Rain didn’t dampen competitive fire at Cowichan Grass Court Classic

The South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club welcomed players and fans to its annual Grass Court Classic tournament last weekend.

More than 120 players were registered for the event at the historic club.

There were some rain delays during this year’s event, according to tournament director Karen Clarke.

"We actually had showers Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Everybody was very patient about it, though. We had to end up cancelling the consolation events but we got all the main draws – singles and doubles events – finished on Monday and that was a glorious day, so that helped," she said.

The consolation events are more of a courtesy than anything else, she said.

"Some players have only one match in an event they lose and we try to have a second match on the grass but they understand the consolation match isn’t counted towards ranking points and if time gets tight we have to let those go."

Titles were handed out in 21 different brackets at the tournament.

In men’s singles 35, top seed James Pretorius won top spot over Shane Idarola; in men’s singles 45, it was Hannes Blum beating out Geoff Bourne for first place; in men’s singles 55, Steve Yesowick beat Ranjan Mcarthur for first place; in men’s singles 60, Keith Porter topped Yesowick for first; in men’s singles 65, the winner was Dennis Robert Fuhrman over Stuart Wong; and in men’s singles 70, Charles Ayers won over Robert Downarowicz.

Kim Rogers won the women’s singles 45 division over Johane Mui; Elly Mckeague defeated Barbara Leslie Skillings in women’s 55 singles and Jean Martin topped Evelyn Cobley for first in women’s

singles 65.

The men’s doubles 35 division saw Chad Tyson Brachat and Brendan Braybrook team up to finish first over Don Robey and Andrew Ross Collins; in men’s doubles 45 David James Fairbotham and Tim Hopper defeated Hannes Blum and Shawn Lusignan; in men’s doubles 55, it was Al William Folster and Grant Giowicki over Dan Cardinall and Ranjan Mcarthur; in men’s doubles 60, Kim Jensen and Claude Pierce beat John William Nash and Chris Phelps; while in men’s 70 doubles, John Calveley and John Fraser defeated John Lapointe and Colin Morris Ross.

In women’s doubles 45, Kim Rogers and Margaret Shepp took first place over Carolyn Anne Goff and Johane Mui; in women’s doubles 55, Judith Clarke and Carol Ann O-Brien beat out Debbie Harit and Glenys Wall for top spot; in women’s doubles 60, Paddy Lynn Mann and Sandra Eleanor Moss beat Sheila Anning and Glenys Wall for top honours while in women’s 65 doubles, Sheila Anning and Lynne Cowan beat Jennifer Ewing and Liese Ritchie.

The team of Dan Cardinall and Karen Clarke won the mixed doubles 45 group over Steve Perks and Amanda Heffelfinger; Rita and Art Hobbs beat Joan Newsome and Allan Arthur Gale for first place in mixed doubles 55; and Jean Martin and Gordon Verge teamed up to win the mixed doubles 65 over Erica Ross and Colin Morris Ross.

The SCLTC’s next tournament is the 126th Vancouver Island Grass Court Championships, running from July 21-27. Entries close July 16. The all-ages Cowichan Open will run alongside the V.I. Championships from July 25-28. Entries for the Open wrap up July 19.

Visit www.scltc.bc.ca for more information.