Valley pairs finish on top at Grass Court Classic

Two Cowichan Valley duos won their doubles divisions at the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club’s Grass Court Classic last weekend.

Two Cowichan Valley duos won their doubles divisions at the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club’s Grass Court Classic last weekend, and another half-local pair also topped its class.

Allan Robinson of Mill Bay and Peter Wilson of Duncan teamed up to win the men’s 70 doubles, while Peter Thomas of Duncan and Jean Martin of Shawnigan Lake joined up to finish first in the mixed 65 doubles. Martin also paired with Paddy Mann of Victoria to win the women’s 65 doubles. Mann also won the women’s 60 singles.

Another local player, Charles Ayers of Cowichan Bay, placed second to John Hylton-Foster of Coquitlam in the men’s 70 singles.

Geoff Bourne won the men’s 35 singles, Ranjan McArthur won the men’s 55 doubles, David Fairbotham won the men’s 60 singles, and Peter Lamb won the men’s 75 singles.

Bourne and Steven Klees won the men’s 35 doubles, Art Hobbs and Greg Pears won the men’s 55 doubles, and Bill Bradley and Ted Davies won the men’s 60 doubles.

First place in women’s 45 singles went to Karen Clarke, and the women’s 55 singles champion was Debbie Harit.

Clarke and Carolyn Goff won the women’s 45 doubles, Donna Folster and Wendy Thurlborn won the women’s 55 doubles, and Elly McKeague and Erica Ross won the women’s 60 doubles.

In mixed 35 doubles, Steve Perks and Amanda Heffelfinger prevailed, and in mixed 55 doubles, Peter and Damaris Brix emerged on top.

Next up at the SCLTC is the 129th Vancouver Island Grass Court Championships on July 18-23.