USA Table Tennis
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 18
- Chapter 19
- Chapter 20
- Chapter 21
- Chapter 22
- Chapter 23
- Chapter 24
- Chapter 25
- Chapter 26
- Chapter 27
- Chapter 28
- Chapter 29
- Chapter 30
- Chapter 31
1983: October Tournaments.
Winners at the Tri-City Closed, held Oct. 15 at Richland, WA: Open Singles: Liana Panesko over J. Dahlen. Open Consolation: Sym Gallucci over Dan Carr. Open Doubles: John Fredrickson/Panesko over Carr/S. Gallucci. U-1600: Carr over J. Fredrickson. U-1400: Peter Johnson over Duane Frank. U-1200: Ray Gallucci over Dan Johnson who stopped a perhaps exhausted Kirby Parker, 15, -29, 2. U-2400 Doubles: Frank/R. Gallucci over F. Bartach/Parker. Novice: R. Nootenboom over Joe Panesko. Senior’s: Robert Goble over Harold Fredrickson. Senior Novice: Parker over Rawlins. Junior’s: Nootenboom over N. Quist. Junior Novice: Nootenboom over Quist.
In covering the Oct. 1-2 Sacramento Fall Open, directed smoothly by Jeff Mason and Mona Miller, Jere Brumby (Timmy’s, Nov.-Dec., 1983, 21) tells us that “a 13-member contingent from the Fresno Boys Club, mainly unrated and playing in their first USTTA- sanctioned tournament, won five firsts and two seconds.” Results: Open Singles: Final R.R. 1. Carl Danner ($100), 3-0 (d. Therriault, 15, 19; rallied to d. Chun, -19, 22, 15, in a title-deciding swing match; d. Kiesenhofer, 16, 19). 2. David Chun, 2-1 (d. Therriault; d. Kiesenhofer). 2. Toni Kiesenhofer, 1-2 (d. Therriault, -19, 18, 18). 4. James Therriault, 0-3. Senior’s: 1. Tom Miller. 2. Allen McDermott. 3. Don McDermott. 4. Leroy Yoder. U-17’s: 1. Jim Garcia. 2. Angel Soltero. 3. Emilio Vargas. 4. Joe Montano. 5. David Garcia. U-13: Charles Hill over Jon Padilla.
U-2100’s: Chun over Kiesenhofer. U-1900’s: David Lee over Cindy Miller. U-1700’s: 1. Albert Lim. 2. D. McDermott. 3. Soltero. U-3250 Doubles: David Moon/Minh Do over Allen Blyth/A. McDermott. U-1500’s: Brumby over Gary Ladd. U-1300’s: Brumby over Steve Luther. U-2250 Doubles: Hill/Padilla over Don Bias/Toler. U-1100’s: Greg Smith over Bias. U-900’s: Robert Bachida over Rosel DeJesus. U-700’s: Lisze Blyth over Kevin O’Neill. Hard Rubber: Rolf Goos over Therriault.
You’ll note that Carl Danner won this Sacramento Fall Open, so perhaps that gave him the idea of proposing a National RANKING System (SPIN, Dec., 1983, 20). Carl reminds us that “Ratings attempt to estimate a player’s current playing level; Rankings attempt to measure a player’s achievement over a defined period (usually a July to June season).” Since, as Carl rightly says, “The rankings involve far more judgment and ambiguity than the Ratings (the currency of competitive table tennis),” it’s no surprise that despite his reasoned approach to institute rankings, they won’t happen. Maybe it’s because it’s too much work, and who’s gonna do it? Carl says, “We must first identify those achievements that are worthy of consideration in rankings, and we must then identify the relative weights to be given to those achievements [Carl proposes specific weights].”
One problem with ratings, says Carl, is that “a win in the final of the U.S. Open is counted the same as a second-round win in Class A of a 1-Star tournament.” Can that be right? Thus, one of Carl’s suggestions: “Only Championship events will be counted for rankings.” [Cuts down on the work already.] Also, winning a strong event should count for more than a weak one. A complication [and more work]: “Rankings should be based upon the same number of tournaments for each player. We must define the appropriate amount of competition necessary to qualify for ranking recognition. An ambitious player who plays more than the required number of tournaments should receive a fair but not excessive reward for doing so.”
