Kathy McMahon and Morgan Melnikoff Sail at The Sally

October 17, 2018
Scarsdale, NY
by Ward Doonan

2018 The Sally
(L to R) Finalists Jill Klaffky/Cecilia Powers; Winners Morgan
Melnikoff/Kathy McMahon
“The Sally” has been held at Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale, New York, for over 36 years with help from local clubs (Westchester CC, Town of Greenburgh, and Scarsdale Golf Club). The tournament, now named after Sally Rogers (1947-2004), a long-time Fox Meadow member 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 streets. 

The Sally is a competitive, yet friendly, women’s B paddle tournament for intermediate and advanced players. Its continued success 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 full draw of 32 teams, allowing for lots of competitive play in all the draws and five champions.

Our new champions are Kathy McMahon and Morgan Melnikoff, who won a very competitive match (not reflective in the score) over Jill Klaffky and Cecilia Bowers. McMahon and Melnikoff beat last year’s champions (Carrie Cochrane and Leslie Gambee) in the semis in another excellent match.

Many thanks to Sharon Saunders, Jo Rogers, and RoseAnn Magdaleno for their efforts in making the event a success. A special “shout-out” to Anna Filardi, Jinx Chapman, and Sharon for their substantial contributions to the silent auction and the beautiful display of goodies. Thanks also go to the generous sponsors and Masters Athletics. [The APTA would also like to thank Ward Doonan for all his work on this benefit tournament.]

Main Draw: Kathy McMahon/Morgan Melnikoff def. Jill Klaffky/Cecilia Bowers, 6-1, 6-1.
Quarterfinal Reprieve: Angela LaManna/Katie Schneider def. Julie Hughes/Karen Urban, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Reprieve: Jackie Gaines/April Mongelli def. Lynn House/Julie Kennedy, 6-3, 6-4.
Consolation: Maggie Marrone/Cammy McFadden def. Susan McDonald/Leila Stolz
Consolation Reprieve: Eileen Dillon/Dina Shepard def. Jackie Cameron/Jennifer Luders

More information about the Children’s Village and this event can be found at http://childrensvillage.org/events/thesally/

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