Civic Week tournament serves up a successful day out for Kelso club

Kelso Civic Week Tennis participants and officials with Kelso Laddie Group representatives.
Kelso Civic Week Tennis participants and officials with Kelso Laddie Group representatives.

ONCE again, the annual Kelso Civic Week tennis tournament was hailed a great success.

More than 50 participants and supporters came along to the adult and child American tournament, which was played in rather good conditions at Kelso Orchard Tennis Club, considering the recent weather.

This year, the club was honoured to get a visit from the Kelso Laddie, right and left hand men and the president of the Kelso Laddies’ Association. Everyone was thrilled to see them take time out from their busy schedule.

After the round-robin games the two adults and two youngsters with the highest points played in a final.

For the first time in the tournament’s history it was two adult ladies, Jackie Welsh and Kate Bull, who qualified for the final, with two past winners, Angus Miller and John Archbold, coming through the youngsters’ section. Coach Lesley Thomas, with able assistance from Ella Laing, ran the tournament and presented the prizes.

The final saw Kate and Angus take on Jackie and John and it was a very close contest, where Kate and Angus (a three times winner now) won by one game. The club refuses to tell on the booby prize winners – they know who they are.

This was a particularly good day for Kate as in the morning she and fellow club members Lee Brown and Fergus Myer all passed their level two coaching course.

In other club news, Nik Stingl, who won the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ South of Scotland final at Prestwick, goes to Roehampton to play in the UK finals and will also receive some excellent coaching from well-known players.

Finally, congratulations to Ben Leslie, a former Kelso High School pupil and club member, who was voted in as President of Dundee University Students’ Union in his first term.