|Burger King Southern 16s Clay Court Championship|
|The Burger King Southern 16s Clay Court Championship was held July 12 - 17 at
Cooper Creek Tennis Center. |
This tournament was a USTA Southern Section level 2
and a USTA National level 3 tournament. Participation was great this year with 196 junior players! Players from the local area and across the nation competed in the Burger King! The girl singles champion was Shelby Talcott, who traveled all the way from
Sea Cliff, New York!!! Hunter Reese of Kennesaw, GA won the Boys' 16s division. Kathryn Hoch of Montclair, NJ and Shelby Talcott of Sea Cliff, NY teamed to win the Girls' Doubles. Nathan Rakitt of Marietta, GA and Hunter Reese of Kennesaw, GA won the Boys' Doubles. Congratulations to the Sportsmanship winners Clare Mendell of Canton, GA and Nathan Rakitt of Marietta, GA. Local players participating in the tournament were Jabez Beezer, Brett Blevins, John Illges, Kazuki Onoe, Haley Powell, Benjamin Shiver, and Hunter Spicer.
|"Return to Server" Southern NTRP Clay Court Championship |
|The "Return to Server" Southern NTRP Clay Court Championship was held August 5
- 9 at Cooper Creek Tennis Center. There were 214 participants from Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky competing this year! Affectionately known as the "Elvis", the tournament was filled with great tennis throughout the
week and an Elvis "Blue Hawaii" themed player party on Saturday night!
Players and friends enjoyed food, drinks, Elvis trivia, and karaoke! The "Return to Server" is a KIA Motors Tournament of Champion qualifying tournament.
CORTA would like to give very special THANK YOU to our sponsors this year!!
Solid Source Premier Realty Edible Arrangements
Triangle Beverage Papa John's Pizza
J. Smith Lanier & Company Physical Therapy of Phenix City
Solar Bat South Sunglasses Columbus Parks and Recreation
Chick Fil A Peachtree Mall
Congratulations to these Southern Champions!
Men's Singles Women's Singles
2.5 - Michael Zdunowski 2.5 - Prissy Mudge
3.0 - Todd Human 3.0 - Joanie Isom
3.5 - Kevin Gunnels 3.5 - Dawn Harper
4.0 - Joe Perdue 4.0 - Cathy Gunnels
4.5 - Benjamin Hale
Men's Doubles Women's Doubles
2.5 - Michael Zdunowski/Justin Bates 2.5 - Allison Leckey/Michelle Williams
3.0 - Ravi Gudlavalleti/Gopal Vanam 3.0 - Jennie Hannay/Angela Stillwell
3.5 - Fred Branch/Adam Cooper 3.5 - Ely Klar/ Tonya McLemore
4.0 - Whit Laney/Ryan Miller 4.0 - Christy Bates/Teresa Douthit
4.5 - Roger Pearce/Steve Thiel
2.5 - Alex Rozwadowski/Vivi Stoller
3.0 - Ashley Leverett/Alan Preston
3.5 - Canyon Bowie/Natalie Kelly
4.0 - Keith Johnson/Janell McKenzie
4.5 - Jim Rogers/Laura Gaboardi
|Congratulations to the Summer CORTA Local League Champions!|
|Winners of the summer leagues will be recognized at an Awards Party on Sunday, September 13th. The party will be held at Los Amigos, 5935 Veterans Parkway at 6:00 p.m. This event is for the winning teams' players only. (Invitations to follow.) Congratulations on a great season!|
2.5W - Wanda Blevins-CC
3.0W - Jean Fuller-CC
3.5W - Teresa Wiggins-CC
5.0W - Tamma Smith-CC 5.5M - Richard Galbraith-CC
5.5W - Teresa Davis-GI 6.5M - Jeff Ammerman-CC
6.5W - Marie Arnold-GI 7.5M - Mark Thomas-CC
7.5W - Cheryl Allen-CC
Senior Combo Doubles
7.5W - Lura Reed-CC 6.5M - Russ Hagberg
Mixed Doubles Senior Mixed Doubles
6.0 - Melissa Lardinois 7.0 - Gene Oswalt-CC
7.0 - Al Dean-CCC
8.0 - Tony Latham-CC
For more information about CORTA Leagues, contact Cissy Sanders or Charlie Clippinger.
Congratulations to the Corporate League State Champions
The 2009 USTA Georgia Corporate League State Championships was held August 29-30 at the Country Club of Roswell in Atlanta. The Tidwell Cancer Center team brought home the State Championship Trophy! Congratulations to YOU!
Dawn Harper, Michael Carrico, Jeff Ammerman, Angel Degree (Captain), Wes Padgett,
Stephanie Shiver, Andie Centerbar, and Adam Centerbar
|TennisWorks in the Parks by Helen Martin |
|The fall session of TennisWorks in the Parks will be held September 21 - November 18 on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Lakebottom Park tennis courts. This program offers children in our community the chance to learn how to play tennis at no cost! It is so exciting to see many of these juniors advance into other programs, leagues, and compete (and WIN) in local tournaments. The positive experiences they receive from TennisWorks can only enrich their lives! This program depends so much on the commitment of CORTA's volunteers. If you are interested in investing in our children.... consider being a TennisWorks in the Parks Volunteer! Let me know!|
CORTA Juniors Kevin Jacobson and Anne Lyle Illges are pictured above with
TennisWorks in the Parks children at the summer session!
