01-11-2010 We hope to have a huge turn-out for this year's Women's 40+ and 60+ Nationals and tribute to Winnie. If you are not eligible to play due to gender, age or injury issues, you can still come out to enjoy the event and remember one of Senior Paddle's best friends. All are welcome to join us at lunch - and those who are hungry and not participating in the tournament can purchase lunch - and share memories of Winnie. We will also be urging all of you to make a donation (of any size) to the Platform Tennis Museaum and Hall of Fame Foundation in Winnie's memory. We need to get it built!
With a Hall of Fame Induction scheduled at lunchtime for 2 of our senior women, this promises to be an exciting year at the Women's 40+ and 60+ National Championships! Sign up early!
The weather forecast was dire. The flu bug was hitting the area hard. By Wednesday morning, the draws had shrunk to a total of 50 pairs. Those who played enjoyed a great day of paddle, friendship, camaraderie, favors, food and fun - and mostly good weather.
In the 60 and over tournament, Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers won for the 4th time in a row (and 5th overall) and took their gold medals home to Virginia. Betsy Heidenberger and Jan Shelburne took the 40 and over gold medals back to Maryland.
The new team of Louise Cash and Mary Fenton kept the 60+ silver medals in New Jersey, and Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan kept the 40+ silver in region 1 as well.
Other winners include: 60+ 3rd Place - Ginny Sniatkowski & Ruth Weil; 4th Place - Winnie Hatch & Sharon Hummers; 60+ consolation - Colleen Burns-Keenan & Birgit Maio defeated Christa Ruppert & Dolores Krzanowski; 60+ Last Chance - Betty Michinard & Alice Silkworth defeated Carol Browne & Jennifer Fischer.
40+ 5th Place - Nancy Budde & Susan Penney; 6th Place - Tina Kelly & Carol Powers; 40+ Reprieve - Ruth Ann Connors & Nancy Harwood defeated Darlene Finnegan & Dede O'Brien; 40+ Consolation - Karen Gruenberg & Trish Griggs defeated Lorraine Preziosi & Charann Claire; 40+ Laast Chance - Lamia Beydoun & Debra LaMountain defeated Ann Delaney & Leigh Williams.
All participants received a sterling silver paddle charm necklace, which tournament director Marjorie Hodson had commissioned specifically for this event. The "familiar blue" bags were a hint that something silver was inside!