Early December is the time for one of the best senior tournaments in Florida, The Longboat Key Cat II. Here are some key facts and early activities …
- Record Numbers – According to tournament director, Tom Scovil, with 341 entries, this is now the fifth largest Cat II in the country!
- Huge Draws – In my 75s age group doubles, there are 40 players/ 20 teams, that are divided into four round robin groups of five teams each (meaning we each have to play four matches to select the final four teams for the semis on Saturday).
- Spike Gonzales – Naples friend teamed with another, Howie Burnett, to play good Connecticut friend Arnie Vance and John Lundquist in their first-round robin 70s match. I got to their Tuesday match with the Naples team down 2-5. Providing inspiration (and a bottle of water for Spike), they ran off five straight games to take the first set 7-5. They went up a break in the second; but couldn’t convert and had to wiggle out of a third set Match Tiebreaker 10-7.
- Chuck Kinyon – Good friend and frequent doubles partner, is playing singles at this tournament; and this morning faced tournament veteran Hill Griffin (Atlanta), with an 8:30 am starting time. I got there after 10:30 and they were just starting the deciding third set (Chuck had won the first set 6-3 and lost the second 6-7). The former Dartmouth tennis coach played well and ran well … and captured the third set 6-3 and the match, which took over three hours to complete!
- My First Doubles – Noble Hendrix and I are teaming up again this year and played our first of four round robin matches this afternoon. Our opponents were Dave Taylor and John Breaux, former Louisiana Senator. Between the two of us, Noble and I made a total of just four unforced errors for the match and cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
- Later Matches – When I left the Tennis Center at 4:15 p.m., Spike and Howie Burnett as well as Naples friends Ted Underwood and John Swan were waiting to get a court to play their 70 and 75 doubles matches – with sunset scheduled for 5:35 p.m. !!
To see the full draw and other results, click HERE
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