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Tuesday - 6-20-17
Bixby - 4 players. Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Matee, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: update on the 3 Tulsa players going to the State Games of Okla this weekend:
Yee Yang, Tom Jourdan, Nestor Prato.
Monday - 6-19-17
Dawson - 12 players. Samuel Ekehchiadi, Okba Harfouch, Corey Cook, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Shawn Cheney, Stephan Denis, Bob Kyker.
Other news: Looking for a volunteer to turn on the AC (set at 66F) at Dawson, either Sun pm or Wed pm (Bob will turn it on the other day. Otherwise, it will be too hot to play on Mondays or Thursdays).
Please contact Bob whoever can volunteer.
Monday - 6-19-17

From an email today from Ray Pestridge:
I got Gold in the 80-84 singles and we (Ray and Glendale Markwell) got silver in the 80-84 Doubles.
There were 24 in our Singles event
A total of 370 Table tennis players in the Senior National Games in Birmingham AL
(2 photos will be added later to the club's photo pages).

Monday - 6-19-17

Update on Tulsa players going to the State Games of Okla this weekend - Yee Yang
(Okba Harfouch's tournament days are over since he works Saturday's now).

Thursday - 6-15-17
Dawson - 8 players. Bob Kyker, David Leonard, Kyle Sanchez, Corey Cook, Okba Harfouch, John Moore, Nestor Prato, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 6-13-17
Bixby - 7 players. 2 first time out players - Harry Simmons, Trish Whittlesey. David Leonard, John Cai, Tom Jourdan, Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 6-12-17
Dawson - 17 players. Okba Harfouch, Johnny McClanahan, David Leonard, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Jason and Noah Taylor, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Corey Cook, Shawn Cheney, 2 other players (didn't know their names).
Thursday - 6-8-17

Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, David Leonard, Tom Jourdan, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby, Shawn Cheney, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Ray Pestridge (and Debbie) are going to the Alabama National Seniors tournament next week !!
Fernando and Tom said they would pay their membership next week. Kyle and Okba still owe also.

Thursday - 6-8-17

For a list of players playing in the Springfield, Missouri tournament this weekend, click here:
http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.org/

Wed - 6-7-17
Update on Brad Balmer's Broken Arrow ping pong club:
Tables are in but he is still trying to find a place to play.
To get the latest updates, contact info and how to join, check out his website:
www.brokenarrowpingpong.com
Tuesday - 6-6-17

Bixby - 6 players. Tim Schley, Amanda Dawson, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Matee, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Tim and Amanda work at their family owned Tulsa business (5 employees). Their website is: highgravitybrew.com
Other news: 4 players are past due on their memberships - Tom Jourdan, Okba Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Fernando Prato (note to the membership police - please follow up with these players).
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One Tulsa player has never heard of the rock band Journey (and he is not a millennial or Generation Y or Generation Z). (Alex saw them in concert a few days ago at the BOK center). Out of proper disrespect to the player -  his name will be mentioned here, but due to privacy laws we will not mention his last name - Tom.
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The Bixby Green Corn festival carnival rides will be parked in the Bixby Center next Tuesday. For parking, do not park in the Dollar store just south of the center. Park in the small police parking area directly west of the Dollar store, or on the grass on the south end of the Bixby center, or park in the gravel parking lot northeast of the Bixby center (enter here by going around the block south and east of the Bixby center).

Monday - 6-5-17
Dawson - 20 players. Okba Harfouch, Corey Cook, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge, Miguel and Antonio Riera (brothers), Sydney and Nickey Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Jason and Noah Taylor, Shawn Cheney, Ron Tucker (new), Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-1-17
Dawson - 12 players. Hamid Ezzat, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Okba Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Luke Nel, Shawn Cheney (new), Bob Kyker
Tuesday - 5-30-17
Dawson - 10 players. Abul Hasan, Nayyara Hasan, John Moore, John Cai, John Strelow, Johnny McClanahan, Matee C., Corey Flaugher, Michele Pan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Corey bought some new rubber from Colestt.com (indirectly).
Monday - 5-29-17
Memorial Day - several players. Only Alex knows who showed up.
Thursday - 5-25-17
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Harfouch, David Leonard, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Bob Kyker, Glendale Markwell, Mike Hamby, Robert Yang, Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 5-23-17
Bixby - 9 players. Abul Hasan, Nayyara Hasan, David Leonard, Corey Flaugher, Alex Tupas, Matee C., Yee Yang, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Yee Yang is considering re-strategizing his game/rubber/blade.
Monday - 5-22-17
Dawson - 16 players. Greg McCann (been a few years since he played here), Alex Tupas (paid $60 cash), Corey Cook (his dad and brother came to watch), Tom Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Harfouch, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Ray Pestridge (paid $100 check), Jason and Noah Taylor, Mike Hamby, Stephan Denis (paid $100 electronic check), Johnny McClanahan (paid $100 check), Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Other news: Bob Kyker had to withdraw from the Senior Nationals in Birmingham in June due to medical reasons.  Ray is probably the only one from Tulsa club going. Go Ray!
Thursday - 5-18-17
Dawson - 8 players. Luke Nell (paid $100 with a Benjamin), Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Kyle Sanchez, Corey Cook, Kelly Boyce.
Wed - 5-17-17
There are 2 new table tennis clubs in Broken Arrow (one open now and the other soon to be open).
Brad Balmer will run one of them. He has a website at: brokenarrowpingpong.com.
This site was his old site from Indiana (or Wyoming) he is converting over.
(The other club I will post later when I get the calling card).
Tuesday - 5-16-17
Bixby - 14 players. David Leonard, Corey Flaugher (paid $40), Okba Harfouch, Dena Shaban, John Cai, John Moore, John Strelow, Michelle Pan, Abul Hasan, Nayyara Hasan, Brad Balmer, Peter Bao, Noelle Cullison, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 5-15-17
Dawson - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang(paid $100 cash), Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Okba Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Corey Cook and his grandfather David from Colorado (did not play), Tom Jourdan, David Leonard, Stephan Denis, Jason and Noah Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Monday - 5-15-17
2017 Joplin Spring Table Tennis Championship held 5-13-17
Open Singles:
1st Winfred Addy
2nd Alex Tupas
3rd Okba Al Harfough
Under 2000:
1st Okba Al Harfough
2nd Alex Tupas
Under 1600:
1st Lloyd Blankenship
2nd Sage Crane
Under 1300:
1st Saptarshi Syam
2nd Jeremy Williams
Novice:
1st James Rodriguez
2nd Alex Piech
Open Doubles:
1st Okba Al Harfough/Ray Pestridge
2nd Lloyd Blankenship/Sage Crane
Joplin SHIELD Challenge:
1st Place Joplin Police Department
Shelby Howard
Aaron Gooch
Bryan Leeper
Jason Barchak
2nd Place Joplin Fire Department
Scott Cranford
Adam Stewart
Thursday - 5-11-17
Dawson - 10 players. Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Glendale Markwell, Bob Kyker, Corey Cook, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Kelly Boyce.
Thursday - 5-11-17

(From an email today from Bill Lewis about the June 10 Springfield, Missouri tournament):
Greetings table tennis fanatics.
To borrow a phrase from the earlier ancestors . . . Long Time No See.  
It's a pleasure writing and I hope you've had an eventful fall, winter and spring.
That said, before 'hot--n--hotter' summer rolls around, Springfield is hosting the "Grand Old Opry Show"?   GRAND OLD OPRY SHOW??    NO!! We'll leave those goings-on to Nashville. 
Instead, Springfield is hosting the annual Missouri Show-Me State Games Open table tennis tourney. 
For your viewing convenience I've attached an entry form for the June 10, 2017 Missouri Show-Me State Games Open.  (print out, fill-in and send  :)
There are a total of 9 events which include both a high and low set of doubles. 
The tournaments premier event for this year and this tourney is the Giant Round Robin.
This format allows each contestant a minimum of 8 matches (details in entry form). 
Additionally there are five classed events as well as an Open Novice and the two doubles. 
As is Missouri's custom - each 1st Place event winner is ceremoniously crowned Missouri Champion for the calendar year 2017. 
Two events were excluded from this year's tourney: Hardbat Open and Under 1000 - this - due to more time for and more entrants into the Giant Round Robin.
Last year's winners in the premier Open Round Robin were:
1st Place:  Felipe Morita from St. Charles, Mo
2nd Place:  Sina Asadallahi from Houston, Tx
3rd Place:  Patricio Pereyra from St. Charles, Mo

We hope to see--n--hear from you and yours.
 
Thanks so much.     - Bill -

          !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Lewis
3818 South Farm Road 103
Brookline, Mo.   65619
President: Ozarks Table Tennis Club
USATT Tournament Director, Certified Referee, Club Umpire
Club site:  http://www.OzarksTableTennisClub.org/
Phone:  (H) 417.890.8092     (C)  417.493.6259

 

Thursday - 5-11-17
(From an email Britt Salter sent today):
We've made some changes for the summer games (June 24) that I hope everyone likes.
We've eliminated doubles and added more rated events U1000, U1200, U1400, U1600, U1800, U2000, and Open (With at least $300 added for Open prize money)
Please spread the word with the Tulsa folks - and try to come play too!
Britt
Tuesday - 5-9-17
Bixby - 11 players. 2 first time out players - Abul Hasan, Nayyara Hasan (was looking for a ping pong table online and came across the club's website). David Leonard, Carson Leonard, Matee, John Moore, John Cai, Wesley Li, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 5-8-17

Dawson - no info
For a list of the players entered in the Joplin tournament (36 players and all events are full except the U-1300)
http://joplinttc.wixsite.com/jttc/tournaments

Thursday - 5-4-17

Dawson - 15 players. David Correa and Claire, Yee Yang (paid $100), David Leonard (paid $100), Mike Hamby (paid $100), Mats Johansson (paid $100), Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Corey Cook, Okba Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: David Correa still "got game" (unfortunately for some of us).
8-10 players from Okla City will be going to the Joplin tournament next weekend.
Dena Shaban designed the website for her and Okba's new business that starts up in 1 week.

Tuesday - 5-2-17

Bixby - 14 players. David Leonard, Carson Leonard, Yee Yang, Anish Shrastha, Okba Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Alex Tupas, Raj, Corey Flaugher, Matee, John Cai, Wesley Li, John Walsh, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: The results for the Kansas City tourney are posted already. Okba went to 1949 !

Monday - 5-1-17
Results for the Kansas City tournament this last weekend- Okba won 1st in U2000, 3rd in U1800, and 3rd in U3800 dbls. Have not heard how Tom Jourdan or Carson Thoma did.
Monday - 5-1-17
Dawson - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Robert and Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Okba Harfouch,  Dena Shaban, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat (paid $100 annual fee), Bob Kyker (paid $100 annual fee), Stephan Denis, Corey Cook.
Friday - 4-28-17

Membership dues are due May 1.
$100
Pay Hamid or Bob on Monday, or, Kelly on Thursday.

Thursday - 4-27-17
Dawson - 11 players. Robert Yang, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Johnny McClanahan, Corey Cook, Alex Tupas, Mark/Tim Bao, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: 3 Tulsa players going to the Kansas City tournament this weekend. Okba, Tom Jourdan, Carson Thoma.
Tuesday - 4-25-17
Bixby - 13 players. Okba Al Harfouch, David Leonard, Alex Tupas (playing extremely well), John Moore, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Corey Flaugher, Matee, Carson Thoma, Bret Thoma, Raj, Bilal Ahmed, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: There is a secret playing location in Tulsa known only to a few players (ie Okba, Alex, Yee and Robert Yang, maybe others). They can play anytime but looks like Sunday is the popular time. (Info about this place is very limited due to no one talking about this place). This place has 2 tables and is at a business on 21st street. You enter thru a non-descript side door. This enables these players to get extra playing time that the rest of us don't get. More info on this place will follow once it is found (ie is beer drinking allowed, cigars allowed, girlfriends allowed, certain types of humor (ie political, etc), etc).
Carson Thoma and Tom Jourdan will be going to the Kansas City tournament this weekend!
Monday - 4-24-17
Dawson - 13 players: Hamid Ezzat, Corey Cook, Mike Hamby, Stephan Denis, Tom Jourdan,  Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch and Dena Shaban, Kyle Sanchez, Johnny McClanahan, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 4-20-17
Dawson - 15 players. Corey Cook (paid $100 - (a Benjamin) !), Luke Nel, Raj, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Yee Yang, Andrew Habiger (new player), Johnny McClanahan, Jason and Noah Taylor, Carson and Brett Thoma, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson has mailed his entry form to the Kansas City tournament for April 29 and 30.
Okba may go to the Kansas City tournament.
Tuesday - 4-18-17
Bixby - 13 players. Mark/Tim Bao, David Leonard, Raj, Corey Flaugher, John Moore, Stephen Littlechild, John Cai, William Jbar, Anish Shrestha, Johnny McClanahan, Okba Al Harfouch, Michelle Pan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: a "cussing" warning was given to one of our players by the staff of the Bixby Center. (No other info will be written here about it).
Corey Flaugher is going to buy a new paddle from probably Paddle Palace soon to replace his lost paddle. If anyone has a paddle to sell him, let him know asap.
David Leonard has stopped using his newer faster paddle and prefers his older and slower paddle.
Okba is thinking about going to the next 3 tournaments - Joplin, Springfield and Kansas City.
Monday - 4-17-17
Dawson - 14 players. Robert Yang, Yee Yang, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Johnny McClanahan, Corey Cook, Tom Jourdan, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Stepan Denis, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 4-13-17
Dawson - 11 players. Braiden Parks, Corey Cook, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Hamid Ezzat, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Glendale Markwell, Bob Kyker, Tou Yang, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 4-11-17

Bixby - 13 players. Alex Tupas, Michelle Pan, John Moore, Bilal Ahmed, Corey Cook, Stephen Littlechild (here for 10 days - paid $20), Matee C., Raj, Corey Flaugher, Bret Thoma, Carson Thoma, Anish Shrestha, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Corey Flaugher lost his paddle (with short pips out on the backhand). He will buy a new one with spinny rubber on the backhand.
At 6:30 tonight, there were only 2 players (thought that was all that were going to show up).

Monday - 4-10-17
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 4-6-17
Dawson - 14 players. Tom and Ouli Jourdan, Ray Pestridge, Carson and Brett Thoma, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Luke Nel, Alex Tupas, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Raj, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 4-4-17
Bixby - 6 players. 1 first time out player - Steven Li. David Leonard, Matee, John Moore, Raj, Kelly Boyce. (thunderstorm and hail kept the ping pong players away).
Monday - 4-3-17
Dawson - 13 players. Jason and Noah Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena  Shaban, Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby, Tom and Ouli Jordan, Stephen Denis
Thursday - 3-30-17
Dawson - 15 players. Tou Yang, Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, David Leonard, Raj, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas, Carson Thoma, Brett Thoma, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Hamid is using long pips on his backhand. Tonight was his first night to try it.
Tuesday - 3-28-17
Bixby - 10 players. 3 first time out players - Anish Shrestha, Nabin Maharjan (both know Raj), Michelle (with her 2 well behaved children). Naroham Regmi ("Raj"), David Leonard, John Moore, Brad Balmer, Matee C., Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Brad Balmer will be starting a new table tennis club in Broken Arrow! Maybe at Neinhaus Park or Central Park. He will buy the tables and then charge a membership to pay for them. Brad is now moved into Broken Arrow from Wyoming.
Raj bought a new paddle from Butterfly.com (paid $400). He beat John Moore and David Leonard with it tonight!
John Moore has arthritis in his playing hand and is trying to figure out how to play with it.
Monday - 3-27-17
Dawson - 14 players. New player, Narottam Regmi (Day), Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, William Jbar, Fernando Prato, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Okba Al Harfouch, Nicky and Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 3-23-17
Dawson - 12 players. Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat, David Leonard, Carson Thoma, Luke Nel, Corey Cook, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 3-21-17
Bixby - 12 players. 3 first time out players - Naroham Regmi ("Raj"), Bilal Ahmed, Britt Robbin (from the Pensacola, Florida club. In town for work for a few days only). David Leonard, John Moore, John Cai, Matee C., Robert Yang, Corey Flaugher, Carson Thoma, Brett Thoma, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 3-20-17
Dawson - 16 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Corey Cook, a friend of Corey's, Jason and Noah Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Kyle Sanchez, William Jbar, Fernando Prato, Matts Johansson, Nick Hahn.
Thursday - 3-16-17
Dawson - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Jason and Noah Taylor, Carson Thoma, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, William Jbar, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson is going to the Wesleyan tournament in Ft. Worth Saturday.
Tuesday - 3-14-17
Bixby - 13 players. Nick Hahn (first time out), Okba Al Harfouch, Dena Shaban, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, David Leonard, Matee, Carson Thoma, Wesley Li, Johnny McClanahan, John Moore, Phil Sallee, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 3-13-17
Dawson - 16 players: Yee Yang, Tom Jourdan, David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Cook,  William Jbar, Robert Yang, Jason and Noah Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Stefan Denis, 2 new players: Emmanuel Quaye, Bilal Ahmed, and Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 3-9-17
Dawson - 17 players. Dena Shaban, Jazz Jbar, William Jbar, Okba Al Harfouch, Tou Yang, Robert Yang, David Leonard, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Tom Jourdan, Corey Cook, Matts Johansson, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat, Carson Thoma, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: By 5:30 tonight there were 13 players.
Carson Thoma bought his new paddle from TableTennisStore.us.
Corey Cook bought his new paddle from tabletennis11.com.
Carson will be having his 5th lesson from Nicky Agimudie tomorrow.
Tuesday - 3-7-17
Bixby - 6 players. David Leonard, William Jbar, Carson Thoma, Wesley Li, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson has had 4 lessons with Nick Agimudie and is planning on another and Carson is going to the March 18 tournament in Ft. Worth and Carson just got a new paddle with spinny rubber on each side.
William Jbar will be buying a new paddle soon.
Monday - 3-6-17
Dawson - 17 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Fernando Prato, Mike Hamby, Corey Cook, Tom Jourdan, William Jbar, Johnny McClanahan, Stephan Denis, Jason and Noah Taylor, Luke Nel, John Moore, Bob Kyker, two new players: Brandon Parks and Charles Jackel
Thursday - 3-2-17
Dawson - 15 players. Bob Kyker, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Tou Yang, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Bret Thoma, Carson Thoma, Mats Johansson, Kyle Sanchez, Levi Mullins, William Jbar, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 2-28-17
Bixby - 11 players. Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Matts Johansson, Carson Thoma, Bret Thoma, Matee, John Moore, John Cai, Corey Cook, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson is experimenting with spinny rubber on his backhand.
Monday - 2-27-17
Dawson - 16 players.  2 new players-Levi Mullins and Luke Nel, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas, Fernando Prato, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfourch, Cory Cook, Johnny McClanahan, Robert Yang, Jason and Noah Taylor, Tou Yang, Yee Yang, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 2-23-17
Dawson - 12 players. Corey Cook (from Vinita - knows Tom), William Jbar, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Yee Yang, Johnny McClanahan, Bret Thoma, Carson Thoma, Hamid Ezzat, Matts Johansson, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 2-21-17
Bixby - 10 players. William Jbar, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Cai, Johnny McClanahan, Carson Thoma, Bret Thoma, Matee, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson is using anti-spin on his backhand but word on the street says he should switch to spinny rubber. Those with an opinion, please advise Carson.
Monday - 2-20-17
Dawson - 19 players. David Leonard, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Samuel Ekehchiadi, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Fernando Prato, Mike Hamby, Jason and Noah Taylor, Cory Cook, Tom Jourdan, Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, William Jbar, Carson Thoma, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 2-16-17
Dawson - 13 players. Suzuki (from the Okla City club - rating 2138), Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Robert Yang, Fernando Prato, Corey Bryant, Bret Thoma, Carson Thoma, Mats Johansson, Kyle Sanchez, Kelly Boyce, John Moore.
Tuesday - 2-14-17

Results from the Oklahoma City tournament from this weekend:
The 2017 Winter State Game was held on Feb 11, 2017 at the OKCTT Club.  A more complete write up coming on the Tournament Page. (info from the Okla city web site)
(Event- Gold -Silver -Bronze)


Ping Pong Singles
Joe Tran (OKCTT)
Dennis Rhodes (OKCTT)
Terry Holley (OKCTT)


Ping Pong Women
Linda Piatt (OKCTT)
Alanis Hamilton (Bentonville, AR)
Annie Vo (OKCTT)


Ping Pong Junior
Kaden Seward (Joplin, MO)
Jason Piech (Rogers, AR)
Maria Tran (OKCTT)


TT U1000
Jason Piech (Rogers, AR)
Alex Piech (Rogers, AR)
(Remaining players unrated…)


TT U1300
Kaden Seward (Joplin, MO)
Jason Piech (Rogers AR)
Cory Bryant (Tulsa TTC)


TT U1600
Mike Patel (OKCTT)
Kaden Seward (Joplin, MO)
John Moore    (Tulsa TTC)


TT U1900
Logan Watson (OKCTT)
David Correa (OKCTT)
Okba Al Harfouch (Tulsa TTC)


TT Open
Winfred Addy (OKCTT)
Russ Hamilton (Bentonville, AR)
Michael Lauro (Little Rock, AR)


U2700 Doubles
Sage Crane Neosho, MO) & Kaden Seward (Joplin, MO)
Mike Patel (OKCTT) & Linda Piatt (OKCTT)
Tiffany Salter (OKCTT) & Maria Tran (OKCTT)


U3800 Doubles
Michhael Lauro (LRTTC) & David Correa (OKCTT)
Logan Watson (OKCTT) & Cory Bryant (Tulsa)
Ray Pestridge (Stillwater) & Okba Al Harfouch (Tulsa TTC)


 

Tuesday - 2-14-17
Bixby - Kelly will not be out tonight.
Monday - 2-13-17

Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Kyle Sanchez, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, William Jbar, Okba Al Harfouch, Fernando Prato, Cory Bryant, Cory Cook, David Leonard, Bob Kyker.

Thursday - 2-9-17

Dawson - 16 players and 5 spectators. Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, David Leonard, Fernando Prato, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Tou Yang, Corey Flaugher, Hamid Ezzat, Carson Thoma, Kyle Sanchez, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce, Brad Balmer, Nicole Collson (Brad's daughter). Other news,
Brad Balmer is moving next week to Broken Arrow from Sheridan, Wyoming. Here are a couple of links about Brad:

https://www.facebook.com/Sheridan-Ping-Pong-Club-1024887664200334/

http://thesheridanpress.com/the%e2%80%88ping%e2%80%88pong%e2%80%88professor-indiana-native-brings-history-ping-pong-club-sheridan/

Also, Robert Yang got a new paddle from Paddle Palace.
Carson Thoma is taking his 2nd lesson from Nicky Agimudie tomorrow. 

Wed - 2-8-17
Update on the 6 Tulsa players going to the Oklahoma City tournament this weekend - 2-11-17: Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge (doubles only with Okba), John Moore, Corey Flaugher, Carson Thoma.
Tuesday - 2-7-17
Bixby - 8 players. David Leonard, Corey Flaugher, Alex Tupas, Johnny McClanahan, Matee Chinsethagid, Carson Thoma, Ted Hill (paid $40), Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson took a table tennis lesson from Nick Agimudie recently!
Monday - 2-6-17

Dawson - 22 players. Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Cory Flaugher, Alex Tupas, John Moore, William Jbar, Jason and Noah Taylor, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Okba Al Harfouch, Cory Cook and his dad John Cook (new players from Vinita - knows Tom Jourdan), Bee Thao?, Charlie (Traolly) Xiang, Tou Yang, Kyle Sanchez,  Carson Thoma, Bret Thoma, Johnny McClanahan, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.

Thursday - 2-2-17
Dawson - 12 players. Yee Yang, David Leonard, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Carson Thoma, Mat Johansson, Robert Yang, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 1-31-17
Bixby - 8 players. Eli Betinjani, Wesley Li, Carson Thoma, Bret Thoma, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Carson is going to the Okla City tournament on Feb 11 ! (into the belly of the beast).
Johnny may not go to the tournament.
Tuesday - 1-31-17
Update on Tulsa players going to the Oklahoma City tourney on 2-11-17:
John Moore, Johnny McClanahan, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge (double only with Okba), Tom Jourdan.
Monday - 1-30-17
Dawson - 17 players. Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Alex Tupas, Fernando Prato, Mike Hamby, John Moore, Okba Al Harfouch, William Jbar, Jason Taylor, Noah Taylor, Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Johnny McClanahan, Cory Bryant, Robert Luton (from bartlesville), Bob Kyker.
Friday - 1-27-17

For those few Tulsa table tennis players wondering, "what ever happened to Tim Yardy"?
(last seen in 2007 when he decided not to become a pro table tennis player (he was quite the player once upon a time) and settle here in Tulsa).
The answer is (from his website): The Maison Group was founded by Englishman Tim Yardy in 2007.  What started with small renovation projects on his own homes, has evolved to large scale home building and magnificent restorations of multi-million dollar residential properties. 

The Maison Group is passionate about restoring historical homes to their former glory and beyond. The Maison Group does both speculative residential projects and design/build for others. Tim's passion for design/build and particularly restoration come from growing up in London and coming from a family of designers and developers. 

The Masion Group would describe everything that they do as timeless elegance
http://www.themaisongroup.biz/


 

Thursday - 1-26-17
Dawson - 17 players. 3 first time out players: Seth Jacob, Mickey Hoppis, Jordan Lytle. Tom Jourdan, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfouch, Fernando Prato, David Leonard, Carson Thoma, Bret Thoma, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Alex Tupas, Traolly Xiong, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 1-24-17
Bixby - 9 players. Carson Thoma (joined the club - paid $40. Got his paddle from Killer Spin - a very good paddle. He will be 16 next week and can start driving to the club!),Jim French, Casey Jones (knows Eli), Eli Betinjani, John Moore, Corey Flaugher, David Leonard, Matee Chinsethagid, Kelly Boyce
Monday - 1-23-17
12 players: Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfoush, Tom Jourdan, Fernando Prato, Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas, William Jabr, Mike Altea (came with Alex), Jason Taylor, Noah Taylor.
Thursday - 1-19-17
Dawson - 14 players. Por Thor, Charlie Traolly (beat Yee Yang!), Yee Yang (has a new paddle), Carson Thoma (the son), Bret Thoma (the dad), Samuel Ekehchiadi, Bob Kyker (first time back after 9 1/2 weeks! and very out of shape), Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Stephen Ackart, Mason Faulkner, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce.
Thursday - 1-19-17
The State Games of Okla has a new web site and the table tennis picture is represented by a Tulsa player! Click to view:  http://www.stategamesofoklahoma.org/
(he is wearing a red shirt with black shorts).
Wed - 1-18-17

The Oklahoma City club has a new fee schedule (from their website).

