PPTA President Gary Horvath provided the update:
In 1998, a group of the country's top teaching professionals met in Chicago to lay the groundwork for the USA Professional Platform Tennis Association (PPTA). Since then, the PPTA has developed a certification process that provides professionals with an initial rating at one of three levels (P1, P2, or P3) based on their performance on a battery of tests. In a nutshell, the PPTA certification exam includes a written examination covering all aspects of the game, an on-court examination of teaching skills, a feeding skills test, and a playing evaluation.
As those who have taken the test will testify, the process is comprehensive. The written exam is heavily weighted towards the topics of teaching and strategy, but requires knowledge of teaching concepts and principles, tactics, business, stroke and strategy diagnostics of photographed[...]
Marjorie Hodson reported on the event for PTM:
If you have been worried about the future of platform tennis, you can relax. The future was on display at the Beacon Hill Club, Canoe Brook Country Club, Short Hills Club and Echo Lake Country Club on Saturday, January 27, and it is bright. The APTA Junior Nationals, an exciting lead-up to Super Bowl Sunday, featured competitive matches and unparalleled sportsmanship. Parents and pros pitched in to prop up a pneumonia plagued Patty Hogan, and play proceeded as planned. Check-in and lunch at the Beacon Hill Club preceded a great photo opportunity with the giant inflatable Viking hat. Players then dispersed to nearby clubs to begin the competition. Following Round Robin play in all age groups, semi-finalists returned to Beacon Hill to finish.
In 10 & Under play Pete Donnally, a finalist last year, teamed with Karen Cash (whose sister La[...]
The Canoebrook Club in Summit, New Jersey was the host club for the 2001 Men's and Women's Open Nationals. From Phoenix to Maine and everywhere in between, 192 men and 128 women converged for three days of the best competition platform tennis has to offer.
The five-time defending men's champions, Michigan's Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager, were once again the odds on favorites even through they were the #2-ranked team in the country. The Jersey boys, David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino, were seeded #2 and expected to push for their first team championship. The big question in their minds was whether or not Chris Gambino's knees would hold up to the challenge.
New Yorkers, Scott Estes and Scott Mackesy showed up at Canoebrook as the #3 seeds. Coming off their big win in Short Hills, anything would be possible in the Nationals. The other New Jersey duo, Anthony Cosimano and Steve[...]
Born: November, 1969 in Montclair, NJ
Current: Single and resides in Chatham, NJ
Occupation: North-East Technical Manager - Wilson Sporting Goods
As a child, David grew up as a junior tennis tournament player. In college, he continued his tennis as the #1 player for Loyola College.
David was introduced to paddle in 1989 by his mother, then acting APTA secretary, Ginny Ohlmuller. From 1990 to 1995, David earned his first three National Titles. All were Mixed Opens with Patty Hogan. In 1995, David (and his partner, Bruce Kelsey) also won his first Men's Open National Championship.
In 1996, David was hospitalized for 25 days after a car accident nearly took his life. Eight surgeries later, David's leg showed progress and talks of amputation were dismissed. It didn't take long for David to hit the courts for his '97 comeback tour. David has progressed each y[...]
Cherry Valley Country Club in Garden City, New York hosted the 50+ Women's National Doubles tournament on February 28th, with matches also being played at the Garden City Country Club and Plandome Club.
Karen Cashman & Courtia Worth, the 2000 champions, were back again! The newly formed team of Helen Garrett / Ann Mitchell had sharpened their paddles for the event along with the seasoned teams of Alice Duff/Penny Johnston, Winnie Hatch/Sharon Hummers, Gloria Grafer/Elaine Hoolahan and Rita Goldberg/Ruth Weil. Viking supplied all players with balls and coolers.
Cashman & Worth, the twin towers, were defeated by Garrett and Mitchell in the semi-finals 6-3, 7-6, with Courtia diving for the ball the last point of the tiebreaker!
Hatch & Hummers defeated Duff & Johnston on the other side of the draw, 6-4, 6-2. Hatch & Hummers then faced off against Garret & Mitchell, two players who [...]
The Region 1 Winners [L-r} top row: Jeanie Shaw, Kimberly Newsome, Louise Cash, Bobo Mangan Delaney, Susan Lovejoy: bottom row: Tonia Mangan, Carrie Short, Susan Penney, Andrea Noyes. The bandannas were the team favor/ color and the teams were told they had to wear them creatively; Region ! won that award too!
The 2001 Women's President's Cup competition was hosted by the Short Hills Club on March 22nd. The Chairs for the event were Ginna Ohlmuller and Carol York.
Women's Region I, lead by Brenda Borho, won the Women's President's Cup, with Region II posting the next highest score.
Region I Team Members:
1. Bobo DeLaney and Tonia Mangan
2. Hilary Debbs and Carrie Short
3. Louise Cash and Kimberly Newsome
4. Susan Lovejoy and Jeanie Shaw
5. Andrea Noyes and Susan Penney
The 2001 Men's President's Cup competition was hosted by the Montclair Golf Club on March 23rd. The Chairs for the event were Ginna Ohlmuller and Carol York.
Men’s Region IV, lead by Andy Todd, won the event with Regions I and II finishing in a tie for second.
Region IV Team Members
1. Tony Jagodzinski and Todd Ward
2. Tim Foster and Eric Toth
3. Martin Sturgess and Paul Stulac
4. Mike Stulac and Dan Mott
5. Greg McFaden and Scott McFaden
Of all the National events, none seems to be more friendly and social than the Husband/Wife...at least in the early rounds. Players were in agreement that the goal of the tournament was not necessarily to win, but to remain married. Camaraderie and sportsmanship were on display in Pittsburgh.
Unlike the Mixed, the Husband/Wife Nationals started out with a bang. In the first round, local Pittsburgh favorites Guy and Jane Herrmann defeated #1 seeded Robin and Bob Fulton. The remaining three out-of-town favorites proceeded on to the semi-finals as planned.
George and paddle newcomer Lauren Zink defeated Guy and Jane in a tight two-setter. Lauren, fresh back from the maternity ward, showed why she had not yet lost a match in her first six tournaments. Although still new to the wires, Lauren demonstrated that with solid ground-strokes, screen-play is just a technicality. Superman must h[...]