HUGE TURNOUT FOR LAKELAND TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT ON MAY 1-2, 2015
Super Big Ball (44 mm Event) Official Sanctioned SBBTTA Event
Brad Woodington, Tournament Director for Lakeland Table Tennis Association was thrilled with the large number of participants in the recent Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Tournament-Spring Classic 2015, held in beautiful Polk County in Lakeland, Florida. Woodington was very impressed with the huge number of players in the new Super Big Ball (44 mm Event). Eleven players registered for this spectacular event with 4 Trophies and a $50 cash prize going to the winners. Players from England and Connecticut along with several Florida players entered this new event.
Keith Yarnley, a high level player from England won the event by defeating Florida player, Patrick Lui in the finals by the score of 11-6, 11-6. Patrick Lui finished second and Victor Marik finished third with Jim Weisbecker from The Villages, Florida finishing 4th. The 44 mm ball and the added height of the net by 2 cm proved to be an interesting component for this new event, which is gaining support and interest in the USA.
USSTTA Spring Championship Event
The Untied States Sandpaper Table Tennis Association sanctioned another thrilling tournament in Lakeland, Florida with players flying in from Connecticut and England to participate in the event. The sandpaper event was won by Keith Yarnley from England and second place went to Art Dubow, a terrific sandpaper player from Stamford, Connecticut. Yarnley won the hard fought final match by scores of 21-16, -16, 21 and the final game at 21-16. Yarnley is one of the top sandpaper players in the world and Dubow put up a strong challenge. Dubow plays at the famous Westminster Table Tennis Club in New York City. Third place was won by Victor Marik from Florida and fourth place went to Allison Yarnley, also from England.
Florida Orange Blossom Spring Series Colossal Round Robin Event
There were 89 players who registered for the Colossal Round Robin Event held in Lakeland, Florida. Eight classes of competition were held with many close and interesting matches throughout the day. Many of the very best players from Florida were in attendance, and the tournament officials were excited to see 19 Junior players in attendance and a number of players who have never attended a sanctioned table tennis event.
The Championship Class was won by one of the top players from Florida, Vinay Desai. Desai won all ten of his matches to claim the $500 cash prize and the Championship Trophy. Kit Jeerapaet from Tampa, Florida lost only one match, to Desai, to claim the 2nd place Trophy and $150 prize.
Sutanit Tangyingyong finished in third, followed by Robert Carra in fourth place.
In the Elite Class, Yelena Sokolova won first place, followed by Edis Osmanagic, Phil Desai and Zach Robertson.
In the Masters Class, Mark Masters won the 1st place Trophy, followed by Peter Wu, Stewart Higgins and William Maisonet.
In the Expert Class, Justin Betz had plenty of upset wins to win First Place, followed by Donovan Graham, Thomas Sheppard and Igor Bubis.
In the Advanced Class, Michael Daugherty won First Place, followed by John Doelman, Ed Foster and Andrew Folsom.
In the Prestige Class, David Miller from Lakeland, Florida won the class with several hard fought matches. Shaman Marlin finished in Second Place, followed by Bruce Hertel and Jeff Steele.
In the Challenger Class, Adopho Pinto finished undefeated to win First Place, followed by Keith Hanley from Clearwater, Florida, Christopher Mar and Phillip Simmons from The Villages, Florida.
In the Competitor Class, Joel Perry was the victor, followed by Anita Lam, Rami Salem and Ryan Fink.
Tournament officials were very pleased with the excellent attendance and the growing interest in Table Tennis in the central part of the Sunshine State. Lakeland Table Tennis Association holds sanctioned tournaments throughout the year in beautiful Lakeland, Florida. You can find out more information at their website: http://floridatt.com/lakelandtt