We all have gone through it. And as we age, it will only happen more often. But that doesn’t stop the heartache of losing a good friend.
This past week (Monday, March 9th), we lost our tennis buddy Dean Bacon to kidney failure at the solid age of 85. Dean was an Ohio native who attended Ohio State and played varsity tennis for Bowling Green. His sweet strokes never left him, as he played a good game up until last year.
The memorial service will be tomorrow at the United Church of Christ at 10 am.
The Pelican Bay Tournament
I am on record as “really disliking” the short format that is frequently necessary in weekend tournaments. And this weekend is the Pelican Bay singles tournament, with six players in the Open Division, using that format.
Yesterday, they broke the six of us into two flights of three players, with Rich Tarantino, Jack Moter and me in one; and we were to play NINE games against each opponent to determine the total-game winner of each flight to play the finals today.
In a one-hour struggle with the challenging Rich Tarantino (a great retriever), I was able to come away with a 6-3 victory. The trouble was that Jack Moter beat him in another one-hour struggle by a whopping 8-1.
So when I took the court to play Jack, I knew that even if I beat him 5-4, I would lose on total games! As it turned out, Jack broke me at 4-4 to seal his legitimate victory.
So today, he plays in the finals vs. Canadian Jack Moore, who easily won the other flight, with no real competition. And after that match, Bob Wilkie and I will defend our Pelican Bay doubles title vs. Steve Morris and Mike Ruffolo (which is why I wasn’t unhappy losing the Saturday singles).
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