G-A tennis tourney draws 60 players
The Glen Arbor resident and his doubles partner Joe Katona of Rochester recently finished second in the annual Glen Arbor Tennis Tournament hosted by the Glen Arbor Township Parks Commission.
“It was fun,” said Crouch after he and Katona lost to Dan Terpsma and Scott Jongedrijg in the finals, 6-2, 6-2. “I’m 67 and I just can’t run like I used to.”
Crouch and Katona, who had won two of the previous Glen Arbor tournaments, had no excuses.
“I had not seen them play, but they played good together,” Crouch said. “And that Dan. He’s older than his partner, but he’s a rabbit.
“And everything come back.”
And his partner, lefty Jongedrijg, was just as tough.
“Lefties have a decided advantage,” Crouch said.
Katona went on to win the mixed doubles crown with co-tournament director Kim Guilbeau.
Laura Wiesen and Jessic Murphy won the women’s doubles.
There are about 60 participants in the three-day tournament, which ended on July 1.
“It is a relaxed, yet competitive atmosphere,” said Guilbeau, who runs the tournament with help from Jim Fowler. “And it’s a great environment to play and watch with old and new friends.”
Crouch, who has played the tournament since its inception, agreed.
“Jim and Kim do a great job putting on the tournament,” he said. “Half of the players are friends.”
Most of the participants received prizes that businesses donated.
“Glen Arbor business owners support this tournament more and more every year and it wouldn’t be what it is without them,” Guilbeau said.
Guilbeau was especially thankful to Anderson’s IGA, for supplying all the water, powerade and ice for the tournament which was played under very warm conditions. In addition to Anderson’s IGA, major sponsors included Cherry Republic and Funistrada. The T-shirt was illustrated by local artist, Jim Hilton.
“I am so proud of our little tournament, it gets better with every year,” Guilbeau said. “Jim and I work very hard to make it both fun and competitive for all the players.”
Proceeds from the event were earmarked for the downtown park development.