensvillage.org/events/thesally/)

Many thanks to Sharon Saunders, Jo Rogers, Ward Doonan, and the rest of the volunteers who donate so much time and effort as well as key sponsors including Sterling Bank and Masters Athletics to put on a great event for the players and raise money for a meaningful cause.

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