A beautiful fall day and tennis courts dotted with American flags, surrounded the third annual Brian O'Reilly Memorial Veteran's Day tennis tournament held at Gatewood racket club on Nov 3rd, and 4th. Over 50 players participated in the event representing cities from SC, NC and Georgia. "Gatewood was a great place to have the tournament," said Lori Flick, Tournament Director and founder of the tournament. "Paul Hamilton, Director of tennis at Gatewood, knew Brian very well and he and Gatewood were very accommodating in hosting the event".
There were men's, women's, and mixed double events. Meals were provided for the players as well as red white and blue themed t-shirts, trophies and door prizes. Players were invited to bring pictures of their family's veterans or active duty family members which were displayed in the upstairs tennis observation lounge where lunch was served. Rain delays Friday night forced play to start early Sat morning. "After last minute rescheduling of Friday night and consolation matches, the tournament ran pretty smoothly'" said Flick." I appreciated everyone's patience waiting for their match times." Flick and Hamilton are already making plans for next years tournament with a possible date change that will not conflict with the college football season. That could possibly increase again the number of participants that are tennis players as well as football fans. USTA referee Rodney McAlister, and Flicks' father, USTA certified roving umpire, Randy Flick were the officials. Randy Flick newly certified to be an official specifically for this event. Local industry, Ascend Performance Materials provided the tennis balls for all the matches. After tournament expenses are paid by the player fees, any proceeds will be donated along with the O'Reilly family's donation to a local veterans group. "This year we will be donating to Operation Enduring Warrior," said Flick. " This group sponsored the City Ruck tour here in Greenwood over the summer and it raises awareness and helps Veterans with disabilities to excel." Operation Enduring Warrior is a veteran-founded non‐profit whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation.
Results of the Tournament in the Men's 3.5 draw were:
Champions Daniel Harrison and Jeff Scott, both of Greenwood defeated Finalists Francis Horigoshi and Todd Mulkey, also of Greenwood 6-4, 6-2 in the finals.
In consolation, doubles team Danny Rauton and Jeff Kaltz, both of Greenwood defeated Reed Studer and Ryan Studer of Prosperity SC 6-3, 6-1.
In the men's 4.0 final: Tom Campbell and Partner David Windham, of Greenwood just defeated Blake Hamilton and Matt Wood, both of Greenwood in a third set tie breaker for the championship 2-6, 7-6, (1-0)
In consolation men's 4.0, Andrew Pettus of Anderson and Scott Kwarsick of Greenwood defeated Joseph Pablo, Candler NC and Tan Roel, of Hendersonville NC also in a close third set 5-7, 7-6, (1-0)
In The women's 3.0 doubles round robin, Annette Scott and Laura Sears, both of Greenwood, were named the champions by counting sets and games won since all three teams split 1 win between them.
Sears and Scott Defeated Kathryn Luke and Paige Ouzts of Greenwood 6-1, 6-1. Luke and Ouzts, defeated the team Alice Ramirez of Newberry, and Heather Studer of Prosperity 6-3, 6-1.
Ramirez and Studer defeated Scott and Sears 7-5, 3-6, (1-0)
In the women's 3.5 draw, The champions were Greenwood team, Ginny Gast and Danya Morozowich defeating Greenwood team Jaqueline Martin and Carol St-Laurent 6-0. 7-5.
In 3.5 women's consolation Roxanne Vazquez of Ninety-Six and Suzanne Nicholson, Greenwood, defeated Kelly McWhorter and Betty Ann Piela, both of Greenwood 6-3, 6-4.
In the Women's 4.0 doubles round robin, Champions Cathy Mays and Jeannie Kwarsick, both of Greenwood, defeated the teams of Susan Kaeding and Guinn Lane, both of McCormick 6-4, 6-3; and defeated Nola Gray, Greenwood, and Roxanne Vazquez, Ninety -six, 6-0, 3-6, (1-0). Finalists Gray and Vazquez defeated Kaeding and Lane 6-4, 6-3.
In the mixed 6.0 doubles round robin, the team of Francis Horogoshi and Annette Scott of Greenwood, defeated both teams to be named champions, Scott and Horogoshi defeated Matt Davis, of Piedmont and partner Martha Widler of Clinton 6-0, 6-1 and defeated Michelle and Samuel Lyons of Evans Georgia 6-1, 2-6, (1-0) in a tie breaker. Team Lyons were the Finalists defeating Davis and Wilder 6-1, 7-6, (1-0).
In 7.0 mixed doubles, Keri Coleman of Easley and Andrew Pettus of Anderson, defeated Michael and Shannon Henderson of Greenville for the title 6-3, 7-5.
Greenwood team of Samantha Nelson and Jeff Scott defeated Donna Wormser and Tom Tyler, of Sapphire NC in the consolation final.
And in 8.0 mixed, Greenwood team Ginny Gast and David Windham defeated Cathy and Calhoun Mays for the championship title, 6-3 6-2.