Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Purse Triples for Tournament Series

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Purse Triples for Tournament Series

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Trophies are nice, any tennis player will tell you, but nothing gets the motor revved up like legal tender.

For the second year in succession, players who participate in St. Louis' three major summer tournaments - the Dwight Davis, the Martin J. Kennedy and the St. Louis District - will have a chance to make some pretty good money at the season-ending St. Louis Open.

This year the total purse will be $12,000 - roughly three times what it was last year. Center Oil Co. is putting up the money again this year as a reward for players who donate their time to support the local tournaments. The larger total makes it possible for more players to be awarded.

To be eligible for prize money, a player must enter at least two of the tournaments - the Davis, running Friday through June 11; the Kennedy, July 8-16; and the District, Aug. 19-28.

Money will be earned on the basis of points accumulated and on performance in the St. Louis Open, Sept. 9-11.

Top men's seeds for the Dwight Davis: Toby Clark, Chris Gillis, Rich Berens, Mike Johnston, Dick Johnson, Alan Farmer, Shawn Walburn and Mario Barretto.

The seeds in the women's field are junior Tina Harrison; Traci Jesse, a newcomer who played at the University of Northern Iowa and now is a grad student at Washington University (Jesse was runner-up at the Bud Simpson Memorial in Alton); Melissa Feeney, a Parkway West graduate now playing at Penn State; Jolie Quevreaux; Amy and Sara Hazen, the 1991 state doubles champions from Wood River High, now playing at Southwest Missouri State.

Elsewhere: At the Missouri Valley Indoor at Creve Coeur Racquet Club, Chris Gillis beat Alan Farmer 6-1, 6-3 in the final. Gillis topped Shawn Walburn in one semifinal, and Farmer got past Kansas City's Doug Kaut 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the other. Other finals: Joann Kindle and Ann Wroth beat Cindy Babb and Patsy Shaver 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 in women's doubles; Gillis and Mario Barretto defeated John Gorman and Matt Mainer 6-1, 6-4 in men's doubles; and Erica Peterson and Paul Arendes beat Kevi Harwood and Mark Mannion 6-4, 6-2 in mixed doubles. …

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