Sterling Oaks Thursday

Some stellar matches played today at Sterling Oaks, in all age divisions and both singles and doubles.

In the 60 singles quarters, Andy Bloom (Bonita Beach) played Ft. Myers’ pro Steve Shortridge from 1 p.m. to 4:19 p.m.!!! Andy came back from being down 1-5 in the third, saved three match points, but succumbed 6-4 in the third set.

Phil Landauer and Larry Turville both cruised in the other 60 quarters. And (1) Mike Dahm won easily in the 65 singles.

In the 70 singles, (1) Jimmy Parker cruised; (2) Fred Drilling had his serve broken FIVE TIMES by shoulder-operation-recovering Evert Jonsson; but Evert couldn’t hold serve himself and lost 3 and 2. (3) Don Long beat Charlie Burns (who beat me) 2 and 2; and (4) Bill Simonton fell in three sets to (5) Thay Butchee.

In 75 singles, Pelican Bay super senior (2) Gordon Hammes won a tough match and has the honor of now playing King Van Nostrand in the finals.

In 60 doubles, (2) Howie Ames and Steve Shreiner played under the lights (Howie again missing the Player’s Dinner night!); but came away with a three-set victory. They will play the Naples-area team of George Dalphon and Clay Zyerveld.

65 doubles saw (1) Albritton/Bova, (2) Barnes/Dahm, and (3) Kinyon/Long all win in straight sets.


Short story: Michael Fenster and I played two crafty vets from Texas (Curry/Koziol) who hit lob after lob into the afternoon sun! but we survived 2 and 2; and will face (1) Fred Drilling and Clive Kileff (again) in the semi’s Friday.

By the way, some of you think I am crazy, playing tennis six days a week. Our opponent Billy Koziol confesses to regularly playing FOURTEEN TIMES A WEEK!

In the other semi’s, (2) Tom Diehl and Jack Moter will face (3) John Swan and Ted Underwood on Friday.

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