We will have three fee levels  plus one Annual Fee option.  New fees below:

Adults:  $7/day, $45/month, or $500/year

Adult Students (Undergrad College only): $5/day, or $35/month

Youth Students (High School and younger): $4/day, or $30/month

 

Tuesday - 1-17-17
Bixby - 12 players. 2 first time out players - Bret Thoma (the dad), Carson Thoma (the son). Carson is around 16 years old and a tennis player and soccer player. Good natural ability and plays aggressively (which is a good thing in table tennis) and covers the court well (like the other soccer players in our club). David Leonard, Jim French, Corey Flaugher, Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Cai, Wesley Li, Johnny McClanahan, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 1-16-17
12 players, 2 spectators. Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Tom Jourdan, Yee Yang, Fernando Prato, Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Robert Yang, Kyle Sanchez, Robert Luton, Okba's friend came to watch him. Didn't get her name, Skip ? (Stopped in to check out the competition. Did not play)
Thursday - 1-12-17
Dawson - 13 players. Tom Jourdan, Corey Bryant, Monica (came in with Corey - just watched), David Leonard, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Mats Johansson, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Charles Traolly, Tou Yang (nephew of Yee and Robert), Robert Luton (from Bartlesville).
Tuesday - 1-10-17

Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, Corey Bryant, John Moore, David Leonard, Wesley Li, John Cai, Robert Yang, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: players going to the Oklahoma City tournament on Feb 11: John Moore (sent his entry form in).

Monday - 1-9-17
Dawson - 11 players. Mike Hamby , Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Tom Jourdan, Yee Yang, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor , Noah Taylor (Jason Taylor's son), Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas,Imbark (Okba's friend).
Thursday - 1-5-17
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 1-3-17
ITTF DHS top 10 Best shots of 2016 - http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2016/December/27/DHS-ITTF-Top-10-Best-Shots-of-2016?utm_source=Insider+-+December+28%2C+2016&utm_campaign=Insider+8%2F30%2F2015&utm_medium=email
Tuesday - 1-3-17
Bixby - no play tonight. Center closed.
Monday - 1-2-17
Dawson - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Fernando Prato, Johnny McClanahan, John Moore, Robert Yang, Randy Petty, Matias Wright( 1st time out lives in the neighborhood). (info courtesy of Johnny).
Thursday - 12-29-16
Dawson - 7 players. 2 second time out players - Randy Petty and George Atkins (last time out was 4/2012), Ray Pestridge, Robert Yang, Mike Hamby, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 12-27-16
Bixby - center closed next 2 weeks.
Monday - 12-26-16
Dawson - 3 players. Mike Hamby,  Johnny McClanahan,  Kyle Sanchez
Friday - 12-23-16

23 Things I've Learned About Running Table Tennis Tournaments - by Will Shortz - Owner, Westchester Table Tennis Center
The Westchester Table Tennis Center hosts a USATT-sanctioned 4-star tournament every month.
We average close to 130 competitors per tournament, on 19 tables, drawing players from across the country and around the world.
We've held 60 Open tournaments since 2011.
After initial losses, these now make money for the club.
With the help of Roman Tinyszin, our expert and tireless referee, and Robert Roberts and Rawle Alleyne, who run everything on site, here are some things I've learned:

1. Players want a chance to win.
We offer 18 events per tournament, with skill events for every 150 rating points from Under-850 up to Under-2500, plus Open.
No matter what skill level a player is, he or she has a chance to win a prize.

2. Players like a chance to win money.
We award cash in every event.
In the lower-rated events it's just the return of the entry fee.
But I noticed when we started doing this, the number of entries in the lower-rated events increased significantly.
We also award cash through 8th place in the Open event, as an incentive to top players.

3. Players want to play as many matches as possible regardless of winning.
Besides starting with a round robin for each event, as most tournaments do, we let the top two players (not just one) from each group advance to the playoffs.
So even if a player loses a match, he or she may still be able to move on.

4. Most players want to spend only one day at a tournament.
We schedule our lower-rated events on one day of the weekend and the higher-rated events on the other (with a little overlap in the middle).
In this way, for most players, one day at the tournament is all they need.

5. Early morning and late afternoon events are not popular.
We schedule our earliest event at a civilized hour, 10:00 am, and our last one starts at 3:30.
Most players are done by 5:00, and everything's usually over by around 8:00.

6. Late fees are not popular.
At our first tournament in 2011 our registration form listed a late fee of $10.
When the tournament came around and we were about to charge a player $10 for signing up at the door, Roman turned to me and asked, "Do you really want to charge this person an extra $10?"
I decided I didn't. And we've never charged a late fee since.
Nowadays, knowing that we don't charge late fees, almost all players sign up and pay at the door.
They appreciate the convenience.

7. Low-rated events have an audience.
At our early tournaments our lowest-rated event was U1000.
I didn't think players rated much lower than that would want to compete.
I was wrong. When we added an U850 event, that proved to be well-attended.

8. 12 & Under event is more popular than 14 & Under.
As far as kids are concerned, not many kids over 12 want to compete in a table tennis tournament -- and those who do are usually good enough to compete in the regular rated events.
So the 14 & Under event that we used to run is now 12 & Under.

9. It's discouraging to players when the same people win all the time.
The first time we held an Over 40 event, we had a big signup.
Over time, though, as the same players repeatedly won, the number dwindled.
Lower-rated players felt they couldn't win.
When we changed the event to "Over 40 + Under 2000" or "Over 40 + Under 1800" (that is, with both an age and a rating restriction), the attendance soared again.

10. Women's events aren't successful, even with significant cash prizes.
There doesn't seem to be enough interest.

11. Hardbat events, ditto. On the East Coast at least, hardbat is not popular.

12. Novelty events add spice.
Every month our tournament has a novelty event -- such as Mini-Table (played on a 3-1/2' x 5' table), Mini-Paddle (played with small paddles, provided), Other-Handed (players had to play with the opposite hand from their usual), 44+ Ball, etc.
Some of these have had modest success.
By far the most popular novelty event, though, has been Handicap, in which the higher-rated player is handicapped by 1 point per game for every 75-point rating advantage over the lower-rated player, up to a maximum of 7 points per game.
We've had players rated over 2600, under 1000, and everything in-between win this event.
It never gets old.

13. Stay on schedule.
Players appreciate a tournament that starts and runs on time.
And they don't want to wait too long between matches.
We limit players to three events per day, and bar players from entering two events starting at the same time, in order to avoid jamming the schedule.
Also, it's important not to overbook a tournament for the same reason.

14. Don't let Doubles mess up the schedule.
By definition a Doubles match involves four players rather than two.
If the players are also playing in other events, it can be difficult to get everyone together for Doubles -- and when they do get together they're not playing their other events.
If a tournament has Doubles, it should be scheduled at or near the end, so as not to hold up other matches.

15. Have food on-site.
For the Westchester tournaments, we buy sandwiches and cookies from Subway, fruit cups from a local deli, and snacks and drinks from the supermarket.
We resell everything at a slight markup.
The point is not to make money from the food.
We just don't want players to have to leave the club.

16. Report your results to the USATT as quickly as possible.
Players are anxious to see their new ratings.
Do your best to help them.

17. Winners like to be recognized.
We post winners' photos on our website for all the events.
Also, we vary the photos as much as possible to make them fun to view. 
The results and photos remain up permanently.

18. First-time players want a chance to win.
At many other tournaments, first-time players compete separately in a Rookie category.
My feeling is that this discourages new players from entering.
Instead we use a new player's League Night rating, if he or she has one, or we estimate the rating by watching the person play.
We always estimate high, but at least the person is eligible to win a prize.

19. It is possible to make money from spectators.
For the Westchester tournaments, on the days when the top players compete, we charge spectators $10.
There are exceptions -- players (obviously), family members of players, coaches (one per player), and kids accompanying paying adults.
Lately we've been making about $150 per tournament from spectator fees.
It's not a lot, but it helps.

20. Spectators want to understand what they're watching.
If you want spectators to come, you have to make it interesting for them.
One way the Westchester TTC does this is through electronic scoreboards, connected wirelessly to iPads, for major matches.
Besides keeping score, these provide photos of the players, say where they're from, give their ratings, and name the event.
Even if you don't have scoreboards, having scorekeepers with flip-cards helps.

21. Prizes matter, especially at the high end.
At Westchester we treat the Open event as a loss leader.
We offer over $3,000 in prize money for it, which is more than twice what we get from it in entry fees.
But money does attract high-rated players -- typically 10 to 15 players rated 2500+ per tournament.

22. Keep a tournament database.
We maintain an email list of everyone who has competed in a Westchester tournament over the past few years, and we write them each month about what is special about the upcoming tournament.
We try to make the email interesting and informative so it gets read.

23. Use YouTube.
We film and later post our top matches for viewing on YouTube, where over time they average 2,000-3,000 views per video.

In sum, if you give your tournament players a good experience, they will enjoy your event and want to return.
Most tournament-goers are regulars.

I welcome your comments on any of the above, as well as additional suggestions based on your own experience.
What things have worked for your club? You can email me at wshortz@aol.com.

Website: www.westchestertabletennis.com

Thursday - 12-23-16
Dawson - 10 players. Oliver Fon, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Johnny McClanahan, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce.
Wed - 12-22-16
Feb 11 is the Winter State Games of Okla tournament at the Oklahoma City club (be there or be square).
Tuesday - 12-20-16
Bixby - 7 players. Okba Al Harfouch, John Moore, Johnny McClanahan, Corey Flaugher, David Leonard, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Johnny got a new paddle from Paddle Palace with Hurricane rubber. A heavier bat (but more suitable to his game since he plays close to the table). It is a fast-slow blade (only a table tennis player will know what that means).
Monday - 12-19-16
Dawson - 7 players. David Leonard, Mike Hamby, Fernando Prato, Johnny McClanahan, Yee Yang, Robert Yang, Fong Yang.
Thursday - 12-15-16
Dawson - 11 players. Robert Yang, Yee Yang, Fernando Prato, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Steven Hyslop, David Leonard, Mats Johansson, Oliver Fon, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 12-13-16
Bixby - 2 players. John Moore, Kelly Boyce.
(There were 12 players last Tuesday. Go figure!?).
Monday - 12-12-16
Dawson - 6 players. Oliver Fon (new player - from Cameroon). Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Fernando Prato.
Thursday - 12-8-16
Dawson - 4 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 12-6-16
Bixby - 12 players. One first time out player - Luke. John Moore, John Cai, Johnny McClanahan (paid $100), Steven Hyslop, Wesley Li, Esel Lazarus, Jason Taylor, Noah Taylor, Ted Hill, Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Steven Hyslop has decided to change to bowling.
Monday - 12-5-16
Dawson - 9 players. David Leonard, Kyle Sanchez, Tom Jourdan, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Steven Hyslop, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Esel Lazarus.
Sunday - 12-4-16
"pong finity trick shots" - type this into youtube.com's search field to see some amazing shots (this was submitted by Bob Kyker). Note - this info will be noted on link 19 below.
(This was not called "table tennis trick shots" for obvious reasons).
Thursday - 12-1-16

Dawson - 6 players. Kim Chan (just visiting from Atlanta), Steven Hyslop, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Bob Kyker could not make it because of his sciatic nerve - he can only walk for 100 ft before he has to sit down. Ray Pestridge had a cold.

Tuesday - 11-29-16
Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Cai, Wesley Li, David Leonard, Steven Hyslop, Glen Grusendorf, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 11-28-16
Dawson - 10 players. Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Steven Hyslop, Johnny McClanahan, David Leonard, Mike Hamby, Esel Lazarus, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Noah Taylor.
Thursday - 11-24-16
Dawson - Thanksgiving - no play
Tuesday - 11-22-16
Bixby - 7 players. Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, David Leonard, Steven Hyslop, Edwin Jin, Esel Lazarus (joined the club - paid $40), Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 11-21-16
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 11-17-16
Dawson - 14 players. Eric Kuykendall (first time out - knows Rob McKinney), Rob McKinney, Fernando Prato, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Samuel Ekehchiadi, Steven Hyslop, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Glen Grusendorf, Mike Hamby, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce, Shola Ademoye (last time out was 3-20-14 and the time before that was 6-27-13).
Other news: Stephen and Kelly will not be going to Wichita.
Tuesday - 11-15-16
Bixby - 10 players.  Steven Hyslop, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Glen Grusendorf, Corey Flaugher, John Cai, John Moore, Wesley Li, Brian Flinn, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 11-14-16
Dawson - 13 players. Larry Hill (just observed, played last 4 yrs ago, will be back with new racket soon), Samuel Ekehchiadi, Ray Pestridge, David Leonard, Steven Hyslop, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Bob Kyker.
Monday - 11-14-16
Tulsa players going to the Wichita tournament on Dec 3:
Okba Al Harfouch, Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce - Team name - unknown.  Combined ratings - 5168 (tournament has a 5200 max rating). Okba will go up Friday night and Stephen and Kelly will drive up Saturday morning.
Thursday - 11-11-16
Dawson - 9 players. Bob Kyker, Mike Hamby, Samuel Ekehchiadi, Steven Hyslop, Glen Grusendorf, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: 1 possible team going to the Wichita tourney on Dec 3 - Okba Al Harfouch (1756), Stephen Ackart (1619), Kelly Boyce (1793) - total rating points - 5168. Tournament has a 5200 max rating for the top 3 players. (waiting on Stephen to confirm). Cost is $180 per team plus tournament passes.
Wed - 11-9-16
Wichita Davis Cup team tournament - Dec 3. (Wichita is 3 hours from Tulsa).
No Tulsa players going yet.
(Kelly has copies of the entry form since the online form is not working)
Tuesday - 11-8-16

2016 Fall Table Tennis Championship at Joplin held 11-5-16 

Winners

Open Singles:

1st Winfred Addy

2nd Russ Hamilton

Under 2000:

1st Ray Pestridge

2nd Jamey Hall

Under 1500:

1st Mike Patel

2nd Brian Flinn

Unrated:

1st Evan Cherryholmes

2nd Kaden Seward

Open Doubles:

1st Winfred Addy/Jamey Hall

2nd Russ Hamilton/Alanis Hamilton

Tuesday - 11-8-16
Bixby - 7 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Steven Hyslop, John Moore, Glenn Grusendorf, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 11-7-16
Dawson - 10 players. Jerry Nabb (From Santa Fe  - Just visiting his daughter), Stephen Ackart,  Steven Hyslop, David Leonard, Mats, Hamid, Okba, Alex, Fernando, Mike Hamby
Friday - 11-4-16

The Arkansas Open has been cancelled due to participation - fees will be
returned promptly. Kitt Oudthone - AITTA Tournament Director

Thursday - 11-3-16
Dawson - 8 players. Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Ray Pestridge, Steven Hyslop, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan and another player.
Tuesday - 11-1-16
Bixby - no info.
Monday - 10-31-16
Dawson - 7 players. Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Hamid Ezzat, Steven Hyslop, David Leonard
Thursday - 10-27-16
Dawson - 5 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Steven Hyslop, Glen Grusendorf, Azel Lazarus, Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi
Tuesday - 10-25-16
Bixby - no info
Monday - 10-24-16
Dawson - 14 players. Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Steven Hyslop, David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Louis Garcete, Brian Flinn, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker.
Friday - 10-21-16

Kelly will not make it the next 2 Tuesday's at Bixby.
Hopefully, someone (ie Bob, Alex, John, etc) will go to Bixby and help set up.

Thursday - 10-20-16
Dawson - no info yet (Bob was gone).
Wed - 10-19-16

This is from an emailed article from the USATT.
Humidity: The Ultimate Pitfall of the Plastic Ball
It's been over 2 years now since the plastic ball was formally introduced into competition and, like most players, I have come to accept the new ball and continue on with playing.
Most of my quarrels with the ball have been diminished but there is one which comes back to sting me over and over again.
Humidity is probably my biggest pet hate when it comes to table tennis, that feeling of hopelessness in humid conditions when the ball constantly fails to make any kind of quality contact with the rubber at all.
As a 5th ball attacker, moisture is my biggest enemy when trying to make a good quality heavy spin opening.
While it was difficult before, I never recall it being as difficult as it has been since we changed ball and there is a perfect scientific reason for that.
One of the reasons that the plastic ball produces less spin is because of the surface of the ball.
It is commonly known that celluloid has an almost unseen layer of grip on the outside, you may remember that new celluloid balls have a certain grittiness (if that's a word) to their surface.
Plastic on the other hand has a smooth surface.
The difference is easily seen with the ball in normal playing conditions, the amount of spin achieved with celluloid is much greater than with plastic.
Add humid conditions into the mix.
With the celluloid ball that microscopic level of grip seems to make quite a significant difference. I have found it much more difficult to play in damp or muggy conditions since the ball changed.
It's more difficult to play slow spin and also to make soft blocks without the ball completely sliding off your bat.
Also previously the level of humidity was visible in difficult conditions and usually left a ball mark. Now even with the slightest film of moisture on your rubber it becomes far more difficult to play.
I don't feel there have been significant advancements in rubber production to combat the effect and I'm left wondering if in future development of the ball, ITTF will look past the fact that they want less spin and at least make the ball more playable in wet conditions by adding some grip to the surface of it.
Posted by  Matt Hetherington

Tuesday - 10-18-16
Bixby - 5 players. David Leonard, Brian Flinn, Matee C., Glen Gruesendorf, Kelly Boyce
Note - Kelly will not be out the next 2 Tuesdays.
Monday - 10-17-16
Dawson - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, David Leonard, Samuel Ekehchiadi, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Brian Flinn, Steven Hyslop, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 10-13-16
Dawson - 10 players. 1 first time out player - Faiz Khaja. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfouch, Steven Hyslop, David Leonard, Tom Jourdan, Samuel Ekehchiadi, Azel Lazarus, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Okba will be going to the Little Rock tourney on Nov 5 (he is the only known player from Tulsa going).
Tuesday - 10-11-16
Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Cullin Tupas, Brian Flinn, Edwin Jin, Stephen Littlechild, Azel Lazarus, Matee C., John Moore, John Cai, Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 10-10-16
Dawson - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Steven Hyslop, Stephen Littlechild, Brian Flinn, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas, William Jabr, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, his son Austin Hamby, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 10-6-16
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Steven Hyslop, Alex Tupas, Azel Lazarus, Okba Al Harfouch, Stephen Ackart, Glen Grusendorf, Mike Hamby, Stephen Littlechild, Gabe Sanchez, Will Sanchez, William Jabr, Brian Flinn, Bob Kyker
Tuesday - 10-4-16
Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Azel Lazarus (knows Alex), Cullin Tupas, David Leonard, Corey Flaugher, Wesley Li, John Cai, Glen Grusendorf (paid $100 check), Edwin Jin (paid $40 cash), Matee Chinsethagid (paid $40 cash), Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 10-3-16
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Steven Hyslop, Fernando Prato, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, William Jabr, Stephen Littlechild, Hamid Ezzat, Azel Lazarus (friend of alex), Brian Flinn, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez.
Thursday - 9-29-16
Dawson - 12 players. Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Littlechild (paid $10), Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Steven Hyslop, Brian Flinn, Edwin Jin, Glen Grusendorf, Kyle Sanchez, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 9-27-16
Bixby - 14 players. Azel Lazarus (first time out - knows Alex), Peter Thavornrat, David Leonard, John Moore, John Cai, Alex Tupas, Cullin Tupas, Steven Hyslop, Brian Flinn, Edwin Jin, Matee Chinsethagid, Glen Grusendorf, Wesley Li, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: David Leonard can't decide whether to use his fast blade or medium speed blade. He said most players he does better with his fast paddle but other players the medium speed is better.
Brian and Glen went to Okla City this last Saturday. Brian now has blisters and can't move well (note to newbies - keep those laces tied tight).
Monday - 9-26-16
Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Steven Hyslop, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Alex Tupas, William Jabr, Fernando Prato, David Leonard, Samuel Ekehchiadi, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 9-22-16
Tulsa players going to the Joplin tournament on Nov 5: Alex Tupas and Tom Jourdan (playing doubles together), Ray Pestridge and Brian Flinn (playing doubles together), Okba Al Harfouch and William Jabr (playing doubles together). Note - the tournament will only take 16 people per event.
Thursday - 9-22-16
Dawson - 16 players. 2 new players - Peter Thavornrat (came out with Glen), Samuel Ekehchiadi, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Steven Hyslop, Okba Al Harfouch, David Leonard, Glen Grusendorf, Stephen Ackart, Kyle Sanchez, Fernando Prato, Edwin Jin, Brian Flinn, Will Sanchez (Kyle's son), Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 9-20-16
Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Cullin Tupas, Brian Flinn, Matee, Glen Grusendorf, Edwin Jin, Wesley Li, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 9-20-16
Results from the Topeka, Kansas Senior Games held 9-17-16 - Bob Kyker won silver in singles, gold in dbls with George Taplin and Ray Pestridge won gold in singles, gold in dbls (with Glendale Markwell) and gold in mixed dbls (with his wife Debbie Pestridge)
Monday - 9-19-16
Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Louis Garcete, Alex Tupas, Steven Hyslop (turned his ankle, not good), Kyle Sanchez, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, David Leonard, Brian Flinn, William Jabr, Bob Kyker.
Other news: thanks to Okba for turning on the ac the day before; it was cool!
Thursday - 9-15-16
Dawson - 13 players. Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Bill Whyman, Steven Hyslop, Troy Sanchez, Glen Grusendorf, Edwin Jin, Brian Flinn, Hamid Ezzat, William Jabar, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Ray and Bob are going to Topeka, Kansas this week for the Kansas Senior Games. Ray will play doubles with Glendale Markwell and Bob will play doubles with George Taplin.
Tuesday - 9-13-16
Bixby - 10 players. Steven Hyslop, John Cai, Wesley Li, Jason Taylor, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Edwin Jin, Matee, Don Tiger (first time out since 9-28-15), Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 9-12-16
Dawson - 16 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Steven Hyslop, Tom Jourdan, David Leonard, Mike Hamby, Louis Garcete, Brian Flinn, Cory Bryant, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, William Jabar, Kyle Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker
Thursday - 9-8-16
Dawson - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Glendale Markwell, Bill Wyman, Nestor Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Glen Grusendorf, Steven Hyslop, Louis Garcete, Edwin Jin, Bob Kyker.
Other news: Whoever closed up last time (when we were closed on Labor day) left the thermostat on 75 and the net box was locked but not connected to the cable. ...Someone renting the place could easily walk out with the net box.
(Last week, someone - a newbie - left the lights on when they left and the thermostat set at 65).
So, for the newbies that aren't familiar with the proper procedure to close, I made a "closing procedure"  poster and put it on the south window next to the tables.
Any players violating Bob's rules will have sanctions placed against them (ie can only play with celluloid balls, cannot call lets, must pickup the balls off the floor on your opponents side, etc).
Tuesday - 9-6-16
Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, John Cai, Matee, Steven Hyslop, David Leonard, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor, Brian Flinn, Ava, Dora, Rod McDonnel.
Monday - 9-5-16
Dawson - closed. Labor Day.
Thursday - 9-1-16
Dawson - 16 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Steve Hyslop, Mike Hamby, Bill Wyman, new player David Bensch, Hamid Ezzat, Troy Sanchez, Gabe Sanchez, Glen Grusendorf, Mats Johansson, Kyle Sanchez, William Jabar, Bob Kyker.
Wed - 8-31-16
Kelly will not be out at Bixby next Tuesday - 9-6-16.
(hopefully Bob or Alex or John or ? will fill in).
Tuesday - 8-30-16

Bixby - 12 players. Steven Hyslop (left early due to blisters on his feet), John Moore, Matee (rhymes with "Katy") Chinsethagid (got a new Stiga paddle from Amazon.com), Brian Flinn, Edwin Jin (penholder), Wesley Li, David Leonard, Corey Flaugher, Glen Grusendorf, Tim Bao (high toss server), Eli Betinjani, Kelly Boyce.
Other news; Corey doesn't like the short pips on his backhand. Will change to spinny rubber.
Glen has a new aggressive strategy (ie no more Mr. Nice Guy).
Brian Flinn is working hard on improving his backhand.

Monday - 8-29-16
Dawson - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Steve Hyslop,  David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Cory Bryant, Bill Wyman, Tom Jourdan, Khaled Sheda and his son Abdeullah (did not play), Jason Taylor, Brian Flinn, Bob Kyker
Thursday - 8-25-16
Dawson - 15 players. 2 new players - Kevin Akers and David Ogden (both know Mats). Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Mats Johanssson, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Glen Grusendorf, Bill Wyman, Edwin Jin, Brian Flinn, Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 8-23-16
Bixby - 16 players. 1 first time out player - Kent Bacon. Steven Hyslop, Edwin Jin (penhold player), John Moore, Matee Chinsethagid (hasn't played in 40 years), David Leonard, Sam Samour, Eli Bentinjani, Corey Flaugher, Eric Drake (going to graduate school for his masters - works at OSU - he quit his engineering job in Broken Arrow), Brian Flinn (looking to improve his backhand), Tim Bao (high toss serve), Ava Chiu, Dora Chiu, Rod McDonnel, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 8-22-16
Dawson - 20 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Troy Sanchez, Gabe Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, David Leonard, Josh Curry, Steven Hyslop, William Jabar, Tom Jourdan, Bill Wyman, Brian Flinn, Stephan Denis, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 8-18-16
Dawson - 18 players. Mats Johansson, Glen Grusendorf, Zac Grusendorf, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Kyle Sanchez, Steven Hyslop, William Jabar, Ray Pestridge, Bill Wyman, Troy Sanchez, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Rob McKinney, Edwin Jin, Steve Littlechild, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 8-16-16

Bixby - 21 players. 4 first time out players - Magee Chinsethagid, Tim Bao (uses a very high toss up serve), Sahel Koutti, Parmida Gebreil (both women know Brian Flinn). Stephen Littlechild, Steven Hyslop (will be getting a new paddle on Thursday from Mats- very long pips on the backhand), Eli Betanjani, Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabar, Brian Flinn (paid $100 with a Benjamin), Glenn Grusendorf, Zac Grusendorf, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, David Leonard (has a very well balanced and solid feeling paddle now), Wesley Li, Ava Chiu, Dora Chiu, Rod McDonnel, Kelly Boyce.

