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Berkshire Invitational Won by David Ekstrom

5-9 June 2007
Lenox Club, Lenox, MA
by Kristine Sprague, Tournament Director

Click to EnlargeThe Berkshire Invitational, held in Lenox, Massachusetts, marked its twelfth consecutive year with a perfect field of 48 players. The tournament was played on four courts at the Lenox Club, established in 1874, and two courts at Blantyre, a nearby Relais and Chateaux hotel built in the 1890’s. With a temperature swing from 55 degrees to 85 degrees and only ten minutes of rain during the last half hour of the final matches, the old Berkshire adage, “If you don’t like the weather in the Berkshires just wait ten minutes,” was proven quite true.

After practice sessions and an optional clinic, players retired to the home of Joan and Bob Comeau, to enjoy a sumptuous buffet spread and spectacular mountain views. A black tie dinner at Blantyre, a courtside toast and tally, and a dinner buffet at the Lenox Club rounded out the evening social events. Buffet breakfast and lunch were served each day in the clubhouse to rave reviews. Gourmet lunches, delectable sweets, and refreshments were served courtside at Blantyre. A barbeque lunch was held on the final day, thanks to the Lenox Club chef and staff.

Noteworthy play this year: Bill Grimsdale (3.5) of Ontario went undefeated in Championship “B” Flight, even beating rookie Nolan Gange, of Colby College, who experienced a meteoric rise in skills and strategy during the four days of play. Gagne, a 20 year old rookie and the protégé of Bill Arnold, entered the tournament officially as an 8, played listed as a 5, and left us in the vicinity of a 3 handicap. Another high point: Jamie Boulette went undefeated thru Second Flight singles and doubles in his first six wicket tournament, coming to us from a mixed doubles nine wicket league in Maine.

Not so noteworthy play this year: we awarded a booby prize to the lowest scoring match in Championship flight. The honors went to David Ekstrom and Larry Stettner 9-7. They were awarded a set of pick up stix and reminded that it may be time to consider another sport.

Everyone was a joy to have in the Berkshires, and we promise great competition, camaraderie, and comestibles next year.

Final Order

Singles "A"
Singles "B"
1st David Ekstrom Bill Grimsdale Hughes/Hunter & Bill Grimsdale
2nd Tom Hughes Nolan Gagne Bill Arnold & Nolan Gagne
3rd Don Mathieson Dolores Gallagher David Ekstrom & Barbara Leeming
4th John Hunter Hope Harmon Peter Grey & Maryholt Maxwell
5th Larry Stettner Barbara Leeming Bo Menton & Kristine Sprague
6th Bo Menton Bill Arnold Tom Hughes & Hope Harmon
7th Peter Grey Juan Noriega Larry Stettner & Juan Noriega
8th Maryholt Maxwell Don Bridges Don Mathieson & Don Bridges

  First Flight
Singles "A"
First Flight
Singles "B"
First Flight Doubles
1st Henry Vaughn Ken Northrop Donna Dixon & Pat Bridges
2nd Donna Dixon Pat Bridges Pete Broderson & Lloyd Hadden
3rd Carl Kruse Fred Beck Carl Kruse & Ken Northrop
4th John Woodside Lloyd Hadden Bob Comeau & Perry Mattson
5th Pete Broderson Jim McLaughlin Sandy Brown & Bruce Safran
6th Sandy Brown Bruce Safran Martie Ekstrom & Henry Vaughan
7th Martie Ekstrom Perry Mattson John Woodside & Jim McLaughlin
8th Bob Comeau John Dainton Dolores & John Gallagher

  Second Flight
Singles "A"
Second Flight
Singles "B"
Second Flight Doubles
1st Jamie Boulette Joan Comeau Jamie Boulette & Joan Comeau
2nd Suzanne Spangenburg Frank Dixon Nancy Fremont & Ron Atkins
3rd Ron Atkins Sturgis Haskins John Dainton & Sturgis Haskins
4th Pat Broderson Tom Gilbert Pat Broderson & Frank Dixon
5th Kathleen Dainton Betsy Atkins Fred Beck & MJ Smith
6th Priscilla Lamond Connie Perin Priscilla Lamond & Betsy Atkins
7th Nancy Fremont   Kathleen Dainton & Tom Gilbert
8th     Suzanne Spangenberg & Connie Perin






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