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Meeting: How to Promote College Tennis Attendance

Wayne Bryan invited twenty five of the leaders in tennis to gather to discuss ways to improve attendance at college tennis matches. The meeting took place at the beautiful Malibu Racquet Club on Monday October 18.  The goal of the meeting was for the industry experts to share their best ideas and to brainstorm on ways to help promote college tennis and to have college tennis help promote other areas of tennis like the Tennis Channel and the Farmers Classis/L.A. Open.

World’s No. 1 Doubles Team Host K-Swiss All Star Tennis Fest & Wine Tasting Event

Fresh off their third U.S. Open championship and ninth career Grand Slam title, the all-time winningest men’s doubles team and world No. 1s Bob andMike Bryan will be joined by Top 25 players and good friends Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey at the K-Swiss All Star Tennis Fest & Wine Tasting event Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Spanish Hills Country Club.

 The Bryan Bros. and their Foundation recently announced they would be awarding a $5,000 grant to both the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons to financially assist a promising junior player from each area.

 “Both the VCJTA and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments and programs were where Mike and Bob were first able to spread their wings as juniors,” said the twins’ father, Wayne Bryan. “Now, they want to give back and would like to provide a deserving junior the same opportunity they had.”

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  •  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:Pro-Am Tournament where participants will get to play with some of the world’s best players.
  • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.:Wine tasting and live music.
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.:Pro Tennis Exhibition.

 Participating restaurants and wineries include: Spanish Hills Country Club, Capistrano’s, Yolandas, Enoteca Toscana, We Olive, Hahn Wineries, Bianchi Wineries, Ventura County Wine Trails and the California Wine Club.

Contact: Dave McKinney; (805) 388.5000 at Dave@bbtennisfest.com

For media inquiries: Steve Pratt; (310) 408-4555; at Sprattt@aol.com

Novice Tournament completed!

Last weekend saw a  fun filled Novice tournament completed. Click through for the results

Boys 14’s: Champion Joseph Kavaloske (Santa Inez)/Finalist Cody Stevens (Lompoc)
Boys 12’s: Champion Matthew McClintock (Santa Barbara)/ Finalist: Dominik Marro (Simi Valley)
Boys 10’s: Champion: Jack Boxall (Santa Clarita)/Finalist: Peter Tebbe (Santa Barbara) Boys 8’s: Champion: Conner Eddy (Agoura Hills)/Finalist: Marcus Sebastian (Woodland Hills)
Girls 14-16’s: Champion: Katherine Redberg (San Luis Obispo)/Finalist: Caraline Redberg (San Luis Obispo)
Girls 10-12’s: Champion: Carley McDaniel (Santa Barbara)/ Finalist: Lauren Sebastian (Woodland Hills)
Girls 8’s: Champion: Katherine Monroe (Santa Barbara)/Finalist: Luca Pieretti (Santa Barbara)

Jerry Beaver – 2010 SBTP Hall of Fame Inductee

By MARK PATTON NEWS-PRESS SENIOR WRITER
July 9, 2010 6:37 AM

Jerry Beaver built the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons on a rock – although there were days when it felt like the rock had landed on him.

Beaver, the organization’s founding president, will be inducted into the Patrons’ Hall of Fame during a reception on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, in between the final rounds of the Santa Barbara Open and the USTA Men’s National 50 Hard Courts.

“This began as an experiment,” Beaver said, “but a lot of people wound up getting involved.”

Beaver and several other tennis players were surveying the construction of the Santa Barbara Tennis Club when the idea for a junior tennis organization was concocted.

“There’s a rock up there in front of courts 3, 4 and 5, and we were standing there when somebody said, ‘You know, we’ve got to get a junior tennis program going,’ ” Beaver recalled. “Somebody said, ‘Well, Beaver, you’ve got three little kids – why don’t you take it on?’ ”

Little did he know that the organization that he’d help start in April of 1971 would now be running five USTA junior tournaments, four club junior events and even four adult tournaments. The Patrons run the Santa Barbara Open, which is in its 74th year.

Beaver expected “about 30-to-40 kids” to register when he started the Patrons’ junior tournament series in the summer of 1971.

“We wound up having 150 kids enter,” he said. “We caught it at the right time. Tennis took off during the 1970s.”

His sons – David, Philip and John – all played in the Patrons for many years. Beaver even got his wife, Helene, involved.

“All of a sudden, this thing was overwhelming,” he said. “There was no committee or anything. I said, ‘I need help! So Helene very graciously quit her paying job to take over as secretary of the Patrons.”

“It really mushroomed once the kids started telling their friends,” Helene added.

Beaver played tennis for many years until vision problems forced him to put his racket away two months ago.

“I hated quitting tennis,” Beaver said. “But I’m very pleased that the Patrons is still going strong after 39 years.”

KC Egger recipient of Bryan Brothers’ Scholarship

Her name is Kathleen Christine but she goes by “KC.”  I know I’m dating myself, but when I hear the name “KC” I think “KC and the Sunshine Band” and try not to bust a disco move or break into song.  (Just kidding about busting a move – can’t happen, never could.) But that Pavlovian reaction is about to end.   (Thank God!) Now when I hear the name “KC” – while I still might think sunshine – I’ll be thinking tennis too. Meet KC Egger – a breath of sunshine in the junior tennis community and the worthy recipient of the Bryan Brothers Foundation scholarship administered through the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons.

