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Tennis players serve animals in need at tourney

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Tennis players took to the courts to help the Aspen Animal Shelter last weekend.

The Aspen for Animals NRPT tennis tournament was held at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club with a big turnout for a first-year event.

“The tournament was a great success, especially considering this is the first year of the tournament,” said Gary Quandt, director of tennis at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. He also was the tournament co-director for the adult tournament.

According to co-director Gayle Godwin, there were 67 entries in five different skill levels in men’s and women’s events.

“All the proceeds of the tournament, which will be about $1,000, will be donated to the Aspen Animal Shelter,” Godwin said. “Tennis players supported the tournament by playing great tennis.”

She said participants were from all across Colorado and beyond.

Aspen tennis player Margaret Dole won two events — the mixed 3.5 doubles and the women’s 7.0 doubles.

Here are the final results:

Men’s 4.5 singles: William Swirlbul (Carbondale) def. Douglas Olson (Basalt) 6-1, 6-1

Men’s 4.0 singles: Mike Ramos (Palm Beach, Fla.) def. Mike Allen (Vail) 6-2, 6-4

Men’s 3.5 singles: Dave Tarwater (Conifer) def. Craig Roth (Boise, Idaho) 6-3, 6-2

Women’s 4.0 singles: Heather Thomas (Edwards) def. Camille Cook (Austin, Texas) 6-4, 6-4

Women’s 3.0 singles:Shannon Francis-Pienaar (Glenwood Springs) def. Sunni McBride (Snowmass) 6-2, 6-3

Men’s 8.0 doubles: Richard Boddicker (Denver)/Francis Jarrett (Tampa, Fla.) def. Douglas Factor/Jeff Kelley (Carbondale) 6-3, 7-6

Women’s 7.0 doubles: Margaret Dole (Aspen)/Sarah Kimsey (Great Falls, Va.) def. Peggy Aitken (Basalt)/Jennifer Ufland (Carbondale) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

Women’s 3.0 doubles: Teresa Hahn/Tinarivo Ranivomboahangy (Glenwood Springs) def. Claudia Crane (Carbondale)/Shannon Francis-Pienaar (Glenwood Springs) 6-7, 6-3, 7-6

Mixed 4.0 doubles: Ashley/Mike Ramos (Palm Beach, Fla.) def. Jennifer Lassiter/Jeff Limongelli (Carbondale) 7-6, 6-4

Mixed 3.5 doubles: Margaret Dole (Aspen)/Craig Roth (Boise, Idaho) def. Audrey/Cliff Ahumada (Carbondale) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

The Aspen Golf and Tennis Club will host the Aspen City NTRP Championships on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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