Courtia Worth put together a paddle morning, mid-day lunch and shotgun golf tournament on Monday, October 4th at the Hartford Golf Club in Hartford Golf Club in Hartford, CT. Among the many reasons to attend were the opportunities for raffle trips, an open bar and delightful dinner and finally an opportunity to celebrate the life of Hall-of-Famer, Winnie Hatch.
Players from five states assembled at the five paddle courts for three hours of casual play as many of Winnie's former partners and friends kicked off the 2010-2011 season. Sprinkled amongst the twenty plus players were former champions; Sig Buckmeyer, George Lynch, Jack Westerfield, Bob Brown, Bill Childs, Ted and Nanny Hoehn, Sharon and Herb Hummers and Rich Lombard.
Several of the Hartford seniors mixed in with the outing players including one 70+ player who strapped on his oxygen tank and proceeded to race around the cou[...]
In the more than 80 years that our sport has been in existence, there have been rule manuals, magazines and instruction books, but not a comprehensive history detailing its evolution. Along similar lines, the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame Foundation has been a force for honoring the history of Platform Tennis without the benefit of having a building to call home.
That's where Tina Kelly, APTA board member and author, came in with a project to serve both needs through one book — the creation of Passing Shots. This beautifully rendered coffee table book highlights platform tennis over the years. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation.
"The actual idea came from the Hall of Fame Foundation — Bob Brown, Rich Lombard, and their committee," Kelly said. "Their concept was to do this book to raise money for the building effor[...]
It is with mixed emotions that I am writing this letter to the APTA membership. I am, on one hand, honored to have been named interim President of the APTA, but also very sad that our current president and good friend, Tim McAvoy, is fighting another battle with cancer.
Tim is a great leader, a great competitor, a great family man, and, above all, the most positive and upbeat person I have ever met. We have spent a lot of time together over the last twenty-five years of playing paddle, and I have never left him without a smile on my face.
The current APTA Board is an amazing group of dedicated men and women who are focused on making this game better than ever, and keeping the growth of the game moving forward. We will all work diligently in Tim's absence to promote the initiatives set for this year: "To govern the sport, grow participation and improve all aspects of the game". [e[...]
The initial rental term between Centercourt Athletic Club (CAC) and the Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation (PTMHOFF) had been for two years and was up for renewal in 2010. During the negotiations for the renewal it became clear that CAC had seen considerable growth in membership and the once "unused" space allocated for the Museum and Hall of Fame now was required for club activities. As a result the lease was not extended.
This was a considerable set back for the PTMHOFF as, in addition to rental payments, a significant amount of work had been done to develop the plan for the space and associated displays.
It was time for the PTMHOFF to regroup and rethink how to realize their dream.
Source: PTMHOFF Minutes, November 2010
This year's Chicago Platform Tennis Charities Tournament featured the launch of the APTA's new live tournament scoring system, a joint venture between the APTA and the CPTC. The system is designed to enhance the tournament experience for players and fans using the internet and social networking.
The initiative began last spring when John Noble, tournament director for the 2011 APTA Men's and Women's Nationals in Chicago, approached the APTA with an idea to use the internet and social networking to make news and scores available real-time for the 2011 Nationals. It was a two-pronged approach.
One: develop a truly interactive draw that could be updated real-time by tournament volunteers at any location.
Two: use social networking to report news that could be displayed within the system and also accessed directly through the social networking site. The system would also include direc[...]
Every year, normally around the second week of August, the buzz around the Cincinnati area is about the upcoming ATP Masters Series, showcasing the best tennis professionals in the world. This year there was a special event that made the week even more unique: Jason Gray and Four Bridges Country Club organized a charity event that benefitted the Bryan Brothers Foundation and included a performance by the Bryans' band.
The event took place on Monday, August 16th, in conjunction with the opening night of the tennis tournament. The Bryans, the top seed, had a bye in the first round and did not have to play. Through the efforts of Four Bridges members Pierre Dommestrup, Phil Huff, and others, support was obtained from presenting sponsor Beacon Orthopedic and contributing sponsors Ciney Tech, Katz, Tener, Brant, & Hild, Bethart Printing, and Ace Authentic.
Leading up to this event, the [...]
Residence: Savannah, GA (since Dec. 2010), previously Sleepy Hollow, New York
APTA Board of Directors: May 2006 - present
Family: Husband, Bill, two stepdaughters, six grandchildren, and one Boston Terrier.
How long have you been playing platform tennis? I started playing when I was about 10. My father, Art Houlihan, was very active in platform tennis and on the APTA board during the 1970s, so paddle has always been a big part of my family. My older brother, Tom, played as a junior (and continues to play in Boulder, Colorado), and won three junior nationals, so I was always trying to keep up with him.
Have you ever won any major tournaments? I hate to admit it, but I think I hit my peak when I was 18. My partner and I won the 15-and-Under and 18-and-Under Nationals. Of course my husband might argue that our recent husband-wife club title is the most important tourna[...]
The Women's Players Committee... What is that you ask? I didn't know we had one of those, you say. Well, you do. The Women's Players Committee is comprised of several female representatives from around the country. Currently serving are yours truly, Ma Main, along with Sally Cottingham, Charlotte Gilet, Christi Hays, Sandra Odenbach, and Cindy Prendergast. The Committee has a few purposes.
One of the Committee's goals is to pass along any observations, ideas and, recognizing our sport can always improve, criticisms players may have. Another is to give recommendations on how to handle any issues that may come up during the course of the year. While most issues that arise are tournament related, they can also be about etiquette, rules or protocol.
It is also the Players Committee's role to present any suggested material changes of the status quo to the APTA Board. For example, should[...]
Courtia is currently the Director of Tennis and Platform Tennis at the Hartford Golf Club where she has grown the platform tennis programs in particular over the past six years. She is partial to her Senior Racquets group of over a dozen men who show up with paddle or tennis racquet in hand three times a week throughout the year ready to play either sport! With an average age of 79, how great is that? She was pleased to be tapped to go The Villages and work with over 100 seniors in that stellar Orlando community.
Courtia learned how to be a teaching pro from some of the best. Bob Callaway gave her guidance at the Reilly Platform camps in Jackson Hole, Patty Hogan was her PPTA Coach and she started her teaching career teaching juniors with Marie Minnick. Her sister, the one and only Hall of Famer
It was almost as if God smiled on New Canaan, Ct., for the 2011 APTA Junior National Tournament. Falling between record-breaking snowfall leading up to the event, and the threat of severe winter storms immediately following the day's play, it would seem that a window of clear skies and cleared roads would be unlikely for the weekend.
But, as cars pulled in, bumper to snow bank, to Waveny Lodge, to unload young players from as far away as Chicago and Pittsburgh, it became as clear as the skies above that some serious platform tennis was about to be played.
The Junior Nationals, organized by Steve Caccam, Hooey Wilks, Tish Tregellas, Amy Burger, and Thea Ross took among others, took place in one day at 12 locations around New Canaan, all within a 15-mile radius of Waveny, and included 224 players. Finals were brought back to central Waveny Lodge to play i[...]