Random Bytes November 2016

 Hasterok Scores PTR Double

Greg Hasterok edged Nick Taylor in the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Quad Open Singles final 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 on Hilton Head Island, September 29 – October 2. Hasterok also teamed with Kim Kyu Seung of Korea to down Gary Luker and Rob Shaw of Canada, 6-2, 7-6 in the doubles trophy round. The tournament was completed 48 hours before the Hurricane Matthew Mandatory Evacuation.

Greg Hasterok Photo Dayle Thomas

Greg Hasterok Photo Dayle Thomas

Fall Losses

During the fall, Southern California lost a collection of individuals who made significant impacts on the game in the section. Annually, there are always significant departures and because of the roles they have played, their place in local tennis history is so dramatic, they cannot be overlooked.

The following is a brief mention of some of those who have passed away.

Ed Edelman earned kudos for his involvement with Los Angeles County as a Supervisor, and through his friendship with former Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation Department Director, Jim Hillman, (who later served as the Southern California Tennis Association’s Director of Junior Tennis), became a conscientious member of the SCTA Board of Directors. He was always anxious to see that youngsters had opportunities to progress. For this reason, he was a vigorous supporter of the LA84 Foundation/NJTL Program. He died in mid-September.

Ed Edelman Photo Los Angeles Times

Ed Edelman Photo Los Angeles Times

Joan Johnson’s storied career came to an end in mid-October. A coach, professor and administrator at California State University Los Angeles, she made the school the home of women’s intercollegiate tennis in the late 1950s and early ‘60s (in the days before Title IX) showcasing the talents of Billie Jean Moffitt (King), Carole Caldwell (Graebner), the doubles skills of Connie Jaster (James) and Carol Loop (Herrick), and in time, Tina Watanabe (Karwasky). Johnson was also a doubles standout, winning an array of titles with Jeri Sheppard for many years.

Joan Johnson

Joan Johnson

Michael Kung was what recreational tennis is all about. A devoted League Tennis player, the USC graduate was the consummate team member. He was known for being personable and extremely cooperative. His goal was to improve, but not at the cost of sacrificing the fun that is the essence of the program (League Tennis). Tragically, he was injured in a freak training accident when sparring. He passed away in early July.

Michael Kung

Michael Kung

Marion Lenoir was the sort of community activist who is never recognized until they are called away unexpectedly. Lenoir left Southern California tennis in mid-September, and countless city park programs lost an individual who never grew tired of doing more in order to spread the words she lived by – Tennis is a great game to become involved with. Lenoir lived it and did her utmost to provide everyone with choices to play opportunities.

Marion Lenoir Photo Phyllis Taylor-McCall

Marion Lenoir Photo Phyllis Taylor-McCall

Daniel Ridder, the longtime publisher of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, was as committed to the local newspaper and the city of Long Beach as he was to tennis. A member of the Southern California Tennis Association Board of Directors for decades, he was 94 when he departed in mid-October, in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Daniel Ridder Photo Long Beach Press-Telegram

Daniel Ridder Photo Long Beach Press-Telegram

The section was fortunate that Ed Edelman, Joan Johnson, Michael Kung, Marion Lenoir and Daniel Ridder were devoted to the sport and because of their focus, each made the game better for countless numbers of Southern Californians.

Mark Winters

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  1. Thanks for bringing us up to date on these important people on our sport.

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