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A Chronicle of the Tournament of Champions



The 1st Annual Tournament of Champions was held at Stratton Mt. Sports Center. Vermont residents who had reached the finals of committee-approved adult Vermont tournaments or club championships through the 1989 season were invited to compete in this first-time event, sponsored by the Vermont Tennis Advisory Committee to NELTA. The men’s champion was Steve Holman of Dorset who defeated Townsend Gilbert, Barre in the finals. Pam Engel, Manchester, won honors as women’s champion when she defeated Kathy Wood, Rutland. Men’s Consolation winner was Bob Kesner of Middlebury and Women’s Consolation winner was Betty Phelps of Rutland.


The 2nd Annual Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the Vermont Tennis Advisory Committee/NELTA and hosted by Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness was held November 11-13, 1990. Thirty-six players from around the state competed.

In women’s singles play, the number one seed, Cheryl Froh (Stowe), won straight set matches in the quarters, semis and finals. In a tightly contested final, Froh downed number two seed, Kim Mihan (Colchester).

There were nine teams in the women’s doubles division and Allison Bolduc and Sally Hughes (South Burlington) won a well played final over Cheryl Froh and Adi Barnett (Stowe).

Men’s action was highlighted by the performance of unseeded George Ryan (Barre), who captured both the singles and doubles titles with three set wins every round. After a first round bye, Ryan eliminated second-seeded Norm Martel (St. Johnsbury), in the quarters; Moss Linder (Winooski) in the semis; and number one seed Gerhard Schmidt (Stowe) in the finals.

Ryan and partner Tim Flynn (Montpelier) captured the men’s doubles title over Mark Bonfigli (South Burlington) and Norm Martel.


The 3rd Annual Vermont Tournament of Champions, hosted by Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness, drew 15 men and 13 women in November of ’91. The men’s singles was won by the first seed, B.K. Cody, of Montpelier, who beat Scott Hadley of Burlington. The finals of the Men’s Doubles included partners Scott Hadley and Terry Bonnabesse (Burlington) versus B.K. Cody and Paul Dayton (Montpelier). Cody and Dayton won. The Women’s Singles championship match was won by Cheryl Froh (Stowe) who had a 3 set victory over Gail Smith (Middlebury). In the Women’s Doubles, the team of Tammy Azur and Joyce Doud (Burlington) were victorious, beating Cheryl Froh and Adi Barnett (Stowe).


The 4th Annual Tournament of Champions, hosted by Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness and sponsored by VTAC/USTA was held November 13-15, 1992. Jim Redding of Essex, Vermont, won the men’s singles championships with an iron man performance playing seven matches in two days. In the final Redding downed Norm Martel of Burlington. In the semi’s, Redding ousted number one seed, Tom Lucas, of Colchester, and Martel knocked out number two seed, Paul Dayton, of Montpelier.

The men’s doubles title was won by number one seeds, Lucas and Dayton (’91 winner) over Redding and George Ryan (’90 singles and doubles winners) of Montpelier.

The women’s singles final was a tight affair with number one seed Sally Hughes (‘90 doubles winner) of South Burlington edging unseeded M.J. Mullowney of Colchester. Mullowney downed number two seed, Sara Vargas of Colchester in the semis. The women’s doubles event was won by Sharon Litwhiler and Ingela Lucey over Joan Wulfson and Marty Brown, all of South Burlington.


The 5th annual Tournament of Champions, hosted by MacSam Tennis in Rutland and sponsored by VTAC/USTA was held November 13-14, 1993. Tom Lucas of Fairfax won the Men’s Singles Championships beating Bob Crews of Burlington in the finals. Tom Lucas and Norm Martel defeated Ben Mallory and Bob Crews of Burlington in the finals of the men’s doubles.

The women’s singles draw was small but powerful with Margaret Tong, of Burlington, the winner over Ruth Hurka of Middlebury. Melinda Moulton teamed with Pat Beaupre, both of Huntington to defeat Sue Henry and Brenda Stenson of Lyndonville in the women’s doubles finals.


