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Tennis Tournament raises $2,000 for children


Organizers say turn out is up from '06 event


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Rachel Fox, of Almont, reaches for a return at the Lucky-Fox Tennis Tournament this past weekend. photo by Kevin Kissane.

July 25, 2007
ALMONT — Almont players collected eight firsts and supplied eight seconds last Saturday and Sunday at the Second Annual Lucky-Fox Charity Tennis Tournament.

The two-day event raised about $2,000, which will be donated to the Save the Children Foundation.

"Rachel (Fox) and I spent 13 hours at the courts on Saturday and about nine hours on Sunday but it was worth every minute of it," Kelly Schwartzkopf, who ran the tournament along with Fox, said. "We put a lot of hard work into planning the tournament and making sure it ran smoothly," she noted.

"Not everything went perfectly as planned but that is to be expected. We are still new at this and appreciate everyone who participated whether it be players, their families, our families, sponsors or just outside supporters from around the area. Save the Children Foundation is a great organzation and it was our pleasure to introduce it to those unaware of their extraordinary efforts around the world working with children and their families. The organization tackles areas such as poverty, obesity, education, safety, malnutrition, newborn health, international conflict victims, natural disaster victims, HIV aids, etc.

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Like Schwartzkopf, Fox was also pleased with the support the tournament has generated.

"I am really pleased with the turnout," Rachel said. "We hope the tournament will only get bigger and better," she added.

Both were quick to emphasize that it was a group effort that made the tournament the success it was.

"Rachel and I want to thank our family and friends who made a big difference in the tournament," Schwartzkopf said. "We would not have been able to do it without their help and support," she added.

"We would like to give special thanks to all our sponsors and outside donors including Charlie Brown Creme Cone, ATC Embroidery, The Private Bank, Milnes Ford, Sharp Model, Almont Food Center, Cut Loose Hair Salon, The Country Smokehouse, Roza's Pizza, Championship Trophy, Almont Kracker Barrel and Curves."

Here is a flight by flight recap of how the tournament went:

Under 14 Girls Singles- This flight was played as a round-robin tournament.

Kaitlyn Quinn, of Cros-Lex, took flight honors there.

Sierra Grant, of Almont, earned a runnerup finish.

Under 14 Boys Singles- In an All-Almont final, Mitchell Bulger overcame a one-set deficit to register a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 triumph against Brian Houghton.

Bulger gained admittance to the title match, thanks to a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) semifinal win over Romeo's Brad Vinkier.

Houghton saw to it that he would be championship match-bound, securing a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Almont's Mike Kenziora.

Under 18 Girls Singles- In an All-Almont title encounter, Michelle Fox claimed a 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-3 win against Bobbi Enos.

Fox saw to it that she would gain admittance to the title clash, netting a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal victory over Almont's Claire Turvill.

Enos landed her championship berth, thanks to a 6-1, 6-4 semifinal triumph against Richmond's Devon Ptak.

Under 18 Boys Singles - Josh Walker, of Almont, netted a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 championship match win against Romeo's Matt Filus.

Walker reached the title tilt with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Almont's Tyler Sutter, while Filus moved on with a 7-6, 6-1 triumph against Romeo's Lance Gaiser.

Open Women's Singles- In an All-Almont title tilt, Kelly Schwartzkopf obtained a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win against Rebecca Hopkins.

Schwartkopf earned her championship berth with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Almont's Lauren Fox, while Hopkins saw to it that she was title match-bound with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Almont's Rachel Fox.

Men's Open Singles- In an All-Almont final, Kurt Hough notched a 6-3, 6-2 win against Nathan Immekus.

Hough assured himself of a title match appearance with a 6-3, 6-2 semifinal victory over Dave Grant.

Immekus saw to it that he would be championship-bound, registering a 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Almont's Dylan Young.

Youth Boys Doubles (round-robin format)- Don Tobias (Almont) and Jesse Pummil (Richmond) took flight honors.

Matthew Bulger and Mitchell Bulger, of Almont, wound up with a second to show for their efforts.

Youth Girls Doubles (also played round-robin)- Chanahl Putnam and Lindsay Yaklin, of Almont, were the flight champions.

Bobbi Enos and Christiana Simian, of Almont, attained flight runnerup honors.

Open Men's Doubles- In an All-Almont final, Dave Grant and Nathan Immekus registered a 6-3, 6-1 triumph against Jim Beechey and Kurt Hough.

Grant and Immekus reached the title tilt with a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal win over Almont's J.B. Koss and Grant Russell.

Beechey and Hough saw to it that they would play for flight honors, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Almont's Dan Walker and Andrew Schoen.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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