Sunday, December 13, 2009

November Newsletter

ATA Newsletter November 2009

Court Status: Well, the worst possible scenario has become a reality. Just as the construction bids were finally being opened and reviewed, all capital outlay monies were pulled due to the $6.6 million deficit. The monies are gone, along with ATA’s hope for new courts. Note ATA letter to editor.


Dec. 2: ATA Board meeting at noon; all members welcome.

Dec. 5: December Play Day and ATA Christmas Party. Dinner party and tacky gift exchange is being hosted again by Ruthven and Sintra Sampath, beginning at 7:00. It will be potluck with ATA providing ham, turkey, wine, and Ruthven will make his famous jungle juice. Don’t miss it!

ATA Newsletter November 2009

Results: ATA closed Tourney Oct.

Holloman AFB employee and assistant High School tennis coach, Carl Jones, won the Men’s Open Singles in the 2009 Otero County Closed Tennis Tournament. Jones defeated local attorney and recent District Attorney, Scot Key, 6-2, 6-4, in the final. Crystal Messer, Denver, won the Women’s Singles event, defeating Alma Villanueva, High Rolls, 6-4,6-3, in a two hour final.

Results of the remaining finals: Men's Singles 45 Thomas Springer def. Rick Sotak 6-4; 6-1. Men's Singles 65 Jess Blough def. Jeff Lazar 6-4; 2-6; 7-6(5). Men's Doubles Open Jeff Lazar / Murray Jeffrey def. Chase Schimel / Alex Tolsma 6-0; 6-1. Men's Doubles 45 John Genta / Sotak Rick def. James Crouse / Thomas Springer 6-2; 4-6; 7-6(5). Men's Doubles 65 Steve Schuster / John White def. Jess Blough / Ken Smith 2-6; 7-5; 6-1. Women's Doubles Sabine Fahl / Crystal Messer def. Pien Latham / Gail Richardson 6-2; 6-2. Mixed Doubles Open Cameron Emmert / Richardson Gail, 2nd place Leonard Sampath/Emily Dodson. Mixed Doubles 35. Sabine Fahl / Paul Sanders def. Allen Campbell / Crystal Messer 6-2; 6-0. Mixed Doubles 55 John Genta / Evelyn Genta def. Pien Latham / Steve Schuster 6-1; 6-3. Youth Boys Singles Ben Dodson def. Andy Moezzi 8-5.

Special thanks to Grady and Nell Nicholson for running our tournament—again!

New ATA Board members elected at the Oct. 11 annual meeting are John White and Anke Witak. Special thanks to outgoing members Steve Schuster and Joy Gallant. The ATA board for the 2009-2010 year is:

John White, President; Evelyn Genta, VP & Newsletter; Sabine Fahl, Secretary; Neil Bottger, Treasurer; and Anke Witak, Member at Large.

Thanks also to all members who were interested in running for the board, and to Pien and Darrell Latham for hosting the annual meeting.

ATA Board: L to R: Neil Bottger, Treas, Sabine Fahl, Sec.; Steve Schuster, outgoing Pres.; Joy Gallent, outgoing Sec.; Anke Witak, member at large; Evelyn Genta, VP; John White, Pres.

Roswell/Alamogordo Exchange: ATA emerged victorious in Roswell on Oct. 24th, retaining the coveted white sands/alien trophy. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Roswell for their hospitality and to Steve Schuster and Terry Cleveland for organizing such a smooth running event.

November Play Day and turkey shoot, was again hosted by Ken Smith with 7 courts of players turning out to compete for the prized turkeys and a one of Dale’s famous pies. High scorers were Lee Gustafson, Nori Morgan, Joy Gallent, Rick Sotak, and Anke Witak. Congratulations to those winners. Following play, Nori and Pat Morgan invited everyone to their home for Nori’s delicious gumbo lunch. Thanks again to Ken and to Pat and Nori!!

2009 Play Day Schedule:

Jan: Pien & Darrell Latham

Feb: Joy & Daryl Gallent

March: Dale Emmert

April: no play day (tournament?)

May: Sabine & Wolfgang Fahl

June: Cathy & Harold Waggoner

July: Anke Witak

Aug: Halie Purdy

Sept: Marita & Robert Meints

Oct: no play day (tournament?)

Nov: Ken & Neoma Smith

Dec: Diane & Lee Gustafson

Schedules change, so double check your newsletters and emails for the latest updates.

If you would like to host a play day, please contact Anke Witak, or any board member.

New ATA member, Crystal Messer, lives in Denver and plays tennis in Alamogordo whenever she has a chance to visit her parents, the Campbells. Welcome Crystal!

Tues/Thurs Open Play: Please be reminded that Tuesday and Thursdays are open play days, for players to meet and join in play. Every 30 minutes players rotate between courts to allow a mix of play. If you do not wish to join in and switch around on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please arrange your own players and play on the northern courts.

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