Jo Gooden Ladies Doubles Tournament 2016
The Jo Gooden ladies doubles tournament was played at the Avenue Tennis Club recently with competitors from Avenue, Wedmore, Victoria, Wells and Yeovil taking part in this annual friendly tennis/social event. The tournament is played in memory of Jo Gooden (Champion) who was a prominent participant in Avenue, County and National tennis as a junior and who was tragically killed in a traffic accident at a young age. Her father, Dick, presented a trophy for the tournament in her memory and, since his death a few years ago, is also fondly remembered each year at this event. Jo’s sister, Jean Booth, comes along every year to present the prizes and continues with the tradition started by Dick of presenting the winners with engraved glasses for them to keep.
The tournament is run on a round robin basis with a draw for partners so everyone plays with someone from a club other than their own which ensures a very relaxed atmosphere, helped by the refreshments provided by Avenue and delicious cakes brought along by Jean for tea. This year there was a very good entry of 22 ladies and, despite the dreadful weather forecast (but luckily only a few showers), some excellent matches were played with Jenny Fitzpatrick (Wedmore) and Mary Felstead (Yeovil) beating Emily Page-Symonds (Avenue) and Julie Goodall (Yeovil) in the final.