Steve Watts went 4-0 on a court with Matt Burns, Bill Moore, David Koenig and Danny Keating. Watts is now 9-2 for the season. He has an adjusted point total of 1,282 which is good for first place in competition level 3. Other players going undefeated on courts this week were: Mike Haehnle, Evan Webeler, Stuart Zorn, Mike McGrath, Olivia Capannari and Mark Pohlman.
The Pro Flight Paddle Tour's third event of the season was held at Maufacturers' Golf & Country Club near Philadelphia. Two PT Leaguers participated. Rob Bakker partnered with Paul Rose (Chicago) and Tyler Fraser played with 2018 APTA National Champion John Hughes (Connecticut). Fraser & Hughes reached the finals.
Brian Faig went 7-1 on two courts this week and moved into first place in competition level 5 (players who have played at least 20 sets so far). Faig is now 20-9 (68.97%) for the year and has an adjusted point total of 1,914. Players going undefeated on courts this week were: Faig, Doug Jones (2), Eric Toth, Michael Shewmon, Drew Violette, Kevin Speed and Chris Bolte. Click for complete week #13 court results or the updated standings.
In what has become an annual occurrence, several out-of-towners joined league play the night before playing in the Midwesterns. Among the participants were this year's Midwesterns 90s champions Eric Miller & Nathan Crick (Charlotte, NC). Crick went 3-1 and Miller 2-2 on a court with Wil Lofgren, Evan Webeler and Doug Jones. Players going undefeated on courts were: Kevin Speed, Jeff Hiatt, Rob Hinkle, Eric Toth, Richard Canelas and Marie Matrka. New to league play were Scott McGregor and Alan Cohen. Click for complete week 12 court results or updated standings.
Compton/Kahler Win Open
Cincinnati native Brian Compton (Chicago) teamed with Scott Kahler (Pittsburgh) to win this year's Midwesterns Open division. The event's APTA "Grand Prix" status was restored this year after a 1-year hiatus. Several of the nation's top teams returned. Compton/Kahler defeated the #1 seeds and reigning APTA National Champions Mark Powers (NY) and John Hughes (CT) in the semifinal. They defeated #2 seeds and former Midwesterns champs Juan Arraya (CT) and Max LePivert (CT) in the final. Click Compton/Kahler to see all of their results from the 64-draw tourney.
PT Leaguers Rob Bakker and Tyler Fraser followed last year's championship with another impressive run. Seeded #3, Bakker/Fraser reached the semifinals before losing to Arraya/LePivert. Fraser also reached the finals of the 90s event with partner Hank Brightwell on Friday. For more results click:
It is with shock and sorrow that I inform the Cincinnati paddle community of the passing of Jason Gray. Jason died suddenly from a heart attack Tuesday afternoon at age 45. Jason was the director of racket sports at Four Bridges Country Club for 13 years and was at Beckett Ridge Country Club for three years before that. He was one of the area's most skilled and enthusiastic promoters of platform tennis. Our community is certainly less today and will forever miss his passion, energy and positivity.
Session #2 kicked off with 74 players in action. Jeff Hiatt and Sam Chasnoff started 4-0 and are undefeated for the season as each sat out session #1. Other players going undefeated on courts this week were: Jon Pugh, Greg Carr, Brian Faig, Mike Haehnle and Evan Webeler. Newcomers to the winter league this week were: David Gerberick, Bill Santen, Danny Keating, Jeff Hiatt, Matt Walker and Teddy Jagielski. Players returning to the winter league and playing for the first time this year were: Adrian Lozier, Pat Howe, Sam Chasnoff, Porter Castleberry, Ben Keating, Tim Schraffenberger, Kevin Howe, Tom Nurre, Jeremy Kanter, Eric West, Mark Pohlman and Logan Coker. Click for complete week #11 court results or the updated standings.