| CATA-LOG (Summer Camp issue) |
The votes are in and we are no longer nameless. Thanks to all who submitted creative ideas for naming the newsletter. Top prize goes to Angeline Scheinbaum , the first submitter of CATA-LOG as the name that garnished the most votes.
| New Executive Director Named |
CATA's search committee has selected Fernando Velasco to lead the organization. Velasco begins his executive duties effective May 15th.
USPTA and PTR Master Tennis Professional, Fernando Velasco, is originally from Bolivia, South America. Fernando is a forty-year plus veteran in the Tennis Management business and has served as General Manager and Director of Tennis at top-notch clubs in Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Savannah and Boca Raton, Florida, and here in Austin at the Grey Rock Tennis Club. He was most recently the Director of Special Events at the Polo Tennis and Fitness Club.
He is considered one of the top teaching professionals and managers in the country, having been selected as "National Pro of the Year” by the USPTA and "International Pro of the Year” by the PTR. He is a sought-after speaker at National and International Tennis Professionals Conventions. He is a ranked player in the National USPTA, PTR, and in Texas and the National USTA. In 2014 he was selected as the CATA Tennis Legend for his contributions to tennis in Austin since his arrival here in 2000.
He is married to Frances Velasco for 48 years and they have four children and eleven grandchildren living in the Austin area.
Join the CATA staff and Board in welcoming Fernando Valasco as Executive Director for the Association.
Dear CATA participants,
I am excited to have been hired as the new Executive Director of CATA.
We have a great organization with our Mission Statement being ” To promote and develop the lifetime sport of tennis for all in order to have a happier, healthier community.”
Together, with a great Board of Directors and Staff, I will make every effort to meet those goals.
| CATA Welcomes JTT Spring Sectionals May 19-21 |
700 players, coaches and parents from all over the state will attend this special event..
Congratulations to CATA Teams who won their divisions and are advancing to Sectionals!
10U Advanced Green – ATA's Green Monsters
12U Intermediate – ATA's Blasters
12U Intermediate – Cimarron's Yellow Team
12U Advanced – Cimarron's Ice
14U Beginners – ATA's Ballers
14U Beginner – Polo Club's 14s
14U Intermediate – Georgetown Tennis Academy's Red Team
18U Intermediate – Sombathy Tennis Academy's Drop Shots
18U Intermediate – Berry Creek BarBERRYans
| Junior Awards Banquet |
April 30th marked CATA's 22nd annual Junior Awards Banquet where the Austin area's high school, middle school, and club players were recognized. The Banquet was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and nearly 400 players and family members enjoyed a buffet-style dinner, an entertaining visual presentation, and trivia questions from Paul Ryan, USTA Texas' Content & Media Strategist.
Door prizes were given to a good percentage of attendees, and everyone had the chance to bid on raffle items such as a UT home football package, a Newk's summer tennis camp, several private lessons from the area's top professionals, and an autographed tennis ball from Indian Wells. All the money raised goes to support CATA's junior tennis programs.
The featured speaker for the evening was five-time All American Beverly Bowes-Hackney, a former UT player, currently the Director of Tennis at River Place Country Club. Bowes-Hackney was the Head Coach at SMU (2000-2001) and an assistant coach for the Longhorns Women's Program (2004–2005). She played professionally on the WTA Tour for 10 years where she was ranked as one of the top 50 players in the world.
Bowes-Hackney received many awards during her tennis career, including being named the 1987 Southwest Conference Player of the Year after helping lead the Longhorns to Southwest Conference Championships in 1985 and 1987. In 2000, Bowes-Hackney was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Honor. In 2015, Bowes-Hackney was selected as the CATA Pro of the Year by her peers and has been a great supporter of Austin tennis.
The evenings' programming included an Invocation by Fernando Velasco then recognition of the award winners, Most Valuable Players, and all Scholarship winners for the year.
| Scholarships Awarded to Ten Outstanding Scholars |
For Graduating Seniors
This year CATA, in conjunction with The Capital Area Professional Tennis Association (CAPTA), distributed $7500 in college scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. The senior-year-applicants were selected based on their academic performance, involvement with tennis in the community, and extra-curricular service. A record number of excellent candidates applied this year, making selection of these top ten scholar/athletes a difficult decision for the Scholarship Selection Committee. After a rigorous review process, the following players were awarded scholarships:
|Student||Scholarship||High School||Intended University|
|Shefali Arimilli||CATA||Westwood High School||University of Texas at Austin|
|Emily Bian||CATA||Lake Travis High School||Middlebury College|
|Charles Waggoner||CATA & CAPTA||Austin High School||University of Arkansas|
|Rachel Maloy||CATA & CAPTA||Georgetown High School||University of Texas at Tyler|
|Zachary Dorf||CATA||McNeil High School||University of Texas at Austin|
|Madison Winn||CATA||Bowie High School||Texas Tech University|
|Parker Kallman||CATA||Georgetown High School||Texas A&M University|
|Sarah Bell||CATA||Austin High School||University of Texas at Austin|
|Lena Arndt||CATA||Georgetown High School||Texas A&M Uniy-Corpus Christi|
|Jasmine Filut||CATA||Westwood High School||University of Arkansas @Ft. Smith|
| Special Olympics Area Games--Tennis Is For Everyone |
CATA and USTA staff and volunteers enjoyed the fun-filled and uplifting Special Olympics Area Games held at Balcones Country Club the weekend of April 21-22. Despite wet weather, the athletes and their families patiently awaited their chance to compete in Individual and Doubles events in the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball divisions. To qualify for this competition, athletes must have spent at least eight weeks training in their sport. Unified Partners from several USTA teams participated and lent their support in events designed to bring able-bodied and disabled athletes together on-court. Host Dan Weger from Balcones Country Club barbequed hamburgers and hotdogs and was assisted by volunteers from the USTA and CATA community. One wise athlete summed up tennis by saying, "You win by putting the ball in the box.” Yep—it IS that simple!
