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2016 Clay Court Invitational

posted May 27, 2016, 9:27 PM by Ben Combs

Greetings,
If you are on this email you are scheduled to play in the first Invitational for the Sacramento Clay Court League.  The draw is posted.  You can go to the site to view and follow match updates.

Please reply to this email with your shirt size.  Plan on attending the Dinner on Saturday night time tbd but around 5pm.  Kenny has been in the planning stages for weeks and has some really cool dishes (personally tested)!  WARNING!  We are not “over buying” lobster tail so PLEASE let us know in advance if you would like to purchase additional dinners.  ($30 each)  The players are included in the entry fee but please let us know about others that will attend with you.  

Finally, this was a true draw.  I tried to take care of my best buddies and get them preferred times and opponents but Kenny squashed all the backroom deals.  We actually randomly drew names out of his hand yesterday and filled in the draw.  I am beginning to think he just might be a democrat.  So, please don’t complain about the draw or the times, we did the best we could for the single court tournament.  Ultimately it will be fun and filled with great stories, lots of great players and some crappy scrubs but all in fun.  I am blessed to have you all over for this gathering of tennis friends.

In short:
1. Go to the site to get your match times
2. Reply with your t-shirt size
3. Send $30 for anyone you want to bring to the dinner and let me know now (we need the final count)
4. Complaints about the draw or times can be delivered to Kenny while you are in the food line  HA!

See you all next Friday.  Directions to my house....go to the homepage and click on Contacts, choose Combs.

Ben
Ps. It’s the scrub responsibility to notify their partner of the match times etc.  

2015 Clay League Complete

posted Nov 1, 2015, 8:02 PM by Ben Combs   [ updated Nov 4, 2015, 8:35 AM ]

After about 5 hours of rain delay we finally finished the season.  We saw some great finals for those that hung out to see.  The food was great and after the delay McGaffigan and Bella came back to win the 3rd set and force the 10 point tiebreaker for the "double loss" rule.  They fought off 4 match points to get the initial win in 3 sets then had 3 match points of their own before winning on the last one 10-8 to take the 9.0 title.  The 40+ match went on immediately following and was a great match won narrowly by Paveglio and Potthast over Evers and Hags 6-4, 6-4.  The Open Final started under the lights and was a real treat for remaining crowd.  The first set was well contested by Yas and Robo but Justin Garcia and Whit Livingston remained in control and came out on top 6-4 in the first.  They won the second 6-2 and captured the $1000 first prize.  

Finals Day Match Update #3

posted Nov 1, 2015, 1:43 PM by Ben Combs

The rain has stopped.  The court should be dry very soon.  As of 1:40pm Sunday we are postponing all match to the following times:
9.0 Will Resume no earlier than 2:30pm.
40+ Will Start no earlier than 3:00pm.
Open Will Start no earlier than 5:00pm.
Please watch for future updates here on the Official Site

Finals Day Match Delay Update #2

posted Nov 1, 2015, 12:34 PM by Ben Combs

As of 12:30pm Sunday we are postponing all match to the following times:
9.0 Will Resume no earlier than 2pm.
40+ Will Start no earlier than 2:30pm.
Open Will Start no earlier than 4:30pm.
Please watch for future updates here on the Official Site

Finals Day Match Delay Update

posted Nov 1, 2015, 11:32 AM by Ben Combs

With the remnants of the passing front still soaking the court all matches are now delayed to the following times:
9.0 Will Resume no earlier than 1pm.
40+ Will Start no earlier than 2pm.
Open Will Start no earlier than 4pm.
Please watch for future updates here on the Official Site

Matches Currently on weather delay as of 11am

posted Nov 1, 2015, 11:05 AM by Ben Combs

9.0 match halted at 4-4 in 3rd set
40+ 11am start time delayed
Open 1pm start time delayed

Please stay tuned

Finals Set for Sunday

posted Oct 31, 2015, 6:34 PM by Ben Combs   [ updated Oct 31, 2015, 6:45 PM ]

Beginning at 9am Sunday November 1st the Clay League finals begin.  It's been a long season with great stories but it all comes down to this lineup.  The 9.0 Division will feature Kurt Chan / Anton Talle vs Laura McGaffigan / Bella Norton.  $200 is on the line with $100 for second place.  Then at 11:00am the 40's division will be a match up of Bryan Paveglio / Chris Potthast vs Chris Evers / Dave Hagiwara, there is $500 on the line for first place with $250 to the losers.  The BBQ should be in full swing by then, it features food from Dickie's BBQ, BBQ Brisket, Chicken, Potato Salad, Green Beans with bacon, and a Caesar Salad.  Please come hungry.  At 1pm the Open Division will feature the US Open Qualifying Team of Yasmin Schnack / Eric Roberson versus another local high quality team of Whit Livingston / Justin Garcia.  The open prize is $1000 with $500 going to the 2nd place team.  It should be a great day and the weather looks cool and promising.  Bring a chair, sunglasses and a hat, and help celebrate another successful Clay League Season.

Clay League By The Numbers

posted Oct 26, 2015, 4:05 PM by Ben Combs

60 Players
54 Matches
342 Tennis Balls
3 Kegs of Beer
1 Wall of Shame Addition (so far)

What a season.  If you missed it there is still time, the Clay Court finals are Sunday November 1st with the first match at 9:00am for the 9.0 Division.  The 40+ Division goes on immediately following but not before 11am, followed by the Open Division at 1pm.  The matches have all the money on the line and are chaired by Umpire Michael Gervais with ball girl duties from The Granite Bay Girls Tennis Team.  Come out and enjoy the free BBQ and watch some of the best local pros compete for the 2015 Clay League honors.  There is no charge to come in watch and eat, but proceeds from the tip jar will benefit the Sacramento Junior Tennis Fund.  

There are a few matches this week to complete the double elimination rules of the league but teams having already made the finals are: Yasmin Schnack / Eric Roberson (competing for $1000 first prize) in the Open Division, Bryan Paveglio / Chris Potthast ($500 first place prize) in the 40+ Division, and Kurt Chan / Anton Talle in the 9.0 Division ($200 first place prize).  

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pay your skins!

posted Oct 19, 2015, 9:16 AM by David Floth   [ updated Oct 19, 2015, 9:18 AM ]

If you are hit by a ball during a match please remember to pay $5 towards the beer fund! We went through a keg over the weekend!

Rain equals (better) Tennis

posted Oct 17, 2015, 6:40 AM by Ben Combs

We had some showers roll through last night but it actually improved court conditions.  Matches are on as scheduled.  Let's rumble.

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