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Team Southern Misses Out on Sixth Consecutive National Men's Intersectional Team Championship

March 7, 2002 09:45 AM

Team Southern narrowly missed out on their sixth consecutive overall National Men’s Intersectional title, as a determined team from the Southern California Section squeaked by with the championship, 17-16 1/3. The event, which was played at the Tucson Racquet Club in Tucson, AZ, featured some of the nation’s top men’s singles and doubles players in the 35-75 age divisions. Play started on Wednesday, November 7th and concluded on Sunday, November 11th.

Thirteen of the seventeen USTA sections were represented at this Category II National event. Teams earned one point for each match they won. All age divisions had round-robin play.

Team Southern won the Men’s 45’s over Northern California, finished in second place in the 55’s, 65’s and 75’s and took third place in the 35’s. They brought 27 players to Tucson to compete in the championship.

Steve Duffel, from Little Rock, Arkansas, captained Team Southern and the roster included:

  • Men’s 35’s - Wayne Hearn (NC), Orlando Laurenco (TN), John Herring (KY) and Kevin Kerns (AL).
  • Men’s 45’s – Oliver Scott (GA), Sammy Martin (NC), Cliff Skakle (NC), Fred Robinson (NC) and Dennis Englebrecht (NC).
  • Men’s 55’s – Hugh Thompson (GA), Bobby Heald (NC), Jeff Gray (AL), Tom Oliphant (AL) and Jerry Kirk (GA).
  • Men’s 65’s – Nik Makarenko (GA), Bob Koenig (SC), A.P. (Red) Wilder (AL), Ernie Vetrano (MS) and Ken Toler (MS).
  • Men’s 75’s – Marvin Buchanan (AL), Charles Clark (GA) and Ed Selfe (AL).

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and Olympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 152,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and accounts for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit http://www.southerntennis.com.

The final team standings were:

Rank

Team

Team Matches Won

ByeAdj.

Total Pts

1

SOUTHERN CAL

16

1

17

2

SOUTHERN

14

2-1/3

16-1/3

3

TEXAS

11

1-1/3

12-1/3

4

SOUTHWEST

9

1/3

9-1/3

5

PACIFIC NW

7

0

7

6

N0RTHERN CAL

5

2/3

5-2/3

7

MIDWEST

4

1

5

8

FLORIDA

4

2/3

4-2/3

9

INTERMOUNTAIN

3

1

4

10

NORTHERN

3

2/3

3-2/3

11

MID. STATES

3

0

3

12

MID-ATLANTIC

1

1/3

1-1/3

13

EASTERN

0

0

0

The top 3 positions in each of the Age Divisions

Men's 35’s (10 teams entered)
1. Intermountain
2. Northern
3. Southern

Men’s 45’s (11 teams entered)
1. Southern
2. Northern California
3. Texas

Men’s 55’s (8 teams entered)
1. Southern California
2. Southern
3. Texas

Men’s 65’s (10 teams entered)
1. Southern California
2. Southern
3. Texas

Men’s 75’s (6 teams entered)
1. Southern California
2. Southern
3. Texas

 

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