The Fallbrook Open tournament held at the Fallbrook Tennis Club during the first two weekends of June attracted 175 participants.
“It went very well, especially considering the problems on the first Saturday, but most people were very understanding and reasonable and we had a good tournament,” said tournament organizer Dorothy Roth.
That first Saturday was June 4, when a fire in Rainbow closed southbound Interstate 15. Some participants withdrew from the tournament while others attempted to take congested detours.
“It was a little bit perturbing,” Roth said. “It was unfortunate.”
In nearly every case the opponents of the delayed players agreed to wait until the competition arrived.
Five of the divisions involved a round-robin format. Mike Burzinski of Vista and Timothy Clark of Valley Center won the Men’s Open Doubles championship. Leslie Shuffleton of Palm Desert captured the Women’s 4.5 Singles title. Leslie Raleigh of Temecula and Cherie Van Wechel of Fallbrook teamed for the Women’s 4.5 Doubles championship. The Mother/Daughter Doubles champions were Kelly Golnick of Oceanside and Savanna Homuth of Bonsall. Jim Cunningham of Temecula, who turned 70 earlier this year, won the Men’s 70’s Singles title.
Clark and Van Wechel each won championships in two divisions. Clark was in the Men’s Open Singles competition and faced Robert Dabbs of Fallbrook in the final. Clark took a 6-2 victory in the first set. The second set was tied at six games apiece, triggering a tiebreaker to seven points. Each player had five points in the tiebreaking game before Dabbs scored the next two points for a 7-5 victory in the game and a 7-6 victory in the set.
The third set was tied at five games apiece before Clark won the final two games for a 7-5 victory which gave him the match and championship.
Van Wechel partnered with Dale Miller of Fallbrook in the Mixed 4.5 Doubles division and captured that title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the final against Roger and Carolyn Mathes of Fallbrook.
Taylor and Robert Bryant of Temecula both advanced to two championship matches. They won the Father-Son Doubles division when an injury forced Anthony and Sean Cohen of Carlsbad to default in the final. The Bryants had taken a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Aaron and Yves Nepomuceno of Chula Vista in the semifinals.
Taylor and Robert Bryant were opponents in the Men’s 4.5 Singles final, which went three sets. Taylor defeated his father 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Jacqueline Johnston of Fallbrook reached the final of the Women’s 3.5 Singles division. Lilli Gibson of Temecula won that championship with a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Johnston.
Fallbrook’s Caron Lieber and Temecula’s Miriam Byers partnered in Women’s 4.0 Doubles play. The duo of Carol Durette of Oceanside and Teri Stevens of Carlsbad prevailed over Lieber and Byers in the championship match in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.
The Men’s 3.5 Singles final between Temecula players Joseph Mazi and Sridhar Sadasivan also went three sets. The first set was tied at six games apiece before Mazi won the tiebreaking game by a 7-5 margin. Sadasivan achieved a 6-2 victory in the second set, but Mazi won the championship with a 6-3 victory in the third.
San Diego residents Joe Manheim and Terry Storvold earned the Men’s 4.0 Doubles title with a three-set win in the championship match against Edward Kardas of Oceanside and Brian Slack of Vista. Manheim and Storvold overcame a 6-4 win by Kardas and Slack in the first set with subsequent 7-5 and 6-3 victories.
Isabel Lee of San Diego won the Women’s Open Singles final against Britney Chau of Escondido by a 6-1, 6-3 score. Alana Butler of San Diego became the Women’s 4.0 Singles champion with a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the final against Holly Birdsell of Lake Elsinore.
Ashok Krishnamoorthy and Robert Schmied both live in San Diego and both reached the Men’s 4.0 Singles championship match. Krishnamoorthy prevailed in two sets, 6-4, 7-5.
The father-son team of Bob Wood of Temecula and Brian Wood of Irvine took the Men’s 3.5 Doubles division with a 6-2 and 6-3 victory over Temecula netters Nefthali Capua and Mehdi Sharmahd. James Carroll and William Pomerenke of Temecula won the Men’s 4.5 Doubles division final with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Robert Sheehan and Dieter Steinmetz of Oceanside.
The Mixed 4.0 Doubles championship was won by Eileen Killeen and Ignacio Medina of Temecula, who took a 6-4, 6-0 victory in the championship match against Charlotte DeHesa of Murrieta and Edwin Ustariz of Wildomar.