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Men's 40 and over 4.0.......Team McDonnell (those players not interested at this time on going to state championships)
Team number 7034912646
Men's 40 and over 4.0 (want to go to State)
Team Wasdin/Sanders Team number 7034912650
Men's 18 and over 4.0 Team Robinson
Team number 7034912654
Men's 18 and over 4.0 Team Johnson
Team number 7034912662
Go to USTA home page and click on Tennis Link option.....sign up for the team of your choice......
CONGRATULATIONS TO BGITA'S 4.0 MIXED DOUBLES TEAM PLEASE READ THE DAY BY DAY ACCOUNT OF THEIR THREE DAYS AT THE STATE PLAYOFFS. EVERYONE IS VERY PROUD OF YOU!
Well, we put up the good fight, but fell 2-1 to West Georgia. Josie and Carew got us a point at line 2 with a 6-4, 6-1 win. Leslie and Fabio fell at line 1 6-3, 6-3; and Marita and I battled for nearly two hours but fell by one break of serve in each set 6-4, 7-5. We represented BGITA well finishing 3rd in our group. West Georgia did advance to the playoffs so we were painfully close.
Day 2 -
We started off the morning strong by taking down the Mountain Tennis Association 2-1.
Josie and Carew lost a heartbreaker at line 1, 7-5, 4-6, 8-10.
Leslie and Fabio took line 2 by a 6-3, 6-3 score. And Marita and Billy cruised at line 3, 6-2, 6-0.
The afternoon match saw us take on the Etowah Valley Tennis Association, whom we were tied with for first place in our group.
Unfortunately they proved too strong, taking all three lines in straight sets. We certainly were competitive in all three matches and pushed them harder than anyone else has so far.
We now sit in a tie for second place with West Georgia, our final opponent of group play Sunday morning. A win secures second place in our group with a chance to advance to the quarterfinal playoffs.
The BGITA team of Josie Kennedy/Carew Rowell; Leslie Lake/Fabio Pagani; and Marita Endrosa/Billy Copelan got off to a great start defeating USTA Atlanta 3-0 Friday morning at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta.
Josie and Carew earned a hard fought 7-6, 7-6 victory at line 1.
At line 2 Leslie and Fabio took their opening set 6-3, then fell 0-6 in the second. After saving a match point in the super tie break, they pulled out a 12-10 win to clinch the match.
Marita and Billy overcame losing their first set 3-6 to win 6-4 in the second and took the super tiebreak 10-2 to win at line 3.
After a bye Friday afternoon, BGITA will return to the courts for two matches Saturday.
The 8.0 Mixed Doubles league has two teams going to the State Championship August 9-12 in Augusta! This is first time BGITA will have teams competing in State for Mixed Doubles. Teams have qualified in the past to go to State, but this is the first time teams have had enough team members able to go.
From the Winter season, congratulations to captain Billy Copelan and his team the Island Misfits for qualifying for State. Team members are Billy Copelan, Marita Littlefield, Josie Kennedy, Carew Rowell, Holly Evans, Heard Galis, Laura Holland, Leslie Lake, and Fabio Pagani.
From the Summer season, congratulations to captain Theresa Ellis and her team, Surf & Volley, for qualifying for State. Team members are Theresa Ellis, Paul Trumbull, Victoria Holloway, Trey Weiss, Kathy Marshall, Eric Marshall, Edgar Fernandez, Stephanie Stephens, Jeff Bush, and Mary Beth Steilen.
We wish both of our teams the best of luck! Have fun!
The 7.0 mixed doubles league had 14 players plus three subs battling it out in the hot sunshine. The following were the winners for this season:
Tracy Bonner and Jack Denker were undefeated for our first place team. Second place were the married couple, the Bujolds, and in third place were The Perfect Pair, Jim Kielt and Carol Schmidt (both were new to mixed doubles this season--yea).
Whether you finished first or not, we hope the season was fun and a great form of exercise as you sweated in the hot sun. Take a break but know that we will have sign up for our winter league in just 4 months. We may try a new format so would love your input about this season. If we get enough players to form teams, some team from this group can go to state if desired. Please send your comments to:
Thanks so much for playing in the USTA Mixed Doubles League!
Drum roll please....
First off, Thank YOU so much to all the entries! Wow, we were so impressed with the essays.
