People & Places: Bruce G. Weber Tennis Tournament raises money for Children's Hospital at St. Francis
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
9/25/12 at 6:42 AM
The beginning of a tennis tournament is kind of romantic.
The score is love - love, and anything is possible. The tennis term for zero is taken from French tennis scorecards of long ago, which indicated that score by an egg-shaped zero. The French word for egg, l'oeuf, later transformed into the more charming sound-alike word "love."
For the fifth annual Bruce G. Weber Tennis Tournament, the result at the end of the day was still love for the Children's Hospital at St. Francis.
Weber teamed with the Michael D. Case Tennis Center for the women's tennis classic, which helped raise $31,800 for the hospital.
Jeanette Kern was honorary chairwoman of the event.
Committee members included Sharna Bovasso, Betsy Bryce, Carey Cole, Stephanie Galles, Barbara Gibson, Holly Lehman and Karen Smith.
During a kick-off party held prior to the tournament, Tammy Been won the raffle of an 18k white gold and diamond eyeglass necklace donated by Italian designer Roberto Coin.
Since 1952, Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels has combined a great business reputation for excellence with generosity in the community.
In 2008, the store first partnered with the Case Tennis Center for the inaugural women's classic.
Players for this amateur doubles tennis tournament are invited from Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa Tennis Club, Shadow Mountain Racquet Club, Philcrest Hills Tennis Club, Indian Springs Country Club, The Grand Health and Racquet Club, and LaFortune Tennis Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Children's Hospital at St. Francis.
The Michael D. Case Tennis Center is a state-of-the-art tennis facility that gained elite status when it was selected as the Outstanding Collegiate Tennis Center by the United States Tennis Association in 2003. The center was built specifically for tournament use and is not open to the general public.
The Bruce G. Weber Tennis Tournament was coordinated by Vince Westbrook, director of the tennis program and men's tennis coach at the University of Tulsa. Kali Krisik and Thomas Liversage are the BGW Tennis Classic's tournament directors.
Original Print Headline: Tennis tourney helps hospital
Combined 8.0 doubles bracket: First place was awarded to Asuko Han and Kim Trong, and second place to Susie Anderson and Tammy Been.
Combined 7.0 doubles bracket: First place went to Adrian Clark and Blanca Richards, and second place to Meredith Espy and Amanda Hardwick.
Combined 6.0 doubles bracket: First place went to Jennifer Phillips and Mary Whelan, and second place to Rita Farmer and Leigh Roy.
Consolation bracket winners: Beth Goddard and Megan Nelson (8.0), Debbie Archer and Brooke Herrington (7.0), and Shelley Drullinger and Stephanie Stallsmith (6.0).
Mike Barkley, chairman of the board at the Children's Hospital at St. Francis (left); Jeanette Kern, honorary chairwoman; Michelle Holdgrafer, store director for Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels; and Vince Westbrook, director of tennis for the University of Tulsa, attended the kick-off party for the Bruce G. Weber Tennis Tournament, which raises funds for the Children's Hospital at St. Francis. Courtesy