Tennis, turkeys, and fun for a good cause

Paige Pogue makes a forehand return. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard Tennis Center hosted the 17th Annual Turkey Open Tennis Tournament last weekend, Nov. 16-17. The mixed doubles tournament is a benefit tournament for Doctors Without Borders. Over 40 tennis players made up three draws in the tournament.

Shawn Schofield and Beth Sawyer were nearly flawless in the Gravy draw, defeating Jen Combra and Todd Hollister in the finals, 6-1, 6-3. The champs opened the tournament with a solid 6-1, 6-0 win over Leo McHugh and Doreen Rezendes, advancing to the final, 6-0, 6-0, over Tammy King and Sandy Ray. Maggie Mae and Gene Erez took the consolation draw by defeating King and Ray. The duo outlasted Al Woollacott and KC Whelen, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6, in the first round of the consolation.

In the Stuffing draw, Skip Dostal and Paula Rego took the championship with a 7-6, 6-0 win over Elizabeth McBride and Ken Armsted. The Stuffing winners gained the final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Tony Omer and Hope Callen. John and his daughter Kat Roberts won the consolation final over Paul Ulyatt and Wendy Soldini. They got there by topping Steve Mussell and Cathy Lattanzi in the semi-finals.

Juniors players also took part this year, competing in a round-robin format. Hannah Rabasca and Spencer Pogue won 24 games to place first. Paige Pogue and Benny Binder finished second.

Stop & Shop has been the longtime supporter of the tournament, providing the turkeys for the prizes.