San Carlos Tennis Club

2009 SCTC Away Trip!

08 Nov 2009 7:25 PM | Anonymous

The 2009 SCTC Away Trip at Pajaro Dunes was a total blast!  We had fabulous weather, both on the courts and at the beach.  After hard days of battle and frolic on the courts, we cleaned up fast for serious fun over dinners, dancing, drinking (yes, adult beverages were present), games and more.  From the deck of our Party Central condo, we enjoyed dazzling sunsets stretching from sand and surf to the horizon, blending into clear cool nights decorated by a full moon producing luminescent waves!


We started out with some fun warm-up tennis on Thursday, and then progressed into half day tournaments played on Friday and Saturday mornings.  


Thank you to Jim Bjorge and Becky Reiss for setting up the tournament draw. Everyone enjoyed four rounds of tournament play each day, and many die-hards continued to enjoy tennis-‘til-you-drop in the afternoons, while others luxuriated in strolls on the beach.   Could we have gotten any more tennis in? … I don’t think so!  

Thank you David Aitchison for coordinating the tournament players each day and tracking the scores.  We finished up the tournament early Saturday afternoon with Irina DellaMorte taking first place and Jim Bjorge coming in second place. Congratulations to you both on your wins. 


After the tournament, we held the White Elephant gift exchange with Jeff Peterson our club President as master or ceremonies. Jeff was truly entertaining during the gift exchange/stealing and had us laughing the whole time.


Everyone enjoyed two days of lunch at the courts, a fantastic potluck dinner Friday night, Armadillo Willy’s BBQ dinner Saturday night, and finishing up with courtside breakfast on Sunday morning.  Needless to say, with all that food, it's good thing there was lots of tennis … not to mention the dancing after dinner! 

Special thanks to John Geer for taking the time to shoot dozens of spectacular pictures of us, on and off the courts.  In fact, he had them downloaded and ready to view after each dinner. Thanks for the memories John.  


I would like to also thank others that helped make this another wonderful and successful away trip – Doug McIlwraith, Joyce Madeira, Walt Thomas, Skipp Prack, Melody Chambers, Joe Poppo, Jim Bjorge.  You all pitched in at various times and I couldn’t have done everything without you.    I also want to thank the thirteen ladies in our host condo who helped me with cleanup.  These ladies were great and good company over the four days. 


It was simply a most excellent weekend, and we were delighted to have a few new people joining us this year and making new tennis friends.  We hope to see you all again next year, and we look forward to Ana and Tom Akin joining the 2010 SCTC Board as the 2010 Away Trip Directors!


Rosemary Bardi





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