2006-06-15 / Letters to the Editor

Tennis tourney benefits medical fund

The first Roger Chase Memorial Tennis Tournament was a tremendous success. We netted more than $2,500, which will benefit the Jamestown Medical Fund and the fire department.

Eighty-five men, women and children played, and prizes were awarded to competitors in 10 categories. All finals were played at the Conanicut Yacht Club courts, and each of the three championship rounds we had "town" teams battling graciously against "member" opponents. Roger would have loved it, players ranging from 10 to 80, playing tennis, having fun, giving it their best shot.

Thanks to the presenting sponsor, Jamestown Fitness and Barbara Lundy, for their financial and moral support. Barbara spurred us on. We couldn't have pulled off an event this big, and with such great prizes, without her.

Thanks to Island Realty for a big donation, Kerry Sheehan Construction for its financial support and help with the T-shirts, Well Works for the drinking water, and Slice of Heaven and Trattoria Simpatico for their donations.

Notable volunteers included Carol Chase, Roger's wife, flipping burgers with the help of her two granddaughters. Sandy Wood got a total of more than 120 matches on court between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. without a hitch. Mary Hutchinson was tireless in her recruiting efforts and her behind-the-scenes administrative efforts. Thanks to Roger's protg at the CYC courts, Phil Johnson, for his support along with his assistant Chris, and to Judy Knight for working with the sponsors. Spencer Berger donated time, money, and talent for our promotional posters and advertisements.

Lunch was outstanding thanks to the efforts of Amy Smith, Fran Cook, and Linda Brown and a crew of saladand desert-making women. Along with Carol, Tom Hirsch and Fred Brown flipped fine burgers. Judy Calabretta, Carol's sister, helped with check-in. And my Dad, Rich Heath, along with Andy Forde, did a fine job running the junior event on the town courts.

And last but not least, thanks to the players. You've all got game.

Steve Heath, tournament director

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