LPTC Between the Lines: Mini Rogers Cup Winners, Clay Court Maintenance 
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Lawrence Park Tennis Club 
"Between the Lines"
 July 19, 2016

In this edition of Between the Lines:
  • LPTC Boys team are CHAMPIONS of the Mini Rogers Cup
  • Caring for our Clay
  • Greek Dinner Social
  • Wimbledon Strawberry Social and Round Robin


Again this year through June and July, many clubs across the province have held Mini Rogers Cup competitions with the aim of fielding a team in this exciting event. Each team consisted of 2 U10 and 2 U12 boys (or girls) representing their club at a regional recreational level tournament in Markham last weekend. Lawrence Park Lightning has won the Mini Rogers Cup and are advancing to the Finals at Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesday morning!

This year the final round will be re-played July 20 on a specially constructed tennis court at Nathan Philips Square at City Hall! The champions and finalists are also invited to the Rogers Cup on the Wednesday July 27 Day Session and will be formally recognized, with the winners participating in a tennis demo right on Centre Court! Congratulations to the Luxton and Sulkowski families for this enormous achievement and to everyone who made it happen. The club salutes you!
Jacob Sulkowski, Jack Luxton, Ben Sulkowski, Harry Luxton


We all love playing on great clay tennis courts. There has been rumbling about the quality of our clay. After CAREFUL investigation, we are instituting the solutions below. According to Har Tru, the clay court company we use, there are two main factors limiting the quality of our courts.


The most important factor is that we don't sweep the courts enough.  Many clubs like ours require the courts to be swept every time you use them.  We feel that with a little co-operation from the members we won't have to go this far.
We are now REQUIRING that if you use the courts for two hours or are part of a program that is using the courts for two hours, the courts must be swept either at the beginning or end of play. 
It is also important that the direction of sweeping be alternated.  Please try to sweep sideline to sideline for every time you sweep baseline to baseline.  
For those of you who are doing your part sweeping, thank you and keep up the good work. 


The second factor in limiting the quality of our courts is the amount of water we put on them. Even a light hand watering that allows you to play immediately afterwards has tremendous benefit. Try it.  It will improve the game.  The hoses are always out and turned on.  If you need help the first time let one of the Directors know and we would be happy to assist.
We will also be experimenting with short automated watering throughout the day.  If you are on the courts and the sprinklers start,
wait five minutes and you will be able to go back on. The intention of this is the same as the hand watering.  Any water we can get on the courts is very beneficial. 


Finally, we are having trouble with those pesky weeds.  It seems everyone is looking to someone else for the solution.  Our suggestion:  pick one weed every time you play.  The problem will quickly be resolved. The only way a community tennis club can be run is with the cooperation of all its members.  
Thank You, 
Your Board of Directors

I know it seems like almost yesterday that we had our Italian Dinner Social and Trivia Challenge, but the time is coming, soon, for our next and last big social soiree of the summer.  Make sure you save this date on your calendar!!  Come join the fun and music on Saturday August 6th for the club's GREEK DINNER & AFTER-DINNER SING-A-LONG.  We will have a meat (chicken) and vegetarian option, so please indicate only if you require a vegetarian main dish when you register on line or at the clubhouse.  Many people remember last year when Anita Acevedo led us in an after-dinner sing-a-long which was enjoyed by everyone.  We encourage you to sing along (you don't have to be shy about your voice, as it will blend in with everyone else's voice), but if you're really adamant about not singing, you will still enjoy Anita's beautiful voice and selection of familiar tunes.   

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm on Saturday August 6.  The raindate will be the next day Sunday August 7, same time. The event is free for members, but there is a $10 guest charge.  You must register EITHER online or by signing up at the club.  Please indicate if you are bringing a guest, and please indicate ONLY if you require a vegetarian main dish.  Please register no later than Wednesday August 3 as we will need to know by that date the number of people coming, so we can order the right amount of food.  Also, if you've registered, but can no longer attend, please be sure you cancel your (and your guest's) registration.  Please remember that this is an adult only event and that there is no round robin.  Of course, people can come down and tag up, as usual, before dinner.


It was a beautiful, sunny day for our Wimbledon Strawberry Social and Round Robin held on Wimbledon finals' day. Unfortunately Milos couldn’t bring home the championship, but that didn’t deter about 25 LPTC members coming down to the Club for a social round robin with lots of good food and drink.  The round robin saw lots of action with Saul Organ organizing all the match-ups and keeping the rotations going throughout the afternoon.  To ensure members had ample food and drink, Suzanne Bowen and Molly Greenwood prepared a Pimms inspired beverage and served fresh strawberries and whipped cream on sponge cake. A good time was had by all. 
Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers "I would like to thank Margot Willoughby for purchasing the food, Molly Greenwood, Suzanne and Ted Bowen, who stepped in to prepare and set up the Wimbledon treats, Saul Organ who volunteered to run the Round Robin and Myra Mandel our talented photographer."

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