Players Club 6.0 tennis team second in nation

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The USTA League 6.0 Super Senior National Championships finalists, from the Lely Sports Club & Spa at Lely Resort, from left, Denny Rager, Gary Lefebvre, Bruce Houran, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Moore (captain), Jim Bifaro, Larry Weinstein and David Saks. Not shown, Ed McGuire.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Submitted Photo The USTA League 6.0 Super Senior National Championships finalists, from the Lely Sports Club & Spa at Lely Resort, from left, Denny Rager, Gary Lefebvre, Bruce Houran, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Moore (captain), Jim Bifaro, Larry Weinstein and David Saks. Not shown, Ed McGuire.

For the first time, the Super Senior 6.0 Combo men’s tennis team from the Players Club and Spa at Lely Resort advanced to the finals of the USTA Nationals Championships in Surprise, Arizona last weekend.

The team came in second to the team from Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Players Club defeated Midwest, Texas and Hawaii to advance into the championship round.

The USTA Super Senior 6.0 Combo is made up of over 3,000 teams and 300,000 players nationwide. The Players Club Team qualified for Nationals by becoming the regional representative from Florida. The team won every match during the Florida State Sectional Tournament in April, 2010 to qualify them to go to the National Tournament in Arizona.

Headed up by club professional Denny Rager and Captained by Jim Moore, the team included Jim Bifaro, Bruce Houran, Gary Lefebvre, Ed McGuire, Dusty Rhodes, David Saks and Larry Weinstein. Other players who were on the team during the local Collier County matches which qualified the team for the Florida State Sectionals were Stacy Courter, Eik Klein and Tom Morrrier.

The Players Club team’s phenomenal run included a winning season in Collier County, regional win in Daytona, and advancing to the finals at the USTA Nationals.

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