Local tennis column: Naples Super Senior teams finish 2nd, 4th in national championship

— To no one’s surprise, two Naples men’s teams represented their region well in this past weekend’s USTA League 6.0 and 8.0 Super Senior National Championships in Surprise, Ariz.

The men's 6.0 team from Naples finished second at the event, losing to the team from Hot Springs Village, Ark., (representing the USTA Southern Section) 2-1 in the championship match. The team was captained by Jim Moore and featured Gary Lefebvre, Bruce Houran, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Bifaro, Larry Weinstein, David Saks and Ed McGuire. They play out of The Players Club & Spa.

In the 8.0 division, the team from Naples finished fourth after losing a third/fourth playoff match 2-1 to Hamilton, N.J. (USTA Middle States Section).

The Naples 8.0 fourth-place finishers were made up of Jim Gelhaar, Bob Boyson, Ron Mutchnik, Jack Suter (captain), Jack Moter, David Bushey, John Owler, Richard Hoel and George Morton.

City sign-up progresses: The deadline for entering the 42nd annual City of Naples Tennis Championships, coming up in May at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, is closing in.

More than 500 entries are expected by the time registration closes this Monday. Players are signing up at the pro shop at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center (213-3060) and online at www.allentenniscenter.com. Tournament director Kevin Walker reminds entrants that this year, as an added feature, when players sign up for two events, they are able to play in a third one free.

Middle-schoolers compete: Area middle schools just completed eight weeks of team tennis. Last Saturday was the "End of Season Tournament" for all six schools.

Marco Island Charter Middle School was undefeated during the regular season, and won the season-ending championships. Gulfview Middle School came in a close second. The other schools involved were The Village School, Pine Ridge Middle School, Seacrest and St. Ann.

About 75 players were involved in the inaugural season. If any other schools want to get involved, they should contact Steve Bogdanoff (213-3060) at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park.

WCI Challenge played: Six teams from different WCI communities competed for bragging rights during the seventh annual WCI Tennis Club Challenge at Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers.

The mixed doubles team from Pelican Preserve edged out The Colony Golf & Country Club team from Bonita Springs to win the round-robin tourney and claim the traveling trophy on its home turf. Other communities fielding teams included Tidewater Preserve in Bradenton, Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice, and Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club in Naples.

Juniors invited to Grande: The second annual Naples Grande Local Junior Aces Tournament looms May 14-15, and entries close May 10. Age categories will run from 10 through 18. To register, go to USTA.com and look for Florida, Region 7 -- junior tournaments. For more, call Fabio Vasconcellos at 594-6033.

Junior series continues: The next USPTA JusTennis Junior Tennis Series event is a singles tournament Saturday at the East Naples Community Park. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 21. Contact Collier County Parks tennis pro Spike Gonzales at 248-0894.

Hit with PBI pros: April 28 is the date, and the Naples Grande Beach Resort is the place where all playing levels can hit with the club’s Peter Burwash International pros from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The cost to participate in the “Ball Bash and Barbecue” is $25 per person. Call Fabio Vasconcellos at 594-6033

Bonita Bay Club invites tennis fans: Players and spectators alike can take part in the inaugural Bonita Bay Club Spring Tennis Challenge. It will include singles and doubles matches from April 29 through May 1, and offers $7,500 in prize money.

Entry fees are $50 per person for open play, $35 per person for other flights or $60 for two events. The registration deadline is April 25. To register, call 239-495-3573, or e-mail nancyb@bonitabayclub.net.

The tournament site is the Bonita Bay Club Tennis Center at the corner of West Terry Street and U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs.

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A rundown of other activities and events follows:

■ Junior Development Tennis: Sessions held at Arthur Allen Tennis Center in downtown Naples at Cambier Park. Classes run Monday through Thursday. Pee-Wees 3:15-4 p.m. for ages 4-6; Futures 4-5 p.m. for ages 6-8; Tournament 4-5:30 p.m. for ages 7-16; Contact the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at 213-3060.

■ Hammock Bay Tennis Programs - Offering private lessons and clinics, Live Ball Drill Session on Tuesdays, Morning Tennis Drill and Round Robin on Wednesdays and "Just for Starters" Clinics on Thursdays. Contact Head Tennis Professional Karolee Towe at 465-2922.