Monday - 8-15-16
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Troy Sanchez, Josh Curry, Steven Hyslop, Bill Wyman, William Jabar,  Brian Flinn, Kyle Sanchez, Steve Littlechild (visiting from England, paid $10), Bob Kyker.
Friday - 8-12-16

KJRH - Channel 2 - ran the video last night on the Tulsa Table Tennis Club. See it here:
http://www.kjrh.com/sports/olympics/2-for-the-gold/2-for-the-gold-big-al-cayden-and-sunny-from-the-voo-crew-try-their-hand-at-table-tennis

2 for the Gold: Big Al, Cayden and Sunny from the VOO Crew try their hand at table tennis

By: Cayden McFarland

Posted: 6:25 PM, Aug 11, 2016 - Video By KJRH

TULSA - What you grew up playing in the garage was ping pong.

Nick Aga-Moody plays table tennis. Let's not get the two confused.

Nick is the top-ranked player in Oklahoma. He won countless tournaments as a junior, and even faced Team USA Olympian Timothy Wang.

"It's neat to see some of the these guys I played with," Nick said. "He would smoke me."

Speaking of getting smoked. Big Al, Sunny from the 98.5 VOO Crew and I took our best, if you can call it that, shot at Nick.

Big Al couldn't muster a single rally. Nick took seven straight points. Game, set, match. Wait, that's regular tennis. Just, match.

During warmups, Sunny showed some promise, but that was in warmups. When the scoreboard got turned on for the real deal, nada. Nick remained unscored upon.

My turn. Eight straight serves and eight straight times I fail to return one. Until the ninth. Finally, one of us got one back over the net.

For those of you keeping score, it was Nick 33, and us, 1. Yikes.

And now that I think about it, we didn't do much better than when we last tried this sport in 2012.

But don't let our failures scare you off. It really is fun. Check out Tulsa Table Tennis if you're interested in learning more about the sport.

Thursday - 8-11-16
Dawson - 15 players. 3 new players: Mario Varon (did not play, observed), Samuel E, Mike Zhu (from NY). Ray Pestridge, Steven Hyslop, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, Troy Sanchez, Gabe Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabar, Brian Flinn, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Bob Kyker
Tuesday - 8-9-16
Bixby - 16 players. Mats Johansson, Alex Tupas, Brian Flinn, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Stephen Ackart, Sam Samour, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Wesley Li, Corey Flaugher, Ava Chiu, Dora Chiu, Rod McDonell, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 8-8-16
Dawson - 18 players. Suzuki from Okla City club, Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Mats Johansson, Okba Al Harfouch, Stephan Denis, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bill Wyman (donated some good balls to the club!), Steven Hyslop, William Jaber, Josh Curry, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Bob Kyker.
(The people that cleaned Dawson for their party helped us. We rearranged the chairs and tables along the walls and looks good now).
Thursday - 8-4-16

Dawson - 15 players. 2 first time out players - Edwin Jin (a penholder - hasn't played in 20 years), Zac Grusendorf (son of Glen). Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Bob Kyker, Steven Hyslop, Bill Wyman, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Corey Bryant, Troy Sanchez, Brian Flinn, Glen Grusendorf, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 8-2-16
Bixby - 17 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Corey Bryant (fresh from 3 weeks in Alaska), Michael Barns, David Leonard (broke his paddle Thursday, his fault (rookie kind of mistake) - waiting on a new one from Paddle Palace), John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Wesley Li, Steven Hyslop, William Jabr, Brian Flinn, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Ava Chiu, her sister from Taiwan, Rod McDonnel.
Monday - 8-1-16
Dawson - 20 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Troy Sanchez, Gabe Sanchez, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Tom Jourdan, Steven Hyslop, Bill Wyman, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Cory Bryant, Stephan Denis, Mats Johansson (didn't lose a match tonight), Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Ryan (didn't get his last name, been here before),Bob Kyker
Thursday - 7-28-16

Dawson - 16 players. Ray Pestridge, Gabe Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, David Leonard, Stephen Ackart, Steven Hyslop, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Bill Wyman, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Glen Grusendorf.
Other news: Stephen Ackart left early due to pulling a ham string while playing Nestor.

Tuesday - 7-26-16
Bixby - 10 players. Glen Grusendorf (hasn't been out in 5 years - 11-17-11 last time out), David Leonard, John Moore, Jim French (played 1 match and left), Steven Hyslop, Jason Taylor (newly shorn look), Tom Jourdan, Wesley Li, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: there is a non-sanctioned hard bat only tournament in Arkansas on Aug 27 and 28 (2 day tournament) being run by John Falco (Eugene Atha is no longer running tournaments).
Monday - 7-25-16
Dawson - 20 people/players. Jason Taylor, Troy Sanchez, Ray Pestridge, Steven Hyslop, Os Amer, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Bill Wyman, Sydney Agimudie, Nickey Agimudie,  Kyle Sanchez, Rob McKinney, Bob Kyker also about a half dozen of the Channel 2 tv crew.
Thursday - 7-21-16
Dawson - 18 players. Troy Sanchez ! (His 2nd time out in 20-30 years), Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Bill Wyman, Os Amer, Stephen Ackart, Steven Hyslop, Tom Jourdan, Mats Johansson, Alex Tupas, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Ray Awe, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Kelly Boyce.
Wed - 7-20-16
Al Jerkins from Channel 2 will be out to Dawson Monday at 6:00 PM - to do another video for the Olympics. They want to bring some of their players to play the club's players.
Tuesday - 7-19-16
Bixby - 12 players. 3 first time out players - Hunter Fletcher, Mounif Habib (knows Okba), Josh Curry (knows Steven Hyslop). David Leonard, Os Amer, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Steven Hyslop, Wesley Li, John Cai, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Os got a new paddle from Cole Ely's web site.
Monday - 7-18-16
Dawson - 17 players. 3 first time out players (Josh Curry, Adam Dresser, Braden Sprenger), Steven Hyslop, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Troy Sanchez, Ray Pestridge, Nick Agimudie , Sydney Agimudie , Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Hamid, Bill Whyman, Osama (Oz) Amer, Jason Taylor.
Thursday - 7-14-16
Dawson - 14 players. 1 first time out player - Steven Hyslop. Os Amer, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Brian Flinn, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Awe (paid $100 !), Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 7-12-16
Bixby - 18 players. 3 first time out players - Vigneshwaran (Vig nes), Johnny Hernandez, Osama (Oz) Amer. David Leonard, Steven Hyslop, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Wesley Li, Jason Taylor, Amanda Dawson, Tim Schley, Ted Hill, Ava Chiu, Rod McDonnel, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 7-12-16
Channel 2 came out yesterday and interviewed Nicky Agimudie (with the club playing in the background. Tom Jourdan added insightful commentary off camera to the Channel 2 crew). This story will run sometime during the Olympics next month.
The story will be posted here when we get it. (Nicky did a great job and will be the new media spokesperson for the club (if he wants the job - unpaid of course).
Monday - 7-11-16
Dawson - 23 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Sydney Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Reuben Agimudie, Okba Al Harfouch, Mats Johansson, Bill Whyman, Josh Payne, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Mike Hamby, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker, Pete Schultz (father), Adam Schultz (son), Regan Schultz (daughter), 2 members of the Channel 2 crew.
Sunday - 7-10-16

Channel 2 will be out tomorrow - Monday - at 6: 30 pm (per Nicky).

Thursday - 7-7-16
Dawson - 11 players. 2 first time out players - Johnny Hernandez, Osama Amer. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Matts Johansson, David Leonard, Bill Wyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 7-5-16

USA players going to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil held August 6 to the 17.
Women:
Jiaqi Zheng    (Calif)
Lily Zhang     (Calif)
Yue "Jennifer" Wu (N.J.)

Supporting Coach: Lily Yip (N.J.)

Men:
Kanak Jha         (Calif)
Yijun Feng       (Atlanta)
Timothy Wang (Houston)

Team Coach - Massimo Costantini 

Current World Champions
Men: MA Long (CHN)
Women: DING Ning (CHN)

Reigning Olympic Champions:
Men: ZHANG Jike (CHN)
Women:LI Xiaoxia (CHN)

The mens world number two and three,
FAN Zhendong (CHN)
XU Xin             (CHN)
will play in the team event only.

There will be four gold medals to be handed out: mens singles, womens singles, mens team and womens team.
The singles event will be contested by 64 men and women, while the best 16 teams on earth will battle to be crowned Olympic Team Champion.

Only 16 mens team (from 16 different countries) and 16 womens team (from 16 different countries) will play in the Olympics.
The USA qualified for both (this is the first time USA has done this) !

The players qualified for the Olympics when they played at the North American Olympic Qualification Tournament in Markham, Ontario, in April.

A U.S. table tennis player has never advanced past the quarterfinals of an Olympic tournament.

Part of the Olympic Games since Seoul 1988, table tennis is the most popular racket sport in the world.
https://www.rio2016.com/en/table-tennis

For a pic of the USA mens and womens team -
http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2016/June/16/SPiN-San-Francisco-To-Host-2016-US-Olympic-Table-Tennis-Team

 

Tuesday - 7-5-16
Bixby - Kelly Boyce will not be out tonight.
Monday - 7-4-16
Dawson - no play today - 4th of July.
Thursday - 6-30-16
Dawson - 8 players. Bill Wyman, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor.
Update on the Tulsa players going to the Topeka, Kansas tournament on July 9: Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Okba Al Harfouch.
Tuesday - 6-28-16
Bixby - 9 players. Ava Chiu, Rod McDonnel, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Wesley Li, Brian Flinn, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Nestor and Fernando are going to the Topeka, Kansas tournament in 2 weeks.
Monday - 6-27-16
Dawson - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Sydney Agimudie, Nickey Agimudie, Reuben Agimudie, Nestor Prato, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Cory Bryant, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-23-16
Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch, Brian Flinn, Bill Wyman, Jason Taylor (paid $20 cash to hamid), David Leonard, Nestor Prato, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 6-21-16

Bixby - 14 players. Ava Chiu, Rod McDonnel, Ouli Jourdan, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Alan Tupas, Corey Flaugher, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Wesley Li, Okba Al Harfouch, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 6-21-16
Nicky Agimudie texted Hamid today that Channel 2 will be out to the club on July 11 - Monday -  to do a piece on table tennis and interviews (Nicky will be there).
Monday - 6-20-16
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Bill Whyman, David Leonard, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Reuben Agimudie, Brian Flinn, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-16-16
Dawson - 11 players. David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson (paid $100), Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 6-14-16
Bixby - info pending
Monday - 6-13-16
Dawson - 8 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Bill Wyman (paid $100), David Leonard, Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor (paid 1st partial pmt of $20), Nestor Prato (he came in second in U1600's at dallas or ft worth tournament last week end), Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-9-16
Dawson - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Bill Wyman, David Leonard, Hamid Ezzat, Rob McKinney, Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, two new ones: Chris Ashman and Gibb Wingate, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 6-7-16
Bixby - info pending
Monday - 6-6-16
Dawson - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Alex Tupas, Nestor Prato, Jason Taylor, David Leonard, Rob McKinney, Kyle Sanchez, Stefan Denis, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-2-16

Dawson - 11 players. Ray Pestridge (paid $100), Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Sina, Tom Jourdan, John Moore, William Jabr, Jason Taylor, Peter Buscemi, Bob Kyker

Tuesday - 5-31-16
Update on the 8 Tulsa players going to the Springfield, Missouri tournament on June 4: Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabr, Jason Taylor, Corey Bryant, John Moore, Tom Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Sina Asadallahi (who will be out Thursday! ) (possibly Micheal Barns also).
Tuesday - 5-31-16

Bixby - 11 players. William Jabr, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Wesley Li, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Kelly will be on vacation so the blog postings will be late.
The membership police talked to William, Okba, Jason, John, John about their memberships.

Tuesday - 5-31-16
Below is an email from Britt Salter:
Hi Everyone!
We are holding the Summer Games on June 18.  I have received a few entries, but not as many as I had hoped.  This is an "Encouragement Note"!
HERE is a link to the tournament information.
Also, please pass the word for me! Thanks!
Monday - 5-30-16

Memorial Day - no play.

Sat - 5-28-16
Dawson - Memorial Day - This Monday - no play. Club closed.
Thursday - 5-26-16
Sina Asadallahi will be at the Dawson on Thursday - 6-2-16.
Thursday - 5-26-16
Dawson - 14 players. Dave Smith (from Washington - in town for a family reunion for 1 week), Nestor Prato (in town for 3 months and will go to 3 area tournaments in June), Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, William Jabr, Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Peter Buscemi, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 5-24-16
Bixby - 6 players (big storm in Bixby with a tornado near by). Tim Schley, Jason Taylor, Eli Betinjani, Sam Samour, John Moore, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 5-23-16
Dawson - 12 players. Tom and Ouli Jourdan (pd $200), Bob Kyker (pd $100), Stefan Denis (pd $100), Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfourch, William Jabr, David Leonard, John Moore, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez.
Thursday - 5-19-16

Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney (the "hot sauce king"), Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabr, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: There was a serious problem at Dawson tonight - high humidity.
Humidity was 100% and you could not spin any ball in.
The ball would slide on the rubber every time and go into the net.
Could only flat hit tonight (since the air conditioner was not working which removes moisture in the room). (Okba did not adjust his game in time and paid the price).

Tuesday - 5-17-16
Bixby - 11 players. One first time out player - Abraham Coleman. Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Sam Samour (paid $40), Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabr, John Kerfoot, Eli Betinjani, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 5-16-16
Dawson - 10 players. David Leonard (paid $100), William Jabr, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Stefan Denis, Alex Tupas, Rob McKinney, Okba Al Harfouch, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 5-12-16

Dawson - 11 players. Mike Hamby, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Cory Bryant, Michael Barns, Rob McKinney., Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabr, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker

Tuesday - 5-10-16
Bixby - 18 players. 3 first time out players - Peter Malley (from San Antonio - just visiting), Lam Le (from Lubbock - just visiting), Shweta G. John Moore, Okba Al Harfouch, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Wesley Li, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Sam Samour, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, William Jabr, Corey Flaugher, Ava Chiu, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce (had to leave early due to injuring his finger setting up a table - (his best playing finger - something you take for granted until it happens!)
Also, set up a 5th table in the pool room.
Monday - 5-9-16
Dawson - 12 players. Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Cory Bryant, Michael Barns, David Leonard, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 5-5-16
Dawson - 11 players. Ray Pestridge, Bill Wyman, Michael Barns, Corey Bryant, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 5-3-16
Update on the 5 Tulsa players going to the Springfield, Missouri tournament on June 4: Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Corey Bryant, John Moore, Tom Jourdan.
Tuesday - 5-3-16
Bixby - 11 players. John Moore, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Wesley Li, William Jabr, Tom Jourdan, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Sam Samour, Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 5-2-16
Dawson - 15 players. William Jabr, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch, Samer Chaar, Rachid El Boubou, Bill Wyman, Mike Hamby, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan,  Mats Johansson, David Leonard, Bob Kyker
Friday - 4-29-16
Rachid El Boubou - rating 2495 -will be out at Dawson on Monday, staying for a week. Samer Chaar will be out also (per Alex).
Thursday - 4-28-16
Dawson - 7 players. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Corey Bryant, Tom Jourdan, Kyle Sanchez, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 4-26-16
Bixby - 13 players. 3 first time out players - Ava Chiu, Charlie Chang, Michael Chang. Sam Samour, Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Matt Dyer, David Leonard, Amanda Dawson, Kelly Boyce, Tim Schley, Stephen Littlechild.
Monday - 4-25-16
Dawson - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Rob McKinney, Kyle Sanchez, Corey Bryant, David Leonard, Joe Mhemedi.
Thursday - 4-21-16

Dawson - 8 players. Joe Mhemedi, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Corey Bryant, Mike Hamby (paid $100 - Hamid - make note of this), Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Bob Kyker was playing well and moving well. He played from 4:00 PM to after 9:00 PM !
Dawson had a mystery guest.
Someone drove up in a whiteish surburban? and parked but never got out of their car and then left after being parked for 3 minutes.
We took a vote and most of us guessed it was Johnny McClanahan.
But why didn't he get out of his car and why did he leave?
We took another vote and some said Johnny was just checking up on us after the "incident" with the hoodlums last week.
Others thought Johnny may have gotten scared after the "incident" he was in last week with the punks but someone said that since Johnny is a Harley biker, he wouldn't be afraid of punks (would be the opposite if the punks knew they were messing with a Harley biker).
(we cannot go into any details on the "incident" due to the pending police investigation).

Thursday - 4-21-16

For results from the Kansas City tournament:

http://omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&r=468

Tuesday - 4-19-16
Bixby - 11 players. David Leonard, Jason Taylor, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, William Jabr, John Moore, Corey Flaugher, Sam Samour, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce, Wesley Li.
Other news: David Leonard got a new paddle, fast and spinny.
Monday - 4-18-16

Dawson - 11 players. Bob Kyker is back, Ray Pestridge , Corey Bryant got second place in under 1300 at the KC tournament! He said the guy that beat him also won the under 1500, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, David Leonard, William Jaber, Alex Tupas, Allain Tupas (Alex's son), Johnny McClanahan

Sunday - 4-17-16
7 new videos have been posted to the you tube/video page on the Tulsa web site of the Joplin tournament of Alex Tupas, Bill Ryan and Tom Jourdan (video's courtesy of Alex Tupas).
To view -  http://tulsatabletennis.com/you_tube_videos_of_tulsa_players.html
Sunday - 4-17-16
Corey Bryant - please email a personal article/story to the club on the Kansas City tournament you attended this weekend so the other members will know what the tournament was like (in case someone wants to go to it next time since no one from Tulsa has been to this tournament, your info will be helpful) (and how you did).Thanks.
Thursday - 4-14-16
Dawson - 8 players. Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Corey Bryant, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Rob McKinney.
Other news: Hamid was playing very well and in some ways as good as before (ie hitting white lines, corners, hitting/blocking side to side shots making his opponent run around excessively). He played most of the night !
Corey was not focused tonight, making lots of unenforced errors (could be the Kansas City tournament he is going to this weekend was distracting him? ).
Wed - 4-13-16

Table tennis tournament draws devotees to Joplin.
By Sarah Okeson sokeson@joplinglobe.com - Apr 9, 2016 
Joplin City Councilman-elect Taylor Brown battles Councilwoman Melodee Colbert-Kean during an exhibition match at the Joplin Table Tennis 2016 Spring Classic on Saturday at Memorial Hall.
Joplin City Councilwoman Melodee Colbert-Kean is a study in concentration as she duels with councilman-elect Taylor Brown during an exhibition match at the Joplin Table Tennis 2016 Spring Classic on Saturday at Memorial Hall.
Councilman-elect Taylor Brown fulfilled his first duty for the city of Joplin on Saturday while pitted against veteran Councilwoman Melodee Colbert-Kean — in an exhibition pingpong match at Memorial Hall.
Brown easily defeated her in 3-11, 6-11 and 9-11 games while Colbert-Kean, a former mayor, played to the onlookers with a steady stream of lighthearted comments.
"It's not that you earned the points," she told Brown. "It's that I've given them to you."
Brown said he enjoyed the match.
"I'm proud of Joplin for having an event like this," he said.
There was little verbal jousting in other matches at the spring tournament of the Joplin Table Tennis Club as about 30 players, some ranked by the national table tennis organization, competed for about $300 in prize money.
"It's not a violent sport," said Janus Lazarus, the president of the Joplin club.
"It's fun. It improves the eye and hand coordination.
It stimulates your brain because you have to have a strategy."
Lazarus said the Joplin Parks & Recreation Department asked him to start the club, which he did in 2014.
The club is open to the public and holds practices on Monday and Friday nights at Memorial Hall.
The club is affiliated with USA Table Tennis, the sport's national organization, and has sponsored four tournaments so far, with players coming from Oklahoma, Arkansas and elsewhere in Missouri.
The game, which dates to the Victorian era when it was played in Britain, is now an Olympic sport and can be demanding.
The first person to reach 11 points wins a game.
Dentist Tom Jourdan, 44, of Vinita, Oklahoma, had a brace on one leg that he attributed in part to table tennis and in part to running.
Jourdan, who ran track and cross country in college, became interested in table tennis because he wanted to find a sport for his young son.
Jourdan had the 10th-best ranking, 1,650, among players expected to be at the tournament.
The higher the ranking, the better.
"It took me probably a year to win a game when I started," Jourdan said.
Al Harfouch Okba, 22, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won one of the tournaments 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 over Nguyen Phuc, of Joplin.
"It's really fun," said Okba, a college student. "You move a lot, and it's a smart game at the same time."
Phuc, 50, was one of six people in the tournament from Joplin.
Phuc defeated Ray Pestridge, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, who had the third-best ranking of players expected to be at the tournament.
"I keep calm," said Phuc, an employee at Mercy Hospital Joplin who came to town about six years ago from Vietnam.
"I keep patient. I wait for the good ball to hit, and then I am ready to defend."
Pestridge, who has won gold medals at the Summer National Senior Games, has been playing since he was a teen.
"It makes the brain really concentrate," Pestridge said.
"The brain has to work quite hard."

Wed - 4-13-16

More on the Joplin tournament from Janus Lazarus:

We had a fabulous turnout at the Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday.  Thirty-three players from the

4-States region were represented.  Joplin Table Tennis Club (JTTC) area players were joined by other Missouri

participants from Lamar and a strong showing from the Springfield Club.  We also hosted players from Fayetteville, AR;

Vinita, Tulsa and Oklahoma, OK, and Wichita, KS.   In addition, we were pleased to have two celebrity players from the

Joplin City Council, Melodee Colbert-Kean and Taylor Brown, participated in an exhibition match.

Oklahoma represented themselves well this Tournament with four 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish.

Event 1st Place 2nd Place

Exhibition Taylor Brown, Joplin, MO Melodee Cobert-Kean, Joplin, MO

Unrated Evan Cherryholmes, Joplin, MO Kaden Seward, Joplin, MO

Under 1500 Mike Patel, Oklahoma, OK Paul Liu, Springfield, MO

Under 2000 Okba Al Harfouch, Tulsa, OK Phuc Nguyen, Joplin, MO

Open Singles Alex Tupas, Broken Arrow, OK Bill Ryan, Wichita, KS

Open Doubles Alex Tupas, Broken Arrow, OK

Tom Jourdan, Vinita, OK

Joplin City Council – Exhibition Match

In a "LETS GET READY TO RUMMBLE" style matchup, Councilman-Elect Taylor Brown challenged

Councilwoman Melodee Colbert-Kean to a ping pong showdown. 

In a bold move, the rookie came out swing (the paddle) hard and fast putting Colbert-Kean down in first game with a

decisive victory.  But if Brown thought he was going to simply roll over our veteran he had another thought coming. 

With the support of the crowd, Colbert-Kean came out strong in the second game doubling her previous score.  But it

wasn’t enough stop the newcomer from racking up another win.  Then with the match on the line, Colbert-Kean sought

advice of her coach, and in a stunning turn of events, and to Brown’s shock, Colbert-Kean raced to a quick 4-0 lead. 

Moments later she was over half way to a win with a 6-2 lead.  But with the youthful energy of a rookie, Brown stayed the

course and was finally able take the match with a tight 11-9 final game victory.

In the end, it was a wonderful matchup with lots of laughs and fun.  JTTC would like to thank both Council members

for their support of our Table Tennis Tournament.

Under 2000 Event

In the crisp Spring morning air 15 competitors began the journey of the U2000 event.  Only four survived to advance

to the semi-finals as they quickly rose to the top of their respective groups by winning every match they played: Ray

Pestridge, Phuc Nguyen, Okba Al Harfouch and Alex Tupas, 

In the Semis, both victors Okba & Phuc won in tight 3 game matches against their competitors Alex and Ray.  Then it

was on to the finals.  Okba turned on the gas winning a decisively in a 3 game match over Phuc. 

Unrated Event

In the Unrated event 11 players hit the floor running.  Their persistence paid off as 3 Joplin Table Tennis Club

regulars, Evan Cherryholmes, Kaden Seward and Dennis Patrick, bested their opponents.  In the Semi-Finals it looked like

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Kaden would cruise to an easy victory taking the first two games from Dennis.  But Dennis fought back with two

successive victories pushing to a deciding 5th game.  With a decisive 11-5 victory, Kaden closed the deal to move on to the

finals.  Kaden pushed hard in the first game, but it wasn’t enough as Evan won 15-13.  Evan prevailed in a close second

game at 11-9 before finally finishing with an 11-5 win.

Open Singles Event

A multitude of powerful players took the floor for a high noon shoot out with each other in the premiere event, the

Open Singles.  This event featured 15 players from each of the local 4 States.  Bill Ryan, representing the entire State of

Kansas, was able to overcome early leads by his opponents to secure the win in Group 1.  Okba Al Harfouch, of Tulsa

Oklahoma dispatched his competitors in style, dropping only 1 game in 3 matches, advancing as the winner of Group 2. 

Joining in from Oklahoma was Alex Tupas, of Broken Arrow.  Alex swept 2 of his matches and finally put away the

scrappy Dale Boswell in a 5 game match to become the winner of Group 3.  Group 4 was a well-balanced match up which

resulted in a 3 way tie.  Ultimately, Chris Kolb emerged the winner of Group 4 and the only Missourian to advance in the

On to the Semi-Finals.  The 4 semi-finalists squared off with Chris Kolb vs. Alex Tupas and Bill Ryan vs. Okba Al

Harfouch.  Alex decided he had seen enough of Missouri competitors, putting Chris down in 3 games.  But the match

between Bill and Okba wasn’t to be decided so quickly.  Bill finally prevailed, going to the 5 fifth game, wining 13-11. 

