Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Muscular Dystrophy Tourney Nears

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Muscular Dystrophy Tourney Nears

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The sixth annual Tom Bush BMW Tennis Tournament to benefit the

Muscular Dystrophy Association will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at

Oak Bridge Club at Sawgrass. Proceeds go to the Northeast

Florida Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which,

according to the association, is funded almost solely by private

contributors.

The competition includes NTRP USTA designated 3.0, 3.5, 4.0,

4.5, and 5.0 singles and doubles; 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 mixed doubles.

Players must be 18. Entry fees are $35 per person and include a

tournament T-shirt, breakfast each morning of play and

attendance to players party after. Call Oak Bridge at 285-6166

for information.

TEENS COMPETE IN SECTIONALS -- Two North Florida teenagers,

Zach Ganger and Summer Barker, recently competed in USTA zonal

and national competitions.

Barker, who is taught at the ATP Tour Club in Ponte Vedra

Beach, competed in the Girls 14 and under Nationals in Atlanta

Aug. 2-8. In singles, she lost in the second round to 17th seed

Mandy Pallais of Richmond, Va., 6-0, 6-1.

In the consolation matches, Barker lost in the fourth round to

Kristin Carlin, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, Barker and partner Angela Piedrahita lost in the

third round to the ninth-seeded team of Lauren Connelly and

Jennifer Magley, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

In the girls 14 and under Clay Court Nationals, held in

Plantation July 12-19, Barker made it to the second round in

singles before losing to 17th seed Eva Wang, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

In the consolation match, Barker lost in the second round to

Sarita Konka, 6-0, 6-2.

In doubles, she and partner Steffi Oldock lost in the first

round to Mary Kovarick and Katie Ruekart, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Ganger was a member of Team Florida that went to the 12 and

under Zone Team Championships in Nashville July 19-25. The team

was coached by Danny Witt, director of tennis at Queens Harbour

Racquet Club.

Members of Team Florida were chosen by rank after the state

competition. Ganger, ranked 13th, was among the 25 boys chosen

to go to zonals. Twenty-five girls were chosen.

There are no nationals for the 12 and under group and no scores

are kept. But Ganger's mother, Tina Ganger Smith, who teaches at

Epping Forrest, said her son played 10 matches and won all of

them.

In the USTA 16 Zone Team Championship, 20 girls and 20 boys

represented Florida at the competition at Wake Forest in

Winston-Salem, N.C., July 26-31. Among them was Jacksonville's

Kristin Munn, who played in the girls' A team in position five.

Ricardo Acuna, director of tennis at the ATP Tour Club, coached

the boys' B team, which won the silver medal.

RIVE JOINS USTA -- FSU tennis alum Joey Rive, the men's head

tennis coach at the University of Alabama, will become a coach

on the USTA Player Development national coaching staff. …

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