The Spring Mixed Doubles League ended the session with a 1 night playoff with teams put into the category they qualified for during the entire season. Congratulations to "A" winners Pam & Murray. In "B" Deanna & Jack won with Wendy and Brad runners up. "C" found Elizabeth & Richard leading the way with Karen & Blaine a close second. "D" was the most competitive with Deanna & Dennis edging runners up Natalie & Shea. Teams with spares did not qualify.
Despite the rainy spring everyone who played seemed to enjoy the friendly competitive play. Summer league begins July 6th.
Ken posing with his cake
About 50 people showed up to help Ken Naylor celebrate his birthday and share in his cake but more importantly to show their appreciation for all of the hard work he has done to make the club better and a success. We again have over 200 members this year. See more pictures in the photo section. Thanks Ken from all of us.
SIGN UP FOR THE SUMMER LEAGUES IN MEN'S, LADIES' & MIXED DOUBLES IS AVAILABLE NOW ON LINE. JUST CLICK ON LEAGUES THEN ON-LINE SIGN UP AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS.
Ladies' Singles is available for anyone to join at any time. Contact Aileen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Singles is ongoing and news about the next session will be available soon.
The Penticton Tennis Club's Men's Closed Singles' Tournament was played on June 10th & 11th. 14 brave singles players competed heartily and while they were all winners for coming out and providing great competition we do have official winners.
Chad Henderson defeated Stephen Penrose in a hard fought final. In the bronze medal match, Ralf Aggarwal came out ahead of Warren Belcher.
Many thanks go out to Warren for organizing the tourney and also Ken Naylor who catered the Saturday lunch.
For many of our members of the Penticton Tennis Club we remember the old Yacht club building by the boat launch directly west. The present building was constructed starting in 1976 and finished in 1977 and over time experienced some renovations and expansion including 2 washrooms and the commodore's office. The building was vacated by the yacht club 5 years ago when the City of Penticton took over the lease of the property from the Provincial government.
Sadly the building has slowly fallen into disrepair and is no longer used to host weddings and social functions. Presently the main room is being used as a storage facility for odds and ends.
Through the media we have heard of the massive aging infrastructure debt the City of Penticton is facing. The old clubhouse is near the top of that list. With the present lease of only 1 year remaining one has to wonder whether the needed repairs will take place or whether the building will be demolished.
The City has renewed all 3 leases to expire at the same time next March 31st 2018 and there is no indication of any long term leases after that. The Penticton Tennis Club has been assured that if the decision to demolish the building prior to the expiration of the lease that proper temporary facilities will be provided.
So as it stands ........ " the future is unknown".
Berit St. Claire was a founding member of the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club when it was formed in 1977. Many club members donated their skills to build the courts and the clubhouse – carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians, upholsterers, and labourers. Berit was born in Sweden and came to Canada when she was 9 years old. Her father chose Penticton for a few reasons - the Penticton Vees were world cup champions, the mayor was Swedish(Matsson), and climate was warm. Berit has lived in Penticton since then, except for about 10 years. She worked for Sunrype, in food services at the hospital, and with her husband in the construction industry. Berit started playing tennis as an adult, and took lessons from Bob Brownell. She enjoys tennis for the exercise, challenge, and comradery. Her other passions include her 4 grandchildren, boating, walking, skiing, and snowshoeing.