With the Missouri and Arkansas threats out of the way, Oklahoma and Kansas met.  In a stunning show of power, Alex

Tupas swept Bill in the Open Finals in 3 games to become the undisputed Champion of the JTTC 2016 Spring

Classic.  Congratulations Alex!!

Under 1500 Event

Now that the 1500 competitors had a chance to put their skills to the test.  The winners of their respective groups, Paul

Liu, Lloyd Blankenship, Mike Patel & Sage Crane showed no mercy as they all won all of their matches in just 3 games,

with the exception of Sage who only allowed a single game to slip from him.  In the Semi-Finals, Paul dropped only the

3rd game to Lloyd, sending Paul on to the Finals.  While Mike made quick work of Sage moving on in just 3 games.  In the

Finals, the match between Mike and Paul took on true ping pong style as the scores bounce back and forth.  But in the end

Mike Patel emerged victorious with a score sheet which looked as follows: 11-4, 12-14, 11-8, 11-0.

Doubles Open Event

The doubles event was stacked with power as the combined ratings for 5 of the 8 teams was over 3200, 1 team 2,400. 

This would make it an uphill battle for the 2 remaining unrated teams.  The Oklahomans shine once more as the teams of

Alex Tupas / Tom Jourdan and Ray Pestridge / Okba Al Harfouch emerged victorious from their respective groups.  In

scintillating battle for 1st the team of Tupas / Jourdan would finally best Pestridge / Al Harfouch with a score of

11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9.

The JTTC Official would like to thank all the participants for making this a fun and exciting Tournament.  We hope to see

you all again this Fall.

Janus Lazarus

Wed - 4-13-16
From an email from Janus Lazarus (courtesy of Alex Tupas):
Sent: 4/12/2016 10:18:35 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: THANK YOU!!
 
Dear Participants, There are no words to express our gratitude for your support and participation to our Spring 2016 Tournament last Saturday, April 9.  Your involvement and engagement has made this tournament a success!  THANK YOU!!  Together, we have the power to make a difference.  I hope your support, contribution, and participation will continue to be an indispensable part of your plan in the future event.

Thank you for standing with us as we challenge for a better organization and service to our community. 

Here are the links to the media coverage on our Spring 2016 Tournament. 

http://www. fourstateshomepage.com/news/ two-joplin-city-council- members-square-off-in-a-ping- pong-match

http://www.joplinglobe.com/n ews/local_news/table-tennis-to urnament-draws-devotees-to-jop lin/article_626ee2a8-2d29-5d71 -a456-cd27642aa3f6.html

http://www.newstalkkzrg.com/ 2016/04/09/joplin-council- members-spar-at-ping-pong/


Attached please find our write-up on the tournament.

Sincerely,

Janus Lazarus
President
Joplin Table Tennis Club
Tuesday - 4-12-16
Bixby - 10 players. David Leonard, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryant, Corey Flaugher, Ted Hill, John Moore, John Kerfoot, William Jabr.
Monday- 4-11-16
Dawson - 11 players - 4 new players (did not get their names), Alex Tupas, Kyle Sanchez, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Allain Tupas, Cory Bryant.
Sunday - 4-10-16

Results from the Joplin tournament this weekend:
Open winner - Alex Tupas, 2nd place - Bill Ryan (from Wichita)
U-2000 - winner - Okba Al Harfouch
Doubles - winner - Alex Tupas and Tom Jourdan

Thursday - 4-7-16
Dawson - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Kelly Boyce, Rob McKinney, Corey Bryant, Johnny McClanhan, Mike Hamby, Norbert Kunz, Kyle Sanchez.
Other news: Rob McKinney will be going to Joplin Saturday!
Wed - 4-6-16

Update on the Joplin tournament this weekend.
From an email from Jared Wicklund dated 3-30-16:
This is lining up to be a great Tournament!!  Below is the current list of players.  Also, today is the last day to get the early bird savings and the events are getting full.  You can sign up by calling the City at 417-625-4750.  They are open until 9:00 tonight. 
You can still join after today, it is just $2 more per event.  Hope
you can join the fun. (this table did not hold - could not paste it into notepad or word. I will try to copy and paste it here again)
4-7-16 - this table appeared for awhile and then disappeared when I copied and pasted it in. Since I can't paste it into notepad or word, I will have to figure out how to post the info later.

 

Tuesday - 4-5-16
Bixby - 11 players. Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, David Leonard, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Corey Bryant, Sam Samour, Johnny McClanahan, Wesley Li, John Kerfoot, Jason Taylor.
Monday - 4-4-16
Dawson - 12 players. Bill Wyman, Alex Tupas, Rob McKinney, Matts Johansson, Corey Bryant, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor, Ray Pestridge, Miles Naughton, Johnny McClanahan
Thursday - 3-31-16

Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Okba Al Harfouch, Rob McKinney, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Kevin Akers, Norbert Kunz, Jason Taylor and Hamid Ezzat !
Other news - Hamid said he will be able to start playing sooner than he originally thought.
He came out and played 1 "match" with Rob.
He can play well but doesn't want to move too much or too quickly in any direction (he can probably take pointers from Ray on how to play well without moving much).
(He was just testing the waters out tonight).
Rob McKinney has decided to play shakehand style instead of his Seemiller grip.
Norbert Kunz was playing very well. rallying back from the table, something he has not done before.
Mike Hamby is one month out of chemo now and hopes his hair will start growing again.
Tom Jourdan - sorry, but nothing new to report.

Tuesday - 3-29-16
Bixby - 12 players. Okba Al Harfouch, William Jabr (knows Okba), David Haraughty, David Leonard, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Corey Bryant, Sam Samour, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Other news: Alex Tupas has decided to go to the Joplin Tournament. This makes 5 Tulsa players going to Joplin on 4-9-16 - Alex, Okba, Tom, Ouli, Ray.
Corey Bryant will be going to the Kansas City tournament on April 15. He will be going with Logan Watson and Corey's dad will be driving.
Peter Buscemi played yesterday - Monday - at Dawson. This usually means he is planning on going to a tournament - possibly Joplin?
Monday - 3-28-16
Dawson - 12 players. Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Corey Bryant , Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor, Ray Pestridge, Peter Becumi, Tom Jourdan, Johnny McClanahan, Matts Johansson
Thursday - 3-24-16
Dawson - 10 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Kevin Akers, Kyle Sanchez, Norbert Kunz, Corey Barns, Johnny McClanahan.
Other news: 4 Tulsa players going to the Joplin tournament on April 9 - Ray and Okba will play doubles together, Tom and Ouli Jourdan.
Tuesday - 3-22-16

Bixby - 11 players. 1 first time out player - David Haraughty (a tennis player). John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai, David Leonard, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryant, Corey Flaugher, Sam Samour. Other news: John Moore was playing well. He beat Kelly twice and took Okba to 5 games. Since getting that new Dr. Neubauer Killer rubber, he has played very well (he also has a secret food he eats before playing).

Monday - 3-21-16

Dawson - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Rob McKinney, Corey Bryant, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Ken Krehbiel, Johnny McClanahan, Dustin Clifton, Logan Seiter 1st time (friend of Dustin).

Thursday - 3-17-16

Dawson - 6 players. 1 first time out player - Patrick Thomas (plays at Sharky's at 37th and Peoria - note - table tennis players are not allowed to play at ping pong venues unless approved by the USATT), Rob McKinney, Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, George McCutchin, Norbert Kunz.
Other news: Tulsa players going to the Joplin tournament on 4-9-16 - Ray Pestridge.
Rob McKinney cannot decide what to use on his backhand (in the last 2 months he has used Anti, pips out and now 1.5 mark V).
Stephen Ackart wants to start using pips out on his backhand.

Thursday - 3-17-16
Write up on the Springfield tournament held 3-12-16.
Ray Pestridge was the only Oklahoma player to attend.

March 16, 2016    

Write-Up for March 12 Giant Round Robin   Author:  Bill Lewis

Greetings table tennis fanatics. 
A final tally revealed 33 players in the March 12 Giant Round Robin tournament.
Players arrived from: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. 
The player who drove the furthest was Randy Davis who hailed from Omaha, Ne. 
A total equaling 158 matches were completed on 12 Cornilleau 740 tables.
All events were concluded by 5 pm.
The day's premier event Giant Round Robin had six initial round robin groups of four players each for a combined 24 players. 
After this preliminary round robin was concluded, each player advanced to four groups now with six players: a reverse RRRR format. 
In the highest rated Group A Parviz Mojaverian from Overland Park, Ks breezed through unscathed, unblemished and with a perfect 5 matches won and consequently won $100. 
A three-way tie then existed for 2nd place. 
In the tie breaker it would be PJ Phachantry from Wichita, Ks who had a better games won to games lost ratio than either Alfredo Baez from St. Louis, Mo or Jeff Johnston from Smithville, Mo. 
PJ received $75 for his 2nd placed 'best efforts'. 
Rounding out 5th place was Nik Terzic from Ballwin, Mo and in 6thplace was Ray Pestridge from Stillwater, Ok.  
In Group B - Sarang Mairal from Overland Park, Ks had all the right stuff to finish in 1st place and a sterling 5 wins against zero losses and won $75. 
Dennis Yanga from Webb City, Mo came in 2ndplace with a 4 matches to 1 total and received $50.
Raj Coona from Cordova, Tn came in third with 3 wins to 2 losses while Omar Roman from Springfield, Mo got 4th.
Rounding out 5th place was Wenyan Drake from Springfield, Mo and arriving in 6th place was Craig Street also from Springfield, Mo. 
In Group C - Lloyd Blankenship from Neosho, Mo survived to tell about his stunning 5 matches won to zero matches lost for an acclaimed 1stplace finish and received $40 greenbacks to go along with a handshake. 
Finishing in 2nd  place was awesome Megan Hayes from Wichita, Ks who possessed a nice 4 and 1 record and received $20.
Further rounding out that group and in 3rd  place was Sage Crane from Neosho, Mo and 4th place went to Kaden Seward from Joplin, Mo. 
Fifth place went to Venki Gunasekaran from Wichita, Ks and 6th was awarded to Conner Wackerman from Springfield, Mo. 
In Group D standing as tall as any oak tree might and in 1st place solely was Arnie Ami from Springfield, Mo who won $30 dollaro's. 
In 2nd  place was Josh Fellers from Springfield, Mo who won $15. 
Randy Davis came in 3rd followed by 4thplace winner Everett DeLeon Jr. and 5thplace went to Everett DeLeon Sr. both from Wichita, Ks. 
In 6th was Joe Fong from Springfield, Mo. 

The Under 2000 was the days second highest rated event.
Here there were three Groups of four players for a total of 12 duelers.
In Group 1 Sarang Mairal advanced with a spotless 3 to 0 match record. 
In Group 2 this would be the last of the day’s three way ties with three of four players ending with identical records: 2 matches won to 1 match lost.
The principals involved were: Chris Kolb from Springfield, Mo, Ray Pestridge and Raj Coona.
Coona would go on to win the decisive tie-breaker with a 4 games to 3 advantage. 
In Group 3 Scott Meredith from Jefferson City, Mo had an uncompromised record of 3 wins to zero losses. 
Sarang Mairal was awarded the mandatory Group 1 bye.
This meant Coona vs. Meredith semifinals would necessarily occur. 
Coona was maestro defense extraordinaire which proved beneficial against an offensive minded Meredith. 
Arguably more potent in an offensive match Meredith could not sustain point for point against Coona as he lost in a hard fought 3 games to 1 match. 
The 1st place finals then saw Raj Coona vs. Sarang Mairal. 
Coona, though he’d lose later on in the day to Mairal in another event, won this earlier match at 3 games to 1.
Coona was summarily granted the victor's purse of $100 and Mairal received 2nd place and $75.

The Under 1600 also had three Groups of four players for a total of 12 players.  
In Group 1 Janus Lazarus from Joplin, Mo eclipsed his round robin comprehensively at 3 games to 0.
In Group 2 Megan Hayes pounded out very impressive wins against Craig Street, Wenyan Drake and Aaron Rice from Springfield, Mo to advance from her group. 
In Group 3 Chris Kolb downed his fellow combatants with 3 matches won to zero matches lost.
Janus Lazarus would cordially and duly wait in the West Wing with the obligatory Group 1 bye while Kolb and Hayes fought one another in the semifinals. 
A pivotal and spirited battle ensued as Kolb narrowly outlasted a battle-hardened Hayes in a protracted 3 games to 1 struggle. 
Now, having had time to resurrect his reserves of strength Lazarus would need this and perhaps a doppelganger (if he could find one) to fend off Kolb. 
In a summary dismantlement of either the real or the imagined, Kolb began like a seasoned surgeon taking apart his patient point by point.
Kolb’s power by the hour short-circuited any thoughts of Lazarus being revived as he won their encounter with a solid 3 games to 0 performance.
Kolb received a 1stplace Crown Awards trophy while Lazarus was awarded a smaller, albeit still golden 2nd place trophy.

In the Under 1200 there were 5 players in one round robin.
Venki Gunasekaran would yield to no one as he posted an impressive 4 matches won to 0 lost and won 1st place and a large Crown Awards trophy. 
Josh Fellers almost matched that with his own 3 wins to 1 loss to win 2nd place and a Crown Awards trophy.

In Doubles there were a total of six teams who vied through two round robins. 
Nik Terzic and Scott Meredith would survive from their Group 1 round robin with 2 match wins to 0 matches lost. 
In the Group 2  PJ Phachantry and Megan Hayes, as the # 2 seeded team and 300 plus rating points below the higher team in their round robin, managed to out-game their counterparts to proceed to the championships. 
The finals saw Terzic/ Meredith vs. Phachantry/Hayes. 
To both teams’ credit – a total of zero points ended up separating the victor through five games played. (Each team scored 46 points through five games.)
This in itself is a testament to resolve, grittiness and determination. 
But, a winner in all contests must and shall be declared, but who might that be?
The stage hand appropriately delivered an envelope with a Boeing 747 emblazoned in relief but otherwise white and thin to the announcer:
"Here it is women and gentlemen, here’s what you’ve been waiting for:
In 1st place; with $80 and an all expense paid trip to Hawaii - plus - a brand new car to the team of: Terzic and Meredith.” 
Well, the last two items were made up but they did receive $80. 
The Wichitans in Phachantry and Hayes were awarded $40.
Congrats to each of the six teams who were ‘in it to win it.’

The Hardbat event attracted 5 players in two groups.
In Group 1  Jeff Johnston would down both of his two adversaries:
Rock Norat and Aaron Rice both from Springfield, Mo while in the Group 2 Alfredo Baez would best Chris Wilson from Buffalo, Mo to advance to the finals. 
Baez was not be able to unbalance the national hardbat champion in Johnston and lost in the finals: 21 to 15 and 21 to 12. 
Johnston won $30 while Baez was awarded $15.

 

From: epcotmagic <epcotmagic@aol.com>
To: EpcotMagic <EpcotMagic@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 3:41 pm
Subject: Write-Up -- Photos -- Winners in: March 12 Springfield Missouri Tournament

March 16, 2016   (Wednesday)

Greetings table tennis fanatics!

In the download is a Microsoft Word copy of the Write-Up for the March 12 Giant Round Robin tournament. 

(It includes also the winners by name and by event.)

Immediately below is a hyperlink for photos which I took during the March 12 Giant Round Robin tournament. 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zo087kycmxyxpc3/AAD6LXh6O1D5eSF9y7erkjrha?oref=e&n=404002092

 

Immediately below is a hyperlink for photos which Todd Dudenhoeffer took during the March 12 Giant Round Robin tournament.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=46B39C55843A8A4D!7817&authkey=!AMhx34zJvN5ganc&ithint=folder%2cJPG


Immediately below is a YouTube hyperlink for the Under 2000 championship match between: Sarang Mairal and Raj Coona.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnAulWU75Wc


If you go to: www.YouTube.comand type in   igottascoot   you will find more match videos of our recent

tournament as well as other prior matches recorded. 

 

I’d like to "Thank Everyone” for your participation.

 

The next upcoming tournament is April 9 at Joplin, Mo. 

You can view it and the entry form here: http://joplinttc.wix.com/jttc    

The tourney after that is in Overland Park, Kansas on April 15, 16 and 17. 

You can view it and the entry form here: https://www.kansascitytabletennis.com/

The tourney after that is in Springfield, Mo on June 6.

You can view it and the entry form here: http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.org/

 

Thanks so much.  Signed:  ** Bill Lewis **

 

 

Below are the winners by Name and Event

Giant Round Robin

Group A

1st Place

Parviz Mojaverian     Overland Park, Ks

 

 

2nd Place

PJ Phachantry            Wichita, Ks

 

Group B

1st Place

Sarang Mairal            Overland Park, Ks

 

 

2nd Place

Dennis Yanga            Webb City, Mo

 

Group C

1st Place

Lloyd Blankenship    Neosho, Mo

 

 

2nd Place

Megan Hayes            Wichita, Ks

 

Group D

1st Place

Arnie Ami                 Springfield, Mo

 

 

2nd Place

Josh Fellers               Springfield, Mo

Under 2000

 

1st Place

Raj Coona                 Cordova, Tn

 

 

2nd Place

Sarang Mairal            Overland Park, Ks

Under 1600

 

1st Place

Chris Kolb                 Springfield, Mo

 

 

2nd Place

Janus Lazarus            Joplin, Mo

Under 1200

 

1st Place

Venki Gunasekaran   Wichita, Ks

 

 

2nd Place

Josh Fellers                Springfield, Mo

Doubles

 

1st Place

Nik Terzic /                Ballwin, Mo

 

 

 

Scott Meredith           Jefferson City, Mo

 

 

2nd Place

PJ Phachantry /          Wichita, Ks

 

 

 

Megan Hayes             Wichita, Ks

Hardbat

 

1st Place

Jeff Johnston              Smithville, Mo

 

 

2nd Place

Alfredo Baez              St. Louis, Mo

 

Tuesday - 3-15-16
Bixby - 9 players. Logan Watson, Corey Bryant, Stephen Ackart, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Ted Hill, David Leonard.
Monday - 3-14-16
Dawson - 13 players. 1 first time out player - Logan Watson (from the Okla City club), Alex Tupas,  Tom Jourdan,  Johnny McClanahan,  Kyle Sanchez,  Matts Johansson,  Kevin Akers,  Austin Fogt,  Aaron Thornburg,  Jerry Nabb from Sante Fe visiting (was here at the club once 6 years ago),  Rob McKinney,  Corey Bryant,  Ken ? (left early) (info courtesy of Johnny).
Thursday - 3-10-16

Bob Kyker's surgery involved getting hardware installed in his back.
No word on when he will be able to play again.
(info courtesy of Ray Pestridge).

Thursday - 3-10-16
Update on the Springfield, Missouri (Ben Lewis tourney) unrated tournament this weekend.
Ray Pestridge is the only player from Tulsa going.
Ray said there are 31 players entered.
Thursday - 3-10-16

Dawson - 7 players. 2 first time out players - Matt Wozniak, Chris Brown. Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Corey Bryant, Johnny McClanahan.
Other news: Ray Pestridge just got back from the Topeka tournament - a doubles only tournament. His partner was Glendale Markwell. There were 12 teams. Ray and Glendale won 3 out of 11 matches.
Bob Kyker's surgery involved getting hardware installed in his back. No word on when he will be able to play again.

Tuesday - 3-8-16
Bixby - 6 players. John Moore, Kelly Boyce, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, Sam Samour, John Cai.
Tuesday - 3-8-16
Springfield, Missouri is having their unrated tournament this weekend - 3-12-16. Fyi.
Monday - 3-7-16
Dawson - 9 players: Alex Tupas,  Okba Al Harfoush,  Tom Jourdan,  Ray Pestridge,  Johnny McClanahan,  Steve Littlechild,  Jason Taylor,  Kyle Sanchez,  Matts Johansson (info courtesy of Johnny McClanahan)
Monday - 3-7-16
From the Oklahoma City web site:
Joplin is hosting a tournament on April 9th!  Details of the tournament are on their flyer and the below links.

Tournament Flyer Link
Web: joplinttc.wix.com/jttc
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/joplinmotabletennisclub
Tournament Sign-Ups: http://www.joplinparks.org/
or by Phone:417-625-4750

Thursday - 3-3-16
Dawson - no info.
Tuesday - 3-1-16
Bixby - Kelly will not be out (or Thursday).
Monday - 2-29-16
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 2-25-16
Dawson - 12 players. Steven Littlechild (paid $20), Stephen Ackart, Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Kelly Boyce, Kyle Sanchez, Bill Whyman, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Miles Naughton, Mike Hamby, Norbert Kunz.
Other news: Bob Kyker goes in for his back surgery 3-1-16. Ray wants to know what kind of rubber John Moore is using.
Tuesday - 2-23-16
Bixby - 9 players. Gage Wallace (first time out), Miles Naughton (3rd time out), Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, David Leonard, John Kerfoot, Ted Hill, Sam Samour, Eli Betinjani.
Monday - 2-22-16
Dawson - 6 players (no names)
Sunday - 2-21-16

(Below is from an email from Britt Salter):
From: Ranjit Ramdas <ranju_r@hotmail.com
Subject: Kansas City Table tennis tournament on April 15-17
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-63iX76aC2UVhnREMybWNaekk/view
I am writing to let you know that we are planning to organize a USATT 2 star Sanctioned tournament out here on April 15th - 17th in Overland Park, Kansas.
We are planning to have a wide range of events from u 1100 to u2300 and 18+under 2 person team event (could be a good event for Juniors like Logan Watson) culminating in the Dan Seemiller Clinic on Sunday Apri 17th.
I have attached the flyer to the tournament and would highly appreciate it if you could help promote it at the other clubs in Oklahoma. Ranjit
Tel no :  913-685-1675 (res)  913-991-1222 (cell)
click here to view pdf

Thursday - 2-18-16
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 2-16-16
Bixby - 10 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, David Leonard, Tom Jourdan, Sam Samour, Jason Taylor, Ted Hill.
Other news: John Moore bought a sheet of rubber from paddle palace that the  "rubber database" (an online comparison site) described as "deceptive". The rubber is medium long pips and you can hit with it. (please, no one tell Ray Pestridge about this rubber). He played Okba with it and deuced him in the first game and had 4 match points against Kelly (again, no one tell Ray about this rubber).
Monday - 2-15-16
Dawson - 15 players approx (no names)
Thursday - 2-11-16
Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Bill Whyman, John Bryan, Norbert Kunz, Rob McKinney, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 2-9-16
Bixby - 14 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Randy Brooks (joined the club tonight ! ), David Leonard, Wesley Li, Jason Taylor, Sam Samour, Eli Betinjani, Tim Schley, Amanda Dawson, Ted Hill.
Monday - 2-8-16
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 2-4-16
Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, George McCutchin, Bill Wyman, Norbert Kunz (1st time out), Matts Johansson, Kyle Sanchez, Rob McKinney, Randy Brooks, Jason Taylor.
Tuesday - 2-2-16
Bixby - 12 players. David Leonard, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Strelow, John Cai, Sam Samour, Randy Brooks, Jason Taylor, Tim Schley, Amanda Dawson.
Monday - 2-1-16
Dawson - 14 players (no names)
Thursday - 1-28-16
Dawson - 7 players. Mike Hamby, Stephen Ackart, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Rob McKinney, Randy Brooks.
Wed - 1-27-16

Results for the 1-23-16 state games of okla are now posted.
http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Ratings/USATT-Ratings-Page

Tuesday - 1-26-16
Bixby - 11 players. David Leonard, Corey Bryant, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Sam Samour, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, John Kerfoot, John Strelow, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Tuesday - 1-26-16
Results from the State Games of Okla are below (info from the Okla City website per Britt Salter).
Thanks to everyone who played, watched, and especially helped!  
Deb Lad spearheaded registration, Josephine Nwankwo helped in the middle, then Barbara Davies and Scott Ryan got recruited as helpers/enforcers!
A brief Tournament Report will come before too long, but medalists are listed below – in order Gold, Silver, Bronze.

TT U1000: John (Tyler) Bowen(OKC), Dennis Rhodes(OKC), Kathleen Fitzgerald(OKC)

TT U1200: Damion Swearingen(OKC), Kashif Tufail(OKC), Cory Bryant(TUL)

TT U1400: Mike Patel(OKC), Kashif Tufail(OKC), Damion Swearingen(OKC)

TT U1700: David Correa(OKC), Stephen Ackart(TUL), Tom Jourdan(TUL)

TT U1900: Jeff Waters(OKC), Logan Watson(OKC), John Noori(OKC)

TT Open: Okba Al Harfouch(TUL), Yingjun Cui(OKC), David Correa(OKC)

PP Singles: Brian Stephens(OKC), Simeon Duran(MAC), Kathleen Fitzgerald(OKC)

PP U3600 DBLs: Barbara Davies & Scott Ryan(DFW), Cory Bryant & Logan Watson(TUL&OKC), David Correa & Mike Patel(OKC)

PP U2600: Tiffany Salter & Maria Tran(OKC), David Hash & Dennis Rhodes(OKC), Cole Ely & David Fagala(OK Panhandle & SW KS)

Monday - 1-25-16
Dawson - 7 players. Corey Bryant, Michael Barns, Kyle Sanchez, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor.
Sunday - 1-24-16

Update on the State Games of Okla tourny held yesterday. 11 Tulsa players attended.
The overall winner of the Open event was Okba Al Harfouch !
(Okba did not have to face the odds-on-favorite to win the tourny, Logan Watson, since Logan did not advance out of his round robin group due to losing to a much older, much slower and much less trained player from Tulsa. Due to respect to Logan, the older gentleman's name, who deposed Logan, will not be named).
The U-1900 finals had Jeff Waters and Logan Watson.
U-1700 finals had Stephen Ackart (came in 2nd) and David Correa (came in 1st).
And now a message from Rob McKinney: (note - Rob was the highest rated player in the tournament!)
Great time Saturday at the Sooner State games.
Got to see many old friends and make new ones.
Overall I was happy with my play considering not playing in a tournament for 12 years and just picked again up a bat 3 weeks ago.
I played very tight early on then loosen up against Logan and played my best match despite a deuce in the 5th loss.
Unfortunately that effort wasted my legs and put a knot in my stomach.
The 3 players (Jeffery Waters, John Noori and Chi) I lost to in the open were all playing very strong and having good tournaments. 
No doubt my rating will suffer but not playing for that reason.
Again it was a great time and look forward to hearing how the TTTC members did.
Hope everyone had a safe trip home.
Live long and play pong!!!

