Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Labor Day tennis brings college crowd to resort

174 players for holiday meet

Cyndi DuFur steps into a return during the Lyle Pearson Labor Day tennis tournament at Sun Valley Tennis Club last weekend. She and Brad DuFur won the combined 8.5 doubles consolation title in straight sets. Photo by Willy Cook

Sun Valley’s Lyle Pearson Labor Day tennis tournament had the feeling of a college reunion last weekend.

That’s because there was a sizable contingent of college tennis players and coaches from Boise State University, the University of Idaho and Idaho State University in Pocatello.

All the Open classes including a huge turnout of 40 players for the Men’s Open draw featured college players battling for merchandise prizes on a mostly sunny weekend. Only a rain downpour late Saturday afternoon set the schedule back.

Men’s Open singles champion was Boise State University sophomore Garrett Patton, a 2011 Boise High graduate and two-time Idaho high school singles king who is the son of BSU head tennis coach Greg Patton. He won by injury default over former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo doubles ace Brett Van Linge.

Consolation winner was ISU soph Austin Miller of Eagle over former Gonzaga University star Jake Davis of Utah.

University of Idaho junior Vicky Lozano of Mexico, an All-WAC player for the Vandals last year who excelled in singles, won the Women’s Open title in straight sets over BSU sophomore Sammie Watson of Denver, a transfer from Utah.

Garrett Patton teamed up for the Men’s Open doubles victory with Matt Oddonetto of Boise, last spring’s Idaho 5A boys’ singles runner-up and incoming Vandals freshman prospect.

Women’s Open doubles winners were University of Idaho junior and sophomore Beatriz Flores of Guzman, Mexico and Sophie Vickers of Australia.

In Mixed Open doubles, former University of Idaho head women’s tennis coach Tyler Neill partnered for the victory with Boise High School sophomore tennis sensation Bianca Mok—the reigning State 5A girls’ singles queen.

Tournament co-director John Perry said there were 174 players in 278 events for the three-day holiday tennis tournament presented by Sun Valley Resort Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3 on the resort courts.

Of local players, Brad DuFur and Cyndi DuFur won the combined 8.5 doubles consolation title in straight sets, while Barbara Figge and Joanne Wetherell won runner-up honors in Women’s 4.0 doubles.

Sponsors were Lyle Pearson Motors, Sun Valley Resort and Atkinsons’. Top results from the 2012 Labor Day meet follow. There were eight singles classes and 10 doubles categories:


Men's Open championship—Garrett Patton of Boise won by injury withdrawal over Brett Van Linge of San Luis Obispo, Ca.  Consolation final—Austin Miller of Eagle 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 over Jake Davis of Layton, Utah (40 players). 

NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) Men's 5.0 championship—John Armstrong of Boise won the round-robin bracket for the second straight year 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 over Michael Megale of Boise (3 players). 

NTRP Men's 4.5 championship—Justin Walker of Nampa 6-3, 6-0 over Kyle Whittaker of Boise.  Consolation final—Ramey Uriarte 6-3, 6-7, 12-10 over Jeffrey Chad of Dallas, Texas (6 players).

NTRP Men's 4.0 championship—Mark Coffman of Boise 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Dallin Young of Twin Falls. Consolation final—Willis Sanchez-duPont of Sun Valley 6-0, 6-3 over Ira Shepard of Ketchum (9 players). 

NTRP Men's 3.5 championship—Levi Jones of Boise won the round-robin bracket over Nicholas Swift of Ketchum. Also, Swift defeated Dan Hart of Meridian 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 (3 players). 

Women's Open championship—Vicky Lozano of Guadalajara, Mexico 6-1, 6-1 over Sammie Watson of Denver, Colo. Consolation semi-finalists— Marian Tangarife of Bogota, Colombia and Madelyn Weltzin of Boise (19 players). 

NTRP Women's 4.5 championship—Susan Pavek of Pocatello won the round-robin bracket for a second straight year 7-5, 6-4 over Maya Burrell of Ketchum (3 players). 

NTRP Women's 3.5 championship—Kristie Thompson of Boise 6-0, 6-2 over Joan Levis of Ketchum. Consolation final—Mary Foust of Sausalito, Ca. 6-3, 6-4 over Kimberlee Megale of Boise (5 players).


Men's Open championship—Matt Oddonetto and Garrett Patton of Boise 8-2 over Austin Miller of Eagle and Jamey Swiggert of Colorado. Consolation final—Andres Coello of Guayaquil, Ecuador and Krzysztof Stempien of Lodz, Poland 8-3 over Tyler  Neill of Pocatello and Cristobal Ramos Salazar of Hermosillo, Mexico (16 teams, pro sets).

NTRP Men's 4.5 championship—Mike Buckingham and Mike Kirby of Boise 6-1, 6-1 over Gavin Hatter of Meridian and Kyle Whittaker of Boise. Consolation final—Stephen Fitz and Sam Langston of Boise 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 over Phil Ellis of Jerome and Robert Welch of Twin Falls (8 teams). 

NTRP Men's 4.0 championship—Justin Dye of Boise and Justin Walker of Nampa 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 over Phil Ellis of Jerome and John Evans of Burley. Consolation final—Paul Ives of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Bill Paulson of Ketchum 7-5, 6-4 over Carlos Meza and Dallin Young of Twin Falls (11 teams). 

NTRP Men's 3.5 championship—Dan Hart of Meridian and Levi Jones of Boise won the round-robin bracket 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 over Richard Arave and James Grunke of Boise (3 teams). 

Women's Open doubles championship—Beatriz Flores of Guzman, Mexico and Sophie Vickers of Melbourne, Australia 8-4 over Marian Tangarife of Bogota, Colombia and Laura Theus. Consolation final—Megan LaLone of Stanwood, Wash. and Teal Vosburgh of Katy, Texas 8-3 over Chelsea Patton of Boise and Sammie Watson of Denver, Colo. (10 teams, pro sets). 

NTRP Women's 4.0 championship—Anne Leibow and Judy Murdock of Boise 6-1, 5-7, 10-7 over Barbara Figge of Ketchum and Joanne Wetherell of Sun Valley. Consolation final—Jennifer Fitz and Annie Langston of Boise 6-2, 6-2 over Lynn Chase of Meridian and Suzanne Malmstrom of Boise (8 teams).

NTRP Women's 3.5 championship—Cynthia Coffman and Jennifer Dye of Boise 6-4, 6-7, 10-5 over Kelsey Inch and Gail Inch of Boise. Consolation final—Kristie Thompson and Jodi Whittaker of Boise 6-3, 6-1 over Lisa Guerrero and Leah Hart of Meridian (11 teams). 

Mixed Open championship—Tyler Neill of Pocatello and Bianca Mok of Boise 8-5 over Cristobal Ramos Salazar of Hermosillo, Mexico and Vicky Lozano of Guadalajara, Mexico. Consolation final—Garrett Patton of Boise and Sammie Watson of Denver, Colo. 9-8 over Clancy Shields of Grand Junction, Colo. and Chelsea Patton of Boise (8 teams, pro sets). 

NTRP Mixed 8.5 championship—Mike Kirby and Diana Gastanaga of Boise 6-2, 6-4 over Michael Megale and Kimberlee Megale of Boise. Consolation final—Brad DuFur and Cyndi DuFur of Sun Valley 6-2, 6-4 over Sam Langston and Annie Langston of Boise (8 teams).

NTRP Mixed 7.5 championship—Alfredo Guerrero of Meridian and Debbie Spoja of Boise 7-6, 6-3 over Mark Coffman and Cynthia Coffman of Boise (14 teams).

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