Recap: April Mixed Doubles Tournament and Garden of Eden Social

April 25, 2010 6:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

While other clubs and USTA matches are dodging raindrops with mixed success, the sun continues to shine on RSTC tournaments.  We are so lucky!  On the Wednesday before our tournament there was a downpour.  On the Tuesday after, rain is predicted.  But we had bright sun and good warm weather on Saturday.  With a full roster of players, Tournament Organizer John Hogan opted for 9 rounds of tennis to give everyone plenty of tennis in our April Mixed Scramble.


Some skeptics doubted that we would finish by our scheduled 2pm time, but Quay Courts finished at 1:58pm and Shorebird Courts finished at 1:59pm.  (You can tell what kind of a club we are by the fact that people actually checked their watches – we love to tease each other!!!)  Kudos to John for organizing a challenging format and for a crisply run tournament that finished exactly on time.


So at 2pm, we shook hands and hugged and headed off for naps and shopping/cooking.  At 6:30pm, we descended on the Murphy Garden for a “Garden of Eden” themed party laden with a bounty of delights.  Forewarned that shirts, shoes, etc. were required, no one tried to pull off a fig leaf outfit.  Instead, apples, fruits, and vegetables appeared in appetizers and abundance.  A sausage snake winked slyly at us from a bed of onions and pears.  Chocolate desserts provided an abundance of temptation.


The men’s winner was Stephen Hogan with second place to Michael Garb.  The women’s winners were Ruth Waters in undisputed first place and Karen Brodersen, Barb Urrutia, and Robin George in a tie for second – we spun a record to determine the prize winner.  First Prizes were tomatoes and Buzzy’s “Flower Growing Kit”.  Second prize was Buzzy’s “Mini Tomato Growing Kit”.


Thank you to Barb Urrutia for tournament refreshments, Kathy Miles for the prizes, and Ruth Waters and Sundar Venkateswaran for tournament photography.  Thank you to Cynthia Hunton and Dennis Murphy for opening their home for the social, and to the clean up crew of Natalie Jordan, Nancy Hogan, and Barb Urrutia.


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