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Homestead CC Kicks off First Platform Season with New Courts and APTA /PPTA Clinics and Exhibition
OCTOBER 17, 2011
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS
Some days you win, some days you lose, and some days...it's hot. At least by paddle standards. Nevertheless, over 60 braved the 88 degree temperatures on Saturday, October 8 to kick off the 2011-12 season and the first for the fifth and sixth courts in the Kansas City area. Homestead Country Club is located in Prairie Village, KS (about 10 blocks from Kansas City) and has about 300 members, many of whom are active on the 16 hard courts. This summer, with great help and support from the APTA and its grant program, Homestead recently built two new platform tennis courts and began offering an economical seasonal platform tennis membership. To launch the inaugural season, several pros came in for a Wilson sponsored APTA/PPTA clinic and exhibition.
The KC paddle community (current and future) was excited to welcome Nathan LeFevre, Mark Fischl, Sebastian Bredberg, and George Wilkinson - four great players and phenomenal instructors. The day started with some fun sets against local pros and players including several former college tennis players who are learning the game quickly. Following the morning play, Nathan, Mark, Sebastian, and George ran free clinics from 10-12 and from 2-4 covering all areas of platform tennis including volleys, overheads, drives, lobs, serves, and everyone’s favorite…screens!!! It seems clear that the 50 or so participants of all ages, many holding a paddle for the first time, will soon begin playing in clinics and leagues to help grow the game in the Kansas City area.
Between the clinics Nathan and Mark played an exhibition against Sebastian and George which was USA/Australia versus Ireland/Sweden, (sorry I mean England/Sweden - anyone at the event will know what I am talking about!!!). Honors went to the USA/Australia team and when asked for a rematch said they wanted to wait until next year!!! The highlight was the first point of the exhibition with at least a 150 ball rally. The day concluded with some more play in the cooler evening and it is safe to say that all involved had a great time.
A big thank you to the host club, Homestead, and we wish them all the best with their new platform tennis program. Also thank you to Chace Brundige and head pro Kevin Kowalik for all their work putting the weekend together. We look forward to another great event next year.