Thursday - 1-21-16
Dawson - 3 players. Stephen Ackart, Rob McKinney, Corey Bryant.
Wed - 1-20-16
Update on the State Games of Okla tourny for this weekend - 1-23-16:
10 Tulsa players going - Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Corey Bryant, Tim Schley, Rob McKinney, Okba Al Harfouch.
Tuesday - 1-19-16
Bixby - 15 players. Stephen Ackart, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, Randy Brooks (new), Amanda Dawson (new - friend of Tim's ), David Leonard (joined the club tonight ! ), John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Strelow, Alex Tupas, Tim Schley, Ted Hill, Jesus Mendez, Jim Turner, Jason Taylor.
Monday - 1-18-16
Dawson - no info
Sunday - 1-17-16
(From an email from Hamid Ezzat dated 1-16-16):
Hello everyone.  Well, in a nutshell it could have probably gone better. 
There is a membrane that surrounds all the nerves called "cerebrospinal membrane" and keeps a fluid around all the nerves (same fluid surrounds the brain). 
It is a very thin tissue and during the surgery it was accidentally cut and caused a fluid leak (this happens in this type of surgery in less than 3% of the times). 
They repaired the tissue and in order for it to heal, I had to lay flat on my back 48 hours and then additionally another 14 hours to find out if the leak was stopped. 
Make a long story short, it was very difficult and for the first 16 hours, the pain medication would not work on me until they changed it the next day. 
I stayed at the hospital until Monday (4 nights). 
I have had a lot of pain in the last 9 days and today was the first day I felt like checking my email. 
My wife Irene had my cell phone and let a few people know about the surgery (she responded to anyone who texted me). 
It could have been worse - If they would have cut any of the nerves past the tissue, I would have been partially/fully paralyzed (worse scenario case). 
I am thankful to God that I am doing as well as I am doing. 
I have lost some of my feelings on my right leg/foot which they think I should get back in time - only time can tell how well it will be but I am very optimistic too...
I will be home for 6 weeks and probably in a week or two I will be working from here but won't go to the office. 
I will be wearing a big heavy back brace for at least 6 weeks. I will keep you guys posted....
Friday - 1-15-16

Update on the State Games of Okla tourny for next weekend - 1-23-16:
9 Tulsa players going - Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Corey Bryant, Tim Schley, Rob McKinney (Okba, unfortunately, will not be able to attend this tournament).

Thursday - 1-14-16
Dawson - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Mike Hamby, Corey Bryant, Stephen Ackart, Kyle Sanchez, Rob McKinney.
Wed - 1-13-16

Update on the State Games of Okla tourny for next weekend - 1-23-16:
8 Tulsa players going - Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Corey Bryant, Tim Schley.

Tuesday - 1-12-16
Bixby - 12 players. 2 first time out players - Bobby Peck (runs the Indian ping pong club - knows Alex), Hasen? (showed up at 8:15). Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, David Leonard, Jason Taylor, John Moore, Johnny McClanahan, John Kerfoot, John Strelow, Corey Bryant.
Monday - 1-11-16
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez (pd $20 on membership), Alex Tupas, Rob McKinney, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Lewis Garcete, Tom (Lewis' friend), Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor, James King and son Kieran King, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 1-7-16
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Corey Bryant, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan,  Rob McKinney, Bill Whyman, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Fred Kalakay (new - knows Rob).
Tuesday - 1-5-16
Bixby - 11 players. 5 first time out players - David Leonard, Ben Duplechin (an ex-tennis player), Kevin Duplechin (Ben's brother), John Strelow (played with the Sanchez's in the late 1970's), Jesus Mendez (played in Venezuela), Jason Taylor, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, Tim Schley, John Moore, Ted Hill.
Monday - 1-4-16

Dawson - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bill Whyman, Cory Bryant, Okba Al Harfouch, Michael Barns, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Jason Taylor, Rob McKinney, Samer Chaar, Bob Kyker.
Other news: per an email from Robert McKinney - If anyone has some chack for sale please bring it Thursday night (01/07/16) at Dawson Park. It was great seeing Kyle, Bob, Ray and Hamid tonight also meeting many new people.

Tuesday - 12-29-15
Bixby - no play tonight.
Monday - 12-28-15
Dawson - 6 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Lewis (new, friend of Okba), Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Johnny McClanahan, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 12-22-15
Bixby - no play tonight.
Monday - 12-21-15
Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Peter Buscemi, Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 12-17-15
Dawson - 11 players. Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Stephen Ackart, Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bill Whyman, Kyle Sanchez, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas.
Tuesday - 12-15-15

Bixby - 12 players. Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Tim Schley, Nick Nguyen, Jason Taylor, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Ted Hill, Corey Flaugher, Cory Bryant, Sam Samour, Jim Turner (from the old days, the 1980's. Jim said this time, he will keep coming out on a regular basis ).
Other news: the Bixby center will be closed for the next 2 weeks. Play will begin on 1-5-16.

Monday - 12-14-15
Dawson - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Ron Salmon (new, mike's friend), Bill Whyman, Alex Tupas, Cory Bryant, Kyle Sanchez, Samer Chaar, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 12-10-15
Dawson - 7 players. Bill Whyman, Kyle Sanchez, Stephen Ackart, Ray Pestridge, Joe Mhemedi, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 12-8-15
Bixby - 3 players. Ted Hill, Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 12-7-15
Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Ouli Jourdan, Tom Jourdan, Joe Mhemedi, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Lewis Garcete, Bill Whyman, Jason Taylor, Sherrick Cox, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 12-3-15
Dawson - 5 players. Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Corey Bryant, Bill Whyman.
Other news: all not-working fluorescent lights have been replaced.
Tuesday - 12-1-15
Bixby - 8 players. Nick Nguyen, Corey Flaugher, Wesley Li, John Kerfoot, Ted Hill, Alex Tupas, Matt Dyer, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 11-30-15
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Alex Tupas, Sydney Agimudie, Rubin Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie,  Phillip Moffitt (with nicky), Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Joe Mhemedi, Lewis Garcete, Tom ? (works at grc tulsa, forgot his last name), Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 11-26-15
Dawson - no play. Thanksgiving.
Tuesday - 11-24-15
Bixby - 8 players. Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Ouli Jourdan, Cory Flaugher, Ted Hill, Matt Dyer.
Monday - 11-23-15
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 11-19-15
Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Rachid El Boubou, Samer Chaar, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns.
Tuesday - 11-17-15

Bixby - 6 players. Sam Samour. Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Corey Flaugher, Ted Hill (renewed his membership ! ), Matt Dyer.

Monday - 11-16-15
Dawson - 10 players. Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Rachid El Boubou, Samer Chaar, Cory Bryant, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Bob Kyker
Thursday - 11-12-15
Dawson - 11 players. Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Rachid El Boubou, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Joe Mhemedi, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez.
Other new: Rachid will be leaving Tulsa after next week.
Tuesday - 11-10-15
Bixby - 6 players. Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Kerfoot.
Monday - 11-9-15
Dawson - 15 players. Alex Tupas, Bill Whyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Mats Johansson, Rachid El Boubou, Samer Chaar, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Cory Bryant, Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Joe Rose (new)
Sat - 11-7-15

32 players are entered in the Joplin tournament today.
Below is a list of the players:
No First Last Rating
1 Winfred Addy 2250
2 Selorm Dzaka 1920
3 Ray Pestridge 1908
4 Okba Al Harfough 1816
5 Dale Boswell 1760
6 Bill Lewis 1643
7 Stephen Ackart 1634
8 David Correa 1580
9 Timothy (Rock)  Norat 1433
10 Mike Tatel 1362
11 Chris Kolb 1332
12 Lloyd Blakenship 1313
13 Wenyan Drake 1284
14 Wujun Fu 1157
15 Sage Crane 1097
16 Arnold Ami 900
17 Claire (Xiantong) Li 600
18 Omar Roman ??
19 Austin Bond 0
20 Evan Cherryholmes 0
21 Brady Daugherty 0
22 Chance Eads 0
23 Steve Gaarder 0
24 Katie Gaines 0
25 Allen Gong 0
26 Aaron Patrick 0
27 Dennis Patrick 0
28 Quade Quesenberry 0
29 Aniruth Rananaphan 0
30 Kaden Seward 0
31 Geroge Wang 0
32 Bill Whyman 0

Thursday - 11-4-15
Dawson - 8 players. Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge, Bill Whyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 11-4-15

5 new You Tube videos have been added to the "video page" on this website (click on link (1) below).
See links (49), (50), (51), (52), (53).
Russ Hamilton (rating 2237) playing matches with Alex Tupas and Kyle Sanchez.
Rachid El Boubou (rating 2491) practicing with Tom Jourdan.
Micheal Barns in match play with Tom Jourdan. (videos courtesy of Alex Tupas).

Tuesday - 11-3-15
Bixby - 11 players. Joe Rose (recently moved to Tulsa - first time out and has a USATT rating), Rachid El Boubou, Samer Chaar, Alex Tupas, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Corey Banks, Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Wesley Li (renewed his membership ! ), John Moore.
Other news - Corey, Michael, Rachid and Samer are going to the Ft. Worth, Texas tournament this weekend.
Stephen, Okba and Ray will be going to the Joplin tournament this weekend.
Sunday - 11-1-15

(from Hamid and edited down by Kelly). Rachid El Boubou (2492 rated player from Lebanon) will be here for 3 more weeks.  Some players met at the club today (Saturday) and 3 took coaching lessons from Rachid.  Russ Hamilton from Arkansas also came and practiced with Rachid.  Hamid, Tom Jourdan and Michael Barns took lessons (which we all thought was very good).  Tom asked if it is OK to have one table set aside for one or two hours for anyone who might be interested in taking coaching lessons on Monday and Thursday (If the interest is there,  Hamid and Tom will use one of the slots at least once a week for next 3 weeks). I think one can improve their games in the next 3 weeks taking some coaching lessons.  Rachid may not find a job here and once he is gone this opportunity is gone too.
Note - Rachid can give lessons at Bixby if enough players are interested.

Monday - 11-2-15

Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Bill Whyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Rachid El Boubou, Samer Chaar, Mike Hamby, Peter Buscemi, Dustin Clifton, Kyle Sanchez, Bob Kyker.

Thursday - 10-29-15
Dawson - 4 players. cory, michael, dustin, and bob
Tuesday - 10-27-15
Bixby - no info
Monday - 10-26-15
Dawson - 15 players. ray, stephen, alex, hamid, samer, rachid, mike, ouli, tom, kyle, cory, dustin, luis garceto, michael, and bob.
Thursday - 10-22-15
Dawson - 14 players. ray, mike, steve littlechild (pd $10), dustin clifton, samer, rachid el boubou, hamid, kyle, cory, sherrick cox (nickname shrek.friend of jason), jason, steve ackart, alex michael, and bob.
Tuesday - 10-20-15
Bixby - no info
Monday - 10-19-15
Dawson - 14 players. cory, brandon (cory's older brother came out to video tape his table tennis playing and interview him for his tcc video production class), ray, tom, oulie, kyle, jason, alex, joe, peter, clinton, nick nyuyen, mike, and bob.
Thursday - 10-15-15
Dawson - 10 players. 3 first time out players - Clinton Fields, Brian Sellers, Dustin Clifton.
Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Kelly Boyce, Bill Whyman, Bob Kyker, Tom Jourdan, Nestor Prato.
Other news: Bill Whyman has decided to go to the Joplin tournament on Nov 7.
Tuesday - 10-13-15
Bixby - 12 players. 3 first time out players - Clinton Fields, Ryan Tankersley, Dustin Clifton.
Tim Schley, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Corey Flaugher, Ted Hill, Nick Nguyen, Jim French, Okba Al Harfouch.
Monday - 10-12-15
Dawson - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Joe Mhemedi, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bill Whyman, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch, Dustin Clifton (new), Phillip and Jenner (came with Nicky), Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 10-9-15
Dawson - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Bill Whyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, Nestor Prato (leaving for Venezuela for 6 months).
Thursday - 10-8-15
Rachid El Boubou, from Lebanon, rating 2476 - will be in Tulsa for one month starting 10-20-15 and will play at Bixby that night (he knows Samer Chaar). If Rachid can find work in Tulsa, he will move and live in Tulsa (he currently works in a bank in Lebanon). His world ranking 6 months ago was 387. (info courtesy of Hamid).
Wed - 10-7-15
Update on the Joplin, Missouri tournament (non-sanctioned) for Nov 7 - 3 Tulsa players are going. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 10-6-15
Bixby - 7 players. One first time out player - Nick Nguyen. John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Kerfoot, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Monday - 10-5-15
Dawson - 14 players. Ray Pestridge, Eric Schaller, Duane Gerjets, Burm Snart (visiting from NC) , Nick Nguyen (new), Cory Bryant, Nestor Prato, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Bob Kyker.
Sunday - 10-4-15
98 pictures, by Johnny McClanahan, have been (finally) added to the Photos page of this website from the 1-24-15  State Games of Oklahoma. 17 Tulsa players attended. 
Thursday - 10-1-15
Dawson - no info yet
Tuesday - 9-29-15
Bixby - 7 players. One first time out player - Rick Pierce.
Okba Al Harfouch, Alex Tupas (fresh from surgery), Kelly Boyce, Eli Bentijani, Corey Bryant, Ted Hill.
Tuesday - 9-29-15
8 pics of the Arkansas Open tourney held 9-26-15 are now posted on the club's photo web page (photo's courtesy of Fernando Prato). Photo's of Corey Bryant, Tom Jourdan, Nestor Prato, Jason Taylor.
Tuesday - 9-29-15

Results for the Little Rock tourney held 9-26-15 (sent in from Fernado Prato).
ARKANSAS OPEN CHAMPIONS 2014  HELD 9-26-15 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK  
EVENT                 1ST PLACE                         2ND PLACE 
OPEN SINGLES CHENG LI MISSISSIPPI - ROCKY WANG NEW YORK

A SINGLES JAMEY HALL ARKANSAS - LOGAN WATSON OKLAHOMA

B SINGLES TOM JOURDAN OKLAHOMA - JOHN FALCO ARKANSAS

C SINGLES MATTHEW WANG TENNESSEE -  KITT OUDTHONE ARKANSAS

U2100         SHOUJIE YANG MISSISSIPPI - MIKE LAURO ARKANSAS

U1900         ROB SHARP KANSAS - DHARMARAJ COONA TENNESSEE

U1700         NESTOR PRATO OKLAHOMA - CHARLIE BROOKS ARKANSAS

U1500         TOM JOURDAN OKLAHOMA - VARUN COONA TENNESSEE

U1300         MATTHEW WANG TENNESSEE - CHRIS FAGYAL KANSAS

U1100         JASON TAYLOR OKLAHOMA  - JOHN MILLER ARKANSAS

U900         JASON TAYLOR OKLAHOMA - AKHILESH VIGNESHWARAN TENNESSEE

U18 JUNIOR BOYS AKHILESH VIGNESHWARAN TENNESSEE - SAM BROWN ARKANSAS

WOMENS MEGHA NELLURI ARKANSAS - JOYCE HARTMANN ARKANSAS

HARDBAT  LIEDY HANDOKO TENNESSEE -  DONNY FLOWERS TENNESSEE

OPEN DOUBLES LIEDY HANDOKO TENNESSEE - MIKE LAURO ARKANSAS

DONNY FLOWERS TENNESSEE - JAMEY HALL ARKANSAS

U3400 DOUBLES LOGAN WATSON OKLAHOMA-  KITT OUDTHONE ARKANSAS

CORY BRYANT OKLAHOMA - LOUIS VANCE ARKANSAS

Monday - 9-28-15
Dawson - 11 players. Bill Whyman, Joe Mhemedi, Cory Bryant, Okba Al Harfouch , Nestor Prato, Michael Barns, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker.
Other news: Bob Kyker won gold in both singles and doubles (with Bill Ryan) in the Kansas sr. olympics at Topeka on Saturday.
Friday - 9-25-15

The club received the following email on 9-23-15:
My daughter has asked for a ping pong tournament for her birthday party this year.
I was wondering if #1 - you knew of a place that is inexpensive we could host it? I have access to three tables so I just need a spot.
And also - if 2-3 of your members would be interested in being referees? $10/hr for about 3 hours. They wouldn't have to be certified or anything - just a fun day with friends and family playing ping pong :)
Anyone interested, email or call Kelly.

Thursday - 9-24-15

Dawson - 8 players. Bill Whyman, Mike Hamby, Stephen Ackart, Cory Bryant, Jason Taylor, David Correa, Claire Li, Bob Kyker.
Other news: Bob is going to the Topeka, Kansas Senior Olympics Saturday and playing doubles with Bill Ryan.

Tuesday - 9-22-15
Update on the Little Rock tourney this weekend - 9-26-15.
4 Tulsa players are going - Nestor Prato, Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Cory Bryant.
Tuesday - 9-22-15
Bixby - no play tonight. Center closed tonight.
Monday - 9-21-15
Dawson - 13 players. 2 first time out players - Dustin Reudelhuber, Adam Brenna (knows Dustin, just watched). Nestor Prato, Miles Naughton, Jason Taylor, Corey Bryant, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger, Ouli Joudan, Joe Mhemedi.
Thursday - 9-17-15
Dawson - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, George McCuthin, Miles Naughton (new), Nestor Prato, Don Tiger, Gustavo Garcete and Lewis Garcete (brothers, both are nephews of Nestor), Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 9-15-15
Bixby - 9 players. 1 first time out player - Miles Naughton. Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce, Steven Hyslop, Wesley Li, Eli Betinjani, Tim Schley, Ted Hill, John Kerfoot.
Other news: Bixby will be closed next Tuesday - 9-22-15.
Monday - 9-14-15
Dawson - 8 players. Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Steven Hyslop, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 9-10-15
Dawson - 16 players. Ray Pestridge, Cory Bryant, David Correa, Clarie Li, Don Tiger, Efren Tiger, Nabrisa Collin, Nestor Prato, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Steven Hyslop (new), Ebnezer Siriboe (new), Jay Reddy, Bill Whyman, Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 9-8-15
Bixby - 8 players.  Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Eli Betinjani, Mats Johansson, Corey Flaugher, Steven Hyslop, John Moore, John Kerfoot.
Other news: Players going to the Little Rock tournament on 9-26-15 - Jason Taylor and Tom Jourdan.
Monday - 9-7-15
Dawson - no play tonight. Labor day.
Thursday - 9-3-15
Dawson - 11 players. Mason Faulkner, Jay Reddy (new), Ray Pestridge, Duane Gerjets, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Mike Hamby, Joe Hamby (mike's brother), Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 9-1-15
Bixby - 12 players. 2 out of town players - David Correa, Clarie Li. Eli Bentijani, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Jason Taylor, Tim Schley, Corey Flaugher, Alex Tupas, Mat, Don Tiger.
Monday - 8-31-15
Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Joe Mhemedi, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Okba Al Fourch, Mats Johansson, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 8-27-15
Dawson - 7 players. George McCuthin, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Stephen Ackart , Bill Whyman, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker
Wed - 8-26-16
Nicky Agimudie is offering coaching lessons and training in Broken Arrow for $40 per hour.
Those interested, call 918.361.5936
Tuesday - 8-25-15
Bixby - 10 players. 2 first time out players - Levi Claiborne, Sid Fisher.
Corey Bryant, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Wesley Li, Matt, Ted Hill, Don Tiger.
Monday - 8-24-15
Dawson - 10 players. Ray Pestridge, Duane Gerjets, Cory Bryant, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Bill Whyman. Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 8-20-15
Dawson - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Duane Gerjets, Cory Bryant, Stephen Ackart, Bill Whyman, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Eric Schaller.
Tuesday - 8-18-15
Bixby - 9 players. Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Tim Schley, Eli Betinjani, John Moore, John Cai, Wesley Li, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Monday - 8-17-15
Dawson - 5 players.
Ray Pestridge, George McCuthin, Bill Whyman, Don Tiger, Bob Kyker.
Monday - 8-17-15
Results from the 7-18-15 Topeka Sunflower games are now posted. 24 players entered.
Tulsa players Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryant, Michael Barns attended.
Monday - 8-17-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 85. Set temp to 68.
Thursday - 8-13-15
Dawson - 13 players. Ray Pestridge, Eric Schaller, Duane Gerjets, David Correa and his wife Li Xiantong, Bill Whyman, Stephen Ackart, Joe Mhemedi, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker.
Other news: David Correa is not the same player some of us remember. He beat Kyle and Stephen and took Hamid to 5 games. (David's secret weapon - Winfred Addy - according to a reliable source).
However, there was one player that didn't think David had changed that much (ie  Mike Hamby).
Thursday - 8-13-15
Dawson - went by a 11:15 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 83. Set temp to 68.
Tuesday - 8-11-15
Bixby - 8 players. Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Eli Betinjani, Wesley Li, Don Tiger, Ted Hill, John Moore.
Monday - 8-10-15
Dawson - 11 players. Eric Schaller, Duane Gerjets, Ray Pestridge, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Joe Mhemedi, Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezaat, Bob Kyker
Monday - 8-10-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 93. Set temp to 68.
Thursday - 8-6-15
Dawson - 12 players - George McCutchin, Ray Pestridge, Mike Hamby, Stephen Ackart, Joe Mhemedi, Jason Taylor (backhand was awesome tonight!), Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Peter Buscemi, Mark Hugoboom, Don Tiger, Bob Kyker (temp was 74 at 3:30 pm).
Thursday - 8-6-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 85. Set temp to 68.
Tuesday - 8-4-15
Dawson - 9 players. Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, Wesley Li, Alex Tupas, Eli Betinjani, Corey Flaugher.
Tuesday - 8-4-15

Results from the Senior National Games held in Minnesota on 7-13-15:
2 players from Tulsa attended - Ray Pestridge and Bob Kyker.
Ray came in 2nd in singles and 2nd in doubles.
Bob came in 3rd in doubles and 7th in singles.

Monday - 8-3-15
Dawson - 12 players. Ray Pestridge, Eric Schaller, Alex Tupas, Cory Bryant. Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Miguel Riera (new), Bob Kyker.
Monday - 8-3-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 86. Set temp to 68. High today to be 96.
Thursday - 7-30-13
Dawson - 10 players. 3 first time out players - Eric ? and Duane Gerjets, (students of Ray's), Wendell Hillhouse.
Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Stefan Denis, Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, John Moore, Bob Kyker
Thursday - 7-30-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 90. Set temp to 68. Today's high to be 92.
Tuesday - 7-28-15
Dawson - 13 players. Okba Al Harfouch, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, Eli Betinjani, John Kerfoot, Yee Yang, Neng Vang, Jason Taylor, Wesley Li, John Cai, Don Tiger, Efren Tiger, Ted Hill.
Other news: Scott Barone will be moving to Michigan. The scuttlebutt (from a reliable source) said because of this, Eugene Atha, who runs the great Little Rock open tournaments once a year in Sept, will not be running anymore tournaments after this year.
Monday - 7-27-15
Dawson - 9 players. Joe Mhemedi, Michael Barns, George McCuthin, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Stefan Denis, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker. (inside temp was 78 at 3:30 pm).
Monday - 7-27-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 92. Set temp to 68.
Friday - 7-24-15
From the Okla City website (by Britt Salter):Winfred is Famous!
The OKC Gazette did a nice article on Winfred Addy.  I think it is well worth reading.Check out the article at LINK TO GAZETTE ARTICLE.
Thursday - 7-23-15
Dawson - 11 players: Cory Bryant, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Stefan Denis, Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart, Okba Al Harfouch, Bob Kyker, Joe Mhemedi (temp was 72 at 4:00 pm).
Thursday - 7-23-15

Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 84. Set temp to 68.

Wed - 7-22-15
Update on the Topeka, Kansas Sunflower games held 7-18-15 - per Okba.
Okba was the highest rated player ! Logan Watson from Okla City won the tournament ! There was around 20 players or so.
Tuesday - 7-21-15

Bixby - 9 players. Corey Flaugher, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Wesley Li, Okba Al Harfouch, Eli Betinjani, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Other news: Corey Flaugher got a new paddle (from Alex Tupas).

Monday - 7-20-15
Dawson - 10 players. Michael Barns, Alex Tupas, Cory Bryant, Bill Whyman, Corey Flaugher, Don Tiger(pd $100 cash), Stephan Denis, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker (temp was 78 degrees at 5:00 PM).
Monday - 7-20-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 91 degrees. Set temp to 68.
Thursday - 7-16-15
Dawson -8 players.
Cory Bryant, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Nestor Prato, Okba Al-harfouch, Stephan Denis, Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 7-16-15
Results from the US Open table tennis tournament in Las Vegas are now posted. Tournament was held last Monday thru Sat.
2 Tulsa players attended - Hamid Ezzat and Samer Chaar. Sina also went and Winfred Addy from Okla City, David Correa and Kevin Li. Also Edwin Ellis from Antlers, Ok.
Thursday - 7-16-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. The AC was on. Inside temp was 65 degrees. Temp was set at 65 degrees (same as Monday). I set the temp to 68 degrees. Hamid will try to find out who left the AC on Monday and last Thursday. Note - the AC needs to be turned off after each night of play.
Tuesday - 7-14-15
Topeka, Kansas Sunflower games tournament this weekend. 3 Tulsa players are going. Michael Barns, Corey Bryant and Tom Jourdan. Logan Watson from Okla City will drive up to Tulsa and travel to the tournament on Friday with Michael and Corey.
Tuesday - 7-14-15
Bixby - 14 players. 1 first time out player- Chuck Baker - a 1453 player from Connecticut in town on business (and will be back).Garrett Belcher, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Eli Betinjani, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Wesley Li.
Monday - 7-13-15
Dawson - 14 players. Alex Tupas, Bill Whyman, Corey Flaugher, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Joe Mhemedi, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Nestor Prato, Okba Al-harfouch, Stephen Denis, Tom Jourdan.
Other news: the last people to leave Thursday that left the AC on remains a mystery.
Monday - 7-13-15

Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. The AC was on ! Inside temp was 65 (today's high to be 100).
Bob, do you know if someone left this on Thursday ?
Who closed on Thursday?