The 6th Annual Tournament of Champions, hosted by Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness and sponsored by VTAC/USTA-NE was held November 11-13, 1994. Participation was at an all-time high with thirty-nine entrants and most areas of the state well represented.

Top-seeded Cheryl Froh of Stowe registered her third TOC singles title overcoming the strong baseline play of second-seeded MJ Mullowney of Colchester. Competing in his first TOC, second-seeded Ted Hoehn of Burlington, 1994 USTA Nationally ranked second in Men’s 50’s doubles and seventh in singles, won a classic all-court battle with number one seed Tom Salmon, Tennis Director at Topnotch in Stowe. In the semi’s, the fifty-two year old Hoehn knocked out TOC '90 winner George Ryan of Barre, and Salmon dispatched '‘93 winner Tom Lucas of Colchester.

In a strong women’s doubles draw, Cheryl Froh and Josi Kytle of Stowe needed eight match points before prevailing over Chris Cavin of South Burlington and sister Jennifer Schleifer of Greensboro. In men’s doubles action Norm Martel of Burlington and Tom Lucas made it two consecutive TOC doubles titles downing Dean Pallozzi of Williston and George Ryan.


The 7th Annual Tournament of Champions sponsored by VTAC/USTA-NE, was again hosted by Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness on November 17-19, 1995. Fourteen women and fourteen men geared up for the challenge. In women’s singles play, number two seed Mary Jane Mullowney of Colchester, a two-time runner-up, turned the tables on Sally Hughes (’92 winner over Mullowney), groundstroking her way to victory. Men’s singles action saw number two seed, Norm Martel of Burlington, win his first TOC singles title in a tough three setter over Paul Dayton of Montpelier.

In the men’s doubles draw, Tom Lucas of Colchester and Paul Dayton of Montpelier continued their doubles prowess with a solid finals verdict over Ted Hoehn and Martel. In women’s doubles, Hughes (’90 winner with Allison Bolduc) and Kim Mihan of Colchester upheld their number one seeding with a final win over Phyllis Marcell of South Burlington and Diane Mayland of Colchester.


The 8th Annual VTAC sponsored Tournament of Champions held at Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness attracted record numbers of players for a total of 55 participants.

Congratulation to Anne Coates of Montpelier, a high school senior, who won the women’s singles defeating Sally Hughes of South Burlington in the finals. Paul Dayton, also of Montpelier and the ’95 runner-up, overcame the number one seed, Bob Crews of South Burlington to take the men’s singles crown.

Tom Lucas of Colchester and Norm Martel of Burlington captured their third doubles title over Bob Crews and Don Jenkins, who had been undefeated in Vermont tournament play in 1996. The veteran sister combination of Chris Cavin of South Burlington and Jennifer Ranz of Greensboro earned their first TOC crown with convincing wins in the four rounds. In the finals they defeated Sally Hughes and Allison Bolduc, both of South Burlington.


 The 9th Annual Tournament of Champios. Fifteen year old Tim Hadsel-Mares, a highly ranked junior and State Champion Burlington High School’s number one player, shocked the men’s field at the 9th  Annual Tournament of Champions held at Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness. First time champions also included men’s doubles winners Mike Wilkinson of Burlington and Scott Hadley of South Burlington, and women’s doubles winners Erika Dayton and Wendy Watson of Montpelier. Sally Hughes of South Burlington, the 1992 Singles Champion, captured her second TOC singles title.

An exciting men’s doubles final went to the wire with double match points held by both teams before a third set tie-breaker. Hadley and Wilkinson defeated three time TOC champions Norm Martel of Burlington and Tom Lucas of Colchester.


The 10th Annual USTA/NE/Vermont Tournament of Champions was held at Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness November 13-15, 1998.