| League Update |
We have wrapped up 40 and over and 65 and over leagues and are in the midst of 18 and over with mixed 18 and 55 and doubles beginning in early June.
Check out all the options for summer doubles this summer! We have weekday, weeknight and weekend leagues!
Good luck to the 40 & Over Mixed teams representing Austin at sectionals June 2-4 in San Antonio!
Mixed 6.0: 6.0 Bar-Berryians captained by Danny Walker
Mixed 7.0: Having a Ball captained by Lawrence Rountree
Mixed 8.0: Nguyen Did We Get So Old?! Captained by Jennifer Nguyen
Mixed 9.0: Patriots captained by Cherie Hall
Please contact Christine Watson at [email protected] or call 512-443-1342 with any league-related questions.
| Immediate Opening for Assistant Pro |
Cimarron Hills CC has an opening for the position of full time tennis professional. The applicant must be a friendly and outgoing person, be a team player and be willing to develop professionally. He/she will hold a current teaching certification with previous experience instructing adult and junior (ROGY) programs. This person should have a high level playing background in order to work with academy players. A varied schedule including weeknights and weekends is expected of all tennis professionals. For consideration, email a letter of introduction and complete resume to [email protected].
| Junior Update |
8U Red Ball City Championships
Spring JTT went out with a BANG! with our 8U Red Ball City Championships Sunday, May 7th!
Teams from Rippner Tennis, Austin Tennis Academy and Georgetown Tennis Academy competed for the title of RED BALL CITY CHAMPS!
Our youngest division of JTT players, 8URed Ballers, played timed matches on Austin Tennis Center's 36' junior courts.
Players ate pizza, popsicles and made new friends! A great time was had by all! Congratulations to Rippner Tennis' White Team for winning their division!
CATA's Junior Team Tennis 8U Red Ball Fall season will start in September!
If you've got a tiny player, Rippner, ATA and Georgetown Tennis Academy have teams waiting for you!
CATA GRAN PRIX Junior Tour
The CATA Gran Prix Junior Tour is a series of eight entry level tournaments where players rack up points in city standings (See schedule below). At the end of the series, players in the top eight of their age group are invited to play in the Junior Masters Invitational on August 26th. Two winners from each age division then advance to CATA Gran Prix Team for the State Championships at Newk's Tennis Ranch Sept 15-17!
Exciting changes to the Gran Prix this year include our new 18 and Under division as well as adding a Gran Prix at the Polo Club (June 10th) and Georgetown Tennis Academy (July 22nd).
For more information on Gran Prix, go to the CATA Gran Prix Junior Tour page on our website!
If you need more information on any of our junior programs, contact Jessica McMillen, CATA's Juniors Coordinator, at [email protected]
| Upcoming Events |
Beary Sun-Brrrrr….'nd Nothing but Doubles Adult Major Zone, June 16-18th. Information here.
CATA Gran Prix Junior Tournaments. Information here. The CATA Gran Prix Junior Tour is a series of eight tournaments open to beginner and intermediate junior players aged 8-18. Players earn points each tournament toward a age-division city ranking.
Marti Rodriguez Memorial Austin Challenger 2-Day (12s-18s), July 1-2. Information here.
Future Stars Tournament Series. Information here. Future Stars is a beginners tournament series for youth aged 8 and up. There are now 12 local events in Austin and Georgetown–with more being added regularly.
Family Tennis Play Days in May (event full) and June at River Place Country Club. More information here.
| SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS |
CATA has compiled a list of adult and junior camp brochures from local Austin tennis providers. This list is not comprehensive but will give you and your family a head start in planning healthy, fun, summer activities.
| Get Involved |
CATA seeks volunteers for junior programming, events, and administrative work Please fill out the following form with your interest areas if you have some time to share.
We Thank Our Sponsors
Charlotte Herzele, President
Mary Anne Clement, Vice President
Elizabeth Deerinwater, Secretary
Tim Klitch, Treasurer
Hiep Chung ('17) Mardy Ayers ('18) Carter Tannehill ('17) Carol Welder ('17) Tosha Smith ('17) Michael MacVay ('18) Michelle Loy-Graham ('18) Tom Webber ('17) Grant Chambers ('18)
Fernando Velasco, Executive Director
Christine Watson, Director of Leagues
Jessica McMillen, Junior Development
Elizabeth Hanson Smith, Ph.D., Director of Communication & Outreach
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