Thursday - 7-9-15
Dawson - 11 players. Bill Whyman, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Ray Pestridge, Glendale Markwell, Okba Al Harfouch, Steven Ackart, Nestor Prato, Jason Taylor, Joel Hahn, Bob Kyker
Thursday - 7-9-15
Dawson - went by at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 74. Set AC temp to 68.
Tuesday - 7-7-15
Bixby - Kelly Boyce will not be out tonight.
Monday - 7-6-15
Dawson - 15 players. Ray Pestridge, George McCuthin, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Bill Whyman, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Okba Al Harfouch, Nestor Prato, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Stephan Denis, Jason Taylor, new player Joel Hahn, Bob Kyker
Other news: Temp was 75 at 3:30pm
Monday - 7-6-15
Dawson - went by this morning at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 87. Set temp to 68 degrees.
Thursday - 7-2-15
Dawson -  15 players. Kyle Sanchez, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Michael Barns, Cory Bryant, Tyler Shockley, Samer Charr, Bill Whyman, Hamid Ezzat,  Okba Al Harfouch and brother Daniel Al Harfouch, Don Tiger, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker
Thursday - 7-2-15
Dawson - went by this morning at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 87. Set temp to 68 degrees.
Tuesday - 6-30-15
Bixby - 11 players. Tim Schley, Kelly Boyce, Corey Flaugher, Wesley Li, Jason Taylor, John Cai, Alex Tupas, Eli Betinjani, Okba Al Harfouch, Ted Hill, Samer Chaar.
Other news: Samer is going to the US Open ! Okba may go to the Topeka, Kansas tournament July 18.
Tuesday - 6-30-15
A link to the obituary page for Cliff Metzger ( a driving force for Kansas table tennis).
http://www.salina.com/obituaries/clifford-l-metzger/article_144d1a79-e1e6-590e-b3a2-55aac5ba6d67.html
Monday - 6-29-15
From Fernando:
Is there anybody from the club going to Topeka, KS sunflower games on 07-18-15?
My dad (Nestor) is going and he needs a ride.
Monday - 6-29-15
Dawson - 16 players. Ray Pestridge, Cory Bryant, George McCutchin, Michael Barns, Don Tiger, Nestor Prato, Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Sydney Agimudie, Nicky Agimudie, Alex Tupas, Tyler Shockley and Noah Shockley (Bob Kyker's grandsons), Bob Kyker. (temp inside was 73F at 5pm, 75F at 9:30 pm).
Monday - 6-29-15

Dawson - went by at 8:00 am - the ac was off. Inside temp was 85. Set temp to 68.

Thursday - 6-25-15

Per phone call from Carl Miller Thursday to Bob Kyker:
Cliff Metzger from Salina, Kansas passed away Wed 8am from cancer at 87 yrs. old.
They expect to probably hold a tournament in his honor by next year.
Cliff was an avid table tennis player that many of the Okla players were acquainted with.
He was very active in tournaments until last year;  in the top 5 players several times in his age bracket in the U.S,
Was no. 2 in the over 80 yrs old in 2011.
Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on July 5:
Emanuel Lutheran  Church
255 S. 7th, Salina, Kansas

Thursday - 6-25-15
Dawson - 11 players. John Moore, Jason Taylor, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Stephan Denis, Okba Al Harfouch, Mats Johansson, Glendale Markwell, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-25-15
Went by Dawson at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 88. Set temp to 68. High today to be 95.
Tuesday - 6-23-15
Bixby - 10 players.
James Gateley (from Dallas), Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Eli Betinjani, Corey Flaugher, Wesley Li, John Kerfoot, John Cai, Jason Taylor.
Tuesday - 6-23-15
Stephen Ackart will be back playing on July 9. He did not have the surgery for his lateral meniscus tear on 5-18-15. He said since the cortisone shot his knee feels good now (someone may want to bring crutches just in case Stephen's knee goes out or everyone will be carrying Stephen to his car).
Monday - 6-22-15
Dawson - 9 players.
Nestor Prato, Bill Whyman, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Karthic Guna, Bob Kyker
Other news: inside temp was 73 degrees at 5:30 pm.
Monday - 6-22-15

Went by Dawson at 8:00 am. AC was off. Inside temp was 84. Sent AC to 68 degrees. High today to be 92.

Thursday - 6-18-15
Dawson - 13 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, George McCuthin, Obie Bryant, Stephan Denis, Jason Taylor, Okba Al Harfouch, David Correa, Don Tiger, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 6-18-15
Dawson - went by at noon and turned on the ac. AC was off. Inside temp was 76. Turned ac to 68 degrees.
Tuesday - 6-16-15
Bixby - 13 players.
Eli Betinjani, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Andrew Nun, Wang Lian, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Johnny McClanahan, Pau Sing, Tim Schley, Alan Tupas.
Other news: Hamid has decided to enter singles in the Okla city tourny this weekend.
Wed - 6-17-15

Results from the Springfield, Missouri tournament held 6-6-15 are now posted.
Okba Al Harfouch gained 242 points to 1864.
Hamid gained 49 points to 1912.
Sina gained 37 points to 2262.
Tom Jourdan gained 4 points to 1306.

Tuesday - 6-16-15
Dawson - Winfred Addy and David Correa will be out this Thursday - 6-18-15.
(Tried to get Nick Agimudie but he will be out of town that day).
Other news: tropical storm Bill will hit Tulsa tomorrow night - 4-6 inches of rain in Tulsa ending Thursday 7:00 PM.
Tuesday - 6-16-15

Latest on the 10 Tulsa players going to Summer State games this weekend (per Bob Kyker):
Tom Jourdan (singles and doubles with don)
Don Tiger (doubles only with tom)
Ray Pestridge (doubles only with david correa)
Cory Bryan (singles only)
Michael Barns (singles only)
Reed Kyker (doubles only with bob)
Bob Kyker (doubles only with reed)
Hamid Ezzat(doubles only with john noori)
Jason Taylor
Stefan Denis (singles only)

Monday - 6-15-15
Dawson - 18 players - George McCuthin, Tom Jourdan, Reed Kyker, Mats Johansson, Don Tiger, Nabrisa Colin, Efren Tiger, Joe Mhemed, Cory Bryan, Okba Al Harfouch, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Karthic Guna, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Bill Whyman, Bob Kyker.
Monday - 6-15-15

Turned on the ac at Dawson at noon. Inside temp was 80. Set temp to 68 degrees.

Monday - 6-15-15
From Fernando:

Nestor Prato won 1st place -Group C- in the 2015 DFW Spring Open (Dallas, TX) last Saturday 06-13-15.

Friday - 6-12-15
Update on the Okla City tourney on 6-20-15
9 Tulsa players going: Michael Barns, Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger (doubles only and with Okba), Okba (doubles only ), Bob Kyker and Reed Kyker - doubles only, Stephan Denis (singles only), Hamid Ezzat (doubles only with John Noori).
Thursday - 6-11-15

Dawson - 13 players - Don Tiger and stepdaugher Iva Clayton, Okba Al Harfouch, Joe Mhemed, Bill Whyman, Obie Brant, Jeff Motley, Mike Hamby, Hamid Ezzat, Stephan Denis, Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker.
(temp 76 at 5pm, maxed out at 78 during play)

Thursday - 6-11-15
Dawson - ac was off this morning. Turned on the ac at 8:15 am today. Inside temp was 88. Set temp to 68 degrees.
Wed - 6-10-15
Update on the Okla City tourney on 6-20-15
7 Tulsa players going: Michael Barns, Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger (doubles only and with Okba), Okba (doubles only ), Bob Kyker and Reed Kyker - doubles only.
Tuesday - 6-9-15

Bixby - 16 players.
Tim Schley, Kelly Boyce, Jason Taylor, Eli Betinjani, Roger Betinjani (Eli's brother), Okba Al Harfouch, Tom Jourdan, Pau Sing, Nang Lian, Alex Tupas, John Cai, Wesley Li, Don Tiger, Ted Hill, Nabrisa Colin (step daughter of Don), Ivy Clayton (step daughter of Don).

Monday - 6-8-15
Dawson - 11 players.
Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Okba Al Harfouch, Bill Whyman, Stephan Denis, Mike Hamby, Glenn Moody, Bob Kyker
Monday - 6-8-15

3 Tulsa players went to the Springfield tournament on 6-6-15.
Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch and Tom Jourdan.
Hamid and Okba did very well. Okba beat a 2100 and 1900 player !

Thursday - 6-4-15
Dawson - 13 players - Cory Bryan, George McCuthin, Michael Barns, Bill Whyman, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, David Correa from okc, Mike Hamby, John Moore, Nestor Prato, Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker, Karthic Guna
Tuesday - 6-2-15

Bixby - 7 players
1 first time out player - Joe Gahazal
Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Eli Betinjani.

Monday - 6-1-15
Dawson - 14 players.
Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Michael Barns, Cory Bryan, Nestor Prato, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Bill Whyman, Joe Mhemed, Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker and Karthic Guna (not been to dawson in a while)
Thursday - 5-28-15
Dawson - 15 players.
1 first time out player - Luqman ("Luke") Zulkafti.
Joe Mhemed (paid $100), Nestor Prato (paid $30), Ray Pestridge, Michael Barns, Cory Bryan, Bill Whyman, Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch, Stephan Denis, Obie Bryant (paid $10), Mike Hamby, Jeff Motley, Johnny McClanahan, Bob Kyker
Tuesday - 5-26-15
Bixby - 6 players.
Eli Betinjani, Bob Kyker, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 5-25-15
Dawson - 9 players (Memorial Day).
George McCutchin, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Harfouch, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 5-21-15
Dawson - 11 players.
Michael Barns, Cory Bryan, Fernando and Nestor Prato, Bill Whyman., Jason Taylor, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker.
Wed - 5-20-15
Kelly will not be at Bixby the next 2 weeks.
Tuesday - 5-19-15
Bixby - 12 players.
Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce, Tim Schley, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Corey Flaugher, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Eli Betinjani, Okba Al Harfouch, Ted Hill, Wesley Li.
Monday - 5-18-15
Dawson - 11 players.
Jason Taylor, Joe Mhemed, Xavier Lee, Johnny McClanahan (pd $100), Bill Whyman, Stephan Denis, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby (pd $100), Okba Al Harfouch, Nestor Prato, Bob Kyker
Monday - 5-18-15
Stephen Ackart has torn his lateral meniscus and will be unable to play for at least 4-8 weeks.
Friday - 5-15-15

You tube videos of the Joplin tourney below:
Highlights - 3 minutes long:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uKNWhON4Do
Stephen Ackart and Bill Lewis in the final - 9 min 35 sec long:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZbzmft2F4Q

Thursday - 5-14-15
Dawson - 6 players
Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Matt Tallman, Jonathan Tallman
Wed - 5-13-15

Info on the Springfield, Missouri tournament on June 6 (from Bill Lewis):
The 2015 Missouri Show-Me State Games Open is slated for June 6 at Springfield's O'Reilly-Tefft gymnasium - 1408 East Pythian Street.
There are 10 events to choose from with additionally 1 set of Open Doubles, 1 set of 3200 Doubles as well as Hardbat.
The days premier event, Open Round Robin pays out:..................$ 375.00
The second tier event, Open Singles, pays out...............................$ 200.00
The third tiered event, Under 2000, pays out.................................$ 220.00
Open Doubles pays out...................................................................$ 160.00
Hardbat Open pays out................................................................... $  45.00
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A total of 52 players attended last year's 2014 Missouri Show-Me State Games.  That day’s top event, Open Round Robin, was eventually won by Scott Barone who narrowly eclipsed P.J. Phachantry for 1st place winning in the 7th possible game at 11 to 6.  Yes, you read that right - it took 7 games to finally down Phachantry and what a fine match it was.  The second tiered event, Open Singles, was then won by Memphis Tennessean, Leidy Handoko, who bested Scott Barone at: 3 games to 1. Open Doubles was won by the tandem tag team of PJ Phachantry and Peter Lawrence who went on to edge Chunyen Liu / Sarang Mairal by the hair-splittingly close margin of 3 games to 2 and 11 to 9 in the 5th.
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There are some twenty entries received so far for this year’s 2015 tournament, so, if you'd like to reserve the slots of your choosing please mail your entry form.  As the tourney seats an approximate 48 to 52 players, after events are full all late event entries are subject to being placed on 'waiting lists’ . . . (to avoid this send in early.)  To view and download a copy of the June 6, 2015 Missouri Show-Me State Games entry form go here:   http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.org/

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Also, the Southwest Missouri Senior Games are being held from May 27 thru May 30.  There are 48 individual events from which to choose - from basketball, bowling, darts, horseshoes and swimming all the way up through table tennis, track and field and washers.  There's virtually something for everyone.  Go to:    www.parkboard.org   to download a copy of their entry form. (There is one minor stipulation: you have to be at least 50 years of age or over to participate.)
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Finally the results of the April 25 Joplin Classic are in.  Go to:   http://joplinttc.wix.com/jttc#!tournaments/c1l1j    to view the results of these 4 events.  Janus Lazarus, Jared Wicklund and Dennis Yanga run this club. This tourney was highlighted by 1908 rated and # 1 seed, Ray Pestridge. There were many good matches throughout the course of the day – and – I for one must say the Open Singles Class A championship was a great match. 

Thanks so much and I hope to hear from you.

Signed,   – Bill Lewis –

 

 

- Bill Lewis
- 3818 South Farm Road 103
- Brookline Station, Missouri     65619
- President: Ozarks Table Tennis Club
- USATT Tournament Director, Certified Referee, Club Umpire
- Club site: 
http://www.OzarksTableTennisClub.org/

- Phone:  (H) 417.890.8092     (C)  417.414.3148

Wed - 5-13-15
Tournament updates:
June 6 - Springfield, Missouri - Okba is going. Don Tiger might go. Jason will not be going.
June 20 - Okla City - no one committed at this time.
July - Senior Olympics in Minneapolis - Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge and Glendale Markwell are going. Bob will drive to Abilene, Kansas and pickup George Taplin. Ray will drive up with his wife.
Tuesday - 5-12-15
Bixby - 12 players.
Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Eli Betinjani, Jason Taylor, Wesley Li, Chiki Kamanzi, Jack Hannah, Corey Flaugher, Ted Hill.
Monday - 5-11-15
Dawson - 12 players
Don Tiger, Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Mats Johansson, Yee Yang, Alex Tupas (paid $100), Bill Whyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Joe Mhemed (Paid $20 for march and april), Bob Kyker
Other news: Yee Yang won the secret "H" tournament in Kansas City on Saturday.
Friday - 5-8-15
Note to all Dawson players - yearly membership dues are due now - $100 per year (includes the Bixby membership also). Bixby only is $40 per year.
Thursday - 5-7-15
Dawson - 11 players.
Xavier, Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat (pd $100), Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker (pd $100), Yee Yang, Stephen Ackart, Stephan Denis, Okba Al Fourch.
Tuesday - 5-5-15
Bixby - 16 players.
Tim Schley, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Donna Goswick, Phil Goswick, Yee Yang, Tom Jourdan, Eli Betinjani, Corey Flaugher (paid $20), Wesley Li, Saud Jan, Jason  Taylor, Ted Hill.
Other news: Yee Yang is going to a "secret" table tennis tournament this weekend (only players from Yee's singular type can attend and all others are excluded).
Monday - 5-4-15
Dawson - 12 players:
Joe Mhemedi, Yee Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Bill Whyman (pd $120), Stephan Denis, Jason Taylor, Xavier, Mats Johansson (pd $100), Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Okba Al Fourch, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 4-30-15

Dawson - 8 players.
Jason Taylor, Xavier, Mats Johansson, Stephen Ackart and 4 others

Tuesday - 4-28-15

Bixby - 15 players.
John Moore, John Cai, Kelly Boyce, Eli Betinjani, Tim Schley, Sam Samour, Okba Al Fouch, Jason Taylor, Darrell Lucht (from Muskogee), Corey Flaugher, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Chiki Kamanzi, Wesley Li, Saud Jan.
Other news: Darrell Lucht, president of the Muskogee club,  said the Muskogee club, an official USATT club, has lost their building and has no place to play now. However, they do have 2 churches they are looking at. (Dan McIntosh, long time Muskogee player, no longer plays).

Tuesday - 4-28-15

Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:40 pm
BY ALLIE HINGA ahinga@joplinglobe.com 
Joplin's Memorial Hall was filled with the sound of ping pong balls and the occasional shout of excitement on Saturday when the Joplin Table Tennis Club held its spring classic.
The event drew 36 participants from the Four-State Area. 

Skill levels ranged "from basement players to experts," club vice president Jared Wicklund said.
"It just doesn't matter," he added. "Everybody can have fun playing ping pong and be good at it." 

This was the second tournament held by the Joplin club, Wicklund said. The first drew mostly local players and was smaller than the spring tournament. Eventually, the club would like to be able to hold sanctioned events. 

"It gives people, probably first and foremost, the chance to come out and have a good time playing ping pong," he said. 

It also raises awareness for the Joplin club, which used the tournament as an opportunity to raise funds for better equipment.
The club has existed for about a year, and in that time, about 75 people have come to play at least once, Wicklund said. 

Thiare Artinger, 32, was one of the players who participated in Saturday's tournament. Artinger has been playing table tennis since she was 6 years old in her home country of Chile.
She played competitively during the time she lived there. She stopped playing when she moved to the United States six years ago but started again when the Joplin club formed. She said she has been excited to start playing again. 
"It's like riding a bicycle," she said. "You learn how to ride a bicycle, and you never forget."
 
Stephen Ackart, 29, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, said he doesn't usually attend unsanctioned tournaments, but he was drawn to the Joplin event because it offered the opportunity to play people he might not normally face. That helps prepare him for sanctioned tournaments, he said.


Ackart typically plays three to four tournaments a year and said he enjoys the exercise he gets from table tennis as well as the opportunity to meet people from different states.
 
"It's a lot of camaraderie," he said. "It's a lot of fun."
 
Ackart has been playing table tennis for 11 years, since the summer after his high school graduation. He got involved with the Tulsa Table Tennis Club and played table tennis nonstop that summer with his stepfather, who taught him different skills.
 
"Really, I got addicted," he said.
        
The Joplin Table Tennis Club meets Fridays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 4 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall, Jared Wicklund said. Meetings are open to the public of all skill levels, he said.

 

Monday - 4-27-15
Dawson - 10 players:
Michael Barns, Cory Bryan, Bill Whyman., Okba Al Fourch, Don Tiger, Yee Yang, Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker.
Saturday - 4-25-15

Joplin Table Tennis Club Spring Classic 2015 results (held 4-25-15):
Winners -Singles:
Division A:
1st Stephen Ackart - 2nd Bill Lewis
Division B:
1st Wenyan Drake - 2nd Caleb Dorsey
Division C:
1st Paul Liu - 2nd Wujun Fu
Open Doubles:
1st Stephen Ackart/Okba Al Hafough
2nd Dale Boswell/Paul Liu

Thursday - 4-23-15
Dawson - 12 players
1 first time out player - Xavier Lee
Okba Al Fourch, Michael Barns, Cory Bryan, Mike Hamby, Bill Whyman, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker
Tuesday - 4-21-15
Bixby - 16 players
2 first time out players - Donna Goswick, Phil Goswick (from the Tulsa Town Hall).
2 members that joined the Bixby Club only tonight - Tim Schley, Sam Samour (paid $40 each).
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Eric Drake, Okba Al Harfouch, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Eli Betinjani, Ted Hill, Chris.
Monday - 4-20-15
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Mason Faulkner Bill Whyman, George McCutchin, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Okba Al Fourch, Alex Tupas, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker
Monday - 4-20-15

Update on the Joplin tournament this weekend - 4-25-15
For a list of players entered in this tournament:
http://media.wix.com/ugd/554d26_bdc69438740c4513be7444c1ff2aee87.pdf

Monday - 4-20-15
Per Hamid: there is a significant difference between the Nittaku balls made in China versus the ones made in Japan.
Mostly what is available in the US is from China (and the balls break easily).
The Japan balls should be readily available soon and they do not break easily.
Since most tournaments in this region will probably be using Nittaku balls, Hamid suggests buying only Nittaku balls made from Japan.
Friday - 4-17-15
Bob Kyker has decided to order all 3 types of white poly balls - Nittaku, DHS and Xushaofa for Dawson.
Kelly will order them this weekend.
Friday - 4-17-15

Paddle Palace sells the new poly balls for $25 a dozen and only come in white and are made by Nittaku or DHS.(Orange poly balls are at least a year away).
Dawson needs to decide whether to use orange celluloid Nittaku or white Nittaku (or DHS) poly balls or Xushaofa Sports white ball that Robert Roberts (rating 2513) said was the best poly ball to use. Robert said the poly balls do break easily (all poly balls he said).
http://www.xushaofa-sports.com/
(Bixby will continue to use orange celluloid balls due to the white floors and bright white lights).
Bob, Hamid and/or Alex – let me know.

Thursday - 4-16-15
Dawson - 17 players.
2 first time out players - both from New York - Will Shortz (rating 1873) and Robert Roberts (rating 2514).
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge, Corey Bryan, George McCutchin, Bob Kyker, Michael Barns, Okba Al Harfouch, Hamid Ezzat, Joe Mhemedi, Don Tiger, Jason Taylor, Mike Hamby, Kyle Sanchez, Tom Jourdan. Also, a group of about 8 Tulsa Town Hall members were there to watch Will play.
Other news: Stephen asked Robert how he learned to serve as well as he does. Robert said he would get a box of 2000 balls and practice serving them and would go thru 5 boxes at a time - that would be 10,000 practice serves at a time.
Tuesday - 4-14-15
Bixby - 11 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Jason Taylor, Eli Betinjani, Tim Schley, Don Tiger, Matthew Tallman, Ted Hill, Okba Al Harfouch.
Monday - 4-13-15
Dawson - 16 players.
Corey Bryan, Stephen Ackart, Mats Johansson, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Yee Yang, Joe Mhemedi, Michael Barns, Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, George McCutchin., Stephan Denis, Okba Al Harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Bob Kyker
Monday - 4-13-15
For a short article on Will Shortz from the Tulsa Town hall web site:
http://tulsatownhall.com/will-shortz/
Monday - 4-13-15
Cathy Collins from the Tulsa Town Hall just called. They are the group that asked Will Shortz to come to Tulsa to give a speech. 5-6 members of this group will be out Thursday at Dawson to watch Will play.
http://tulsatownhall.com/
Thursday - 4-9-15
Dawson - 14 players.
Don Tiger, Bill Whyman, Ray Pestridge, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Yee Yang, Stephen Ackart, Glendale Markwell, Tom Jourdan, Okba Al Harfouch, Manan Azhar, Saud Jan, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker
Other news: Results from the Springfield tournament are now posted ! (note - player with the best losses was Mats Johansson ).
Thursday - 4-9-15
The following is from an email from Will Shortz who will be out on Thursday, April 16.
My name is Will Shortz. I'm a table tennis enthusiast in New York -- owner of the Westchester Table Tennis Center.
On April 17 I have a speaking engagement in Tulsa and I'd like to play table tennis while I'm in town. 
FYI, I'm the crossword editor of the New York Times -- and about a 1900 player.
Thursday - 4-10-15

The Joplin Table Tennis club has a web site:
http://joplinttc.wix.com/jttc
Also, the tournament on 4-25 has a limit of 24 players and will be played on 6 tables.

Wed - 4-8-15
Update on the Joplin tournament for 4-25-15:
2 Tulsa players are going - Okba and Jason Taylor. Tom Jourdan may go also.
Tuesday - 4-7-15
Bixby - 15 players.
3 first time out players - Tatsuhiko Yanagisawa and his wife and Saud Jan (knows Manan).
Manan Azhar (hasn't been out since 5-16-11), Corey Flaugher (hasn't been out since 9-25-12), John Kerfoot, Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce, Yee Yang, Tim Schley, Eli Betinjani, Alex Tupas, Okba Al Harfouch, Eric Drake, Tom Jourdan.
Monday - 4-6-15
Dawson - 15 players.
Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Corey Bryan, Michael Barns, Don Tiger, Nabrisa Tiger, Nang Vang, Bill Whyman, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Yee Yang, Okba Al Harfouch, Joe Mhemedi, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 4-2-15
Dawson - 13 players:
Cory Bryan, Don Tiger, Efren Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nabrisa Tiger, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, 2 new players - did not get their names and they left early.
Tuesday - 3-31-15
Bixby - 16 players.
1 first time out player - Dusty Nation
Jim French, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, Tim Schley, Eric Drake, Jason Taylor, Okba Al Harfouch, Eli Betinjani, James Gateley (from Dallas - just visiting), Don Tiger, Ted Hill, Sam Samour, Nabrisa Tiger.
Monday - 3-30-15
Dawson - no info yet
Monday - 3-30-15

From Stephen Ackart - "Really cool concept of a modern table tennis table!"

http://designchapel.com/blog/2012/02/09/waldner/

Friday - 3-27-15
For the tournament going players - the next 2 tournaments close to Tulsa are Okla City on June 20 and in Springfield, Missouri on June 6 and the Joplin unsanctioned tourney on April 25.
Friday - 3-27-15
From Bill Lewis:March 26, 2015
Greetings table tennis players.  Below are three hyperlinks which contain photos taken during the March 21, 2015 Cornilleau 740 Open.  Several of the photos will be uploaded to various pages of the club’s web site. The pics came from: Marutha Pandian, Todd Dudenhoeffer and Bill Lewis’s cameras.
 
If you input:   igottascoot    at www.YouTube.com    you can watch videos of key match-ups which were taped during the day.  The videos were edited then uploaded by Todd Dudenhoeffer.
 
In the download is a Microsoft ‘Word’ copy of the Write-Up authored by me for the Cornilleau 740 Open.  The Write-Up also contains a list of the winners near the bottom of the document.   I’d like to say "Thanks so much” for your support of Ozarks Table Tennis Club - and - keep playing table tennis.  
 
