SOCAL SENIOR REPORT: KING OF THE COURTS
SoCal players won gold balls in every age division from 35 to 90, and several family events. Twenty SoCal players represented the US internationally, with half winning medals. At the top of this pyramid stand Roz King (see Player of the Year) and Tina Karwasky, winner of eight national titles, including a Gold Slam in 65 singles. Karwasky lost a mere 20 games in winning all 12 singles matches she contested en route to the Slam. She also won the 65 Hard, Indoor and Grass doubles and the 60 Grass doubles.
Oren Motevassel (Rancho Mirage), dominated men’s 50 singles nationally, winning the the Clay, Hard and Indoors. He was a doubles finalist twice. Mike Fedderly (Palm Desert) and Bill Moss (Malibu) took different approaches to winning gold medals at the ITF World Championships. Moss played No. 2 on the USA Austria Cup (M55) that won the ITF Worlds. Fedderly missed the Cup but won the 128-player individual singles and was a doubles finalist with Mike Tammen (OR). Fedderly won gold balls at the 55 Hard and Clay in doubles (with Tammen). Lloyd Goldwater (Pacific Palisades) won the Hard Courts, beating Lester Sack (LA), though Sack turned the tables in the Clay final. He was an Indoors singles finalist. Saul Snyder (San Diego) won the 85 Hard singles and doubles (with Roger Hing, Fountain Valley).
For Millie Yablonicky (Encinitas) it was a year of firsts: first Cup team; first time winning two gold balls in a year (the 35 Hard with Mariel de Young (Carlsbad) and 40 Indoor doubles); first year in the 40s. Dina McBride (Stevenson Ranch) won the 45 Hard singles only nine months after severing her achilles in the final of the 40 Hard Courts, and was a finalist in 35 Hard doubles and Mother/Son Hard (played in May). Ros Nideffer (San Diego), 57, won the 50 Hard singles and doubles (with Debbie Spence-Nasim, Carlsbad) and led the US to runner-up in the Maria Bueno Cup (W50)i. She was a Worlds finalist in 50 singles and doubles (with Gretchen Rush, TX).
Nathalie Herreman-Bagby (Pacific Palisades) won her first gold ball, with Alissa Finerman (Santa Monica) at the 50 Indoors. Finerman teamed with Ralph Finerman (Pacific Palisades) to win the Father/Daughter 80+ Hard for the second time, over Carolyn Nichols (Rancho Santa Fe)/Graydon Nichols (NorCal). Nichols won the Clay and Indoors doubles (with Susan Wright, CO) and Hard with San Diego’s Robin Harris and was a Hard and Clay singles finalist. Suella Steel (La Jolla) won two singles and three doubles gold balls in the 75s (singles and doubles at the Hard (with Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor City); singles and doubles at the Indoors and the Clay doubles (with Hillebrand). She captained the winning USA Queens Cup (W75) and won a silver (with Hillebrand) and bronze (with Karel Placek, Del Mar).
The Settles family (Claremont) was hugely successful: Kathy and Christian won the Mother/Son Hard while Paul and Kathy won the 100+ Husband/Wife at the Hard, Indoor and Grass.
GOLD BALLS: Women: Karwasky (8); King (6); Steel (5); Nichols (3); Hillebrand (3); Hiromi Sasano (La Mesa, 2); Yablonicky (2); Nideffer (2); Finerman; de Young; Harris; McBride; Kristina Jong (Santa Monica); Michelle Saunders (Solvang); Spence-Nasim; Herreman-Bagby; Tracey Thompson (San Diego); Cathie Anderson (Del Mar); Liane Bryson (San Diego); Amy Alcini (Malibu)
Men: Motevassel (3); Neel Grover (Laguna Beach) (3); Art Hernandez (Huntington Beach) (3); Fedderly (2); Snyder (2); Arnold Pompan (Encino) (2); Peter/Colter Smith (Long Beach) (2); Roberto Rodriguez (Van Nuys); Rick Leach (Newport Beach); Kevin Kearney (Irvine); Glen Petrovic (Foothill Rancho); Randall Berg (Bemuda Dunes); Dean Corley (Aliso Viejo); Leland Houseman (San Diego); Lloyd Goldwater (Pacific Palisades); Lenny Lindborg (Laguna Beach) ; Jerry Robinson (San Juan Capistrano); Bill Nyhan (La Jolla); Hing; Ross Hessler (Mission Viejo); Jon Tyrell (Sierra Madre); Patrick Crow (Lake Forest); Robert Hinkel (Newport Beach); Matthew Sah/Po Seng Tah (San Diego)
FAMILY: Kathy Settles (4); Paul Settles (3); Ghia Godfree/Linda Lyke (Los Angeles, 2); Bruce/Sabrina Man Son Hing (Calabasas); Ralph Finerman; Alissa Finerman; Christian Settles; Andrew/Ann Stanley (Lake Sherwood); William Carnevale (Rancho Mirage); Bradley Seiple (Rancho Mirage)
MIXED: Crow; Jennifer Lyons (San Clemente); Frank Zebot (Laguna Beach); Claudia Giacomini (Palm Desert)
CUP TEAM MEMBERS: M35, Italia Cup: Ross Duncan (Laguna Beach), Francois Castejon (San Diego), Marcio Pepe (Laguna Hills); M40, Tony Trabert Cup: Michael Chang (Anaheim); M50, Fred Perry Cup: Hernandez, Leach; M55, Austria Cup: Moss; M70, Jack Crawford Cup: Corley; W40: Yablonicky, Tracie Currie (Ventura); W45: Jennifer Dawson (Carlsbad), Spence-Nasim; W50, Maria Bueno Cup: Nideffer, Herreman-Bagby; W55, Maureen Connolly Cup: Thompson; W65, Kitty Godfree Cup: Karwasky; W75: Queens’ Cup: Anderson, Hillebrand, Steel; W80, Doris Hart Cup: King
INDIVIDUAL WORLD MEDALISTS: Gold: King, Fedderly; Silver: Nideffer (2), Hillebrand, Steel, Rollin Rhone (Los Angeles), Fedderly; Bronze: Karwasky, Hillebrand, Steel, Andrew Stanley; Sheila Palmer (La Jolla); Placek; King,
ROZ KING, PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Six gold balls, two world gold medals…what a year Roz King had! The vibrant nearly-80-year-old described 2017 as a year where everything fell into place. King won the singles and doubles at the three USTA nationals she played, the Clay, Hard and Indoors, and won the ITF World Team and Individual Championships. She beat her good friend and doubles partner Dori DeVries (Reno) in the final of the Clay, Hard and Worlds.
King compares her year to 2013 when won the ITF 75 singles, saying she has a “better understanding of the game, of what I need to do” and more “belief.” Her goal is to be playing into her 90s. In between tourneys, she drills frequently and plays league doubles. When not playing tennis, she plays bridge competitively and gardens.