Carl proposes that “a player’s final ranking will be based on his/her eight best tournaments….Players will receive points based on how far they get in the Championship Singles event of each tournament. The number of points available at any given tournament will depend on its importance (number of Stars) and on the strength of the draw.”
Advantages of Rankings (which of course would not replace Ratings as a means of seeding tournaments): (1) They would reward achievement much more than the ratings do. (2) They would restore some importance to all Open tournaments, thereby helping our promoters to attract better groups of players more consistently. (3) They would encourage players to play more competition, removing the temptation of not playing in order to protect a high rating.”
[Well, bottom line is: so much depends on how much players care about a yearly Ranking relative to their current Rating….Obviously you care, Carl, so keep winning tournaments.]
Results of the Oct. 1-2 Montclair, CA Open: Open Singles: Mas Hashimoto over Lan Vuong, 24-22 in the 5th. Women’s: Lan over Carol Davidson. Open Doubles: Hashimoto/Mike Baltaxe over Avishy Schmidt/Charles Childers. U-2200: Hashimoto over Baltaxe. U-2000: Stevan Rodriguez over Stan Tang. U-1900: Tang over Jim Etherton. U-1700: Mohammad Taghavi over Gary Nelson. U-1600: Rendra Tjajdi over Mike Aringer. U-1500: Gina Butler over Steve Cox. U-1400: Cox over Ken Wong. U-1300: Wong over Butler. Unrated: Tjajdi over Mike West. Hard Rubber: Harold Kopper over Richard McMillan. Senior’s: Amin Jaffer over Ron Von Schimmelman. Junior’s: Rodriguez over Butler. Draw Doubles: Taghavi/Paul Johns over Peel/Kopper.
“From Sept. 26-Oct. 2,” says “An Observer” (Timmy’s, Nov.-Dec., 1983, 21), “Coach Li Henan came to Los Angeles to coach,” and right away there was a problem—though one that was raised and solved before her actual arrival. “A small group of higher-rated players (2200-2000) wanted to dominate all three sessions for themselves and their friends (1700-rated players).” Nope, that wouldn’t be right, said the Director at the Coaching site. “After a spirited discussion, including a threat (‘If we don’t get all three sessions we won’t participate’), a compromise was finally reached. There would be one session for the higher-rated players and their friends; one session open to 1800+ players; and a third session open to anybody.”
The quarrelsome attitude Li Henan was fortunately not faced with prompted the Observer to say in his/her article, “Why isn’t there one California TTA (or Southern California TTA) that could be responsible for, could be in charge of, this world-famous coach’s instructional program?”
After arriving, Coach Li “worked very hard and very well. Most people, if not in fact, everyone, learned valuable stroke and strategy information, and some under her coaching were very excited by their performance. Coach Li was glad to see Peter Antkowiak, President of the Corona TTC, and together they discussed a future coaching program.
“Just what made Coach Li’s clinic so successful? Why did the participants want to work so hard? Because of Coach Li herself. Consider:
Her technical skill….The information she’s willing to share is the result of many years experience, research, discussion, and constant thought.
Her integrity. Li cares about her students a lot. If you learn well, she’s happy. If you don’t learn well, she thinks about why you’re not learning and analyzes how in the future you might.
Her love for her work. Do you know Li and her husband, Liguo, teach their nine-year-old daughter to play table tennis?
Her humanity. Li is a very reasonable and considerate person. Because she’s helpful and cooperates, she has many friends who provide hours of transportation service for her and the tables she needs for her clinics. Her gift for understanding human relationships helps her coaching to be even better.
Her willingness to be open-minded. Li, too, is a learner. During a conversation with me she mentioned Pavlov, the Russian physiologist—she was interested in his work. She likes to read books on psychology. She thinks it’s necessary for a coach to have a special knowledge of people. No wonder she likes literature and learns from her reading. With her players she likes positive mental rehearsal ‘Think positively and you’ll have positive results,’ she says.
