Official Monthly Update of the Peninsula Tennis Club- Jeff Tateosian, editor 650.347-1439
Peninsula Tennis Club
November 2018 Drop Shot

Peninsula Tennis Club
Upcoming Events & Activities
  • November 15th, Thursday  6:30 pm        Membership Meeting
  • December 8th, Saturday   6:00 pm         Annual PTC Holiday Party

President's MessagePeter Stevenson
Wow - what a great end to our tennis event season - our inaugural Betty Cookson's Women's Doubles Tournament, followed by our annual Men's Singles Tournament.  Special thanks to our Tennis and Social Committee volunteers and to all of the players for making both events such resounding successes.  Can't wait till next year!
Also, please be sure to attend our quarterly membership meeting is coming up this month.   Hope to see you there.

ManagerLona Means
Please let me know if you would be interested in captaining a USTA Adult 40 and over Men, Women or Mixed team next season.  Team registration is November 12th through December 10th.  The playing season is January 7th through March 31st.  Captaining is a great way to get connected with your fellow members.
The pool heater has been turned off for the winter season.  The spa will remain operational year round.
PTC Reminders:
  1. Please walk through the club house or pause for a break in play before walking in front of court 1.
  2. Always use the side gates to enter and exit the middle courts.
  3. Water only on the courts.
  4. Sign in all guests for barbecue, swimming or tennis at the podium.  The same guest is permitted twice in a month.
  5. Be courteous to your fellow members:-)

Club News:  Jeff Tateosian
Congratulations to Jim Sobel for winning this year's PTC Annual Hold'em Poker Tournament.  Jim was dealt a pair of 7's and hung on to beat Marty Funk in the final hand.  Stuart Batchelor came in third place.  The tournament was filled with competitive play, bad beats, and as always, great times.
FinanceKeith Pratt

One important financial project that we have worked on this year is a refinancing of the club’s bank loan.  We have a balloon payment due in December which presents an opportunity to refinance our existing debt.  Utilizing our loan repayment reserves, we will be able to reduce the current loan of approximately $1.2 million to a new loan of approximately $650,000.  In addition, our interest rate on the loan will be reduced from 5.99% to 4.99%.  We expect to close on the new loan in November.  I’d like to thank Jeff Eliason for his support to the club on this important project - Jeff has been generous with his expertise and with his time, helping us to secure an attractive refinancing.

Tennis CommitteeBryan Welsh 
PTC’s 2018 Tennis Events have come to a close for the year, but we went out with a Bang - Two Bangs actually.
The Betty Cookson Doubles Championship - It took place on the weekend of October 13th and 14th and was a tremendous success. Thanks to all the players and members who came out to help make this a highlight of the season.  This was the inauguration of this Championship and Betty was there to help us run it.  We hope this event continues for many, many years.  Be sure to check out the perpetual trophy silver cup in the clubhouse.
Congratulations to our Open Champions Sheila Cooper and Mindy Wong, who prevailed over Meaghan Schaffer and Lexi Slavet in the final match in front of a large gallery.  Linda Benevenuto and Karen Harrigan won the Open Back Draw Final.  In the 7.0 Draw, Kristen Pierce and Carey Welsh are our Champions, winning over the finalists Denee Berliner and Julie Dennerline.  The 7.0 Back Draw was taken by Beth Cody and Oksana Sydorak.  In all, 18 doubles teams entered into this competition.
This was a major undertaking for PTC and it would not have been possible without a lot of help.  THANK YOU to:
  • Tournament Operations: Betty Cookson, Louise Tierney, Steve Brooks and Linda Podolsky.
  • Tournament Referee: Dennis Huajardo, Chair Umpire: Steve Wong, and Ball Kids: Sophie Druskin and Isa Schlampp.
  • Décor, Food and Beverage: Beth Cody, Jim Michalko and Maggie Blumberg, Matt Dowling and Boudin Bakery for Saturday’s lunch, Kim Cresci and HomeMade for the Cocktail Party, and to Jim Fregosi for bartending and for a great signature drink.
  • Communications: Pablo Alvarado for a custom Logo, Mark Pearcy for great graphics, and Talia Cresci, our sports photographer.
  • Lona, Steve, Loel and Tony for all they do.
  • And most importantly to the Tournament Committee: Sheila Higgins Druskin, Jane Pearcy, Kim Cresci, Lisa Rogers, Amy Grenier, Pablo Alvarado, and Mindy Wong.
PTC Men’s Singles Championship - The second major tennis event in October was our Men’s Singles Championship.  This annual event showcases the Club’s best singles tennis, and is played over the course of the month.  The Semi-Finals and Finals were held on the weekend of October 27th and 28th.  This year we had a total of 24 men entered into an Open Draw and a 3.5 Draw.
Brian Heimbecker successfully defended his Open Championship, this time over finalist Ryan Clark.  John Kohli took the Open Back Draw over Ken Post.
In the 3.5 Draw, our Champion is new member James Funk, winning over Doug Heffernan.  The 3.5 Back Draw finals saw Cory Ravid beating Tom Treanor and Cory Ravid.
Thank you again to all who participated, volunteered or just came out to watch during all of the Tennis Events in 2018!