|Junior Flex League by Deby Caldwell|
|Thanks to everyone that participated in the Junior Flex League. Overall it was a great success. I received much positive feedback from both parents and players! The younger lower level players completed the most matches, which is very interesting! Thanks to all you parents that stayed behind them and encouraged them to play their matches. |
Congratulations to Flex League winners! Girls 2.5 - Sammi Rice; Girls 3.0 - McKenzie Harrison/Delaney Harrison - Tied; Boys 2.5 - Lawton Mullin; Boys 3.0 (Tie) - Eddie Arnold and Andrew Theus; 3.5/4.0 - Kirk vonHilshiemer
|Junior Teen Council by Deby Caldwell|
CORTA hosted several Friday Night Mixers for both junior and adult players throughout the summer. But on Friday, August 28, the CORTA Jr. Teen Council decided to host a Friday Night Round Robin Mixer for our "Ad In" special populations athletes! Under the outstanding direction of Anne Lyle Illges, (Vice-President of the Teen Council), the Council made a typical Friday night a wonderful experience for 24 special people! Each player received a "basket" filled with t-shirts, water bottles, ponchos, and sweets! The CORTA Jr. Council served as unified partners with the athletes, playing a round robin format. One court was designated for "basic skills" giving athletes a chance to show off their forehands and backhands! This was followed by music, awards, and a pizza party. It was obvious that each of the athletes had a great night of fun, but most noted was the compassion and unselfish spirit of the Teen Council in sharing a special night with athletes that seldom get the opportunity. It was something that every adult CORTA member should be very proud of in this day and time where the youth of our country has disappointed many. Collectively these 25 teens gave over 75 hours of service and a night to remember for many special people and their families. Special thanks to our sponsors: John Illges III, Mainline Information Systems, Subway and Callaway Blue Water Company.
CORTA Jr. Teen Council is a group of junior tennis players that commit to using tennis as an avenue to serve their community. Any tennis player who is in high school may join the CORTA Jr. Teen Council. The requirements are to attend a monthly meeting and commit to 20 hours of community service for the year. All members are expected to show high character, good sportsmanship, and encourage all non playing juniors to play the game! It's not too late to sign up! Next meeting is Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the annex building at Cooper Creek Tennis Center. Council meets the first Tuesday of every month. Click here for more information.
CORTA Junior Teen Council members
Upcoming Junior Programs
LEVEL II - Future Stars - This is the follow up clinic for the Rising Stars. Emphasis is on serving, scorekeeping, rules, etc. For all ages 7 - 18. Clinic #1 - Starts September 22 - October 15. Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fee: $60
AD-IN for Special Populations - This is tennis training for all special populations of all ages. Clinic begins: September 4- November 20. Friday - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fee: $25
QuickStart Junior Team Tennis - QuickStart league is for players 8 & Under and 10 & Under. Foam and low compression balls are used, along with modified court sizes. All matches are played at Lakebottom Park tennis courts on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Participants receive a t-shirt with registration! Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 9. Don't miss out on reserving your spot!!
Middle School Jr. Team Tennis - Registration is open now! Matches will begin on October 6th! Be sure to sign up and play for your school!
|Cardio Tennis |
|Looking for a fun way to improve your tennis skills and get in a good cardio workout at the same time? Then Cardio Tennis is for you!
Cardio Tennis is a fun group activity featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high energy workout. This unique fitness/tennis clinic is packed with tennis drills, sport specific training stations, great music, and lots of FUN!
Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions as well as a Wednesday morning session will start on September 15. Click here for more information on class times! Note the early start time on morning session! Class size is limited, so call the CORTA office at 706-317-4136 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!!
Joie Paull Memorial Tennis Event
Men and Women you are invited to
"Serve Up a Cure" for Breast Cancer
Join us for the 7th Annual Joie Paull Memorial Tennis Event
Sunday, October 25, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cooper Creek Tennis Center
Fee of $35.00 includes dinner and gift.
All proceeds benefit the "Women's Breast Cancer Support Fund" in memory of Joie Paull.Register online at www.columbusregional.com
Space is limited. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21st
CORTA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. We rely on donor support to sustain many valuable programs.
Thank you to our recent donors.
Junior Programs, Larry Mims Tennis Foundation
The Jordan Foundation
Are you looking for a great way to honor your captain for a job well done? Consider making a contribution to CORTA.
"In Honor of" Gifts - Such a contribution is a great way to observe someone's birthday or anniversary. The person honored by your contribution will
receive a special card announcing your gift.
Memorial Gifts - Your gift will be acknowledged to family members or someone else you specify.
Gifts may be earmarked for a particular use or to support a CORTA program that is of special interest. Contact CORTA for more details.
New CORTA Membership Benefit.... Compliments of Buckhead Grill
CORTA is pleased to announce that Buckhead Grill is
generously offering all CORTA members a 15% discount (excludes
alcohol). Buckhead Grill is the ultimate Columbus dining experience, known
for its unique ambiance and outdoor dining since 1995. Guests are
offered delicious New American Cuisine, cooking up American and
Southern staples seasoned with cultural flavors for dinner daily.
Buckhead Grill is located at 5010 Armour Road.
US Open TV Coverage
WRBL is excited to announce that they will air US Open coverage on
Labor Day, September 7 from 11am-6pm on their Digital channel WRBL DT-2
Retro TV Network (RTV) over the air and on digital cable.
Check out the complete TV schedule
for the 2009 US Open.
|Join us on Facebook for both the CORTA Fan page! It's a great for tennis talk and to connect players for match
play. Thanks to Margaret Love for volunteering to be our Facebook Administrator.