Rain puts damper on Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament
The 34th annual Fleisch-manns Tennis Tournament, which took place last weekend, could not be concluded on Sunday as scheduled, when an unexpected thunderstorm at noon inundated the courts with more than an inch of water.
Play in the men’s doubles finals match, in which four-time champions Kingdon Gould and David Costello were in a fierce split set struggle with challengers Paul Gorzula and Jacek Krzeminski (6-3) (3-6), had to be suspended in the third set, in which Gould and Costello had a convincing 3-0 lead.
Although in past tournaments, energetic, zealous crews of squeegee wielding supporters have succeeded in restoring the courts to playable condition in record time, it was obvious that neither imprecations nor determination could halt the deluge or alleviate the flooded conditions. The hospitality tent, assaulted above and within by lightning and wind driven torrents of rain served as a not very hospitable refuge and high level meeting site for developing salvage strategies for redeployment and rescheduling. The consensus reached was that the remaining men’s and women’s singles finals matches as well as the last set of the men’s doubles, the awards and trophy presentation, benefit auction and buffet luncheon were to be postponed until Sunday, Aug. 10. The logistics were daunting, as this would necessitate inconvenient travel and family arrangements for four of the six contestants. Paula Herdman and Kingdon Gould reside locally, however, Costello is from Maryland, Gorzulo lives in Westchester, Krzeminski in Lancaster, PA and Lauren Chanler, the unknown “dark horse” who unexpectedly trounced top seed Karen Goertzel (8-1) to advance to the women’s singles finals, will be commuting from New Canaan, CT.
A positive note amidst the gloom created by Sunday’s disruptive storm is that potential bidders will have additional time to check the updated auction item list at wwwbelleayre.com/summer/tennis tourney 08. Moreover, Tony Lanza, who in 2003 forged the Belleayre/Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament partnership, initially by providing hats for the winners, and for the past four years by sponsoring the double logo tournament shirts, who, in addition to his “day job” as superintendent is the most sought after auctioneer in the area, has graciously consented to officiate at the tournament’s ninth benefit auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research.
Spectators and bidders are welcome. For any additional information, please contact Sindy Becker, 254-9955.