The strongest division was a full draw of sixteen ladies doubles teams with some very close matches. Wendy Watson and Chrissie Drescher won in the finals over Jeanne Hulsen and Allison Bolduc.

In the women’s singles division Sally Hughes of South Burlington defeated Wendy Watson. In the men’s singles division, Steve Heroux defeated Bob Crews.

Norm Martel and Bob Crews won the men’s doubles tournament over Todd Olson and Rich Brandt.


The 11th Annual Tournament of Champions !

Men’s singles winner: Zejlko Knezevic

Men’s doubles: Scott Hadley and Bob Crews

Women’s singles: Wendy Watson

Women’s doubles: Jeanne Hulsen and Wendy Watson


The 12th Annual Tournament of Champions !

Men’s singles winner: Mike Wilkinson

Men’s doubles: Franz Collas and Mike Wilkinson

Women’s singles: Karen Johnson

Women’s doubles: Chris Cavin and Jennifer Ranz


The 13th Annual Tournament of Champions sponsored by USA Tennis Vermont was hosted by Twin Oaks on November 2-4, 2001. The invitational event drew top players from around Vermont resulting in some phenomenal tennis and a great tournament.

The strong Men's singles event, hotly contested by 20 of the top Vermont male players, was won by Errol Nattrass, a South African native, who defeated his doubles partner Perry Crockett, an Australian native, in a tight 3-setter 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. In the Men's doubles event, also a strong field, Nattrass teamed with Crockett to defeat the team of Steve Heroux and Alain Shedleur (both Canadian natives ?) in a hard fought 2-setter 7-6 (11-9). 

In women's play, Anne Coates of Montpelier, the singles winner in 1996 when she was a high school senior, won the event again by defeating her doubles partner Wendy Watson, also of Montpelier, in a 2-setter 7-5, 7-5. In the doubles event,   Coates and Watson defeated Kim Mihan and Chris Cavin in the finals 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1. Kim and Chris are both from South Burlington and both are former Tournament of Champions doubles winners.

Results of all matches

Men’s Singles

1st Round: Eric Franz def. Brian O’Connell 4-6, 6-1, 6-2; Jim Wood def. Mark Bonfigli 6-2, 6-1

Round of 16: Errol Nattrass def. Andrew Allen 6-1, 6-1; Matt Jacobus def. Chris Snyder 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; Damon Fitch def. Steve Little 6-0, 6-2; Ken Wong def. Eric Franz 6-2, 7-5; Fernando Blanco def. Jim Wood 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Eric Kaplan def. Dan Bonfigli 6-0, 6-2; Corey Keller def. Kent Murdick 6-1, 5-7, 6-2; Perry Crockett def. Curt Johnson 6-1, 6-2

Quarterfinals: Nattrass def. Jacobus 6-2, 6-1; Fitch def. Wong 6-4, 6-4; Kaplan def. Blanco 7-5, 6-4; Crockett def. Keller 6-1, 6-2

Semifinals: Nattrass def. Fitch 6-3, 6-2; Crockett def. Kaplan 6-4, 6-3

Finals: Nattrass def. Crockett 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Women’s Singles

1st Round: Tami Bass def. Sally Carver 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2; Phyllis Marcell def. Stephanie Foley 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Kristin Hartley def. Sherry Hadden 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; Rachel Teachout def. Patricia Machat 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1

Quarterfinals: Wendy Watson def. Bass 6-0, 6-3; Sally Hughes def. Marcell 6-1, 7-5; Kelsey Hughes def. Hartley 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Anne Coates def. Teachout 6-0, 6-4

Semifinals: Watson def. Sally Hughes 6-3, 6-4; Coates def. Kelsey Hughes 6-4, 6-0

