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2013 Yorba Linda Country Club Wheelchair Tournament

11/02/2013 Yorba Linda Country Club Wheelchair Tournament - Yorba Linda, CA

 
2012 Yorba Linda Country Club Wheelchair Tournament

November 2012
USTA Sanctioned Southern California Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Yorba Linda Country Club
Yorba Linda, CA

The Adaptive Athletics Association organized the second wheelchair tennis tournament in as many years at the Yorba Linda Country Club over the weekend of November 3rd and 4th under the direction of Greg Jablonski the head tournament pro at YLCC.  21 players spanned over 9 divisions hosted by the lovely 8 court facility at the club.

The tournament enjoyed beautiful 80 degree weather this year, a far cry from the near rain out at last year’s competition, and with fewer competitors than the previous year those who did attend also enjoyed a more relaxed tournament atmosphere as well.

Strong player contingencies from throughout California and a lone New Yorker made up the field of wheelchair tennis players competing.  A drop-in attendance of over 30% was largely due to conflicts with a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in nearby San Diego, also unfortunately some players missed due to injuries, and various personal reasons.

Although there were fewer attendees the reputation of the event helped muster new players from Northern and Southern California alike who had not attended previously.  The Sempra Energy volunteer staff who helped with the wheelchair valet services, Mike Box the renowned Repair Guy, along with the gracious club members and staff, helped to make this year’s event an overwhelming success.

Marcus Causton a West Coast convert originally from the North East continued his winning streak with another consecutive Men’s Open championship here at the YLCC / AAA Wheelchair Tournament after wins in the PNW Sectionals and the San Jose Open.  Causton teamed up with Donald Bearden in the Men’s Open Doubles Final to sweep the tourney with a decisive win over the tough native California doubles team of Marty Anderson and Tom Ayala.

Antonio Vico swept the field in the Men’s A Division round robin draw and is continuing his advance up the ranks in solid fashion.  Vico teamed with the Men’s B Division Singles Champion Hadyanto Sutandar for the title in the Men’s A Doubles Division as well.  Hats off to Dee Henry coach of the Biola University Tennis Teams and mentor to many of the local Southern California wheelchair tennis players.

Another of Henrys understudies Mark Jones who had finished his run last year in the Semifinals was able to take the field in this year’s round robin draw and claim the Men’s C Division Championship.  Don Haynie and Tom Chun defeated Jones and a new up and coming junior Juan Solis in the Men’s C Division Doubles Final.

Alycia Busciglio and Denise Esrey two ladies from Northern California were the only women in this year’s event and astonished the crowd with excellent tennis as they competed on center court in the Women’s A Division Final and again as they nearly went the distance in a nail biting defeat to Sherman Schneller and Ken Straiton in the Men’s B Division Doubles Final.

The Adaptive Athletics Association would like to thank all the players, volunteers, fans, and organizers of the 2012 Yorba Linda Country Club Wheelchair Tournament.

 
2011 Yorba Linda Country Club Wheelchair Tournament

November 2011
USTA Sanctioned Southern California Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Yorba Linda Country Club
Yorba Linda, CA

The Adaptive Athletics Association organized the first wheelchair tennis tournament at the Yorba Linda Country Club in four decades over the weekend of November 5th and 6th under the direction of Greg Jablonski the head tournament pro at YLCC. 31 players spanned over 14 divisions hosted by the lovely 8 court facility at the club.

Forecasted rain had both players and organizers concerned that the event could happen at all, yet blue skies prevailed Saturday, and together the consensus was to push on as hard as we could that day to get as many matches completed before the predicted rain to follow on Sunday. Matches started at 9 a.m. and completed at 10:30p.m. under the lights with temperatures in the 40s, only three matches were abandoned out of the 45 or more scheduled.

The players that participated showed the true grit and strength of world class athletes, as many of them competed in four or more matches. The effort given by all may be a record breaker of some sorts that the Yorba Linda Country Club Wheelchair Tournament was wrapped up from start to finish before the rain fell on Sunday. Tom Ayala, David Eads, Antonio Vico, Ken Straiton, Nicole Saltzburg, and Eliel-Anthony Burroughs claimed the titles of Men's Open, Men's A, Men's B, Men's C, Women's and Juniors singles titles respectively. David Buck/Tony Lara, David Eads/Sergio Naduville, Hadyanto Sutandar/Antonio Vico, and Ken Straiton/Jaime Martinez captured the Men's Open, Men's A, Men's B and Men's C doubles titles stated in order of division.

The players and organizers although exhausted and tired both agreed that the tournament was a smash, and the Yorba Linda Country Club who were truly gracious host are excited to begin talks of what may come in the future. The crystal trophies, tennis Channel laden goodie bags, valet tennis chair service, and Saturday night player dinner/social was a great start for year one. Thank you once again, from the Adaptive Athletics Association and Yorba Linda Country Club to all who participated in making this event what it was. As we look forward to future events we wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!

 
2010 Desert Prosthetic and Orthotic Wheelchair Classic

11/06/2010 DESERT PROSTHETIC and ORTHOTIC WHEELCHAIR CLASSIC –Rancho Mirage, CA

 
2009 Desert Prosthetic and Orthotic Wheelchair Classic

10/31/2009 DESERT PROSTHETIC and ORTHOTIC WHEELCHAIR CLASSIC -

Rancho Mirage, CA

 
2008 Desert Prosthetic and Orthotic Wheelchair Classic

11/01/2008 DESERT PROSTHETIC and ORTHOTIC WHEELCHAIR CLASSIC - Rancho Mirage, CA

 


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