Newsletter Fall 2012
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"Most of the time there is a way to win. You just have to gure out what it is." -Brad Gilbert
FALL/WINTER 2012 NEWSLETTER
Lizette Driscoll, Editor
Presidents Messageby Pam GallagherHi everybody! I hope you are enjoying our newsletters and our NEW website (www.vbtennispatrons.org). We have been receiving outstanding positive feedback on both and we are very happy you are pleased! This issue is jam packed with articles about league and Banana Open results CONGRATS to all winners and finalists and best of luck all heading to the Banana Challenge in Hilton Head and to our teams heading to Nationals (what MAJOR accomplishments!)!!! CONGRATULATIONS to the Virginia Beach 4.0 Ladies Team/West who are the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Sectional Champions heading to USTA Nationals Championships October 19-21, 2012 in Tucson, AZ. Also, for the second consecutive year, the amazing PACC junior team "Legends" will be going to Nationals following their win at the Sectional Championship in College Park, MD! The National Competition will take place in Columbia, SC, October 26-28. GO LEGENDS! Also CONGRATULATIONS to the VA Beach 4.0 Senior Men's Team/Captain Anthony Eady U S TA S e n i o r S e c t i o n a l Pres. Pam Gallagher Champions. They will be and Guy Rule at2006 competing at the USTA Senior Banana Open Nationals in Indian Wells also in October. We are so proud to sponsor you AND we are all rooting for you! Clearly Virginia Beach is being well-represented by these and other non-VBTPA leagues heading to National finals this year!!! A huge note of appreciation to USTA/Virginia Tennis who surprised the VBTPA with a very beautiful appreciation plaque for our sponsorship and our role at the Special Olympics Beach Blast this past Spring. Thank you especially to Donny Weed (Special Projects, USTA/Virginia Tennis), and Ginny McCoy (Special Olympics Tennis) and Wayne McCoy (President, USTA/Virginia Tennis). We greatly look forward to collaborating with you more often continued on page 2 on more worthy tennis endeavors! Thanks to Inside This Issue everyone who generously Thank You Notes 2 donated their old tennis trophies, Guy Rule Tournament 3 clothing and tennis USTA League News 5 bags. We appreciate your Banana Open 8 efforts. Next, be USTA JTT 13 sure to sign up early for our two Calendar of Events 15 Fall VBTPA play days, our NEW Beachfront Play1
Day, October 6, and our regular VBTCC play day October 7th; both FREE to current VBTPA members! See flyers in this newsletter for more information and to find out how to register. It's FREE! Farewell to the following VBTPA board members who are leaving the board after this year: Harry Felton, Craig Gallagher, and Pat Mosley. Thank you for your many years of service to our cause. We will miss you all. Lastly, it has been a tremendous pleasure to be "President Pammy" these past two years (and as the "woman behind the man" wh ile my husband was president for two years before I became president). We have an amazing board and I am excited about next year's slate of officers and feel most positive about your VBTPA and where it's heading. I look forward to focusing solely on membership beginning in 2013.
THANK YOU, USTA/Virginia Tennis!
A very special note of appreciation goes out USTA/ Virginia Tennisfor coordinating the "Beach Blast" Special Olympics Event held earlier this yearin conjunction withour organizationand other sponsors. Specifically and most especially, we thank Donny Weed, and Wayne and Ginny McCoy.The VBTPAis looking forward to partnering with you again for other worthy tennis events! ~Pam Gallagher
THANKS to the VBPTA!
Many thanks again for the check for the registration fee for our team which arrived today!! We are so appreciative of your generosity!! Please see page 14 for an article that I was asked to write by USTA about the benefits of JTT thought you might enjoy it!! It's such an honor to be associated with these wonderful juniors!! Thanks so much again to the Patrons Association!! I will keep you posted of how Nationals goes but for us, just participating is a huge privilege!! All the best, Helen Roberts, MD, Current JTT Captain and Parent Thank You Terry Mahon and Cape Henry Plaza Food Lion Doug Snidow and Claudette Sealy, presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Terry Mahon, Assistant General Manager at Food Lion Cape Henry Plaza, to show our appreciation for their continued support of the Banana Open Tennis Tournaments by donating bananas and water for the past few years.
Yeeeeeehaaawww, Cowboys & Cowgirls!No one could LASSO more players into area leagues than our dearly missed Guy Rule! So, bring your rackets and belly up toNo one could LASSO Tennis Patrons 1st Annual Guy the Virginia Beach more players into area leagues Rule Memorial than our dearly missed benefit Virginia Beach Tennis Tournament to Guy Rule! leagues.So, bring your rackets and belly up to the VBTPA's 2nd Annual Guy Rule Memorial Tennis Tournament Date: November 11-13, 2011 to benefit Virginia Beach leagues.
