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Zephyr Cove pros claim men’s title at Tahoe Classic

The 18th annual Tahoe Classic Tennis Tournament climaxed this past weekend. Mother nature teased the event with a frightful storm Thursday evening. The sun was out on Friday morning though as were the players from throughout the country. Praise about the event was expressed freely throughout the draw and players vowed to return next year for another go at the very popular tournament.

Three-set matches are becoming the norm in this tournament. Seven of the 11 final matches played were three setters. Many of those sets were tie breakers.

The big-time fire power of Michael McFarlane and the radical-man moves of David Radford proved them to be the best team in the tourney. They were victorious in the Mens A event 6-4, 7-5. Both gentlemen are pros at the Zephyr Cove tennis complex. The slugging lefties Joe Laub and Jeff Ruedy (Reno) lived up to their second seeding by coming through a very difficult draw and playing in the crowd-pleasing final. Local teaching pro Kyle Horvath and David Chang proved victorious in the Mens A consolaton. They defeated former champions Pat Fagen and Rob Schulman, who comes from Florida each year to play in the tournament.

Perhaps the most exciting final of this year’s Classic was the Mixed A event. Greg Cosgrove (Palm Desert) and Nicole Woywod (Las Vegas) prevailed in an extended-set tie break to defeat local Joe Laub and Biljana Trpeska, who plays for the University of Nevada at Reno. Craig Gorbach, a slugging teaching pro from Orinda, Calif., teamed with Koddee Domingo (Hawaii) and they proved victorious over local favorite Linda Hixenbaugh and Bruce Mullen (Reno) in the Mixed A consolation.

The Century Event, which is always one of the favorites of the spectators as well as the participants, pronounced Auburn’s Dan Sively and Terry Tangney winners over Butch Stillman, who is one of Northern California’s better senior players and tourney director Hersh Herschman, 6-3, 6-4. Generally speaking, the Century Event is stigmatized as being the “old person’s division,” but to those who play in the event it is thought of as “the venerable veteran’s event.”

Jim “Kid” Carrie (Encinitas) and his huge forehand teamed with Tim Lyons to win an exciting consolation Century final over San Jose’s Dale Huff and Dave Lonsdale, 6-1, 6-2.

Another Auburn team, Ann Holmes and Cindy Murphy – both playing in the Classic for the first time- captured the championship spot in the Ladies event. They defeated the very solid team of Julie Clarke (Mammoth Lakes) and Carol Tretten (Reno) in a hard-fought battle, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. Perhaps the match of the tournament was Ann and Cindy playing Kim Schlagel and Nicole Woywod, both Weber State alumni, in the semi-final round.

Ann and Cindy gave up a few years but their experience with patience and tenacity prevailed 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (11-9). The Ladies consolation proved to be an all-locals final. Joyce Youngs teamed with Sharon Doi-Sharp to win over Barbara Cooper and Linda Adams, 6-0, 6-2.

Tow of South Lake Tahoe’s finest citizens Bill Vollenhals and Neil Trebotich once again teamed up in the Mens B event. They showed heart and poise in defeating Ron Gilman (Indian Wells) and Stan Sherwin (Atascadero) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4. Both Ron and Stan are welcome additions to the tourney.

“They are the kind of players that make the event great,” said Herschman.

The calm and collected John Lonne (Mammoth Lakes) teamed with the energetic Kevin Carmichael (Mammoth Lakes) to win the Mens B consolation over the long-time Classic participants, Walt “Scoop” Yost and Vaughn Shell, both of Sacramento 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6 (4).

It was an locals finals again in the Mixed B event. The No. 1 seeded team of Scott Cummings and Joyce Youngs showed a gutty performance, but were defeated by the No. 2 seeded team of Ryan Johnson and Barbara Cooper 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4).

The tenacious Ron Gilman (Indian Wells) team with the vivacious Maria Boire to prove victorious over local Linda Adams and Barry Jacobson (Sacramento) in the Mixed B event, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

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