Sky High January Open – Sponsored by JOOLA

By: Richard McAfee, President of Sky High Table Tennis Club

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Sky High Table Tennis Club (Aurora, CO) held its first USATT Sanctioned Tournament in over 2 years.  Forty-eight players from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah took part.  Fourteen of these were playing in there very first USATT Sanctioned Tournament. Sky High Tournaments are sponsored by Joola and the JOOLA Super 3-Star Yellow ball was the official “tournament ball”.

Matches started promptly at 10am and finished at 6pm.  Each participant played a minimum of eight matches with a total of 185 matches being played.  All the players enjoyed the free pizza lunch that was provided along with free sodas and water throughout the day. There was a lot of exciting play to watch.

The Sky High Tournaments feature the very popular “Giant” Round Robin Format.  This format allows players to play against other players of all levels during the morning round robin.  Each player is then placed into a Division for the afternoon round robin based on their results in the morning.

The finals of the A Division featured two of Sky High’s own, Phong Pham #1 seed and Basil Ibegbu seeded #3.  This match was played at a very high level with Phong’s strong topspins barely edging out Basil’s athletic returns.   Here is the list of our Division Winners and Runner-ups:

Division            Winner                   Runner-up

A                     Phong Pham          Basil Ibegbu

B                     Jerry Mao               Dean Dingyl Chen

C                     Bryon Kipschull      Mike Mui

D                     John Lau                Marilyn Feinstein

E                     Trevor McCord       Ray Vincinoni

Division finalists received beautiful trophies and the A Division finalists also received cash prizes of $125 and $50.

Conducting a Sanctioned Tournament takes a lot of work by our dedicated Tournament Committee.  A special thank you to: Joyce McCready, Josh Harris, Kyle Angles and Diane McAfee.  We also want to give a big “Thank You” to Ron Lusk and Dennis Driggs for assisting with the physical set-up of the venue.  Richard McAfee served as the Tournament Referee.

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