At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Coach Li, Dr. Eugene Y. Taw, and I were still up watching the 35th World Championships video tapes. Coach Li, after six days of hard coaching had just finished her Saturday seven-hour session and was now questioning, analyzing, and trying to explain—with a painful throat—what was happening out there on that World Finals table. And just in case she missed anything she paid for a copy of the tapes—for her endless learning.”
On Oct. 29th, a Southern California Association was formed in the hope of furthering the sport in that area, and of perpetuating a body that would have some clout in establishing some new table tennis guidelines. Members of the Executive are: Ichiro Hashimoto, Peter Antkowiak, Harold Kopper, Eugene Taw, and Tony Tapia.
Winners at the Oct. 7-9 Mar Vista Open in Los Angeles: Open Singles: Jimmy Lane over Ricky Guillen who’d advanced over Ching-shyue Wu, deuce in the 4th. Open Doubles: Ichiro Hashimoto/Wu over Lane/Randy Mullins. U-2200’s: Guillen over Mas Hashimoto. U-2000’s: Avishy Schmidt over Leon Ruderman. U-1900’s: Mark Wedret over Gabor Berezvai, 18 in the 5th. U-3800 Doubles: Baltaxe/Kerry Vandaveer over M. Hashimoto/Mark Jaffe. U-1800’s: Mohammad Taghavi over Steve Shapiro. U-1700’s: Taghavi over Mike Perez. U-1600’s: Vivat Phungprasart over Tony Jaimasco. U-1500’s: Chris Fullbright over Richard Friedland (from down 2-0). U-1400’s: Somsak Bhombuth over Surasak Kittensinchaikuh, def. U-1300’s: Sompong Shew over Bhombuth. Unrated: Bhombuth over Taeko Lei. Senior’s: Ruderman over Don Chamberlain. Draw Doubles: Baltaxe/Jaffe over Dean Branshaw/Blyth.
You’ll note that Jimmy Lane won this Mar Vista Open, so now’s as good a time as any to tell you (Timmy’s, Sept.-Oct., 1983, 28) how, from the last week of July to the first week of September, Jimmy and his friend Mark Kennedy fared in The People’s Republic of China. They were able to go there thanks primarily to Orange County Fundraiser Patti Hodgins, who provided the information for this article, presumably after an interview with Jimmy.
Of course the young men had table tennis on their minds, but they were also sight-seers. A hundred bicycles for every car, and many company jeeps and trucks, and everybody riding, driving, crisscrossing crazily. Ohh, when there was an accident? Photos are taken of it and nailed to the nearest corner post. Beware! There are bloody pics galore in China.
The gutter can be a sociable place, as some in the U.S. know too. Jimmy says after a hard rain he saw one lady bathing another at the equivalent of curbside. Just now much running water did a household have access to in China?
Or how much money? Workers are paid pretty much the same in China regardless of what they do? True, one is rewarded for his loyalty, his longevity in a field, but does a doctor or dentist get much the same pay as a truck driver?
Certainly, as Jimmy was to find out, going to a dentist in China is different from going to one in the States. Jimmy had some bad wisdom teeth, and were he to have them pulled at home it would cost him $400. So, be brave, he said to the somewhat reluctant Chinese dentist, and out they came, all four of them—at a cost of $14.
And the food, the living conditions they endured? Well, they could have been better, could have been worse. The food was too greasy. After two weeks of everyday rice they just couldn’t stomach it—or the duck, was it? Fortunately they’d taken with them such American favorites as cereal (Wheaties, perhaps?), nuts, and of course peanut butter.
They roomed together in a hotel for foreign guests—stayed in a small, simple room, much like at a school dormitory. After a while, the Americans missed color TV, missed movies….What? An old Shirley Temple film was showing! Maybe Bojangles Robinson too. Where! When! Mark particularly was excited. But when finally they got to the screening room, no little Miss Temple was showing, but a karate film. And when that was over?...Hey, where the hell were they anyway? What was the name of this place?...The Temple Shirley! Mark, in something of a culture shock, just about went berserk.
