UDNY Tennis Club (UTC) hosted its first end-of-season social evening in the Linsmohr Hotel, Pitmedden, last Wednesday. Chairman Tim Gilpin summarised some of the highlights of what has turned out to be a highly successful season. It started with the annual Open Day which not only attracted many new members to the club, but for the first time, offered tennis themed games for the adults where previously there had only been complimentary professional coaching provided to the younger visitors.
The day concluded with the official launch of the newly-installed floodlights by Brian McDougall from Udny Community Trust, one of the project’s key sponsors.
To celebrate the new floodlights, UTC had volunteered to host the Buchan Tennis League’s (BTL) annual Floodlit Tournament, open to members of all the affiliated clubs, which was another big success, attracting the highest number of entrants in recent years.
The season then moved onto UTC’s Club Championships which included both junior and senior tournaments. The adult championships were made up of five tournaments, Men’s doubles and singles, Ladies doubles and singles and Mixed doubles. These tournaments within the club ran concurrently with BTL league matches which saw UTC finish in their highest position since they entered the league.
UTC hosted the BTL Junior Championships for the second consecutive year and successfully defended the shield awarded to the club last year. As this sees the last space on the shield being engraved, BTL awarded the shield to the club in perpetuity, and a new shield will be in place for next year’s event.
This year has seen a huge growth in the level of coaching and Spring/Summer/Autumn tennis camps offered to both adult and junior members, and Tim specially thanked Dave Macdermid, and particularly Graeme Donald, for their selfless commitment to the membership. This has contributed greatly to the club enjoying its highest membership level of the recent era. The higher membership numbers and greater coaching time means that the courts have been in huge demand over the summer months, but as the winter season approaches, the demand is falling and the club has therefore launched its first Winter Ladder, based on singles matchplay.
Tim ended by awarding trophies to the adult championships winners, assisted by secretary, Stuart Cunningham. This is the first time that the club championships have been played to a conclusion since 1978. Ann Overton, membership secretary, thanked Tim and his team for their work on behalf of the members.