Albuquerque, NM, was the site of triumph for Villagers in the National Senior Games. Please congratulate
Congratulations to all the winners in the 2019 Villages Senior Games. Attached is the full list of winners in table tennis.
The Senior Games excitement begins, Wednesday April 24 Men's and Women's Singles, Thursday April 25 Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles. Registration is now open.
Event codes TT00MS Men's Singles, TT00WS Women's Singles, TT00MD Men's Doubles, TT00WD Women's Doubles, TT00XD Mixed Doubles
You can follow the links below to download the full registration package and an editable registration form that you can fill in on your computer and print out to bring to La Hacienda, 1200 Avenida Central, The Villages.
Mike Rusaw (GOLD medal mixed doubles, SILVER medal doubles, BRONZE medal singles)
Two years ago Stu Lesser and I, Deb Harrison and I qualified for men’s doubles and mixed doubles for the National Senior games. This year Stu and I had goals of qualifying for men’s singles as well as as the men’s double and mixed doubles. Our age group had the most ever men signed up, 20 men 75-79. With 4 groups of 5 men playing a round robin and the top 2 people coming out to play in a single elimination bracket. Stu and I both finished 1st in our respective groups. We had to win our first round in the playoffs to qualify by being in the top 4. The computer selected which 2nd place person we would play. Of the 4 second place men, I had to play a guy I have never lost to and Stu unfortunately had to play a tough player and lost in 5 games. One of the second place players left and forfeited. So luck of the draw I made the playoffs and Stu will have to qualify somewhere else. I finished 3rd and lost also to the guy that beat Stu.
Deb Harrison (GOLD medal singles, GOLD medal mixed doubles, SILVER medal doubles)
In singles my toughest match was with Mardee GOLDBERG. I won the first two, she came back like the tiger she is and won the second two and I squeaked it out in the fifth! What a competitor she is. She always gives me everything I can handle. I will also was pleasantly surprised that I did so well against Churchill. I went into the match fearing her attacking forehands and backhands. There was one serve I did that really got the best of her so fortunately I came out ahead. Mixed doubles, Mike Rusaw was as dynamic as ever. We cruised to an undefeated gold medal! Mike is always a joy to play with. He makes me look good. Mardee and Joan beat us in three. By the way, Joane is looking to be a future Villages residence. We will all welcome her. You couldn’t ask for a nicer competitor. Dianna Gray was such fun to play women’s doubles with. She also brought all the snacks that I could ever want. We had a nice waffle breakfast at least I did at the La Quinta Inn. Pretty convenient place to get to and from the games. Looking around it was great to see all of our Villages friends playing such good Table Tennis. Gordon, Deb, Marilyn, Stu, Mike, Scott, Jon, Bill, Cornell, Dean, Pat, Wendy. It was also a treat to see Gerry, Pat,Kathy, Mickey and Peggy.
Mardee Goldberg (GOLD medal doubles, BRONZE medal singles, BRONZE medal mixed doubles)
I had fun! But what a knucklehead! I had Churchill from Ocala 2-0 in games & 10-6! Yes I let her get back in and she won. Now that is a knucklehead!
Stu Lesser (GOLD medal mixed doubles, SILVER medal doubles, 5th-7th place singles)
We had the biggest and toughest group in the Games (20 players). I was in a round robin group of 5. One player I had never played and 2 other players had beaten me before (one had a rating of approx 1850). I was nervous but somehow I overcame my nervousness and was undefeated, and won my group. I advanced to the single elimination round and met a player that I had beaten in The Villages Games in April. I had confidence but I couldn't pull it off, losing 11-8 in the 5th game. In the Doubles and Mixed Doubles I had two great partners (Mike Rusaw and Joan Ruggerio) and they helped me win my Gold and Silver medals. Thanks Guys.
Congratulations to all the table tennis players from the Villages who played in the Florida Senior Games in Clearwater Dec 3–4. They brought home an astounding 43 medals.