O.K., to talk now of table tennis. The Chinese coaches Jimmy and Mark had when they were at the Beijing Physical Institute or elsewhere were good—except for the first one whom Jimmy could beat about 21-7. Also, in the early stages of their play, Mark asked someone a technical question and got five different responses, but no one answered his question. Some translators were more or less just learning English, so no surprise the first one they got wasn’t very good. Actually, the Chinese weren’t as friendly as Jimmy and Mark had hoped they’d be—so maybe it would help if a visitor gave them a little present of a t-shirt, which they liked. Surely for others, too, the language barrier was formidable? Jimmy said that when the Japanese came to train in China they brought their own Japanese coaches and trained under them, not the Chinese. [So, uh, did something get left out here? Why were these Japanese in China?]
On the whole, the Chinese didn’t talk much strategy with Jimmy and Mark. But their coaches did want them to learn how to serve to precise places on the table. The Chinese were into multi-ball drills—800-1,000 swings at a time. And they kept you moving—Jimmy practiced so hard the bottoms of his feet got badly blistered. The push or chop Jimmy and Mark practiced against in China seemed five times heavier than what they were used to in the U.S. As a result, Jimmy himself developed something of an “attack” push.
Serve and return of serve was of course very important. At first Jimmy couldn’t get back the Chinese serves. But with practice he got better. Although in the beginning Jimmy had to force the Chinese coach to instruct him on serve and serve return, he eventually improved to where he’s now developed a very fast deceptive serve from his backhand corner that goes to all parts of the table.
As far as his overall game goes, his loops are spinier and he’s hitting more strongly now, with more “action”—and he has not only more speed but more consistency.
Once, Jimmy got to play with World #2 Cai Zhenhua. And World #3 Jiang Jialiang too. Jiang gave him, Jim, a five-point start, and after Jiang won the first two, Jimmy won the next five.
On his return home, Jimmy said he was very anxious to play Dan Seemiller. The Los Angeles-based Koreans he wants to challenge too.
This fall Jimmy started school both at California State in Fullerton and (the tuition’s cheaper) at Orange Coast College. He also combines his work and training by jogging as he takes a flyer to each of 500 or so houses. The Chinese, he says, are not much interested in running as training—they opt for the movements one makes in an actual match. Meanwhile, as he makes his rounds, to work, to school, Jimmy continues to practice in the basement of his home with Mark Kennedy.
Gene Wilson (SPIN, Nov., 1983, 24-25) gives us a history of the Phoenix Club and its long-thriving Phoenix League:
“In 1952, Lee Butler, one of Phoenix’s leading insurance brokers and a table tennis aficionado, called a meeting with interested players for the specific purpose of forming an official table tennis club and league. Lee made it easy because he could advance most of the money necessary for equipment and could make arrangements to rent space in a school. A fee schedule was set, players were signed up, and the Phoenix table tennis club and league was formed. Thirty-one years later, both are still going strong.
1983 club and league fees are $50 annually for adults, and there are special fees for two members of a household, for an entire family, and for single youths. Club members who do not want to play in the leagues can play on four open tables during league nights. If one commits to play in a league, there is an additional fee of $5 for a forfeit bond, which is returned at the end of the season if you do not miss more than two nights of play.
Teams are requested to try to get sponsors. For a yearly $75 the sponsor gets the goodwill of the team’s members, their families and friends who are urged to do business with him. Also, the sponsor’s name is listed in the local newspaper when team standings and results are published.
Two methods are still being used to select teams. One way is for the five-man Board of Directors to make up all the teams. Another way is for the Board to select captains and have them select their own teams. The second way is more satisfying but more time-consuming.
Bill Baker, Club President, explains the divisions of players according to ability. ‘We have three separate leagues each season. In September, we have a series of round robins of all league players which we use to properly rank them. The Board then uses a formula to place four players together to form teams. Each team will be composed of an A, B, C, and D player. Due to the number of players, we usually have two equal divisions. This league runs from October until just before Christmas.’ Teams will shift, dissolve, and reform as play goes on.
