Teams from Broward County (Quigley Park, Parkland), Clay County (Eagle Harbor Country Club, Fleming Island), Collier County (Pelican Bay Community Park, Naples), and Orange County (Azalea Lanes, Winter Park) will represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League Nationals after claiming state titles over the weekend at the 2017 USTA Florida Adult 55 & Over 3.5/4.5 League Sectional Championships, held May 19-21 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Broward and Collier each came to the brink of winning two championships as Collier was edged in the final of the Men’s 3.5 final, and Broward finished second in round robin play in the Women’s 4.5 division.
The four championship teams next advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the 2017 USTA 55 & Over League National Championships on Nov. 17-19 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Teams consisting of three doubles lines competed in a non-elimination round-robin format. The winner of each flight/division was determined by team matches won. The winner of each flight then advanced into a single-elimination semifinal followed by the final. NTRP levels of play were 3.5 and 4.5. For more information on NTRP levels go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/Information/About_NTRP.
Broward and Collier counties both moved into a tie for second place on the 2017 USTA Florida League Championship Cup Standings (see below).
Division winners and finalists:
55 & Over Women’s 3.5
Final: Collier County (Pelican Bay Community Park, Naples) d. Escambia County (Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola) 3-0
No. 1 Doubles: Jacqui Privitere/Linda Boyd (Collier) d. Linda Register/Becky Siegel 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 Doubles: Michelle Maggal/Sandy Wilkison (Collier) d. Doris Davis/Selma Dudley 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Doubles: Susanne Navarro/Julie Oberweis (Collier) d. Terry Armstrong/Vicki Carson 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
Collier County Season Roster: Susanne Navarro (captain), Claudia Hammon, Julie Oberweis, Michelle Thomas, Laurie Hilburg, Barbara Hurt-Simmons, Linda Boyd, Biqin Teng, Jacqui Privitere, Glenna Haas, Michelle Maggal, Sandy Wilkison
55 & Over Men’s 3.5
Final: Clay County (Eagle Harbor Country Club, Fleming Island) d. Collier County (Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples) 2-1
No. 1 Doubles: Jim Pinkerman/Steve Andersen (Clay) d. Walt Conroy/Tom Boggs 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 2 Doubles: Tim Hackett/Larry Townsend (Clay) d. David Howard/Gerd Voelker 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Doubles: Lewis Carran/Paul Benzing (Collier) d. B. Craig Price/Joseph Thomas 7-5, 6-4
Clay County Season Roster: Jim Pinkerman (captain), Brad Robinson, David Schilkofski, Richard Sulzer, Joseph Kelly, Larry Townsend, Tom Dice, Herbert Quinones, Tim Hackett, Joseph Thomas, Steve Andersen, B. Craig Price
55 & Over Women’s 4.5
Final: Orange County (Azalea Lanes, Winter Park) finished ahead of Broward County (Dillon Tennis Center, Oakland Park) 3-0 to 2-1 in round robin play
Orange County Season Roster: Tami Florin (captain), Katherine Foulk, Allegra Campos, Elizabeth Street, Sharon Benson, Denise Agnew, Angela Robinson
55 & Over Men’s 4.5
Final: Broward County (Quigley Park, Parkland) finished ahead of Sarasota County (Palm-Aire Racquet Club, Sarasota) 4-0 to 3-1 in round robin play
Broward County Season Roster: Michael Kelly (captain), Joaquin Jugo, Jorge Cervantes, William Talbot, Daniel Halle, Clifton Brooks, Carlos Triana, Gary Fong, Jose Chavez, Randy Webb, Alex Gregory
For more tournament information go to www.ustaflorida.com/event/2017-adult-55-3-54-5-sectional-championship.
2017 USTA FLORIDA LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP CUP STANDINGS
Duval retains the lead, but last year’s champion Broward, and Collier County move into a second-place tie following titles at the 55 & Over sectionals in May. The USTA Florida League Championship Cup is awarded to the county with the most league sectionals titles during the 2017 season (standings through May 22, most recent winners in bold):
1. Duval County (3 titles) — 65&Over-W6.0,55&Over-W3.0,55&Over-W4.0
2T. Broward County (2) — 55&Over-M4.0,55&OverM4.5
2T. Collier County (2) — 65&Over-W8.0,55&OverW3.5
2T. Marion County (2) — 65&Over-M7.0,55&Over-M3.0
5T. Clay County (1) — 55&OverM3.5
5T. Hillsborough County (1) — 65&Over-M8.0
5T. Martin County (1) — 65&Over-W7.0
5T. Orange County (1) — 55&OverW4.5
Note: County determined by location of team’s home club. Season-ending ties to be broken by teams’ 1st-4th place results at USTA League Nationals.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 904,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older.
For more information on USTA Florida Leagues go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.