Rogers rookie tournament delivers success with youth

Twenty-four boys and girls (aged five to 15) participated in the fifth annual Penticton Rogers Rookie Tour tennis tourney.

Younger players stole the show during this year’s Rogers Rookie Tour tennis tourney.

Twenty-four boys and girls (aged five to 15) participated in the fifth annual Penticton Rogers Rookie Tour tennis tourney.

The Rogers Rookie Tour event is designed to provide an entry experience to competitive tennis with a multiple match (minimum of three matches) format and adjusted court size and equipment for younger age categories creating a fun, positive first experience.  The tournament in Penticton is the culmination of school programs and eight weeks of city and club spring tennis programs resulting in many players who just started playing tennis in April.

Winning the girls’ 10 singles was Kayley Davies from Naramate, while the winner on the boys side is Aron Pilbart, who defeated Adam Heck. In the boys/girls 12 singles, Pierre Holmes won, while Ross Millar was the finalist.

The tournament differed from last year as there were more younger competitors, which Robert Bettauer, who had been heavily involved in the tournament in the past said is very positive. Combined with city programs, participant numbers are the largest they have been in five years.

“The efforts we’ve made and the response from the community has been excellent,” said Bettauer, whose wife Jo-Anne, took over organizing this year’s event with the help of Van Bettauer and Zhenya Chuyeva. “There is a really good foundation of tennis development.”

The program will continue to succeed with a staff led by Chuyeva and support from the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club for hosting.

“The real mark of success is that all this continues,” said Bettauer.

 

 

Just Posted

October power disruptions planned

Summerland to upgrade switches at electrical substation

Man in custody linked to Silver Creek property search

Police are not saying how this search is related to Wayne Curtis Sagmoen’s current criminal charges

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

Third period surge lifts Penticton Vees to victory

Vees Ryan Sandelin gets the game winner over the Merritt Centennials

Penticton patient care tower fundraising going strong

About $14.3 million in donations for the Penticton hospital has come in

Mixing up local talent and cocktails

The annual Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff takes place in Kelowna in November

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Have you heard about Black Press scholarships?

Up to 37 scholarships are awarded each year to students throughout British Columbia

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Bantam Vees tournament good prep for start of the season

Penticton hockey team heads into regular season with just one loss in nine exhibition games

Auntie Says: Don’t bring your dope to my house

Don’t judge me and I won’t judge you, but if you try and smoke at my house, you’ll be asked to leave

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Most Read