The 5 raffle winners were as follows:
 
1.)   Lumanlan, Juanito........... Blade, Bois Gatien Crown ALL+
2.)   Wicklund, Jared.............. Blade, Bois Hinotec OFF concave
3.)   Crane, Sage.................... Blade, Bois Aero OFF concave flared
4.)   Girdner, David................ Edge tape and wrist band
5.)   Barone, Shelby............... Edge tape and wrist band
 
- - -  Bill Lewis: TD, CR and CU. - - -

    (Hyperlinks. Firefox or Chrome seems to work best.)

- Bill Lewis
- 3818 South Farm Road 103
- Brookline Station, Missouri     65619
- President: Ozarks Table Tennis Club
- USATT Tournament Director, Certified Referee, Club Umpire
- Club Site:  http://www. OzarksTableTennisClub.org/
- Phone:  (H)  417.890.8092    (C)  417.414.3148
Thursday - 3-26-15
Dawson - 14 players.
Yee Yang, Hamid Ezzat, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Okba Al Harfouch, Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, Tom Jourdan, Eric Drake, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Nang Vang, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 3-24-15

Bixby - 11 players.
2 first time out players - Pau, Sam Samour
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Okba Al-harfouch, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Tim Schley, Wesley Li, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Other news: Bixby had an unprecedented occurrence. Okba was playing a match with Pau. Then Pau stopped playing (and left the building) and everyone could tell by the look on Pau's face (and his body language), that Pau will probably never play at our club again.

Monday - 3-23-15

Dawson - 16 players
First time out player - Joe Mhemedi
Bill Whyman, Yee Yang, Jason Taylor, Alex Woody, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, George McCutchin, Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Don Tiger, Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al Harfouch, Bob Kyker, Nang Vang, Tha Lee.

Sunday - 3-22-15
Russ Hamilton - rating 2237 - will be in Tulsa this Thursday - 3-26-15.
(Russ is training Tom Jourdan).
Sunday - 3-22-15

Results from the Springfield tourny yesterday for Tulsa players (and ex-Tulsa players):
61 players were in the tourny.
Sina won 1st place in open singles.
Hamid Ezzat won 3rd in U-2000.
Kelly Boyce won 4th in U-2000 and 1st in U-1800.
Okba Al Harfouch won 1st in U-1500 and 3rd in U-1800.
John Moore won 1st in U-1300.

Thursday - 3-19-15
Dawson - 15 players.
Bob Kyker, Eric Drake, George McCutchen, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Sina Asadallahi, Stephan Denis, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 3-18-15
Info from Bill Lewis on the tourney this weekend:
  • Bill Lewis is Tournament Director. Todd Dudenhoeffer is Assistant Director. Todd will be umpiring key matches, taking photos and videotaping.

  • Players and family members are encouraged to video tape. Please be mindful of the effect on surrounding players.  Several of today’s matches will be uploaded to YouTube.     Input  "igottascoot” at  www.YouTube.com  to view them.

  • Bill Lewis is the final authority for table tennis decisions rendered today.  If there’s a disputed call inform him immediately.Decisions made pursuant to USATT Guidebook.

  • A YouTube video showing correct serve.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBsJLnvo9b0Smartphone & laptop users can also access WiFi available at the gym. Please watch this video at home and/or at the gym to be compliance with USATT Rule: 2.6.2

  • Maximum 1 minute between games. Maximum 2 minute warm-ups.  Maximum 5 minutes between matches.  USATT 3.4.4 rules  and  USATT Guidebook.

  • As with any table tennis tournament, once you start playing a match:  (1) "play shall be continuous” & (2) the only exception is "temporarily incapacitated by accident” & "(3) "players shall remain in the playing area.   (USATT 3.4.4.1 --.4 and --.7 rules.

  • Players cannot play a point over once it’s been played – it has to be scored one way or the other.   USATT 4.2 rule.

  • Most matches today will not be umpired. The person closest to a side or end ball always makes the call. His or her decision cannot be overruled.   USATT 4.3 rule.

  • Open RR Final: best 4 of 7. All other matches best 3 of 5. Hardbat: best 2 of 3 to 21.

  • If you’re the round robin # 1 seed – you’re responsible for the accuracy and completeness in filling out the draw sheet.  When each round robin event is finished, the # 1 seed should return the: clipboards, balls and draw sheet to the Control Table.

  • Announce your score loudly for both you and your opponents to hear. Most problems arise because there’s a dispute about the correct score.

  • Please realign the cardboard barriers when you enter or leave the playing area.

  • Food is available at midday and is serve yourself. (Please remove trash from bleachers.)

No sitting on or leaning against tables and no swearing. The most important things today are . . . HAVE FUN . . .  meet new and old friends . . .  get valuable ratings points and to earn some cash and/or Crown Award trophies.  "Thanks”  for your cooperation

March 18, 2015

 

This email is going out to the 61 players who are currently signed to play in the Two Star Cornilleau 740 Open table tennis tournament.  This is the club's 32nd USATT sanctioned event.  There are six players rated over 2000.  Of the 61 players eight are first timers to Springfield and to O'Reilly-Tefft gymnasium .

 

Players are coming from: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee.  I'd like to take this opportunity to say "Thanks and Good Luck" to each player.  Upon check-in there will be both an informational handout and player participation list given each player by the Tournament Registrar.  (Below is information germane to this tourney.)

 

Directions for Driving : If you're coming from the St. Louis area on I-44 drive till you see the Glenstone Avenue exit which will be to your right.  Proceed south on Glenstone Avenue 2 1/2 miles till arriving at Pythian Street which onlyturns to your right.  Then, drive 5 blocks west arriving at the corner of Pythian Street and Fremont Avenue.  Gymnasium has ample parking on the south side.  (1408 East Pythian Street.)

 

Directions for Driving: If you're coming from the Kansas City area, drive over the I-44 overpass and then turn east onto I-44.  Drive 2 1/2 miles east on I-44 and exit to your right at the Glenstone Avenue exit.  Proceed south and drive 2 1/2 miles arriving at Pythian Street which only turns to your right.  Then, drive 5 blocks west arriving at the corner of Pythian Street and Fremont Avenue. Gymnasium has ample parking on the south side.   (1408 East Pythian Street.)

 

Directions for Driving: If you're coming from Oklahoma or Kansas, drive on I-44 until arriving at the Glenstone Avenue exit and exit to your right.  Then, proceed south and drive 2 1/2 miles arriving at Pythian Street which only turns to your right.  Then, drive 5 blocks west arriving at the corner of Pythian Street and Fremont Avenue. Gymnasium has ample parking on the south side.   (1408 East Pythian Street.)

 

Directions for Driving: If you're coming up Highway 65 from Arkansas, drive till you see the Chestnut Expressway exit and exit to your right.  Turn left on the overpass and proceed west on Chestnut Expressway driving 2 1/2 miles until arriving at Glenstone Avenue.  Turn right on Glenstone Avenue and proceed north 3 blocks.  Then, turn left on Pythian Street and proceed 5 blocks arriving at the corner of Pythian Street and Fremont Avenue.  Gymnasium has ample parking on the south side. (1408 East Pythian Street.)

 

Directions for Driving: If you're coming up from the Fayetteville, Arkansas area, drive up Highway 60 till arriving at the West Bypass intersection just on the outskirts of Springfield....(Wal-Mart Superstore will be to your immediate right.)  Turn left onto West Bypass and drive 2 miles arriving at Chestnut Expressway. Turn right on Chestnut Expressway and drive 2 1/2 miles till arriving at the corner of Fremont Street and Chestnut Expressway.  Turn left on Fremont Street and drive 4 blocks arriving at the corner of Fremont and Pythian. Gymnasium has ample parking on the south side.  (1408 East Pythian Street.)

 

There will be some food for players at midday. There is one water vending machine otherwise there are no snack machines, so, you might wish to bring any reserve food, supplements, water bottles, etc with you.  There are men's and women's restrooms, men's and women's showering facilities and two water fountains. There will also be table tennis items for sale to include paddles and rubber sheets on one or more tables.  Weather prediction for Saturday: sunshine with light winds and temperature at 70 degrees and balmy.

 

Go to  www.OzarksTableTennisClub.org  at the top of the Home Page to view players per event.  Those on the waiting lists should be prepared to enter said event if there is an unforeseen vacancy.  If I have a cell phone number which you'd like me to have in case of an emergency, feel free to let me know what it is.

 

Wed - 3-18-15
Update on the Springfield tourney this weekend.

You can see who is entered in each event and their ratings.

Go to:  http://www.ozarkstabletennisclub.org/  - Then click on "event list of players" (this is a slow download).
9 Tulsa players entered. Okba Al Harfouch,  Tom Jourdan, John Moore, Eric Drake, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce.

Tuesday - 3-17-15
Bixby - 9 players:
Stephen Ackart, Tim Schley, Kelly Boyce, Okba Al Harfouch, Jason Taylor, Wesley Li, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Eli Betinjani.
Monday - 3-16-15

Dawson - 14 players:
Jason Taylor, Bill Whyman, Alex Woody, Peter Buscemi, Okba Al Harfouch, Kyle Sanchez. Stephan Denis, Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, George McCutchin, Bob Kyker.

Sunday - 3-15-15
Since the club has had 4 local television stations of video of the club, a new web page has been added on the home page (with the link at the top of the page) called:
"For a web page of links to videos shot by local television stations - click here "
Saturday - 3-14-15

Explore Tulsa's video from 3-13-15  of the Bixby Tulsa Table Tennis club link to You Tube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJM7fo3a35o

Friday - 3-13-15
Update on the Springfield tourney next weekend - 3-21.
Kelly Boyce and Stephen will be leaving Saturday morning and coming back that night.
John Moore will be leaving early Saturday morning - first event - 9:30 am.
Jason Taylor has rec'd his confirming email.
Alex Tupas will not be going.
Eric Drake has his confirming and is leaving Friday.
John Cai will not be going.
To sum up, players going - Stephen, Kelly, John Moore, Okba, Jason, Eric, Hamid, Sina - 7 Tulsa players and 1 Tulsa/Houston player.
Thursday - 3-12-15

Dawson - 15 players.
Stephan Denis, Paulina Baeza (with stephan), Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Glendale Markwell, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat, Efrem Tiger, Dimitri Trimble, "Y" (Sisauay Naovarath), Bob Kyker.

Tuesday - 3-10-15
Bixby - 15 players.
1 first time out player - Tim Schley
Eli Betinjani (joined the club ! ), Eric Drake, Kelly Boyce, Garrett Belcher, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot, John Moore, John Cai, Okba Al Fourch, Wesley Li, Charles Deng, Ted Hill, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 3-9-15
Dawson - 14 players.
Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Bill  Whyman, Okba Al Harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 3-5-15

Dawson - 12 players.
Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Okba Al Harfouch, Don Tiger, Yee Yang, Bill Whyman, Bob Kyker.

Wed - 3-4-15

Update on the Springfield tourny on 3-21-15:
Eric Drake has not mailed in his entry.
John Moore has mailed his in but no confirming yet and is leaving Friday.
Okba Al Harfouch has rec'd his confirming email and is going up with Jason on Friday.
Kelly Boyce has rec'd his confirming email.
Stephen has mailed his in but no confirming yet.
John Cai might go.
Yee Yang is undecided.
Don Tiger will not be going.

Tuesday - 3-3-15
Bixby - 13 players.
2 first time out players - Chuck Higgins - from Dallas - just passing thru on business. Shannon Beck.
Okba Al Harfouch (this is the correct spelling of his name), Garrett Belcher, Kelly Boyce, Yee Yang, Eric Drake, Eli Betinjani, John Moore, John Cai, John McClanahan, Charles Deng, Ted Hill.
Monday - 3-2-15

Dawson - 11 players.
George McCutchen, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, Efrem Tiger, Okba Al-fourch, Jason Taylor,  Peter Buscemi, Bob Kyker.

Saturday - 2-28-15

Expert in a year table tennis challenge (sent in by Stephen Ackart).
http://www.experttabletennis.com/expert-in-a-year/

Thursday - 2-26-15

Dawson - 15 players.
Cory Bryan, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Kyle Sanchez,  Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Stephen Ackart, Jason Taylor, Okba Al-fourch, Don Tiger, Bob Kyker, and 2 first time out players who left early.

Wed - 2-26-15

Update on the Springfield tourny on 3-21-15:
Hamid Ezzat and Sina Asadallahi (rating 2214) will be going also.
This will be a total of 9 1/2 Tulsa players going !

Tuesday - 2-24-15

Explore Tulsa came out tonight - http://exploretulsa.com/.
Stevie (the co-star of the show) and his wife were the crew. Stevie took video and interviewed anyone that would talk to him on camera (only 3 people would talk to him - Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce and John Kerfoot). Explore Tulsa does a weekly news/entertainment program.
It appears on TV on 4 channels:
CW channel on Saturday's at 6:00 PM.
Cox channel 3 and 703 on Sunday's 6:00 PM.
KWHB TV - channel 47 on Wed's - 10:00 PM.
KOTV channel 6 or 1006 on Thursdays - 1:37 am.

Tuesday - 2-24-15
Update on the Springfield tourny on 3-21-15:
8 Tulsa players committed to going are: John Moore, Okba Al-fourch, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Eric Drake. Yee Yang is not sure, Ray Pestridge may take Corey Bryan.
Tuesday - 2-24-15
Bixby - 13 players.
1 first time out player - Eli Betinjani.
Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Okba Al-fourch, Jim French, Jason Taylor, Eric Drake, Yee Yang, Wesley Li.
Tuesday - 2-24-15

(from the Okla city web site - a possible solution to their overcrowding situation).
Santa Rosa Table Allocation System

Posted February 22, 2015 by bes (ie Britt Salter).

Santa Rosa Table Allocation System

Note: This is a fair-for-all table usage system that can be used to ensure that all players have equivalent access to table time.  It is based on a system devised by the Santa Rosa (California) Table Tennis Club.

 THE RULES:

When a player arrives, he adds himself to the bottom of the Waiting List (which will be a pad of paper).

Each player waits his turn.

When a table opens up and everyone's name above him is crossed off, it is his turn to play. He then can choose to do one of the following:

  • ask another idle player to play for fun for 20 minutes*,
  • ask another idle player if they want to practice for 20 minutes,
  • delay playing (if he's still tired, or wants to wait for someone who is already playing).

If a player delays, it's the next player in line's turn and he has the next spot.

Once the player and a partner/opponent get their turn on a table (to play a match or practice) both players shall cross their names off the list.

A player who is asked to play or practice may decline the invitation.

All matches are 3 out of 5.

When a match (or 20 minute practice session) is over, BOTH players leave the table, return to the front, and add their names to the bottom of the waiting list. 

* If playing a match, a brief warm-up period is allowed – approximately 2 or 3 minutes is reasonable.  If players abuse the system and "warm up for 10+ minutes, they will be expected to wrap up their match when a total of 20 minutes is up.

Monday - 2-23-15
Explore Tulsa just called (they are a TV show the does weekly stories on Tulsa).
They will be out tomorrow - Tuesday - to interview our club.
Monday - 2-23-15

Dawson - 8 players (big cold front and snow came in).
Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Hamid Ezzat, Okba Al- fourch, Don Tiger, Nabrisa Tiger, Yee Yang, Bob Kyker.

Thursday - 2-19-15

Dawson - 14 players
Stephen Ackart, Okba Al-fourch, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Michael Barns, Cory Bryan, Yee Yang, Eric Drake, Hamid Ezzat, Kyle Sanchez, George McCutchen, "Y" ( Sisavay Naovarath , Dimitri Trimble, Bob Kyker.

Tuesday - 2-17-15

Update on the March 21 Springfield tourny:
5 Tulsa players committed to going - Jason Taylor, Okba Al-fourch, Don Tiger, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce.
2 might go players - Yee Yang, John Moore

Tuesday - 2-17-15
Bixby - 14 players.
2 first time out players - Stephen Belcher, Ben Belcher.
1 haven't been out since 1-3-12 player - Garrett Belcher.
Okba Al-fourch, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Jason Taylor, Charles Deng, Yee Yang, Wesley Li.
Monday - 2-16-15
Dawson - 12 players (big snow/ice storm hit Sunday night).
4 new players: Nang Vang, Ya Lee, Leng Moua, Fang Moua (one of these knew Yee Yang).
Yee Yang, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Nabrisa Tiger, Efren Tiger, Okba Al-fourch, Kyle Sanches, Bob Kyker.
Sunday - 2-15-15
(From an email from Bill Lewis - Springfield).
A member of our club wants to sell his Stiga Expert.  This table was commissioned for and used in the 1992 U.S. Open and was a "Limited Series" table.
 
I'm going to offer it to the area Presidents first: namely George, John, Jonathan and Guy in Kansas, Britt Salter in Oklahoma City, John Browning in Kansas City and you in Tulsa.
 
If none of you need or want it I'll then sell it via Craigslist.  I've had good results with Craig as I sold seven tables in six weeks time the first of December and early January.  
 
For your convenience I've included 16 photos.  The asking price is $1000 - but - if I get a serious offer of $900 I'll sell.
 
Didn't know if anyone in your club was or might be interested in a Stiga Expert.
 
The table's 23 years old but looks like it's 2 or 3. 
I've close-upped and detailed any marks or smudges with the pics.  There are no gouges nor streaks on the painted surface.  There are a few hits with paddles knocking on the table, ordinary wear and tear, and you can see them using the pics.
 
1.)  On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 the highest I'd rate it between 8.5 and 9. 
2.)  It comes with the original Stiga Clipper net and posts which are in excellent condition.
3.)  It comes with a white polyester/nylon cover (bra) also in excellent condition.
4.)  1 inch top with blue surface
 
IF - you're interested.    - Thanks -  ! !      - BILL -
 
 

- Bill Lewis
- 3818 South Farm Road 103
- Brookline Station, Missouri     65619
- President: Ozarks Table Tennis Club
- USATT Tournament Director, Certified Referee, Club Umpire
- Club Site:  http://www. OzarksTableTennisClub.org/
Friday - 2-13-15

USATT ratings have been posted for the 17 Tulsa players that played in the 1-24-15 State Games of Oklahoma.

Thursday - 2-12-15
Dawson - 14 players
Bob Kyker, Cindy Fennel, Cory Bryan, Dimitri Trimble, George McCutchen, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Sisavay Naovarath aka Y, Yee Yang.
Tuesday - 2-10-15
Bixby - Kelly Boyce will not be out tonight.
Monday - 2-9-15

Dawson - 18 players.
Don Tiger, EfrenTiger, Alex Woody, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Mike Hamby, Yee Yang, Alex Tupas, Jason Taylor, Dimitri Trimble, Sisavay Naovarath (aka " Y " ), Hamid Ezzat, Peter Buscemi, Mark Hugoboom, John ?, Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al-fourch, Bob Kyker.

Thursday - 2-5-15
Dawson - 13 players.
2 first time out players - did not get their names.
Mike Hamby, Okba Al-fourch, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Yee Yang, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 2-3-15

Bixby - 14 players
1 first time out player - William Jabr ( knows Okba).
John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Yee Yang, Charles Deng, Eric Drake, Okba Al-fourch, Tim Nguyen, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Wesley Li.

Monday - 2-2-15
Dawson - 12 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jeff Zhang, Kyle Sanchez, Mark Hugoboom, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 1-29-15
Dawson - 14 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Jeff Zhang, Joe Liu, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 1-27-15

Bixby - 11 players.
1 first time out player - George McCutchen
Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Eric Drake, Kelly Boyce, Charles Deng, Okba Al-fourch, John Cai, Don Tiger, Ted Hill, John Moore.

Monday - 1-26-15
Dawson - 11 players.
Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Michael Barns, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang, John Cai, Jeff Zhang, Okba-Al-fourch, Jason Taylor, Bob Kyker.
Monday - 1-26-15

For a link to who each player played and their scores at the Okla City tourny:
http://www.ratingscentral.com/EventSummary.php?EventID=16379

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Monday - 1-26-15
17 Tulsa players (see below results for players names) attended the Okla city tourny on Saturday .
Results from the tourny below:
Under 1000: Lemuel Franks, Kathleen Fitzgerald, John (Tyler) Bowen

Under 1200: Rohit Menon, Michael Barnes, Jon Redman

Under 1400: Logan Watson, Mike Patel, Cameron Franks

Under 1600: Cameron Franks, Peter Buscemi, Logan Watson

Under 1800: Jeffrey Waters, Kevin Li, Charles Gann III

Under 2000: Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, Mats Johansson, John (Jahan) Noori

Open Singles: Edyta Schmid, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi

PP Singles: Joe Tran, Glendale Markwell, Pome Mang

PP Over 50 Singles: Joe Tran, Glendale Markwell, Jonathan Kerfoot

PP Women’s: Annie Vo, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Maria Tran

PP Under 18: Logan Watson, Cameron Franks, Michael Barnes

PP Under 12: Rohit Menon, Maria Tran

U3800 Doubles: Suraj Menon & Logan Watson, Glendale Markwell & Ray Pestridge, Cameron Franks & Linda Piatt

U3000 Doubles: Tom Jourdan & Don Tiger, David Correa & Mike Patel, Jeff Ashmore & Mike Hamby

The 17 Tulsa players that attended are:
Peter Buscemi, Mike Hamby, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge (doubles only), Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Eric Drake, John Moore, Okba-Harfouch, Matts Johansson, Michael Barnes, Cory Bryant, Don Tiger, Jason Taylor, John Kerfoot.

Friday - 1-23-15
14 confirmed (per Britt Salter) Tulsa players going to the Okla City tourny tomorrow:
Peter Buscemi, Mike Hamby, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge (doubles only), Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Eric Drake, John Moore, Okba-Harfouch, Matts Johansson, Michael Barnes, Cory Bryant.
Thursday - 1-22-15
Dawson - 15 players.
michael barns, cory bryant, ray pestridge, jim rice, george ratliff, mike hamby, don tiger, okba al-fourch, tom jourdan, steve ackart, kyle sanchez,  reed kyker, bob kyker, jason taylor, and jeff.
Wed - 1-21-15

Update on the Okla City tourny this weekend.
Winfred Addy and Suzuki will not be playing.
40 players have signed up so far !

Tuesday - 1-20-15
Bixby - 9 players.
Tom Jourdan, Okba-alfourch, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Wesley Li, Eric Drake, Ted Hill.
Monday - 1-19-15
Dawson - 16 players
Joe Liu (back after 10 years), Mike Hamby, Stephen Ackart, Reed Kyker, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Yee Yang, Okba-alfourch, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Jeff Zhang, Peter Buscemi, Mark Hugoboom, Kyle Sanchez.
Thursday - 1-15-15
Dawson - no info yet.
Wed - 1-14-15
Stephen and Kelly will be taking the van to the Okla city tournament and leaving 9:30 am Saturday (Stephen's first event is at noon) (from east Broken Arrow) and after the tournament we will be going to the Golden Corral on I-40 for dinner and then home. Anyone is welcome to ride with us if it fits their schedule.
Wed - 1-14-15
Hamid Ezzat has decide today to enter the Open singles and U-2000 singles only.
This makes at total of 8 Tulsa players committed to going to the Okla City tourny next weekend.
Tuesday - 1-13-15

Bixby - 12 players
1 first time out player - Nick Wilson.
Jason Taylor, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Okba-Al-harfouch, Wesley Li, Ted Hill, Don Tiger.
other news: Alex Tupas does not know if he will play singles in the Okla City tourny next weekend.

Monday - 1-12-15

Dawson - 12 players:
Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Nick Agimudie, Tom Jourdan, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Sydney Agimudie.

Thursday - 1-8-15
Dawson - 13 players
Bob Kyker, Cory Bryan, Don Tiger, George Ratliff, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart.
Wed - 1-7-15

8 Tulsa players committed to going to the Okla City tournament on 1-24-15:
Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Tom Jourdan, Eric Drake (his first tourny), John Moore, Okba-Harfouch (his first tourny), Matts Johansson, Hamid Ezzat (probably only doubles).

Monday - 1-5-15
Dawson - 21 players
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Cameron Harrison, Cory Bryan, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Jeff Zhang, Kyle Sanchez, Mark Hugoboom, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nick Agimudie, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Reed Kyker, Sebastian, Hugoboom, Steve Littlechild, Sydney Agimudie, Tom Harrison.
Thursday - 1-1-15
Dawson - 4 players
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger.
Monday - 12-29-14
Dawson - 10 players
Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Jeff Zhang, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan.
Friday - 12-26-14

Tulsa players committed to going to the Okla City tournament (ie State Games of Oklahoma) on Jan 24:
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce
Tulsa players maybe going:
Hamid Ezzat, John Moore, Tom Jourdan.

Monday - 12-22-14
Dawson - 14 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Cory Bryan, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Jeff Zhang, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Reed Kyker, Tom Jourdan.
Thursday - 12-18-14

Dawson - 7 players.
Ben C, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Tom Jourdan.

Tuesday - 12-16-14
Bixby - 9 players.
Tim Nguyen, Okba Al-harfouch, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Johnny McClanahan, Charles Deng, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat.
Note - Bixby will be closed the next 2 Tuesdays. Reopen on Jan 6.
Monday - 12-15-14
Dawson - 10 players
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Johnny McClanahan.
Sunday - 12-14-14
3 new You Tube videos of table tennis at Dawson have been added to the video page (click on link #1 below) of players Alex Tupas, Mats Johansson, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan.
Video courtesy of Alex Tupas. Or click below:
YouTube link to the TT video
 
 
 
 
Thursday - 12-11-14
Dawson - 10 players:
Alan Wilson, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Jim Rice, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 12-9-14

Bixby - 10 players.
2 first time out players - Omar Qasem (knows Eddie), Pim
John Moore, Ted Hill (renewed his membership ! ), Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Tibbs, John Cai, Wesley Li, Charles Deng.

Monday - 12-8-14

Dawson - 10 players
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Cory Bryan.

Thursday - 12-4-14
Dawson - 5 players.
Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jim Rice, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 12-2-14

Bixby - 11 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, John Cai, Wesley Li, John Kerfoot, Okba Al-Harfouch, Ben Baissa, Mats Johansson, Ted Hill, Charles Deng.

Monday - 12-1-14
Dawson - 14 players
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Ryan Darby, Tom Jourdan, Yee Yang.
Thursday - 11-27-14
Dawson - closed. Thanksgiving.
Wed - 11-26-14

The Oklahoma City tournament is posted on the USATT website for Jan 24.