It was hard to pick just 5!
The BGITA Board is proud to announce the 5 Winners for the Tennis Camp Scholarships!
Winners: Please contact:
The BGITA 4.0 Men's Team headed to Bainbridge to participate in USTA Georgia's inaugural 40 & Over Championship. Twelve teams from across the state were divided into two groups of six for pool play, with the winners of each group squaring off in the championship final.
BGITA started out Friday morning's play taking on CORTA (Columbus Regional Tennis Association), a traditional power, at the beautiful Bill Reynolds Tennis Center. For a town of roughly 12,000 people (Brunswick is about 15,000), Bainbridge has some of the most impressive tennis facilities to be found. Although the Golden Isles representatives fought hard, they couldn't overcome first match nerves and fell by a 5-0 count. Gary Mallard appeared to be poised to chalk BGITA's first victory of the tournament at #1 singles, but fell in a third set super tiebreak, after taking an early lead, by at 14-12 score.
It appeared to be an ominous start, but things would begin to turn around in the afternoon session on Friday as BGITA headed to Bainbridge High School to take on NEGTA (Northeast Georgia Tennis Association). NEGTA represents Banks, Habersham, Hall and Stephens Counties, which lie north of Athens, and include Gainesville.
Gary Mallard atoned for his earlier defeat by pulling out a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 victory by winning his super tiebreak in this matchup. BGITA would take the team match by a 4-1 count to even its overall record at 1-1. Along with Mallard's win, Kyle Autry won at #1 singles 6-4, 6-4; Robert Meadows & Billy Copelan came back from a set down to claim the #1 doubles line 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 in the super tiebreak by a 10-5 score; and Ken Sanders & team captain Greg Wasdin cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory at #3 doubles for the fourth team point.
BGITA drew the 8:00 a.m. match start time on Saturday and played at its third venue, the Floyd Tennis Center near downtown Bainbridge. Facing WGTA (West Georgia Tennis Association - comprised of Carroll, Douglas, Harralson and Paulding Counties), BGITA battled hard, but ultimately fell 3-2. Paul Trumbull and Trey Weiss scored a rousing victory at #1 Doubles with a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 score. Jeff Kicklighter and Gary Mallard picked up the second team point at #3 doubles with a 7-5, 6-4 win.
Not to be deterred, BGITA came back strong in the afternoon match for a second straight day. Returning to the Floyd Tennis Center, BGITA faced Southern Crescent Tennis Association (Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry & Spalding Counties) in a thrilling matchup. Gary Mallard put BGITA on the board with its first point by taking a 6-3, 6-4 victory at #2 singles. Soon after Jeff Kicklighter and Trey Weiss pulled out a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win to even the team score at 2-2. Robert Meadows & Billy Copelan were in comeback mode once again after dropping the first set 7-5. A 6-2 win in the second set set the stage for a super tiebreak which would not only decide the individual match, but the team match as well. Meadows & Copelan jumped on their opponents early and took the tiebreak 10-5 to secure a 3-2 victory for BGITA to even its team record to 2-2.
After two complete days of play, the standing couldn't have been closer. Flint River, BGITA's final opponent of group play on Sunday morning, led the standings with a 3-1 mark; and four teams, including BGITA, stood tied for second at 2-2. Knowing anything could happen, BGITA came to play on Sunday morning as they returned to the Bainbridge High School courts for the showdown. The Flint River Tennis Association is comprised of Bainbridge and Albany so a home court advantage set the stage for the final round of group play.
Robert Meadows & Billy Copelan found themselves down a set for the third time, this time playing #1 doubles. Trailing 4-1 in the second set, the duo clawed its way to win five straight games and take the set 6-4, setting up yet another super tiebreak. Jumping out early proved to be the key again as they held on for a 10-5 win to give BGITA the first team point of the match. Gary Mallard finished shortly after with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at #2 singles to put BGITA up 2-0. Needing only one more match to clinch the team tie and assure itself no worse than a tie for first place in the standings, both the #2 and #3 doubles matches headed to 3rd set super tiebreaks. Jeff Kicklighter and Ken Sanders provided the team's winning point with a thrilling 14-12 win, putting BGITA up 3-0. Jeff Bush and Trey Weiss then added BGITA's fourth team point by taking their super tiebreak 10-5.