Sharing the Board of Directors responsibilities with President Baker are: Wiley Riggs, co-treasurer and club custodian; Eugene Lew, tournament director; Stan Wishniowski, league-play director; and Steve Ryberg, league statistician and publicity director.
Three other men I need mention. For 25 years of its existence, the club and league had as its president Forrest Barr, a Phoenix attorney. Stan Robens, former USTTA Vice-President, provided financial help to the club and to many young players. And Carl Weinberger staunchly stands as the only one of the original charter members still active in the club and league.
It’s been a pleasure to write about this successful club, its enduring league, and dedicated officers. In closing I’d like to mention that in addition to Phoenix club and league participation, open table tennis play is available, without charge, on Friday and Sunday nights at Arizona State University in Tempe. ASU Professor Ken Hoover devotes a great deal of time and energy to making this possible.”
On that same Phoenix Club page in SPIN, President Bill Baker reports on the Icebreaker tournament, after which “the club will conduct round robin play to establish club rankings and will then form teams to begin the 31st year of continuous league play.” For this kickoff, no-entry-fee tournament, “over $175 in trophies and memberships were awarded to winners and finalists. A strong field, several novice players, and the usual solid middle, gave spectators many exciting matches.” Baker’s not much for tournament results. We do get the bare bones of what I’ll call the “Main Event”: Quarter’s: Jon Merkel, Arizona #1, over Ken Martin; Bill Yang over “hard-hitting, fast-looping” Jerry Dillard; Mark Jaffe in a tough match over 1983 Arizona Open Champ Steve Betts; and Baker over Bill Kenig. Semi’s: Merkel, in perhaps his most challenging match, over Yang; and Jaffe over Baker. Final: Merkel over Jaffe, 18, -15, 17. Consolation: Ed Warwick over Gene Lew, 2-1. Novice: Jim Mace over Mike Hakos, 2-1.
Tom Wintrich (SPIN, Nov., 1983, 14) tells us that—thanks to the combined efforts of the Pikes Peak Y/USO Table Tennis Club, the USTTA (including its Intern Joan Zishka at the Control Desk), and Tournament Director Bob Tretheway—the 1st Annual Seven-Up Open, held Oct. 8-9 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, offered the 72 players entered a “really special event.”
In one sense, the star of the tournament was Insook Bhushan. Usually defensive-minded, Insook, much too good for the field, won the Open by playing not primarily her usual defense but “by playing offense, using a combination of slow loops and well-placed hits.” Tom, for one, “enjoyed seeing her successfully play a different style.” Neither in the semi’s, nor in the final, could first Kasia or then her dad Bohdan “Bob” Dawidowicz average as much as 10 points a game. So more interest was focused on semifinalist Howie Grossman who, before losing to Bohdan in four, was forced into the fifth by Bob Fox. Bob, after being totally out of it the first two games, got back into play with a 19 third game, and fought all the way to a 21-18 end. Insook, playing with Bob Burke, runner-up in the U-2100’s to Grossman, also won the Open Doubles over the Dawidowiczes.
In another sense, said Wintrich, the star of the tournament was the Olympic Training Center itself “comprised of three, full-sized basketball courts. The lights shone down from 30 feet above and in conjunction with the skylights in the roof, the illumination was near perfect. Additional spotlights over center court made it perfect, especially for television. Eight of the 12 Joola tables in use here were donated for the National Sports Festival and the remaining four were given to the USTTA in exchange for advertising space in the national publication. All 12 are now the resident tables at the Olympic Training Center. These are complemented by brand new Nittaku barriers.”
This Sports Center offers locker rooms, a hospitality room, a Miller High Life message board that flashes announcements throughout the competition (see the accompanying “Hello, Timmy’s World” photo), and a cafeteria directly opposite the playing site. “The sponsor, Seven-Up Bottling Company of Colorado Springs, provided 15 cases of 7-Up for the participants; also, visors and wrist bands for the players, banners, posters, TV air time, and $777 in prize money, $250 of which went to Insook. Each day of competition began with the playing of the national anthem; there was a tournament party on Saturday night at the nearby Finish Line Lounge; and a Sunday afternoon Awards Ceremony.” How often do players have it so good?