50—54 Yulia Wilson — GOLD
60—64 Deb Curtis — BRONZE
70—74 Deb Harrison — GOLD
Mardee Goldberg — BRONZE
75–79 Sherri Bernhoft — BRONZE
Kate Aiello — 4th Place
85—90 Jackie Miller — GOLD
60—64 Gordon Weinblatt — 4th Place
65—69 Bill Mogensen — SILVER
75—79 Mike Rusaw — BRONZE
50—54 Yulia Wilson/Patrica Benitez* — GOLD
Suzanne Noe/Tara Profitt* — BRONZE
60—64 Deb Curtis/Wendy Tyree — SILVER
65—69 Mardee Goldberg/Jane Ruggierio* — GOLD
Dianna Gray/Deb Harrison — SILVER
75—79 Sherri Bernhoft/Kate Aiello — GOLD
80—84 Pat Deacon/Jackie Miller — BRONZE
60—64 Gordon Weinblatt/Cornel West — SILVER
Jim Curran/Ron Deaman — BRONZE
65—69 Bill Mogensen/Alan Millett* — SILVER
Scott Sauerman/Kerry Knight* — 4th Place
75—79 Stu Lesser/Mike Rusaw — SILVER
80—84 Dean Chickering/John Schultz* — GOLD
50—54 Yulia Wilson/John Borjeson — BRONZE
60—64 Deb Curtis/Gordon Weinblatt — SILVER
Wendy Tyree/Scott Sauerman — BRONZE
Dianne Gay/Jim Curran — BRONZE
65—69 Joan Ruggerio/Stu Lesser — GOLD
Marilyn Cates/Cornel West — SILVER
Marde Goldberg/Bill Mogensen — BRONZE
Dianna Gray/Alan Millett* — 4th Place
70—74 Deb Harrison/Mike Rusaw — GOLD
80—84 Pat Deacon/Dean Chickering — SILVER
* Non Villager playing doubles with a resident
Congratulations to our members who played in the Gainsville Senior Games, www.gainesvillesportscommission.com. They came back with a fistful of medals.
Gordon Weinblatt 1st Men’s Singles (60-64)
Stu Lesser 1st Men’s Singles (75-79)
Yulia Wilson 1st Women’s Singles (50-54)
Diana Gray 1st Women’s Singles (65-69)
Deb Harrison 1st Women’s Singles (70-74)
Gordon Weinblatt & Al Millett 1st Men’s Doubles (60-64)
Stu Lesser & Mike Rusaw 1st Men’s Doubles (75-79)
Marilyn Cates & Yulia Wilson 1st Women’s Doubles (50-54)
Deb Harrison & Diana Gray 1st Women’s Doubles (65-69)
Stu Lesser & Yulia Wilson 2nd Mixed Doubles (50-54)
Gordon Weinblatt & Marilyn Cates 1st Mixed Doubles (60-64)
Diana Gray & Al Millett 1st Mixed Doubles (65-69)
Mike Rusaw & Deb Harrison 1st Mixed Doubles (70-74)
If you missed your chance to qualify for the Florida Senior Games finals in Clearwater later this year you still have a chance. There are other qualifying tournaments, see http://www.flasports.com/fsg-series-qualifiers/
Congratulations to all the winners at the Senior Games. A full copy of the results is attached.
Reminder, the Senior Games are this week. The packet pickup is at Lake Sumter Landing on Tuesday April 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Wednesday April 25, Men's and Women's singles, 8:00 am Laurel Manor, SeaBreeze
Thursday April 26, Men's, Women's and mixed doubles 8:00 am SeaBreeze, Rohan
Congratulations to Deb Curtis, Mike Schrock and Stu Lesser who played in the Polk County Senior Games. Deb won two silver medals in singles and mixed doubles. Mike won a gold medal in men's doubles, silver in mixed doubles and bronze in singles. Stu won gold in singles and men's doubles and silver in mixed doubles.