Duke University Badminton Club and the USA Badminton Region II Board partnered to create a wonderful venue, a larger than usual draw (155), and a well run tournament October 9-11, 2009. As a guest at the Tournament, Fred Coleman, At -Large Member of the new USAB Board of Directors, remarked on how important such partnerships are. "The Clubs, from large private clubs with competition training programs to the University Clubs to the Recreational Clubs are the home of USA Badminton. They are where we play and where we host our tournaments. Our thanks goes out to Duke University and its club for hosting this important event."
The Duke University Badminton Club was ably represented by Officers Sidney Kuo and Joshua Wohl. These two with the help of other club volunteers did all the ground work for the tournament. They negotiated with Duke Recreational Sports to have use of the facility for guests to play. They commented that the University was highly supportive of their efforts as a club and their hosting of the tournament. A variety of volunteers helped out before and during the tournaments with lining the courts. The registration desk and the tournament awards desk were efficient and cheerful. Best of all, Duke club players had some good results against athletes from around the region who provided a stiff test. Jacqueline Yu made the Women's Singles Final, where she unfortunately had to forfeit to Ruth Menchaca, due to a back strain. Shawn George and Haifan Wang both made it to a Men's Singles Semi before losing to visitors from Florida. Shawn George with a partner from outside the club also made the Men's Doubles Semi. Finally, Robert Nowak/Tiffany Pan made it to the Mixed Doubles Cons Semis.
In the future, the Duke Club would like to organize a league of Colleges in North Carolina to play regular team style matches, in addition to hosting Club Opens for bracket format play. USA Badminton is excited about partnering with University Clubs, thanks Duke University for it's hospitality, and wishes the best to the Duke Badminton club in it's future development efforts.