Yeeeeeehaaawww, Cowboys & Cowgirls!
Where: Virginia Beach Tennis & Country Club Men's & Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles Date: November 5.0 & 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 10, 2012 Championship 1st Round Consolation (weather permitting) Please call ClaudetteWhere: 481-7545, ext. 17/Nancy Virginia Beach Tennis & Country Club ext .13 if you would like to play (if you need a partner, we will try Tournie Format: and find you one)
TBA Please call Claudette 481-7545, ext. 17/Nancy ext .13 ENTRANTS: Be sure to attend VBTPAs Happy Hour if you would like to play th
Hoedown, Sat., Nov. 12 , 4pm with drinks that will float a horseshoe, yall! Free t-shirts to participants. Party Time: Awards Be sure to attend VBTPAs Happy Hour Hoedown to winners & finalists! Entry deadline: Tuesday, November 8th to participants. will float a horseshoe, yall! Free t-shirts Entry Fee: $30.00 per to winners & finalists! person for Awards person or $45.00 per two eventsEntry deadline: Tuesday, November 8th Sat., Nov. 10th, 4pm with drinks that
GUY RULEWho is this Guy?????In the early years of USTA Adult League in Virginia Beach, NO ONE was more instrumental in keeping the leagues running healthy than Guy Rule!! From the early 80s on, he would visit every single tennis complex and court in Hampton Roads on a weekly basis. He was relentless. Visiting city parks, military bases, private clubs, recreation centers, school courts and others... he knew them ALL!!! Always with his notebook and pencil in hand, he watched and analyzed every player and would intercept them as they headed to their cars. He would ask, with his infectious smile, Have you ever considered playing USTA Adult League? Then say, You will love it and I have a team for you. He would then take names and numbers and thus another new league player was born. Many, many people can thank Guy Rule for introducing them to league play! He could be counted on to ll teams looking for players and for creating many teams. If he couldnt recruit a captain, he would do it himself; often captaining 4 teams at a time! He worked as level coordinator and helped with the administrative aspects of the league. For years he organized mixed doubles round robins at Little Creek Amphibious Base, at Owl Creek and Lynnhaven Middle School courts on Friday nights, in addition to other groups. One day Guy heard that the USTA was starting Senior League tennis and he immediately sprang into action. Having already been building up and captaining Adult Leagues, Guy established senior teams as well. In fact, he was SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for bringing Senior League tennis to Virginia Beach! And so it began again creating teams and also even playing on them himself. He was enthusiastic, organized, knowledgeable, driven and efficient. Additionally, he did it all with a great attitude, and, who can forget his great sense of humor??? Guy was on the board of the Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons for many years and he helped with every function and event they sponsored. He only slowed down to care for his dear wife Barbara as her health declined. He also experienced ill health during her illness and after her passing. He however, did not stop!!!!!!!!!! WHY did he do it????????????? Because he loved tennis and the people involved, and he wanted to help them enjoy the game, the sport of a lifetime just as he did. For all that he has done, we dedicate The Guy Rule Memorial Tennis Tournament in his honor!!! We thank his dear wife, Barbara and his children, Paul and Mary for sharing him with us. Guy, thank you for all you did for tennis. We are grateful to have had you in our lives!!!!4
Senior Mens League
Senior Mens League Coordinator The Senior Men played their local league at VBTCC at the site of the old bubble. After weeks of spirited play a winner was decided for the two levels of play, 3.5 and 4.0. Teams led by Anthony Eady at 4.0 and Charlie Pittman at 3.5 headed for the mountains to compete at Wintergreen Resort. Both levels consisted of two ights, but the 4.0 men were sending two teams to the Sectional Championships. This meant that the 3.5 men had to win their ight of four teams and then beat the other ight winner for the privilege of representing Virginia at Sectionals. The 4.0 men had to win their ight to secure a spot at the next level. Both teams knew they were in for a battle and gave it their best effort. Anthony Eadys 4.0 men were successful in winning their ight while playing 3 third set tiebreak matches. Charlie Pittmans team won their ight and moved on to the District Championship Finals where they won 2 matches to 1 to secure a place at the Sectionals. Huntington Park was the site for the Sectionals and Virginia Beach was well represented with our two teams vying for a c