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Buffalo & WNY 2008 Late Fall Invitational
Winners: Kotalik & Kalkman
Winners: Reuter & Allen
Winers: Jacus & Greenberg
Winners: Butcher & Walsh
Dave Jentsch, Dave Kotalik, Sky Kalkman, and Randy Murphy
Sky Kalkman goes airborne and hammers a Bob Shookus serve on the newly re-surfaced courts at the Country Club of Buffalo.
Bob Butcher & Ted Walsh looking intensely for the line call.
Travis Odenbach lines up a service return at the Saturn Club.
Snow, fire, beer - and happy paddlers!
Dave Kotalik and Sky Kalkman were dominating in the finals as once again, youth and skill win out over age, experience - and exhaustion.
2008 Women's Fall Fantastic
DECEMBER 1, 2008
The Fall Fantastic Tournament was a great time and for those that didn't win, it was still a delightful day of paddle, food and friendship!
Kathy Kunschner and tournament director extraordinaire, Erica Zappala
Chairperson Erica Zappala would like to especially thank the following 'paddle buddies' from North Park, Shannopin and Lakeview for their terrific assistance in the hut: Wendy Harrington, Tammy DiBonis, Nancie Jaicks, Wanda McGarry, Sandy Balutanski, Kathy Kunschner, Kim Brown and Roxanne Kiliany; and the 'lunch ladies' Margaret Kelman and Jean McCarthy. An extra special thank you goes to Kathy Kunschner for all of the wonderful photographs and to Jyll Lilly for help with prizes and favors!
Erica would also like to thank the participating clubs for allowing us to host the tournament in the Sewickley area: Edgeworth Club, Sewickley YMCA and Allegheny Country Club, which also hosted the ladies luncheon.
Cleveland Masters Results
LISSY HILL & ANDREW SIKOROVSKY
NOVEMBER 18, 2008
Despite the rains and winds from mother nature on Saturday, the 34th Annual Cleveland Masters went off without a hitch November 14 - 16, 2008.
On the National Ranking and PCQ Mens side, #1 seed Brian Heil and Denny English of Columbus, OH defeated Brett Englesberg and Jeff McMasters of Pittsburgh, PA.
For the Women's PCQ, the team of Kathy Allen and Lindy Ward of Cincinnati, OH defeated Vicki Nagy and Beverly Dyminski of Pittsford, NY, 6-1, 6-1.
In the Mens 90+ Open, John Schloss and Eric "Who want's to be my partner" Miller from Cleveland, OH were the champs defeating last year's champs, Danny McLaughlin (Cleveland, OH) and Billy Sullivan from Columbus.
Men's Open finalists: Brett Englesberg, Jeff McMasters, Denny English, Brian Heil
Women's Open PCQ - Click for Full Draw
|Main||Ward/Allen||Nagy Dyminski||6-1 /6-1|
|Last Chance||Martin /Stover||North/Lopresti|
Men's Open NRT & PCQ - Click for Full Draw
|Main||English/Heil||Englesberg/McMasters||2-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|16 Reprieve||Aten/Randorf||Lowe/Newell||4-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Qtr Reprieve||Jagodzinski/Vens||Quakenbush/Pitcarin||6-3, 6-2|
Men's 90+ Open - Click for Full Draw
|Main||Schloss - Miller||McLaughlin - Sullivan|
Buffalo & WNY tournament
NOVEMBER 12, 2008
Leveraging the enthusiasm built from the APTA exhibition and clinic last month, Dave Jentsch, Bob Shookus, Chas Maloney and Chris Ross have put together a special one day tournament. The Buffalo and WNY Late Fall Invititational will be held on Saturday, November 22 at the Country Club of Buffalo, the Saturn Club and maybe East Aurora. Click here for the entry form and details .
Buffalo Clinic & Exhibition 2008
OCTOBER 24, 2008
The Buffalo, NY platform tennis season opened quickly this year when Buffalo hosted an APTA exhibition and clinic on October 3rd and 4th. Inveterate veteran Fritz Odenbach arrived from nearby Rochester, NY with colleagues Sky Kalkman and Andy Thompson and teamed with Bob Considine from Paddlepro for the weekend. Festivities included a Friday night clinic, exhibition, open house, and dinner at the Country Club of Buffalo while Saturday festivities included clinics for kids, women, and men at the Saturn Club. More
Platform Tennis Comes to Buffalo! Mark your calendars!
On October 3rd and 4th, 2008, the American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) is bringing its professionals to Buffalo and putting on a series of exciting exhibitions and not-to-be-missed clinics.
On Friday the 3rd, there will be a late afternoon clinic for 'A' players. At 6:30 p.m., everyone and anyone is invited to an Open House at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Buffalo in Williamsville.
On Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, there will be clinics for women, B/C players, and kids at the Saturn Club on Delaware Avenue.
These events are open to the public and everyone is invited -- not just to watch, but to play. Come prepared to participate, with comfortable clothes and sneakers. While an element of the exhibitions is to grow local enthusiasm and improve skill levels, our goal is to introduce new players to platform tennis.
Please invite your friends, neighbors, and kids so they can experience the thrill of this winter sport. Please contact any of us with questions: Dave Jentsch (East Aurora, 888-0297); Chas Maloney (Saturn Club, 362-9899); Bob Shookus (CCB, 830-3388); or Chris Ross (Buffalo Club, 830-1519).
The Midwest Platform Tennis Camp, Cincinnati, OhioBackhand volleys, soft into the screens, and shift with the ball. These “golden rules” of paddle tennis are the catch phrases to be used next month during the 3rd annual Midwest Platform Tennis Camp (MPTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Camp instructors, Nancy Budde, Heather Prop, Lynne Schneebeck and Ann Turner plan to meet over 100 new and returning campers with these all important paddle phrases.
The four friends and paddle enthusiasts developed the idea for a paddle tennis camp two seasons ago after witnessing the surge of the game in the Cincinnati area. Their love of and devotion to platform tennis were perfect fits for this new endeavor. For one paddle packed week each September, the MPTC holds 3 hour sessions, morning, afternoon and evening. Many participants use the camp as a refresher course on the do’s and don’ts of paddle and as friendly reminders of the differences between paddle and that “other racquet sport”. Newcomers and beginners to the game learn valuable lessons such as how to play a tiebreaker, serve and first volleys, and how to play the screens. Paddle strategies, positioning, and shifting are also essential lessons taught to the beginner as well as the more advanced and seasoned player.
All important snacks, drinks, and new demo equipment courtesy of Wilson Sports greet each camper. Although it is not necessarily paddle weather, the warmer temperatures allow for plenty of time to retrieve balls off the screen and give each camper a well-earned physical workout. What better way to spend a day than with friends and fellow paddle lovers learning the best game in the world? A cool t-shirt as a favor and M&M’s and nuts sure help too.