SEDONA, AZ (June 21, 2010) The 37th Sedona Family Tournament was held June 18-20 at Sedona Racquet Club (SRC). The event is one of the most unique tennis tournaments in the country, featuring 12 doubles categories in which every team is composed of some family relationship. This year, 110 entries from 5 states competed in 12 events with players ranging in age from 6 years old to 71 years old. The 2010 entries total represent a 30% increase from the 2009 entry total.
The Sedona Family Tournament started in 1973 when Sedona architect, Don Woods, assembled his family and other friends families together for a Father’s Day celebration of tennis with events that allowed all family members to participate. This year, 12 events were held including Father-Son, Mother-Daughter, Husband-Wife, Grandparenrt-Grandchild and Brother-Sister among others.
Area team faired well even though most of the team were from out of town. Keith and Dee Hunter of Sedona won the Husband-Wife 55 & over event, defeating Jack and DIana Keller of Phoenix, in the final 6-4;7-6 (4). Donna Davis of Sedona and Billy Woods of Phoenix defeated Fred Enke Jr. and Denise Latimer 7-6;6-4 to win the Brother-Sister event. Phil and Cassandra Kovac, both of Sedona won the Grandparent/Grandchild event, defeating Dean Corley of Palm Springs and Madelyn Corley of Phoenix 6-0;6-1. Kirk Westervelt of Sedona and Katie Hundelt of Phoenix lost to Fred Enke Jr. and Diana Keller, both of Phoenix in the Mixed Relations final, 6-4;6-2. Larry and Alex Lineberry both of Sedona, successfully defended their 2009 Father-Son title, defeating John and Adam Waltz of Phoenix 6-4;6-7(5) 10-7 in a hard fought final.
Other final results are as follows:
Father-Daughter: John and Mary Francis Byron of Phoenix def. Brian and Kelsey Rose of Chandler 4-6;7-5;10-6
Mother- Daughter: Lynn And Arianna Rose of Chandler def. Marie and Nicole Friedrichs, both of Mesa, 2-6;6-4 10-7
Parent-Child under 12: Greg and Jarod Hing, both of Scottsdale def. Dean and Madelyn Corley 6-0;6-1
Brother- Brother: Adam and Andrew Waltz, both of Phoenix def. Bob Woods of Cottonwood and Billy Woods 6-3;6-1
Sister-Sister: Mary Francis and Courtney Byron, both of Phoenix, def. Kelsey and Arianna Rose 6-2;6-1
Husband-Wife: Michael And Kirsten Ross, both of Phoenix def. Larry and Margie Friedrichs, both of Mesa 6-4;6-4
Mother-Son: Doug and Margie Friedrichs def. Billie and Brian Hayes, both of Sierra Vista 6-2;6-1
“This is always our most fun tournament at SRC because all teams are related and there is no pressure to win at all costs,” said SRC tournament director, Larry Lineberry. “All of the families are glad to be together on Father’s Day, enjoy their time with each other, and see old friends. The tournament being played for 37 consecutive years has allowed participants to watch families grow up over that time period and form very close relationships with tennis as the common bond”.
This event, as are all 2010 tennis events at Sedona Racquet Club, is sponsored by the following area businesses:
Kokopelli Suites in Sedona
Pur Solar, Inc. in Cottonwood
MentalEdgeTennis.com in Phoenix featuring, Dr. John Deboer, Ph. D., USPTA
Mulligan’s Bar and Grille and Red Rock Barbeque in Sedona
Larry Lineberry-USPTA Master Professional
Director of Tennis
Sedona Racquet Club