Thanks Lou for your hard work all weekend and for sending this along…
Open Singles – Ryan Willis defeated Will Lemp 21-14, 21-7.
Open Doubles – I thought it would be closer……………Ryan Willis/Nick Scherzer defeated in 2 games Will Lemp/Richard Lynch………….21-20, 21-20.
Contenders Singles – Field of 16 and unlike EMan and Stormy we have a WINNER………..Chris Storm the good Storm defeated Marcos Espinosa …………21-20, 21-8.
Contenders Doubles – Ron Martin/Mitch Meagher defeated Chris Storm/Tom Marks Jr. ……………….21-16, 21-7.
Contenders Consolation – Dan Johnson defeated Scott Wilson (20-21), 21-9, 11-10.
40 Singles – First time in years but the Master’s 40’s is back and doing well.. A barn burner, last time Herbig and Pfannenstiel squared off in the 40’s, Herbig won the Mo State Singles Championship. Today it was another barn burner as several time national champion Paul Pfannenstiel defeated Chris Herbig in a 11-5 Tie Breaker!
50 Singles – Another great match as Jerry Carnes from St. Louis battled KC 4 time Mo State 50 Singles Champion Tom Bembynista. Another barn burner as Bembynista wins in a Tie-Breaker! (14-21), 21-20 and 11-5.
50 Doubles – Another barn burner as National Doubles Champions Paul Pfannenstiel and Jake Esser were challenged by Columbia’s Jim Wohl and Tequila Harry’s Joel Rush! Wohl and Rush eked out the first game, a marathon battle. In the second game it looked like for a while that going two ways was going to take its toll on Paul Pfannenstiel as Wohl/Rush jump out to a 10 – 0 lead. Pfannenstiel and Esser were not done as they scored grudgingly the next 15 points and all bets were on Pfannenstiel/Esser in a tie-breaker. After at least a dozen times in the box Wohl/Rush finally get off of 10 but it looks like Pfannenstiel/Essser will win going away. Out of nowhere, Wohl/Rush tie the game at 18 – 18 and somehow get out a Winner. Wohl/Rush 50’s Doubles Champion in maybe one of the best finals ever played.
60 Doubles – Wow largest bracket in the tournament as 26 players, 13 teams played for the Title. In the end there could only be one. The Final was supposed to be Gary Sowell/Lou Serrone vs Dave Schafer/Don Ginsburg. Gary Sowell, the substitute partner for Mark Kohnle tweaked a hamstring in the Semi’s vs Brake/Bozzay. Sunday AM, Sowell cannot go. David Schaffer usually the partner of Mark Kohnle said he did not want to drive 5 hours and not play a final. At Schaffer/Ginsburg request, Kohnle off the injured reserve comes back in the tournament. 2.5 hour donnybrook ensues with Serrone/Kohnle serving for match twice at 20 in the 2nd game but it was not to be that the substitute team would win the day as Ginsburg pulls a rabbit out of the hat with 5 or 6 well timed almost un-returnable angled serves that allowed his extremely hot partner Dave Schafer to finish off Kohnle/Serrone @ 11-7 in the tie-breaker!
60 Singles – Greg Coia defeated Michael Haar…………………………….. 21-10, 21-3.
60 Legends Doubles – Randie Moler/Chuck Smrha defeated Michael Haar/Don Duryee……………………………….. 21-8, 21-3.
Legends Singles – Tony Raimondo was back to defend his title defeating last year in the final our very own Michael Booth in a tie-breaker. This year the KCAC’s Rick Beamon was back in the final. The Rick Beamon, who Skippy says he never lost to. The Rick Beamon I saw serve every ball to Skippy in a Championship match in Springfield several years ago. The same day Bailey and I the two (left side players) kept hearing Skippy say “He’s not that good” all the way to the bar where Skippy and I had to buy beers for the winners. That Rick Beamon showed up and won the Legends Singles ……………………………….21-5, (18-21), 11-5.