Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Palm-Aire CC Team Earns a Trip to 4.0 Nationals

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Palm-Aire CC Team Earns a Trip to 4.0 Nationals

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They are going to have to change court surfaces, but nobody is really complaining.

A team representing Palm-Aire Country Club has earned a trip to the USTA 55-over, 4.0 National Championships to be played Oct. 31- Nov. 1 in Surprise, Arizona.

The team ran away with the state title recently in Daytona, finishing 5-0 in round-robin play.

The win wasn't really a surprise, but it was welcomed just the same.

"I finally was on a team that won the state championship. I knew if I hung around long enough it would happen," was the way Rick Rosenberg put it.

The team, captained by Bob Taylor, included Rosenberg, Jeff Gartman, Walter Jones, Steve Carter, Dan McClure, Ed Sanford, Mark Anderson, Ed Cunningham and Greg High, Palm-Aire Country Club Director of Tennis.

The team normally practices on Sundays, under the direction of Larry Denyes and Taylor. They will be busy transitioning their games to hard courts and are looking forward to the challenge.

SCF team excels

The State College of Florida women's tennis team finished third in the National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championships held earlier this month in Tucson, Arizona.

The finish was the second highest in the history of the program. The Manatees finished second the 2012 tournament.

Casey O'Toole was the runner-up at No. 6 singles and Natella Nabieva and Amiena Houston were runners-up at No. 2 doubles. Miranda Talbert, Houston, and Mikala Lowrance reached the semifinals in singles.

The Manatees, ranked No. 3 in the nation much of the season, won the Florida College System Activities Association State/Region 8 Championship. It was the first time the Bradenton-based program won back-to-back state titles. The SCF team finished the season with a 12-2 record.

Making news

Francis Tiafoe made quite an impression during the Sarasota Open held last month at Lakewood Ranch and the 17-year-old player from Maryland has been making quite a bit of news since he left the area.

After reaching the quarterfinals of the Sarasota Open, Tiafoe got to the semifinals a week later in Savannah, Georgia. He followed that up with a run to the final in a tournament in Tallahassee. …

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