Having defeated the 1st place team, by a score of 4-1, the scoreboard watching began to see who would emerge as the winner of the group. Four teams (BGITA, West Georgia, CORTA and Flint River) finished group play with identical 3-2 records so the tiebreaker format would be employed. West Georgia edged out BGITA by having 15 individual match wins for the weekend to BGITA's 13 to advance to the championship final. West Georgia would fall in the final to USTA Atlanta by a 5-0 score Sunday afternoon to conclude the tournament weekend.
Although disappointed to fall just short of advancing to the championship match, the team members representing BGITA could not be prouder of what they accomplished over the weekend. These 10 men certainly represented our tennis community well.
The BGITA 40 & Over Men's 4.0 Team:
Greg Wasdin, Captain
BGITA had 24 "Cruisers" at our May Social. We are proud that BGITA's treasurer, Jimmy Bradley, wore the best cruisin' attire! Get on a boat soon Jimmy!
It was a fun afternoon of tennis with perfect weather. Thanks so much to Pete and the Jekyll Tennis Center for welcoming us again. They are a delightful host for our events. Thanks to all the players who came and brought food. If you stood around the food table, you would hear the oooohhhhs and aaaaaahs of how good the food was!
Congratulations to Josie Kennedy and Fabio for being our tennis champions in our fun Round Robin. We had some new faces who had never been to a social before and of course that was our goal.
I want to share Pete's words of wisdom at the end of our time together. He said that tennis is not all about winning. You can not always win. Tennis is about doing your best and striving for improvement. Mostly though tennis should be about having FUN! We had a lot of that on Saturday!
Keep on "cruisin" to FUN tennis this summer!
Write a 500 word essay on "Why Tennis is so important to you?" and win a scholarship for up to $250 to be paid directly, on your behalf, to a summer tennis camp. At least 5 scholarships are available! Deadline is May 31st and winners will be announced June 4th. View details in the flyer here.
Another season of Mixed Doubles is under way!
The Mixed Doubles season has a lot of returning players signed up and also new players. It's great to see so many playing! The 7.0 league has 7 teams:
The Wright Stuff-Kauve Westbrook and Scott Wright
Double Trouble-Gail Johnson and Skip Rimsnider
Goodale/Morris-Jenni Morris and Tim Goodale
Jack & Tracy-Jack Denker and Tracy Bonner
Team Bujold-Coco and Mark Bujold
The Hot Hitters-Candi Allison and Neil Schulenberg
Perfect Pair-Carol Schmidt and Jim Kielt
We also have two subs for the 7.0 league, Mike Hidek and David Shinnick.
The 8.0 league has 4 teams:
Net Force One-Steve Huffman, Jackie Seymour, Bobbi Jernigan, Steve Newell, Tom McDonnell, Tina Holloway, Kelda Mallette, and Taylor Mallette
Island Misfits-Billy Copelan, Ruth Heyward, Josie Kennedy, Robert Meadows, Leslie Lake, Fabio Pagani, Laura Holland, and Heard Galis
Surf & Volley-Theresa Ellis, Paul Trumbull , Victoria Holloway, Trey Weiss, Stephanie Stevens, Mary Beth Steilen, Jeff Bush, Kathy Marshall, Eric Marshall, and Edgar Fernandez
Ace Breakers-Marie Sigman, Dave Snyder, Beth Cheetham, Pat Shelton, Tracy Bonner, Justin Henshaw, Sabina Brock, and Steve Robinson
Good luck to everyone this season and have fun!
Good luck to the 4.0 Sea Island Team captained by Delores Murphy who will represent BGITA at the State Playoffs for the Adult 18&Over League! The team consists of the following players: Delores Murphy, Jennifer Agnew, Kathy Brown, Jeriann Edwards, Tanny Garth, Belinda McDaniel, Ann Nermoe, Priscilla Parker, Jackie Seymour, Stephanie Stephens, and Sandy Strickland.
BEST OF LUCK GIRLS AS YOU HEAD TO AUGUSTA ON MAY 17, 18 AND 19
Good luck to the 4.0 Men's team captained by Greg Wasdin. The team consists of Kyle Autry, Steve Bannister, Jeffrey Bush, Billy Copelan, Jeff Kicklighter, Gary Mallard, Robert Meadows, Kenneth Sanders, Alvaro Steevens, and Paul Trumbull.
