Cathedral tourney serves up fun, funds

Published 12:11 am Sunday, September 30, 2007

Natchez —The weather was beautiful and the tennis enthusiasts were out at the Duncan Park Tennis Courts Saturday as Cathedral School held the Cathedral Fall Festival Tennis Tournament.

The tournament began Saturday morning and concludes today at the Duncan Park Courts.

Play begins at 9 a.m. and continues through the completions of the championship matches.

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Tournament director Suzan Hogue said the first day went as well as it possibly could have.

“The turnout was a little lower than last year but the weather was perfect and everyone had a great time playing tennis,” Hogue said. “The past couple of years we’ve had rain or really hot weather, so it’s nice to get that fall feeling for the Fall Festival Tournament.”

Approximately 50 players signed up to play in the tournament, which had men’s, women’s and mixed doubles categories.

Each category was divided into levels based on skill. Therefore, everyone played against someone with a skill level similar to his or her own.

“We get people who are really good players and also have novices who like to support the tournament,” Hogue said.

The tournament is in conjunction with Cathedral’s Fall Festival, a major fundraiser for the school for more than 20 years.

Winners from the first day included:

Women’s doubles: 3.0 finals, Carol Riley and Lisa Sandel. 4.0 finals, Suzan Hogue and Darla Vincent.

Mixed doubles: 6.0 finals, Joe Garrity and Lisa Dale.

Women’s 3.5, Men’s 3.5 and Mixed 7.0 will be decided today.

“I couldn’t have ordered up a better day,” Hogue said. “The tournament is always a good, fun time for everybody.”