■ Junior/high school lessons – given by Ron St. John, USPTA 1 Pro; all levels but also those interested in improving to play at the high school level; Call 289-1963.

■ Friday Night Round Robins – at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; 5:30 to 7 p.m; Cost: $11; Call 435-4351.

■ Daily tennis clinics/lessons — at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort; all levels; call 877-8889.

■ Junior instruction at World Tennis Club — Instruction by former pro Pavel Slozil (former coach of Steffi Graf); call 263-7411.

■ Tom Avery's Tennis Outlet — Private and group lessons, cardio tennis for teams, earlybirds and all levels. For schedule, fees and more information call Tom Avery at 592-5920.

■ Quail Creek Country Club round-robins — 3.5 and 3.0 women every Thursday 9 to 11 a.m.; 3.5 and 3.0 men every Wednesday and Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3; Call 597-9725.

■ Vanderbilt Country Club — Individual, team instruction and Cardio Tennis; given by Director of Tennis Christina Oldock; Cardio Tennis for singles, couples, teams, young professionals, earlybirds, beginners, intermediates, and advanced; To sign up for clinic times and fees, call 348-1725.

■ 3.0 and 3.5 women’s round-robins — at Quail Creek Country Club; Every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3 per player; Sign up in advance by calling 597-9725.

■ The Plantation Club at The Dunes — Preeg-Doherty Junior Tennis Academy : Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Ladies Day: Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Men’s Day: Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Ladies 3.0 Clinic: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.; Ladies 3.5 Clinic: Fridays, 9 a.m.; Call 593-9680.

■ Pelican Bay Community Park events - Most levels of round-robins for men and women available each week; Adult and junior clinics held daily; For specific days-times, call 598-3025.

■ Quail Creek Junior Tennis — Tuesdays and Thursdays: Tiny Tots from 3:30-4 at $6; Beginners from 4 to 4:45 at $9; Intermediate and Advanced from 4:30 to 5:30 at $12; Clinic and Ralleyball to be included; All directed by Doug Welsh; Call 597-9725.

■ Quail West Tennis programs — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Events include 3.0-3.5 ladies round-robin from 9 to 11 and 3.5-4.0 men’s round-robin from 9 to 11; 3.5-4.0 ladies doubles clinics on Wednesdays from 9 to 11; Also: Wednesday clinics for men and women from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Also: "3 students and the Pro" on Mondays; Call 592-1139.

■ Weekly mixed doubles round-robin — Fridays at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.

■ Men’s, women’s and mixed round-robins — Each day of the week at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.

■ Adult clinics — for all levels at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.

■ Marco Island Racquet Center — Round-robins, league play, USTA competitive teams, Stroke of the Week clinics, beginners lessons, junior programs and racquetball challenges; For the complete schedule, call 394-5454.

■ Ladies Day Round Robin, Men’s Day Round Robin, Saturday Mixed Round Robin — at Cambier Park, call 213-3060; Tuesdays at 11 a.m. women of all levels welcome to participate; Thursdays at 11 a.m. men of all levels welcome to participate; Saturday mornings are "Mixed Troubles" round-robin at 9:30.

■ Bridgewater Bay Tennis Club — Weekly activities include: Tuesdays beginner/intermediate clinic 5 p.m., Thursday mixed round robin 6 p.m.; Saturdays intermediate clinic 9:30 a.m.; Call 450-1000.

■ Saturday Mixed Doubles Round Robin — at Cambier Park Tennis Center at 10:45 a.m.; Call 213-3060.

■ Tony Kamen Youth Tennis Clinics — For beginners/intermediate/high school players; Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. at Naples High School courts. $15 per session or $96 per month; Call 272-9223; Also, Beginner to players ages 6-12 on Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m. at Naples High courts; contact Fleischmann Park at 213-3013.

■ Pelican Bay Community Park tennis facility — 764 Vanderbilt Beach Road ; 8 lighted Har-Tru courts; for information on tennis programs or any information about the park, call 598-3025.

Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Friday local tennis roundup should email the information to Tom Rife at heart22@comcast.net by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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