Social Committee:  Angie Kwan-Crawford
We are officially into the Holiday Season.  A wonderful time to gather with our friends and family.  The sport of Tennis is what brings us all together.  I hope you save the date, Saturday, December 8th, to enjoy an evening with your PTC family.  It's a time to bring new members and seasoned members together.  I hope you will join us.  I am seeking members to help in the season of sharing to join me to make this 85th Anniversary an event to remember.  Cheers to us - we are a fantastic Club!

Membership CommitteeSheila Druskin
Please help me welcome our new member families to PTC:
Beth and Gary Francesconi (Madelyn ’98, Charlie ’00, Benjamin ’03)
Todd and Karen Gemmer (Henry ’04, Scarlett ’07, Ruby ’09)
Recent resignations: 
Gene Sullivan
Wes Petit
Recent applicants: 
Simona Jankowski  (sponsors:  Selcher, Smith)
Tal Simon  (sponsors:  Druskin, Jasmer)
Davina Chall  (sponsors:  Armstrong, Wall-Cyb)
Theresa Delosada  (sponsors:  Zlatunich, Eliason)
We have welcomed several new junior tennis members to the club recently, and thought it might be nice to (re-)introduce you to all of our junior members.  Junior members are individual (non-family) memberships for tennis players under the age of 21.  Please read their bios below and be sure to say hello when you meet them at the club. 
1.  Margot Bender – 15 year old 10th grader at BHS.   Margot has taken lessons with both Coach Smith and with Rod Saludo at PGCC for over five years.  She plays five times per week and is on the BHS tennis team.  Margot also enjoys skiing, playing drums, making short films and reading.
2.  Ana Yang – 10 year old 3rd grader at College Park Elementary.  Ana is a beginning player who has been taking private lessons, plays several times per week and is excited to take lessons at PTC.  She also enjoys dance, piano and art. 
3.  Annika Ganguly – 15 year old 9th grader at BHS.  Annika is an experienced tennis player who plays daily, and has previously taken lessons with Bill Smith and Riaz Shivji.  She also enjoys dance and skateboarding. 
4.  Sofia Biddle - 14 year old 9th grader at BHS.  Sofia played at Broadway Tennis Center several days per week for four years.  Sofia is a strong tennis player who enjoys swimming, biking, drama and music.  
5.  Harrison Evars - 10 year old 5th grader at North Hillsborough School.  Harrison has taken lessons at the North courts and Broadway Tennis Center and is excited to join Pablo's clinics and junior league matches.  Harrison's dad (Brian) and grandfather (Roy) were PTC members back in the day.  Harrison loves all sports. 
6.  Carina Carlson - 13 year old 8th grader at St Charles School.  Carina has taken lessons from Pablo for three years in San Mateo and joined the PTC camp this past summer.  She plays tennis two-three times per week and has a variety of other athletics and interests as well, including flag football, robotics and cycling.  
7.  Isabelle Hunt – 12 year old 7th grader at Borel Middle School.  Izzy has taken lessons with Pablo for two years in San Mateo and is excited to join clinics at PTC.  She also plays volleyball and enjoys reading, swimming, and going to the movies.
8.  Nathan March – 14 year old 8th grader at Borel Middle School.  Nathan has taken lessons from Pablo in San Mateo and plays tennis twice per week.  He also enjoys building model airplanes and model rockets.  Nathan is the nephew of PTC member Ken March.
9.  Lucas Rhee – 10 year old 3rd grader at The Carey School who has been taking lessons at Broadway Tennis Center.  Lucas enjoys golf, soccer, video games and reading.
10.  Olivia Rhee – 12 year old 5th grader at The Carey School who has also been taking lessons at Broadway Tennis Center.  Olivia enjoys golf, soccer, biking and art.
11.  Pablo Zhang – 10 year old 3rd grader at The Chinese American International School in SF.  Pablo took lessons at the California Tennis Club and the Bay Club in SF for three years, plays twice per week, and comes from a tennis playing family.  He also enjoys ping pong, badminton, swimming and reading.  
12.  Braeden Baleix – 10 year old 4th grader at Franklin Elementary.  Braeden has been playing tennis at the club for several years, and many of you know him as Cecilia and Bill Sharer’s grandson.  Braeden also enjoys soccer and baseball, and plays tennis as often as possible.
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