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Thank you for promoting the game we love! Bring four new players to a new or existing team, and you will be rewarded with $100 cash. The Southern League Growth Initiative is an innovative program to promote beginner play in the USTA Adult, Mixed and Combo Doubles league programs. New players must be at either the 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 levels within Southern and must be a self-rated player as listed on team roster. All new players must be registered on the same team #. For more information and claim form click here.
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!!!
Happy New Year!
Well, I suppose it was inevitable, but the cold and damp weather has definitely arrived at the beautiful Golden Isles. But that hasn't stopped the tennis enthusiasts from playing on a daily basis. Long pants and shirts, hats and occasionally some gloves are the dress for the day. And even then, we are still fortunate enough to have some days when the temperatures get back to the 60's and 70's and we are reminded once more what a great place we live in.
The Men's and Women's Fall season has ended and all who participated seemed to have enjoyed the play, particularly the women, whose teams were comprised of 78 players total. Way to go ladies!! The men fielded a total of 27 players and starting with the 18 and over, 4.0 league, we had Team Terry (Terry Johnson, Captain) battle it out with Team Tommy (Tommy Beck - C) during the course of the season, while in the Men's 40 and over, 4.0 league, we again saw rivals Team Sanders/Wasdin (Ken Sanders - C) and Team McDonnell (Tom McDonnell & Jack Marshall, co-C) play a close series of matches with the winning edge going to Team Sanders/Wasdin.
The Women's 18 and over, 3.0 league saw the Oak Grove Ladies (Pat Porto – C) narrowly take first place with a 5-4 record over the St. Simons Ladies (Cindy Pangallo – C) who finished closely behind with a 4-5 record.
The Women's 18 and over, 3.5 league was dominated by the Island Girls (Candi Allison, Captain) who went undefeated at 10- 0! Tied for second place were the Drop Shot Divas (Gail Johnson – C) and the Southern Belles (Karen Figueroa – C), each with a record of 4-6. Fourth place went to the Sea Island team (Leah Hopkins – C) with a record of 2-8.
The Women's 18 and over, 4.0 league was another close finish with the Ground Strokes (Theresa Ellis – C) taking first spot at 6-4 and Murphy's Rallyers (Delores Murphy – C) finishing at 4-6.
Many of you are aware of and actively participated in the Rally for the Cure Cancer Tournament that was held at Jekyll Island in October. It was a great success and benefited a very worthy cause in the ongoing fight against breast cancer. Thanks to all who participated and contributed to this very worthwhile event. Special thanks to organizers Tina Holloway and Leslie Lake (and her two wonderful daughters). I'm sure I left out the names of other folks who played a major role in the success of this event and I apologize to them if I did.
Lastly, the BGITA Board has a new Vice-President. His name is Paul Trumbull and many of you probably already know him. Welcome Paul and thank you. And remember, the Board is always looking for new members who would like to help grow the tennis community locally in our area. If you feel that you would like to join us, please do not hesitate to contact me (
) or any of the other Board members listed under the "Organization" tab at the top left of our home page. No experience needed!
See you on the courts!
- Ron Simprini