Pelican Landing’s St. Pat’s Day Backward Tennis tournament generated $300 for the Children’s Hospital of Fort Myers, 30 Cafe of Life dinners, and two winners — Ralph and Joan Fiorillo.
The Fiorillos proved to be the best at using the "wrong" hand to play tennis, winning top honors in the tournament, in which participants used their off-hand to hold the tennis racket. The consolation prize went to Dick and Nancy Russell.
"The fun was in seeing our neighborhood tennis mates who normally hit solid, hard drives swinging and missing a seemingly easy shot," said Dan Ricks, who headed up the event. "With so many lefties doing particularly well, we wondered if their practice in adjusting to a right-handed world gave them an edge over ‘righties,’ who aren’t often forced to make those transitions."
Thirty-two players participated in the event. A hors d’oeuvres contest, won by Lucy Kilkelley, was also held, as well as a corned beef and cabbage dinner, which attracted 92 dinner guests.
"Of course, the real winner was the Children’s Hospital," said Ricks. "That was the point of it all. Plus, 30 dinners went to the Cafe of Life. And in making the donations, we certainly had a lot of fun making fools of ourselves."