Over 50 members/guests participated at the June 1st ITA Annual Party. A morning of round robin random tandem mixed doubles was followed by a fully catered lunch and short annual business meeting. Competition on the court was close. So close that there was an historic four way tie for first place in the ladies division. Anneke Chang, Kathy Zhang, Janice Ashton, and Renee Lopez all scored 25 points. They even managed to tie in a quadruple racket spin-off! Joyce Kim, Hedy Schmutz, and Athena Wong followed closely with 23 points. David Matsuyama and Michael Zhang were tops on the men’s side with 26 points each. Tim Chan (24), Scott Ryan and Mark Gross (23 each) were next in line.
Athena Wong earned the Jim Adams Memorial Sportsmanship Award and was presented with an engraved crystal trophy. One ITA member is chosen for the Award based on exemplary performance and attitude during the Irvine Winter Classic tournament.
Athena joins previous honorees Ray Ng, Scott Ryan and Trung Nguyen on the perpetual trophy.
The event concluded with a fabulous prize raffle featuring items such as a tennis bag, backpack, beach towel, t-shirts, hats/visors, Starbucks gift card, wine, movie tickets, and the ever popular case of beer!