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The ever popular Hamptons welcomed PCF competitors for the 3rd stop on the Charles Evan’s PCF Pro/Am Tour. On Friday evening, players and guests met in Southampton for the opening dinner party along with entertainment featuring famous Broadway pianist, Michael Cavanaugh. Guests dined under the stars singing along to favorite Billy Joel hits.
Spectacular Saturday morning weather greeted everyone for the opening rounds of the pro/am. Repeating the format from previous years, the event featured 32 pro/am teams competing at 8 private estates, located from Southampton to East Hampton. The tournament consisted of 8 groups of 4 teams, 4 final round matches resulting in 4 champions and 4 runner-up teams. After the first day of round robin play, 8 finalists emerged to compete the next day for titles, trophies and prizes! This year’s Saturday lunch was hosted by the Loeb’s at their magnificent ocean-front estate in Southampton. Participants feasted on a smorgasbord of delectable treats; oysters, seared tuna, shrimp, salmon, salads, steak, and an open bar.
That evening everyone collected at the Parish Art Museum, in Watermill, for a dinner party followed by performers including legendary rock-and-roll icon Billy Idol, Dianne Reeves, and The Company Men. It was a memorable evening to end a fun-filled day of entertainment!
Another glorious day of weather greeted everyone for the final day of competition. All 32 teams gathered at the Shinnecock Tennis Club for their final match. Ricky Sandler and his long time pro partner Rick Leach, attempting to add another title to their long list of previous titles, went through to compete against a finalist from last year, Mark Ein, and current touring pro, Scott Lipksky. In a close battle, Ricky and Rick went on to win a 3rd set tiebreak to clinch the title!
In another final, first time participant Alex Norcross and Alex Bogomolov J.R. took on the current leader on the tour leaderboard, Marie Bernstein, and touring pro Santiago Gonzalez. In another very close encounter, the two Alex’s went on to defeat Marie and Santiago in a 3rd set tiebreak.
Our third final featured Sammy Herzberg and Jonathan Schneider competing against Bill Finneran and Graydon Oliver. Unfortunately, Sammy and Jonathan had to withdraw at the last minute, handing Bill and Graydon their first title.
In the last final, Indian Wells champions, Dick Merkin and Rohan Bopana went up against Ralph Finerman and Israeli Davis Cup representative, Jonathan Erlich. Yet again, Dick and Rohan proved to be formidable opponents, winning the title in a close two set match. The victory puts Dick firmly in contention for the 2016 tour title and with a strong result in Palm Beach could be the champ!
Congratulations to the 4 victors as well as the runner-up teams. The 2016 leader board shows Marie Bernstein, Bob Bales, Dick Merkin and Larry Leeds all contending for a tour title. The tour points determined from the results of this event can be viewed on the leader board.
On behalf of Prostate Cancer Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Charles Evans Foundation, the PCF Pro/Am players and donors, as well as all of our sponsors: Movado, Alerion, Babolat, Herschel Bonchek and Thorlo.
In addition I’d like to give a big thanks to the Loeb family for their terrific lunch and hospitality, and Daniel Oliva and Patrice Guadagni for allowing us to play the Sunday afternoon matches at their picturesque Shinecock Tennis Club.
Thank you to the following for the use of their private courts on Saturday morning:
Next Stop: Palm Beach!
PCF Pro/Am Tour Director