Last week, the Mason Tennis Association hosted its 43rd Annual Dr Pepper Open. This tournament is sponsored by the Mason Bottling Company and the Mason Chamber of Commerce.
Players emerged from as far away as North Carolina, Louisiana, New Mexico. They traveled from Texas towns and cities such as Amarillo, Houston, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Midland, Andrews, San Antonio, and Austin; as well as almost every surrounding town within a 120 mile radius.
The Junior tournament was held on Thursday thru Saturday. It was down slightly in numbers as Abilene and Kerrville both had USTA sanctioned tournaments going at the same time. Still we had over 190 kids playing coupled with the 180 adults. The increase in the adult draw actually made the tournament slightly larger than last year.
Mason players faired very well once again. In the junior division local winners were: Austin Priess and Andrew Willis in 14BD, Kaitlyn Cavness in 14GS, Margaret Lemke and Amanda Hudson in 14GD, Denay Baxter and Brittany Estes in 18GD, Priess and Cavness in 14MXD. In the Adult division, local winners were Piper Boies and Salah Smith in OWD. Susan Grote and David Young took first in 45MXD. All the results will be listed at the conclusion of this article.
So many people are to thank for their help and support in putting this tournament on. Thanks for the use of private courts go to Billy and Frances Bode, Amelia Banner, Gerald Tallent, Susan and Warren Grote, Dickie and Debra Schmidt, and Joe and Becky Griffith. The hospitality you show is appreciated by all of us as well as all those that play on your court.
Amelia Banner headed up the concession stand. She and daughter Myles manned the mad-house for four long days. Thanks also goes to Bill and Carlene Brollier, David and Barbara Young, Joe and Becky Griffith, Hemphill Insurance, and Sherry Alexander for donating brisket and a special thanks to Wayne Carl and Tana Hofmann for Bar-B-Queuing it.
I would also like to thank Leslie Klearner for preparing the courts and keeping everything so clean and neat. A special thanks also goes to Terry and Susan Hunter of Tennis Outlet in Lubbock for once again coming down and setting up shop. They provide racquets and accessories and most importantly string racquets for all those needing immediate help in that area.
This is a great asset and attraction for the tournament.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS - JUNIOR DIVISION:
10BS - Ryan Drake (Stephenville) def Reagan Drake (Stephenville) 6-4,6-3
10GS - Bailey Voss (Burlington) def Paige Nehls (S.Ang) 6-0,6,1
12BS - Kennan Dishman (Knippa) def Mason Keller (Dallas) 6-4,6-1
12BD - Drake/Drake (Stephenville) def Keller/Bishop (Dallas/Brady) 8-1
12GS - Sarah Thomas (Buchanon Dam) def Anna Pardue (Sugarland) 6-1, 6-0
12GD - Freeman/Lyckman (Lohn/Menard) def Pardue/Thomas 9-8
14BS - Joshua Chacho (San Antonio) def Adam Brandenburg (Burnet) 6-4,7-5
14BD - Priess/Willis (Mason) def Juarez/Metaxas (S.Ang) 6-4,7-5
14GS - Kaitlyn Cavness (Mason) def Shannon Killough (S.Ang) 6-1,6-0
14GD - Lemke/Hudson (Mason) def Cavness/Emily Ellebracht (Mason) 0-6,6-3,10-3
16BS - Alex Henry (Georgetown) def Chris Beckman (Fbg) 6-0, 6-1
16BD - Berg/Brandenburg (Burnet) def Banner/Highsmith (Mas/Kerr) 1-6,6-2,11-9
16GS - Laura Servise (Burnet) def Kristen Hensley (S.Ang) 6-2,7-5
16GD - Bynum/Hensley (S.Ang) def Futrell/Goza (MarFalls/Lib.Hill) 6-1,6-1
18BS - James Aylesworth (Mid) def Cullen Holbrook (Kerr) 6-2,0-6,7-6
18BD - Aylesworth/Moore (Mid) def Atkins/Jayson (Fbg) 6-3,6-3
18GS - Lana Thomas (Buch.Dam) def Brittany Estes (Mas) 6-3,6-3
18GD - Baxter/Estes (Mas) def Shayla Estes/Makenzie Mitchell (Mas) 6-1,6-3
14MXD - Cavness/Priess (Mas) def Goza/Bunting (Lib.Hill) 6-3,6-3
18MXD - Servise/Henry (Bur/Gtn) def Payton/Joy (And/Brock) 6-3,6-3
OMS - Colin Cohen (Aust) def Bryan Rainwater (Ft.Stock) 6-1,6-2
OMD - Cherry/Rainwater (Spearman/F.S.) def Case/Schlotterbach (Aust) default
OWS - Jaime Denton (S.Ang). def Makenzie Mitchell (Mas) 6-2,6-2
OWD - Boies/Smith (PortAransas/Mas) def S.Estes/Mitchell (Mas) 6-1,6-7,10-7
OMX - Denton/Buchanan (S.Ang) def Johnson/Langford (Aust) 6-2,6-4
35MD - Bynum/Hensley (S.Ang) def Dyer/Futrell (Mar.Falls) 2-6,6-3,11-9
35WS - Marty James (Aust) def Sheri Brown (S.Ang) 6-3,6-2
35WD - Freeman/Goza (Lohn/Lib.Hill) def Kubecek/Young (Brady) 7-5,2-6,12-10
35MXD - Dyer/Dyer (Mar.Falls) def Cooley/Keller (Tuscola/S.Ang) 4-6,6-4,10-5
45MS - Jim Cornelius (Mar.Falls) def Scott Kilpatrick (Mar.Falls) 6-2,6-3
45MD - Kilpatrick/Thomas (Mar.Falls/Aust) def Bell/Glasgow (Aust) 6-3,6-3
45WD - Lane/Pardue (Sugarland) def Grote/Grote (Mas) 6-2,1-6,10-5
45MXD - Grote/Young (Mas) def Wood/Bell (Aust) 6-1,6-2
55MS - Sammie Courington (Aus) def Jaime Torres (Knox Cty) 6-3,6-0)
55MD - Courington/Wood (Aus/Seg) def Sauls/Garner (Aus/N.M)