Other Results: U-1950’s: Wintrich over Lang Ho, 18 in the 5th. (Best quarter’s: Scott Preiss over Richard Thompson, 19 in the 3rd.) C’s: Dennis Gresham over Bill Roady in five. D’s: Norm Silver over Wes Wolfe. (Best quarter’s: Paul Christensen over John Garnett, 21, 20.) E’s: Dean Herman over Karl Herman, 15, -14, -21, 21, 23, after Karl had advanced over Carol Plato, 17, -24, 19. Senior’s: Gresham over Ho. (Best quarter’s: Bill Roady over Al Grambo, 19, 20.)
Mildred Shahian, on Oct. 15-16, ran another Net and Paddle Open at her Chicago Club (Timmy’s, Nov.-Dec., 1983, 24). “The participants were my regulars,” she said—“hard-fighting good sports. Missed Norm Brown, though—I’m sure when his leg heals, etc. Thank you all for coming.” But, ohh, says Millie, “my pocketbook took a bad beating—which did depress me. I try so hard. I do want everyone to play a lot of matches, enjoy, improve. Peoria had a tournament the same day—my good friends too. Do you want me to have some tournaments?”
Results: U-2100’s: 1. Wayne Wasielewski. 2. (Three-way tie) Hugh Shorey. 3. Derek Dylag. 4. Andrew Giblon. 5. Bob Dragozetic. U-1950’s: 1. Mark Kraut. 2. (Three-way tie) Shorey. 3. John Malisz. 4. Dylag. 5. Giblon. 6. Dragozetic. U-1875’s: 1. Giblon. 2. Tony Gutierrez. U-1825: (Three-way tie) 1. Malisz. 2. Norm Schless. 3. Gutierrez. U-1750’s: Clyde Cauthen. 2. Manuel Tuazon. U-1600’s: 1. Jim Uddin. 2. Paul Pell. U-1400’s: 1. Uddin. 2. Linda Gates. U-1300’s: 1. L. Gates. 2. (Three-way tie) Herb Blaese. 3. Pell. 4. Martha Gates.
Cody Jones (Timmy’s, Nov.-Dec., 1983, 25) reporting on the $750 Round Robin Matches held Oct. 22 in Rochester, MI, doesn’t give us the complete results of the tournament, so when he says Todd Sweeris won his preliminary group and Shellie Sweeris was runner-up in hers, I’ve no idea how far down the Class alphabet he’s gone.
Enough that I can deduce, first, the B Round Robin Group and then the A Round Robin Group (where there are four money prizes for the five players--$400, $200, $100, $50). First, those in the B Group: Dell Sweeris, kept out of the A’s by Bobby Powell; Chuck Burns, kept out of the A’s by somebody; as were Bob Cordell and Jim Repasy, both of whom fell victim to Burns in the B’s. The fifth player joining them was Connie Sweeris who, after losing to someone but getting into the B’s by beating Torsten Pawloski, had Chuck 1-0, 16-11 and “gasping for breath” before she herself finally succumbed. “Dell’s dismissive remark that Chuck wasn’t playing well later prompted some spirited rooting on Connie’s part—for Chuck against Dell.” [I assume Dell took the B’s, else Cody would have mentioned Chuck’s win.]
In the A’s, Cody tells us that “Bobby Powell [$50] avenged last month’s loss to Paul Burns, and that Mike Veillette [$100] played well, beating both Bobby and Paul, and extending Ricky Seemiller to five games.” The only player not mentioned so far in the A’s is Danny Seemiller who said he liked the “good” Donic tables they were playing on. Now, however, Cody devotes the rest of his article to the Danny-Ricky final.