BEST OF LUCK GUYS AS YOU HEAD TO BAINBRIDGE MAY 31st-JUNE 3rd for the 40&Over Adult League. YOUR TENNIS COMMUNITY IS CHEERING FOR YOU.
On May 4-5, BGITA and Glynn County hosted the BGITA Spring Classic at North Glynn Tennis Complex with 50 junior players. The first day of the tournament was completely rained out but with sunshine and a short set format, over 60 matches were played on Day 2 of the tournament. It was a great event with lots of wonderful tennis. Thanks to everyone that made this possible. We will host another tournament in July. GOOD JOB JUNIORS! View winners photos in the junior gallery here.
Our winter mixed season finally ended Sunday, April 21st! Congratulations to Steve and Brittany Robinson for coming in first place in our play offs. They deserve a pat on the back.
Congrats also to:
2nd place -- Tracy Bonner and Jack Denker
3rd place -- Jimmy and Lori Bradley
4th place -- Gail Johnson and Gary Evans
There were nine groups playing so there was a lot of good competition.
Take a quick breath as it is now time to play summer mixed doubles. We hope that you all have signed up. The season will run May and June with a very relaxed flex schedule. We know people travel and life gets busy so hopefully rescheduling matches will be easy.
See you on the courts,
Great News! Our Spring junior tournament is now a Sanctioned Level 4 Championship!
BGITA SPRING JR CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Level 4 USTA Junior Tournament
Divisions – 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U
Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5
North Glynn County Tennis Complex
622 Harry Driggers Blvd
Brunswick, GA 31525
Entry fee $43.50 (DEADLINE TUESDAY April 30!)
Long sleeve T-shirt, minimum of 2 matches, FIC Consolation and playoff for 3rd and 4th
Tournament Director – Michelle Jones Tournament Referee – Dick Bailey
Goto www.tennislink.usta.com, Click on Tournaments tab, Type in 700038713 in Tournament ID # box
Don't forget to sign up for mixed doubles NOW!
The deadline is fast approaching. Register soon. We need you on the courts!
Well, then sign into the website forum and get connected with other players and teams! It's really easy and quick, just click on the "Looking for players or teams?" tab above and "create and account" with your very own user name and password. Once you've done that, you can post and reply, ask questions, start a conversation, etc. You can even choose to receive an email if someone responds to your post.
The BGITA forum is a great tool to get connected and play more tennis!!!
To all BGITA family members, both old and new.........welcome back to USTA tennis for the 2013/14 Fall and Winter seasons! I hope your summer was enjoyable and that you are ready to play some great tennis at this most beautiful time of the year in the Golden Isles. I would first like to introduce myself as the new BGITA President. I have been a member of BGITA for almost 3 years now ever since I moved from New Jersey to this wonderful area. I have served as Men's Coordinator, then Vice President and now as President, after our former President, Candi Allison, resigned in July. I, along with all of the Board Members, would like to thank Candi for all the hard work and dedication she gave BGITA in her 3-year tenure as President. It is my hope that I can do half as good a job as she did.
This Fall will see Men's and Women's tennis in full swing with several teams having their eyes focused on participation in State championship play later in the 2013/14 tennis year. The nice thing about our BGITA group is that players can join teams that are strongly competitive or teams that are primarily interested in a more relaxed format. Speaking about relaxation, we plan to have several socials during the upcoming tennis year, and we anticipate they will be even better than the ones we had last year. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the new restroom facility at Epworth will have been completed as well as replacement nets for several of the courts that desperately needed them.
Obviously, you are reading this on our website, www.goldenislestennis.com, and that is a good thing. I personally think our website is one of the best out there in terms of content, information and ease of use. That is why we encourage you to come back often and check for the latest in tennis news here in the Golden Isles. You may have noticed a surge of articles from some of our members ranging from write-ups detailing the results of regular season play, State tournament battles, Juniors programs, social events, and more. We love photos too! Please send us anything you would like to contribute that pertains to BGITA tennis and its members. And check us out on Facebook when you have a minute.
Thanks for reading and remember that the Board is here to serve you and the local tennis community. Let us know if you have ideas or proposals that you would like to bring to our attention. Long live tennis!
- Ron Simprini