June 26th, 2017

2017 USPTA Florida Division Awards Recognize Tennis Teaching Pros

General News

USPTA Florida Division board members

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Florida Division presented its 2017 awards earlier this month at the USPTA Florida Division Conference, held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

The conference included workshop sessions, a team tennis challenge, a Women and Diversity Breakfast, panel discussions, a vendor showcase, the joint USTA Florida Annual Meeting of the Membership, and more, including a keynote speech by USTA General Manager of Community and Youth Tennis Craig Morris on the USTA’s upcoming Net Generation youth initiative.

2017 USPTA Florida Division honorees:

Division Professional of the Year Mike Curran, Fort Myers

USPTA/USTA Florida Service Award — Conrad Cowan, Oviedo

Har Tru Sports Steven D. Shortridge Sportsmanship Award — Geoff Moore, Boynton Beach

President’s Award — Pat Anderson, Winter Springs

Facility Manager of the Year — Michael Leemhuis, President Ocean Reef Club

Special Recognition for Outstanding Dedication to USPTA — Dr. Sidney Brass (Posthumous), Anna Kuykendall, Naples

Diversity Award — Kelvin Rivera, Orlando

Lessons for Life — Michael Dombrowski, Orlando

USPTA Stars — Alison Mays, Vero Beach

Industry Excellence — Tom Sweitzer, Orlando

Top Education Points — Mike Baugh, Fort Myers

Touring Coach of the Year — Zub Zhvania, Miami

College Coach of the Year        — Courtney Vernon, Naples

High School Coach of the Year — Todd Rubinstein, Miami

U30 Professional of the Year — Josh Sturgis, Wellington

District President of the Year — Jose Pastrello, Naples, Naples – District 12

District of the Year — Naples-District 12, Jose Pastrello, District President

District Professionals of the Year

District 1 — Panhandle
William McClelland, Pensacola

District 2 — Tallahassee
Elizabeth Seay, Havana

District 3 — Jacksonville
Leo Vorwerk, Jacksonville

District 4 — Central FL
Conrad Cowan, Oviedo

District 5 — Lakeland
Dave Saltman, Winter Haven

District 6 — Daytona Beach
Dave Brown, Ormond Beach

District 7A — Tampa
Eric Dobsha, Lutz

District 7B — St. Pete
Jeff Davis, Treasure Island

District 8 — Sarasota
Jim Dempsey, Venice

District 9 — Vero Beach
Sam Garcia, Vero Beach

District 10 — West Palm
Matthew Boggs, Jupiter

District 11 — Boca Raton
Kyle La Croix, Boca Raton

District 12 — Naples
Pete Minarich, Naples

District 13A — South Miami
Mark Chelllas, Miami

District 13B — North Miami Beach / Aventura
Bruce Carrington, Miami Gardens

District 14 — Lee County
Paul D’Amico, Fort Myers

District 15 — Melbourne
Paul Davis, Melbourne

District 16 — North Dade / South Broward
Felipe Alarcon, Hollywood

District 17 — Gainesville
Robert Taylor, Gainesville

District 18 — Bonita Area
Paula Scheb, Bonita Springs

District 19 — Keys
Brock Wilson, Key West

Players of the Year:

Men’s Open — Adrians Zguns, Orlando            
Men’s 35 — Milos Vasovic, Melbourne    
Men’s 45 — Frank Vermeer, Jacksonville 
Women’s 50 — Carolyn Franca, Tampa                             
Men’s 50 — Tobias Svantesson,
Men’s 55 — Mark Vines, Naples                          
Men’s 60 — Richard Cote, Cocoa Beach
Welch Scholarship Award — Mike Baugh, Fort Myers
Welch Winners Circle — John Ramsey, Estero

For more information or award photos, contact Pat Anderson at usptafl@aol.com.