Senior Grand Prix Wrap Up
The players all enjoy coming to Morgan Run for the Senior Grand Prix - and we appreciate the hospitality of the members and management. We had some great matches during the week, including a few upsets, which always keep things interesting. There were some players at this 29th annual event who have played nearly every year - John Bennett, Lenny Lindborg, Bob Duesler, Mel Lewis among them - and this tradition adds a special dimension to the tournament.
One of the highlights of the week was the Awards Banquet, where players selected by the Senior Committee are recognized for their accomplishments during the year. Unfortunately, two of the winners were unable to attend the dinner, but all three received congratulatory applause from their fellow players.
Roz King - Senior Service Award: Roz has been the driving force behind organizing the Women's Intersectionals for the past few years, and does a great job appointing captains for the various age groups, and making sure that all the necessary arrangements are made for the women to travel to the competition. The competition tookplace this year on clay in Boca Raton, FL, where SoCal won three of the events, and did well in several others. Thanks, Roz, for all you do!
Tom Bryan- Most Improved Player: Tom has been moving up the standings, and currently is in the top twenty on the National list. Locally, he won the San Diego Metro and was a finalist at the La Jolla Championships, having some strong wins along the way. He won both of his singles matches when he represented SoCal at the North/South challenge in Fresno. Congratulations, Tom!
Leland Rolling - Player of the Year: Leland had a strong year in 2011. He was a semi-finalist at both Category 2 events in SoCal, the Babolat and the Pacific Southwest. He won the San Diego District Championships, and made it to the round of 16 in the Nationals at Westlake. And even more impressive, he represented the USA as a member of the Dubler Cup team which traveled to New Zealand in February for the World Team Championships. Unfortunately, the devastating earthquake cut short the competition and luckily all the USA players returned safe and sound. Congratualtions on your year, Leland!