Tournaments & Competitions
THE 2016 BURNHAM ON SEA OPEN TOURNAMENT
SUNDAY 14th to SATURDAY 20th AUGUST 2016
The Club, the Tournament Committee, and LTA National Referee Graeme Luckin who officiated here for his 3rd year, thank all those competitors that entered and competed in this very popular GRADE 3 Tournament. It was good to see many past tournament players returning again this year and we do course look forward to seeing them again next year.
The Club will welcome any feedback that those that participated would like to make and we welcome negative and constructive feedback as well as positive comments in order that we can perhaps make improvements for 2017.
RECENT PAST EVENTS
The 2015 Jo Gooden Tournament
The 27th annual Jo Gooden ladies doubles tournament was held on 31 October at the Avenue Tennis Club. This tournament is played in memory of Jo Gooden (nee Champion) who was tragically killed in a car accident when she was 23 years old. Jo was a member of Avenue Tennis Club and played for Somerset County Ladies team. She had also won the National Under 12 Championships of Great Britain – at the same time as Andrew Castle won the boys Under 12 Championships. Her father Dick Champion, who was a life long member of our Club, presented a lovely perpetual trophy in her memory which is played for every year, and also introduced the tradition of presenting engraved tumblers to the winners each year. This tradition is carried on by one of Jo’s sisters, Jean Booth, who is a keen supporter of the tournament and also of our Club. Jean now presents the prizes every year.
This year there were players from Avenue, Wells, Victoria, Wedmore and Yeovil Tennis Clubs. Pairs were drawn to ensure each couple was made up of players from different clubs. It was a round-robin event with two sections and the 2 winnings pairs from each section went on to play a semi-final knockout. Vicky Flicker (Wells) and Pat Hunter (Avenue) won their section, but lost to the on-form pairing of Stella Millard (Yeovil) and Barbara Peakman (Victoria). In the other semi-final, Linda Hall (Wells) and Poo Jenkins (Avenue) beat Sarah Townsend (Wells) and Shelley Bamsey (Avenue\). In the final Linda Hall and Poo jenkins beat Stella Millard and Barbara Peakman.
The competitors also enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by the Club and delicious home-made cakes baked by Jean Booth. In all, a most enjoyable day was had by all.
The 2014 tournament was won by Elaine Amos (Avenue) and Stella Millard (Yeovil) who beat Sheila Jenkins (Street) and Poo Jenkins (Avenue) in the final. A photograph of the 2014 event is shown with Jean Booth holding the trophy.
97th Burnham on Sea Open Tennis Tournament 16-22 August 2015
This year’s Burnham on Sea Tournament was considered to be very successful for both our Club and for Burnham on Sea generally where it is one of the largest local annual sporting events. It had its largest entry for many years with nearly 500 matches being played in one week. It is one of the largest tennis tournaments in the South West and is certainly recognised as an important Grade 3 Lawn Tennis Association tournament (in a range 1-7 where a Grade 1 is the highest standard and 7 the lowest grade. Grade 1 & 2 are National Events). Players compete for tennis points striving to improve their national tennis ranking and rating.
The Club has been very fortunate to secure the commitments of LTA National Referee Graeme Luckin from Essex for the past two years and he has very professionally managed this tournament. Graeme was very ably assisted by club member Linda Matthews. We are very pleased that both have already committed to pairing up again in 2016. Graeme said “I have thoroughly enjoyed my second year running this tournament. Whilst being highly competitive it is played in a relaxed and friendly manner. The club is very welcoming and I am looking forward to returning next year and growing the tournament still further”.
Our tournament has been running since 1910 with breaks only during the periods of WW1 and WW2. Although for many years it was organised over two weeks with one week dedicated to Junior play and one to Adult play with the introduction of floodlights these separate tournaments have more recently been combined into one week as it became possible for play to take place until late evening. The 2015 tournament was again sponsored by international bank RBC and and regional sports retailer Tony Pryce Sports. The Club is very grateful for their continued support.
This year we attracted several nationally ranked junior players, namely Annabelle Davis from Berkshire and Phoebe Collins from Essex. Ages of players ranged from 6 to 81 and the combined ages of the oldest competing doubles pairing was 157! 35 events were played; 21 junior and 14 adult. Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. 263 players from 13 counties competed; from as far away as Essex, Cheshire, Cornwall, Hampshire etc. with many players staying in local holiday accommodation. Some players came for the first time and so enjoyed the tournament, club ambience, and town, that they have expressed a strong desire to return next year. One tennis group of 13 junior players from the ROK Tennis Academy in Cheshire came for their 4th successive year, staying all week. Their joint head coach Jordan Young commented “this tournament is extremely well organised and everyone knew what was going on and when they would be playing. We will certainly be returning again next year”.
So far as successes were concerned Alfie Flatters from Exeter retained his Mens Singles title beating stiff competition in a 32 man draw. He is looking to return in 2016 to make it a hat-trick of wins. Nigel Carter from Dorset won the 50+ Senior Mens Singles. Club (or ex-club) members had a very successful tournament. Barry Ramsden played in 4 events (possibly 5 at the last count although he was handed the clubhouse keys to lock up when he had finished his last match as it was probably approaching midnight!).
2014 PHOTO GALLERY