Kathy and Wayne Bryan, parents of the famous and world number one doubles duo, explain why they started this scholarship “…the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments and programs were where Mike and Bob were first able to spread their wings as juniors.”  Now, they want to give back and would like to provide a deserving junior the same opportunity they had.  In conjunction with this scholarship, Amber Bottleson donated a junior membership at Tennis Club of Santa Barbara to make this a complete tennis scholarship package.

The criteria set for the scholarship was:

  • Boy or girl 10-12 years of age who resides in the Santa Barbara area
  • Promising tennis talent
  • Good sportsmanship and character
  • Good academics
  • In need of financial support
  • 100 word essay from applicant on why they want to play tennis
  • Letter(s) of recommendation

Well KC didn’t just meet these requirements – she blew them away – especially when it comes to character and academics.  And I don’t mean she is a character – although with her quick wit and infectious smile she is at that – but she has Character with a capital C.

KC was first introduced to tennis at the Saturday junior clinics at the Municipal Courts with Dave Weider, a program sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara and the Tennis Patrons. She still continues with these clinics but now she can be found helping out – a way, she says, for her to give back to the sport and those who have helped her.  She joined Tom Horton’s clinic at Knowlwood when she became more serious about the sport. Jeff Thomson saw her playing there, and she joined his clinic as well. Then she met Miguel Hernandez there as well.  Miguel saw KC’s potential and passion for the sport and took her under his wing and a team was born.

This sixth grader at Monte Vista competes in Math Super Bowls, represented her school in the County Spelling Bee and is in the Gate program. But wait – there’s more. She won the school’s literary program “garnering two first places out of four categories.” She tried to go to Stanford University’s summer technology camp but was too young. (Hopefully next year.)  When asked if she knew where she wants to go to college and what she wants to study, there was no hesitation in her response – Stanford and nanotechnology!  Nanotechnology? Are you kidding me? (Her father’s influence!)

Together and with the direction of her coach Miguel, the Tennis Patrons will administer scholarship funds of $2,500 to help pay for lessons, tournaments, and travel expenses over the coming year. In addition, the Bryans will be providing equipment, shoes and apparel from their sponsors, Prince, K-Swiss and Oakley.  And having the membership from the Tennis Club gives KC an additional venue to play and spread her own “tennis wings.”

Keep an eye out for KC. This young lady has a lot to offer. Like those of us who watched the Bryan brothers grow up – in ten years you just might be able to “I knew KC when…” and it might not be just f her tennis skills that prompt you to say that.

Stratman wins Girls 18s

Lauren Stratman claimed the Girls 18 title at the 95th Santa Barbara Summer Junior Tennis Tournament  defeating Dorothy Tang 6-3, 6-2 in the final.  Stratman, from Goleta, made the championship match by defeating doubles partner and No. 1 seed April Scatliffe in the semifinals. Stratman won in three sets for the second time of the tournament, topping Scatliffe 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.  Stratman was the only unseeded player to make a title match in any of the five girls draws

John Heinzman Completed!

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Bryan Brother’s Donate $5,000 to the Patrons!

From Presidio Sports

Posted by John Dvorak – PRESIDIO SPORTS on January 31, 2010

Bob and Mike Bryan were focused on defending their Australian Open title in Melbourne last Thursday, but the world’s top doubles team had a presence at the annual meeting for the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons on Jan. 21.

President Elizabeth Winterhalter had good news for the 40-45 people gathered at Harry’s Plaza Cafe, which included current and past board members, club managers, local pros and coaches. They were delighted to hear that the Bryan brothers had donated $5,000 through their foundation to help pay for a youth tennis scholarship.

Amber Bottleson added to the goodwill by immediately donating a junior tennis membership from the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara.

“Everybody was so fired up,” said  Tennis Patrons President Elizabeth Winterhalter, who complimented a slideshow put together by Executive Director CathyAnn Simon for being another highlight of the night.

The Bryan brother’s have since successfully defended their Australian Open title, defeating No. 2 seed Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in the final.

The doubles stars, themselves products of the Tennis Patrons, requested that the money, which will help pay for lessons and access to local tennis clubs, be earmarked for deserving young men or women.

The Bryan brother’s weren’t the only ones receiving applause for giving as San Marcos senior Amy Kinsella was awarded  for her generosity with her time. The SBTP’s board voted to give Kinsella special recognition for her committment to community service and the organization’s summer mentorship program.

The Board also announced the re-election of Winterhalter as President, with Diane Young retaining Vice President duties, John Long as Treasurer and  Rich Powell as Secretary.

Simon’s slideshow covered the 29 years since the Tennis Patrons was created, with throwback shots of Jim Basham, Megan Cotich and Heath Montgomery as juniors, photos from last year’s clinic with the Bryans, and everything in between.

“I don’t know what it was, but it was really a magical night,” said Winterhalter, beginning another term under good auspices.