“Ricky won a seesaw first game from brother Danny, 28-26, and seemed to be in the driver’s—or looper’s—seat. Ricky was aggressive, took chances, while Danny played more of a control game. The second game Danny won at 14. In the third, at 22-21 his favor, Ricky missed a set-up kill—which, since Danny went on to win this game, might well have cost him the match.
Said Danny, “At ad down I had to lunge to my left to return the ball, and when I saw it float back high, I knew Ricky was going to put it away and that I had no chance to get back into position and return it. So it flashed into my mind that my only chance was to keep on going to my left and hope wildly that Ricky would be so surprised by my movement that he’d be watching me instead of the ball. And, unbelievably, that’s just what happened.”
After losing that disappointing third, Ricky still continued strongly—won the fourth at 19. In the fifth, though, his shots just didn’t go in. Perhaps he ran out of gas, or lost momentum at the start of the game, or simply hit a cold streak at the worst time. Anyway, Danny won the last game and the match—an exciting final which of course was enjoyed by all.”
Bard Brenner reports on the Florida Fall Open, held Oct. 29-30 at Newgy’s. Results: Championship Singles: Final: Jerry Thrasher over Roberto Garcia, 15, 17, 8. Semi’s: Thrasher over Olga Soltesz, 11, 15, 20; Garcia over Brenner, 18, 17, -17, -18, 17. 3rd Place: Brenner over Soltesz, -19, -15, 23, 9, 18 (Bard saved three match points in that swing third game). Quarter’s: Thrasher over Carlos Estrada; Garcia over George Bluhm, 20, -20, 17; Brenner over Lenny Chew, 19, -9, 22 (Bard was down three match points)—third seed Shaun Hoyes, now Dr. Hoyes, was upset in his pre-lim round robin bracket two straight by both Chew and Brenner; Soltesz over David Tomlinson, 17, -17, 17 (their pre-lim brackets were a free-for-all [which Bard hasn’t sorted out here]: Steve Federico beat Soltesz, deuce in the 3rd; Newgy Manager Marty Prager protégé Brian “Ski” Miezejewski beat Tomlinson; Steve McLaren and Tomlinson beat Federico; and Soltesz beat Miezejewski and McLaren. [I don’t know how Soltesz and Tomlinson came out of separate pre-lim brackets to play a quarter’s match.] Championship Doubles: Chew/Soltesz over Thrasher/Wayne Daunt, 19 in the 5th. Women’s: Soltesz over Naciye Hacikadiroglu, a University of Miami student from Turkey who’d eliminated Carla Belnavis, 17 in the 4th.
Olga’s Orlando neighbor, Paul Jackson, the 1951 U.S. Open Over 50’s winner, passed away at the age of 82 last month. Olga said he was a marvelous supporter of the game, and, unbelievable as it may seem, seldom if ever missed going to a Nationals for over 40 years.
Other Florida Fall Open results: A’s: Final: Brenner over Federico, 15, 20. Semi’s: Brenner over Soltesz, 19, 20; Federico over Chew, 13, -12, 15. B’s: Cameron Phipps over Newgy’s new computer man Miezejewski, -20, 19, 17, after UM student “Ski” had downed Boris Falcon, -17, 19, 17. B Consolation winner: McLaren. C’s: Miezejewski over McLaren. D’s: Mike Hayek over Earl Haley, 18 in the 3rd. E’s: Jim Harrell over Simon Weiner. E Consolation winner: Hacikadiroglu. Novice: B.G. Graves over Medaro Espinosa. Women’s Novice: Terese Terranova over Ursala Dow, 19 in the 3rd. Senior’s: Brenner over Al Shears. College Men: Miezejewski over Hayek. College Women: Hacikadiroglu over Belnavis.