Finals: Coates def. Watson 7-5, 7-5

Men’s Doubles

1st Round: Don Jenkins/Jeff Tabin def. Andrew Allen/Brian O’Connell 6-0, 6-2; Damon Fitch/Norm Martel def. Dan Bonfigli/Mark Bonfigli 6-2, 6-2; Brad Watson/George Ryan def. Tom Koerner/Ben Mallory 6-4, 6-1; Perry Crockett/Errol Nattrass def. Jim Glanville/Jason King 6-3, 6-2; Corey Keller/Will Stoddard def. Curt Johnson/Jim Foley 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3; Bob Crews/Scott Hadley def. Eric Franz/Rich Brandt 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Quarterfinals: Josh Hanna/Mike Wilkinson def. Jenkins/Tabin 6-3, 6-4; Steve Heroux/Alain Shedleur def. Fitch/Martel 6-3, 6-4; Crockett/Nattrass def. Watson/Ryan 6-4, 6-3; Crews/Hadley def. Keller/Stoddard 6-3, 6-1

Semifinals: Heroux/Shedleur def. Hanna/Wilkinson 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3; Crockett/Nattrass def. Crews/Hadley 7-5, 6-3

Finals: Crockett/Nattrass def. Heroux/Shedleur 7-6 (11-9), 6-4

Women’s Doubles

Quarterfinals: Sally Hughes/Kelsey Hughes def. Michelle Cannon/Kristin Hartley 6-2, 7-6 (7-4); Kim Mihan/Chris Cavin def. Rachel Teachout/Sarah Peluso 6-2, 6-2; Tammy Azur/Chrissy Drescher def. Stephanie Foley/Helga Roberson 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Semifinals: Mihan/Cavin def Azur/Drescher 6-0, 0-6, 6-0; Wendy Watson/Anne Coates def. Hughes/Hughes

Finals: Watson/Coates def. Mihan/Cavin 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1


The 14th Annual Tournament of Champions was hosted by Twin Oaks on November 15 - 17th.

Women's Doubles

1st Round: Nancy Fitch/Rosie Asch d. Ann Laramee/Michelle Davia 6-2, 6-1; Pam Chevalier/Sherry Hadden d. Deb Schneider/Carol Bouyea 6-1, 6-2; Phyllis Marcell/Nancy Stoddard d. Maea Brandt/Dawn Dugan 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Quarterfinals: Kim Mihan/Kristen Hartley d. Fitch/Asch 6-4, 6-3; Kelsey Hughes/Gail Earley-Renaud d. Deb Laporte/Barb Bergman 6-2, 7-5; Chevalier/Hadden d. Lisa Hadley/Rhonda Colvard 6-3, 6-1; Michelle Cannon/Melissa Lafayette d. Marcell/Stoddard 6-3, 6-0

Semifinals: Hughes/Earley-Renaud d. Mihan/Hartley 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Cannon/Lafayette d. Chevalier/Hadden 6-2, 7-5

Finals: Hughes/Earley-Renaud d. Cannon/Lafayette  5-7, 6-2, 6-0

Women's Singles

Kelsey Hughes d. Amy Berkman 6-0, 6-2

Men's Doubles

Quarterfinals: Norm Martel/Jim Wood d. Curt Johnson/Dan Bonfigli 6-0, 6-3; Steve Little/Ernie True d. Corey Keller/Will Stoddard 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 6-3; Eric Franz/Rich Brandt d. Jim Glanville/Nick DeTarkowsky 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2

Semifinals: Damon Fitch/Jim Murphy d. Martel/Wood 6-3, 7-5; Franz/Brandt d. Little/True 6-2, 6-2

Finals: Fitch/Murphy d. Franz/Brandt 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Men's Singles

1st Round: Curt Johnson d. Steve Little 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Quarterfinals: Damon Fitch d. Will Stoddard 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Jim Murphy d. Peter Edelman 6-4, 7-5; Corey Keller d. Johnson 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Eric Franz d. Jan Dembinski (default)

Semifinals: Fitch d. Murphy 6-2, 7-5; Keller d. Franz 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Finals: Fitch d. Keller 4-6, 6-2, 7-5