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by Nancy Quincy
We are so glad to be back in beautiful Treasure Cay. Mariners' Cove has been very quiet as a lot of folk have postponed their return until after the holidays. Our pool has been re-tiled around the deck area and looks absolutely fantastic. The grounds are more beautiful than ever.
Instead of submitting a story detailing activities around our complex, I would like to write about the first time ever Abaco Tennis Classic, organised and directed by Bobby Russell and assisted by Alicia Curry and Crystal Bostwick of Marsh Harbour. Bobby did a commendable job of publicising this event, which resulted in a very good turn out of visitors and Bahamians from both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. We mixed it all up and had a great time with some very competitive tennis for players and spectators alike to enjoy.
Representing Marsh Harbour were (among others) George Murray, Paula Morley, Cecil Delancy and Tito Russell. Representing Treasure Cay were George Stearn, Bill Bulger, Larry and Sandy Hamel, Loren, Carol and Jason Hall, Brian Weiss and Ralph Quincy. If I have my stats correct, George Stearn and Ralph Quincy win the Iron Man Award as each played eight hard fought sets over the two days of the tournament. Tito Russell was the Men's Singles winner, with Ralph Quincy giving him a run for his money. (We used up all of our Ben Gay later that afternoon.)
The Men's Doubles final was rained out and I am embarrassed to say I don't know who won the Mixed Doubles, but all the teams were very solid and the matches very close. No women signed up for Singles and the Women's Doubles was dropped because only one team signed up.
I would like to encourage tennis players of all abilities to sign up for next year which will be publicised by various means. This first tournament was open format and, if there is more interest, the format could be adjusted accordingly. I am positive I am speaking for all of us when I say it was a fun tournament. The highlight was meeting new friends and fellow players and we are eagerly anticipating the next Abaco Tennis Classic.
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