Yvonne Kronlage announces (Timmy’s, Nov.-Dec., 1983, 30) the start of her new Howard County Circuit. Open #1 (Oct. 29-30) was played, as all these Circuit tournaments will be, in Columbia, MD. Results: Open Singles (Money prizes): Hank McCoullum over Igor Fraiman, -19, 19, 14. U-2000’s: (Money prizes): Ha Chi Dao over Al Flocco.* U-3800 Doubles: (beginning with this event, there are no money prizes but “lovely pewter beer mugs and Jefferson cups”) Dao/Pat Lui over Tim Kent/Pier Galie. U-1800’s: Kent over Mort Greenberg. U-1600’s: Selwyn Persaud over Warren Wetzler. U-1400’s: Irving Goldstein over Craig Bailey. U-1200’s: Evan Blum over Prakash Chougule. Saturday Handicap: Robert Fallon over Peter Helgerson. Sunday Handicap: Fallon over Ben Ebert.
The winner of the Circuit (last year that was Sean O’Neill) will receive $1,000; the runner-up $500. There are also lesser money prizes. Leaders in points after this Open #1: #1: Ha Chi Dao. #2: Prakash Chougule (rated 1045—but points are to be won for a strong finish in any event).
Results of the Oct. 22-23 Westfield, N.J. Open: Open Singles: in a reversal of the September 24-25 tournament, Rey Domingo over B.K. Arunkumar, deuce in the 4th. (In the previous Open, Kumar had downed Rey, deuce in the 5th.) Semi’s: Domingo over George Brathwaite, 18, -20, 16, -19, 20 (after being down double match-point); Kumar over Tim Boggan, 15, 16, 15. Women’s: 1. Jasmine Wang, 3-1/3-2. 2. Alice Green, 3-1/2-2. 3. Vicky Wong, 3-1/2-3. 4. Joan Fu, 1-3. 5. B. Tram, 0-4. Open Doubles: Domingo/Brathwaite (successfully defending their September win) over Barry Dattel/Steven Mo. Esquire’s: Eric Rothfleisch over Bob Barns. Senior’s: Brathwaite over Sharpe (same as September’s final). U-17’s: Ov Nazarbechian over Hyman Gee who’d advanced over P. Wong, deuce in the 3rd.
A’s: Final: Hank McCoullum over Boggan, 15, 19, -15, 14. Semi’s: McCoullum over Green, 19 in the 3rd; Boggan over Brian Eisner, 17 in the 3rd. B’s: Ha Chi Dao over McCoullum. B Doubles: Dao/McCoullum over Wang/V. Wong. C’s: John Andrade over Dao. D’s: Ron Luth over Michael Henry who’d advanced over John Jarema. D Doubles: Luth/Wu over Zajackduski/George Holz. E’s: Rich Sosis over Ballentine. F’s: Christopher Grant over Alix Moreau. F Doubles: Smith/Michael Coke over Fu/Grant. G’s: S.G. Ow over D. Kam. H’s: R. Peffer over Karen Rugar, then over Gee. I’s: N. Haase over J. Tomm. J’s: M. Schmookler over J. Brown. K’s: S. Fox over Holtzman.
Michel Goyette, Program Director for the Canadian TTA, covers the first tournament of the 1983-84 $9,000 Canadian National Circuit. This Oct. 29 Mirabel Open was held, as two other tournaments on the Circuit will be, in the beautiful Mirabel Indoor Tennis and Racquet Club in Montreal. Results: Men’s: Alain Bourbonnais over Bao Nguyen, 10, 18, 12. Women’s: Gloria Hsu, who’s based at the National Training Center in Ottawa, over new Vietnamese arrival Thi Nhung Ho, 18, 9, 19. Ho reached the final by downing two Canadian National Team members, Becky McKnight and Julia Johnson. Men’s Doubles: Bourbonnais/Mitch Rothfleisch over Nguyen/A. Westerband. Women’s Doubles: Hsu/McKnight over Francine Larente/Diane Bourdages. Mixed Doubles: Chris Chu/Hsu over Rothfleisch/Johnson.
*Al was recently Delaware’s best player. This, however, would be his last tournament. Dick Organist (SPIN, Mar., 1984, 17) tells us that shortly after playing in that U-2000 final he’d be hospitalized with stomach cancer and on Feb. 3rd, 1984 would finally succumb, at age 38, to that dreadful disease, leaving his wife Peggy and two young children, daughter Daniela and son Mark.