Tuesday - 11-25-14

Bixby - 10 players.
Jim Rice (joined the club tonight ! ), Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Eric Drake, Okba Al-Harfouch, Johnny McClanahan, John Moore, John Kerfoot.

Monday - 11-24-14

Dawson - 17 players.
Alex Tupas, Bruce Oliver, Charlie Redd, David Dietz, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Yee Yang, 1 player - did not get their name - came with Michael Barns, 1 player - did not get their name - came with Peter Buscemi.

 

Thursday - 11-20-14

Dawson - 4 players.
Stephen Ackart, Don Tiger, Mike Hamby, Alberto Galindo.

Tuesday - 11-18-14

Bixby - 11 players.
Charles Deng (joined the club tonight ! ), Eric Drake, Eddie Tibbs, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Wesley Li, Okba Alharfouch, Justin Kirkland.

Monday - 11-17-14

Dawson - 12 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Cameron Harrison, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Ryan Darby, Tom Harrison.

Monday - 11-17-14

Results from the 10-18-14 Ozarks Missouri tournament are posted. 
3 Oklahoma players attended - Winfred Addy (he won it ! (no losses), Sina Asadallahi came in 2nd ! (only lost to Winfred) , Tom Jourdan and David Correa.

Thursday - 11-13-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jim Rice, Johnny McClanahan, Kelly Boyce, Efrem Tiger.
Tuesday - 11-11-14
Bixby - closed for Veterans day.
Monday - 11-10-14
Dawson - 6 players.
Alberto Galindo, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge.
Thursday - 11-6-14
Dawson - 6 players.
Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jim Rice, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge.
Other news: Stephen Ackart will not be going to the Abilene, KS tournament this month. 
Tuesday - 11-4-14
Bixby - no info (Kelly gone).
Monday - 11-3-14

Dawson - 13 players.
Alberto Galindo, Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Ryan Darby, Stephan Denis, Steve Littlechild.

Thursday - 10-30-14

Dawson - 11 players.
Alberto Galindo, David Dietz, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Khaled Shahada, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Stephan Denis.

Thursday - 10-30-14
Dawson - someone left the fan on Monday. The system was turned off but the fan was not turned off. Please be sure to turn the fan and the system to off.
Tuesday - 10-28-14

Bixby - 13 players
John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Ben Baissa, Eddie Tibbs, Peter Buscemi, Wesley Li, Clint Wilson, Ted Hill, Boe Boethin.
Other news: Kelly Boyce will not be out next Tuesday - 11-4-14. Also, Bixby center will be closed for Veterans day 11-11-14.

Tuesday - 10-28-14

Table tennis star gets fined $45,000 for excessive celebration.
https://gma.yahoo.com/table-tennis-star-zhang-jikes-victory-celebration-costs-171746048--abc-news-entertainment.html

 

Monday - 10-27-14

Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Marko?
Alberto Galindo, Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker (first time out since 9-22 - per the "Bob tracker" app), David Dietz, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Khaled Shahada, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge.

Thursday - 10-23-14
Dawson - 5 players.
Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Khaled Shahada, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Tom Jourdan.
Tuesday - 10-21-14
Bixby - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Ben Baissa
1 haven't been out since 7-1-10 player - Khalad Shahada (works in Dallas now).
John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Johnny McClanahan (you had to be careful not to say "John" out loud), Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Okba Al-harfouch, Stephen Ackart, Ted Hill.
Other news: Stephen is wanting to go to the Abilene, Kansas tournament at the end of Nov. Abilene is 5 hours from east Tulsa.
Monday - 10-20-14
Dawson - 11 players
Alex Tupas, Ben Baissa, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Sina Asadallahi, Stephan Denis.
Friday - 10-17-14
From the Okla City web site on Dale Goodman:

There will be a memorial service at Trinity Baptist Church (801 Peters Ave, Norman, 73069) on Saturday, October 18th at 10am.  The club will be closed Saturday.

Thursday - 10-16-14
Dawson - no play tonight. No one with a key showed up.
Thursday - 10-16-14
Hamid and Sina will not be attending the Missouri tournament this weekend.
Wed - 10-15-14
The following is from the Okla City club's website:
Dale Goodman, longtime board member, strong player, generally great guy, and friend to all suffered a stroke (as I understand it) Saturday afternoon. Tragically, he suffered severe brain damage, and even with emergency surgery couldn’t be saved.  Dale was pronounced brain dead on Saturday,  October 11th.   He is donating his organs and tissues.  He will save 11 people’s lives because of his donation.

Dale’s loss is a terrible blow - for his family, for me personally, for all his friends, and for the club in general.  I’ve never played in a "Dale-less” OKCTT Club, and am very sad that I will have to… 

Dale was a super guy, great father and family man, and a wonderful friend.   He will be missed!

I don’t currently know the family’s plans, but will update when I know more.
Britt Salter
 
Tuesday - 10-14-14
Bixby - 8 players.
Alex Tupas, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Ted Hill, Chris
Other news: John Cai renewed his membership!
Monday - 10-13-14
Dawson - 14 players.
Aaron Thomburg, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Stephan Denis and 2 players from Lafayette, La just passing thru.
Sunday - 10-12-14

87 pics have been added to the "Photos" page from the 1-25-14 Sooner games in Okla City. Pics by Johnny McClanahan.
http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1_categories.asp


Friday - 10-10-14
From Hamid: Sina will be coming to the club next Thursday (Oct. 16th) and we are going to Springfield, MO on Oct. 18th for a tournament.  He is going to leave on Tuesday (Oct. 21) so more than likely we will be playing again on Monday night (Oct. 20th). 
Thursday - 10-9-14
Dawson - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Charles Deng
Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Stephen Ackart.
Other news: From Hamid - Sina will be coming to the club next Thursday (Oct. 16th) and we are going to Springfield, MO on Oct. 18th for a tournament.  He is going to leave on Tuesday (Oct. 21) so more than likely we will be playing again on Monday night (Oct. 20th).
Thursday - 10-9-14

Wild Bill Hickok tournament advance notice for 11-29-14 in Abilene, Kansas. This tournament has one event only - a Giant Round Robin (double round robins). Maximum number of players allowed will be the first 40  paid entries. This is not posted yet on the USATT web site. Tulsa will have entry forms at the club in the old style paper format (ie on a piece of paper).

Tuesday - 10-7-14
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Charles Deng.
Eric Drake, Eddie Tibbs, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Okba Alharfouch, Wesley Li, Don Tiger.
Other news: Okba will be buying a robot !
Monday - 10-6-14
Dawson - 12 players.
Aaron Thomburg, Alex Tupas, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Mark Hugoboom, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Stephan Denis, Tom Jourdan.
Thursday - 10-2-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Khaled Shahada, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Okba Al-harfouch, Stephan Denis.
Monday - 9-29-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge, Stephan Denis.
Tuesday - 9-30-14
Bixby - 12 players.
Wesley Li (joined the club tonight ! ), John Cai, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Johnny McClanahan  (you could not say out loud, "Hey John" tonight), Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Matts Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Ted Hill, Eric Drake.
Other news: Eric Drake bought a Newgy Robo Pong 2050 at Amazon.com and likes it.
Tuesday - 9-30-14
Word on the street is Tom Jourdan did very well in Little Rock.
Hopefully, he will email a report in soon.
Tuesday - 9-30-14
Tom Jourdan was the only Tulsa player that attended the Little Rock tournament over the weekend - 9-27.
Hopefully, Tom will email a report/story about the tournament and how he did.
Monday - 9-29-14
Results from the Senior Games in Topeka, Kansas per email from Bob Kyker today.
kyker's results from 9/27/14 in topeka, ks:
george taplin and I won gold in 70-74 dbls.
there was a three way tie for first place 70-74 singles, each one won at 3-0.
the tie breaker was then by total points, we three were separated by only two points!
gold:george taplin
silver: robert gay
bronze: bob kyker
ray  pestridge said he will send in his results
Thursday - 9-25-14
Dawson - 12 players.
Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge, Stephan Denis, Tom Harrison.
Tuesday - 9-23-14
Bixby - 7 players.
John Moore, John Cai, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Tibbs, Wesley Li, Boe Boethin.
Monday - 9-22-14
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - did not get his name.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor, Stephan Denis, Okba Harfouch, Bob Kyker.
Thursday - 9-18-14
Dawson - 7 players.
Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Mats Johansson, Okba Harfouch, Thomas Berryhill, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 9-16-14
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Heiko Plankenhorn - a 2013 player - from Charlotte, NC (originally from Germany). Just in town until Thursday on business. And Okba Harfouch.
Mats Johansson, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Tom Jourdan, John Kerfoot.
Other news: Tom Jourdan plans on going to the Little Rock open on 9-27. He will be leaving Saturday morning.
Tuesday - 9-16-14
Dawson - the alarm on the east door is broke - the alarm goes off as soon as you open the door.
Do not open the east door for now (when the alarm in on) until the city of Tulsa fixes this.
Open the west door only for now when the alarm is on.
Per Bob Kyker.
 
Monday - 9-15-14
Dawson - 14 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Nick Agimudie, Okba Al-harfouch, Stephan Denis, Sydney Agimudie, Tom Harrison.
Thursday - 9-11-14
Dawson - 5 players.
Don Tiger, Jason Taylor, Mike Hamby, Tom Harrison, Tom Jourdan.
Wed - 9-10-14
Stephen and Kelly will not be going to the Little Rock open on Sept 27 (due to a force of nature bigger and stronger than Stephen).
Tuesday - 9-9-14
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Britton (Bo) Boethim, Clint Wilson.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, John Moore, John Kerfoot, Eddie Tibbs, Wesley Li.
Other news: Eric Drake bought a table tennis robot ! (details to follow next week).
Monday - 9-8-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Nestor Prato, Okba Al-harfouch, Ray Pestridge.
Thursday - 9-4-14
Dawson - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Okba Al-Harfouch - a college student.
Drew Cowan, Stephen Ackart, Don Tiger, Nestor Prato, Tom Harrison, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 9-2-14
Bixby - 6 players.
1 first time out player - Wesley Li (knows John Cai).
Eric Drake, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Chris Park, John Cai
Monday - 9-1-14
Dawson - no info yet - Labor day.
Thursday - 8-29-14

Dawson - no info yet

Wed - 8-27-14
Bixby - Kelly will not be out the next 2 Tuesdays. Hopefully, the regulars will show up early and set up the playing area.
Wed - 8-27-14
Update on the Little Rock tournament on 9-27.
5 Tulsa players will going. 4 will drive up in Kelly's high-top conversion van - Stephen Ackart, Chris Park, Nestor Prato and Kelly Boyce (there are 6 captain chairs and a bench seat so there is plenty of room for more). Stephen will probably find the motel room on Priceline for everyone.We will be leaving Friday late afternoon and drive back Saturday. Tom Jourdan is also going but we don't know how he plans to go.
Tuesday - 8-26-14
Bixby - 9 players.
Chris Park ( renewed his membership ! ), Eric Drake, Eddie Tibbs, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, John Kerfoot, John Cai.
Other news: John Cai just moved to 131st and Sheridan and will be coming out to Bixby more often.
Stephen Ackart will coming out to Bixby for the next 6 months due to a change in his schedule.
Monday - 8-25-14
Dawson - 7 players.
Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan.
Sunday - 8-24-14

Lily Zhang recently became the first American to win a table tennis medal in Olympic competition, taking BRONZE at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China! 
Here are some spectacular highlights from the match, including her thrilling match point victory and a post-match interview with Lily!
Posted by Mina T. Son & Sara Newens

CHAIRMAN'S BLOG    August 2014

Most sincere heartfelt congratulations to Lily Zhang for her epic achievement at the Youth Olympic Games in capturing a bronze medal for the United States. This is a true testament to her skill, training, and dedication to represent the United States at this most important international competition. 

Also, sincere congratulations to Olympic Youth Games Head Coach Lily Yip for outstanding coaching during this exciting world-wide competition. Finally, kudos and recognition to the her parents who continually support her efforts and labor, Coach Massimo, and the entire team at ICC, to coach Steven Wang and the entire team of SVTTC for a job well done.  

This goes to prove that table tennis is not just a dream in the United States but a reality that has arrived. With this tremendous win we look forward to future success by Lily and all of our elite athletes throughout the United States. 

Michael L. Babuin, PhD, Chairman 
(info courtesy of Johnny McClanahan).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J38EZEyuIFI

Thursday - 8-21-14
Dawson - 3 players.
Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan.
Tuesday - 8-19-14
Bixby - 6 players
1 first time out player - Xiaopeng Chen (a women from China).
Tom Jourdan (playing very well), John Moore, John Kerfoot, Kelly Boyce, Eddie Tibbs.
Other news: Tom is planning on going to the Little rock open on 9-27-14.
Monday - 8-18-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge.
Thursday - 8-14-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Stephen Ackart, Stephan Denis, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 8-12-14
Bixby - 6 players.
1 first time out player - Trent Casi - just in town until Thursday from Denver - 1669 player. He said he would be back in about 2 weeks.
John Kerfoot - joined the club ! Eric Drake, Eddie Tibbs, Kelly Boyce, John Moore.
Monday - 8-11-14
Little Rock tournament on 9-27-14 - 2 Tulsa players are committed to going - Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce. They will be leaving Friday afternoon and drive back Saturday. Anyone wishing to ride along, let us know.
Monday - 8-11-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Bob Kyker, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Jason Taylor, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge, Michael Barns.
Thursday - 8-7-14

Stellan and Angie Bengsston have agreed to come back to Tulsa again for a 3 day table tennis training camp on 09/20/2014 thru 09/22/2014.

The cost is $300 for 3 full days (morning and afternoon sessions). If we have more than 10 people, they might be able to offer daily sign up at a rate of $100 per day and let some people sign up for one or 2 days.

We must have 10 players who wish to attend before they will come. Please sign up early so we have an idea how many people might be interested and:

Please - Don't Wait until the Last Minute to Sign Up.

Players who are committed to attend:

__Mats Johansson_________________________ _3__ days

__Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi_____________________ _3__ days

Thursday - 8-7-14
Dawson - 6 players.
Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Josh Ford, Nestor Prato, Stephan Denis.
Tuesday - 8-5-14
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - John Kerfoot (last time played in a USATT tournament in 2000 in North Carolina - 1237 rating then). He has been in Tulsa for several years just never came out.
Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Eric Drake, Eddie Tibbs, John Moore, Tom Jourdan, Ted Hill.
Monday - 8-4-14
Dawson - 11 players
Alex Tupas, Brandon A, Drew Cowan, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge.
Saturday - 8-2-14

28 pics have been added to the Photo's page from 4 tournaments (sorry about the delay).
2013 Little Rock Open - 3 pics of Fernando and Nestor.
2014 Springfield, Missouri - 11 pics of Fernando, Nestor, Peter, Tom
2014 Sooner Games - 13 pics of Nestor, Fernando, Tom, Jason, Peter and an unknown player I did not know his name.
2014 US Open - 1 pic of Nestor

http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1_categories.asp



Thursday - 7-31-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Bob Kyker, Darrell Lucht, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jacques Weng, Long Pham, Michael Chung, Peter Buscemi, Stephen Ackart, Thai Diep.
Tuesday - 7-29-14
Bixby - 15 players (a table tennis video came out this morning - went viral - a 41 shot point at the Commonwealth games - (Dawson should get alot of new players on Thursday).
6 first time out players: AJ Johnson, Cole Moos, Zach Medlin, AJ Lopez, Sean Bulleigh, Jay Anderson.
Eddie Tibbs (joined the club ! )Ray Pestridge, Josh Ford, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Eric Drake, Isaiah Potter, Kevin Turnage, Ted Hill.
For a link to this video, click below:
 
Monday - 7-28-14
Dawson - 11 players
Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Nestor Prato, Nick Agimudie, Ray Pestridge, Sydney Agimudie, Tom Jourdan.
Thursday - 7-25-14
Dawson - 7 players.
Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 7-23-14
Bixby - 8 players.
Eric Drake (joined the club tonight ! ), Don Tiger, Kelly Boyce, Binhan Zhang, John Moore, Eddie Tibbs, Melvin Norton, Johnny McClanahan.
Monday - 7-21-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Bob Kyker(Did not play), Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Johnny McClanahan, Josh Ford, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Ray Pestridge.
Sunday - 7-20-14

Write up on the Topeka tournament (official Kansas Sunflower state games) held yesterday by Kelly Boyce. Only 2 players from Oklahoma attended this tournament - Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart.
22 players attended the tournament and 6 were over 1800 to 2050. 8 tables were used with cardboard barriers (like the ones Tulsa uses).
Stephen entered 4 events - age event 19-39, under 2000, Open and open doubles. Stephen won 2 silver medals in the age event and open doubles.
Kelly entered 4 events and won 2 sliver and one gold - gold in the age event - 50-59, silver in the under 2000 and silver in the open doubles.

Thursday - 7-17-14
Dawson - 7 players
Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Peter Buscemi, Robert Blessum, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 7-15-14
Bixby - 13 players.
3 first time out players - Rob Patterson, Mike Fabry, Binhan Zhang (a student at OSU/Stillwater and played in China).
Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, John Moore, Michael Bowman, Kay Benyarko, Eddie Tibbs, Mellisa Allee.
Monday - 7-14-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Josh Ford.
Friday - 7-11-14
The US Open TT Tournament was held over the July 4th weekend.  There are a good number of videos available for those interested (this info from the Okla City web site).
Check it out at Link to USATT US Open Site
Thursday - 7-10-14
Dawson - 12 players.
Binhan Zhang, Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Johnny McClanahan, Mark Hugoboom, Mike Hamby, Peter Buscemi, Reed Kyker, Robert Blessum, Sebastian Hugoboom, Stephen Ackart, Josh Ford.
Thursday - 7-10-14
Stephen and Kelly will be going to the Topeka tournament next weekend - 7-19. 4 hours 30 minutes? from Tulsa.Will drive up Saturday morning and probably drive back that same night (Stephen can drive tired).
Anyone wanting to drive up with Stephen and Kelly can contact Stephen.
(This tournament was held 1 year ago and had 24 players including Stephen Ackart!).
Kelly has an 2005 Chevy Express Hi top conversion van, extended length, that has 6 individual captain chairs and a bench seat in the rear.Stephen will call the tournament director - Bob Cockerham - to get more info tomorrow.
For a link to the entry form to this tournament:
http://www.sunflowergames.com/table-tennis
 
Tuesday - 7-8-14
Bixby - 10 players.
Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Tom Jourdan, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Eric Drake, Eddie Tibbs, Kevin Turnage, Michael Bowman.
Monday - 7-7-14
Dawson - 8 players
Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Johnny McClanahan, Mike Hamby, Ray Pestridge, Reed Kyker, Tom Jourdan.
Thursday - 7-3-14
Dawson - 6 players.
Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mats Johansson, Michael Barns, Ray Pestridge, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 7-1-14
Bixby - 9 players
Tom Jourdan, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Eric Drake, Melissa Allee, Michael Bowman, Sianna Bates
Monday - 6-30-14
Dawson - 5 players (due to the Okla City tournament over the weekend).
Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby.
Monday - 6-30-14
Results from the Okla City Sooner State games this weekend:
TT01 U1000:   Rohit Menon(1st),        Michael Barnes(2nd),    Jeff Bragg(3rd)

TT02 U1200:   Fernando Prato(1st),    Suraj Menon(2nd),        Tom Jourdan(3rd)

 
TT03 U1400:   Logan Watson(1st),      Linda Piatt(2nd),           Tom Jourdan(3rd)

TT04 U1600:   Faraz Kasmani(1st),     Christopher Mei(2nd),   Nestor Prato(3rd)

TT05 U1800:   Christopher Mei(1st),   Nestor Prato(2nd),        Jeff Waters(3rd)

TT06 U2000:   Danya Budiman(1st),    Jeff Waters(2nd),          Kevin Li(3rd)

TT07 Open:     Kevin Li(1st),               Faraz Kasmani(2nd),     Danya Budiman(3rd)
 
 
 
PP01 Open Singles:  Joe Tran(1st),      Glendale Markwell(2nd),      Jeff Bragg(3rd)
.
PP02 Over 50: Joe Tran(1st),               Glendale Markwell(2nd),      Paul Heinen(3rd)
.
PP03 Women:  Kathleen Fitzgerald(1st),

PP04 Juniors (U18):  Cam Franks(1st), Logan Watson(2nd),           Suraj Menon(3rd)

PP05 Kids (U12):  Rohit Menon(1st),

PP06 "A” Doubles (U3800):    Danya Budiman & Brian Zhao(1st)
Ray Pestridge& Glendale Markwell(2nd)       Linda Piatt &   Dale Goodman (3rd)
.
PP07 "B” Doubles (U3000):    Linda Piatt & Dale Goodman(1st)
David Correa & Christopher Mei(2nd)  Logan Watson & Si-Dung Lam(3rd)
 
Monday - 6-30-14

Per an email from Fernando: (Nestor, Fernando, Peter and Tom attended).
Here are the results of the Springfield tournament last Saturday 06-21-14:
U-1400. 2nd Pl. Peter Buscemi
U-1200. 3rd Pl. Tom Jourdan

Thursday - 6-26-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Bob Kyker, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Josh Ford, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Stefan Denis, Stephen Ackart.
Tuesday - 6-24-14
Bixby - 11 players.
Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Justin Kirkland, Jim French, Hamid Ezzat, Eric Drake, Eldon Drake (the father), Michael Bowman, Melissa Allee.
Other news: Ray will be playing doubles in Okla City this Saturday (along with his student Michael Barns).
Monday - 6-23-14
Dawson - 11 players
Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Ray Pestridge, Tom Harrison.
Friday - 6-20-14
From Fernando:
Peter Bucemi, Tom Jourdan, Nestor Prato & Fernando Prato will participate in the Springfield Tournament this Saturday 06-21-14.
Thursday - 6-19-14
Dawson - 17 players.
Bob Kyker, David Correa, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Johnny McClanahan, Mark Hugoboom, Mike Hamby, Peter Buscemi, Ray Pestridge, Reed Kyker, Sebastian Hugoboom, Stefan Denis, Stephen Ackart, Tom Harrison, Tom Jourdan.
Tuesday - 6-17-14
Bixby - 8 players
2 first time out players - Eric Drake, Michael Rutland
Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Johnny McClanahan, Justin Kirkland.
Monday - 6-16-14
Dawson - 16 players (set up 5 tables).
Alex Tupas, Binhan Zhang, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Kyle Sanchez, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Nick Agimudie, Ray Pestridge, Sam Agbasi, Sydney Agimudie, Tom Harrison, Tom Jourdan.
Monday - 6-16-14
Nestor Prato won 2nd place in group D in the Dallas tournament last Saturday 06-16-14 (per email from Fernando today).
Thursday - 6-12-14

Néstor & Fernando Prato will participate in the2014 DFWTT SPRING OPEN in Dallas, Texas this weekend. - Fernando Prato.

Thursday - 6-12-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Mark Hugoboom, Mike Hamby, Peter Buscemi, Peter Buscemi, Sam Agbasi, Sebastian Hugoboom, Stefan Denis, Tom Harrison.
Tuesday - 6-10-14
Bixby - Brian Flinn, etc.
Monday - 6-9-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Jason Taylor, Karthic Guna, Kyle Sanchez, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Sam Agbasi, Tom Harrison.
Thursday - 6-5-14
Dawson - 15 players.
Drew Cowan, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Hunter Robinson, Jason Taylor, John Moore, Karthic Guna, Kyle Sanchez, Mark Hugoboom, Mike Hamby, Nestor Prato, Nicholas Buscemi, Peter Buscemi, Stefan Denis, Tom Harrison.
Tuesday - 6-3-14

Bixby -  8 players.
2 first time out players - Jim Huskinson and his son Abel Huskinson.
Josh Ford, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill, Justin Kirkland.
Other news: Alex Tupas is back after 3 weeks of having the flu. Alex will not be going to the Okla City tournament on 6-28.
Kelly Boyce will not play next Tuesday - 6-10 (on vacation).

Monday - 6-2-14
Dawson - 6 players.
Don Tiger, Jason Taylor, Kyle Sanchez, Stephen Ackart, Tom Harrison, Tom Jourdan.
Thursday - 5-29-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Don Tiger, Josh Ford, Kyle Sanchez, Mathew Gawey, Matt Gawey, Mike Hamby, Peter Buscemi, Stephen Ackart, Tom Harrison, Tom Jourdan.
Tuesday - 5-27-14
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - John Davis
Jared Wheeler, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Don Tiger, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Jason Taylor, Matts Johansson.
Other news: Don Tiger is thinking about going to the Springfield, Missouri tournament on 6-21. Jared Wheeler is wanting to buy a new paddle. Don Tiger is getting married! (first time!)
Monday - 5-26-14
Dawson - no info. Memorial day.
Thursday - 5-23-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Mathew Gawey, Matt Gawey, Tom Harrison, Tom Jourdan, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor.
Tuesday - 5-20-14
Bixby - 4 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Justin Kirkland.
Monday - 5-19-14
Dawson - 7 players.
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Tom Jourdan, Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 5-15-14
The AC was left on from Monday night and set at 66 degrees.
Whoever closes at Dawson needs to make sure the AC is turned off.
Thursday - 5-15-14
Dawson - no info yet.
Wed - 5-14-14
Oklahoma City is having their next Sooner Games tournament on 6-28-14 (just next month).
Tuesday - 5-13-14
Bixby - 4 players.
Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill
Monday - 5-12-14
Dawson - 12 players.
Sam Agbasi, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Mats Johansson, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Ray Pestridge, Isaiah Potter, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas, David Zags.
Thursday - 5-8-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Mats Johansson, Isaiah Potter, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Ben Wittman.
Tuesday - 5-6-14

Bixby - 6 players.
Alex Tupas, John Cai, Ted Hill, Don Tiger, John Moore, Josh Ford.

Monday - 5-5-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 5-1-14
Dawson - 16 players.
2 first time out players - Isaiah Potter, Ben Wittman - both from Coweta High School
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Ray Pestidge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 4-29-14
Bixby - 7 players.
Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Jack Hannah (3rd time out in a row - a record ), Ted Hill.
Monday - 4-28-14
Dawson - 14 players.
1 first time out player - P.C. Mua
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Harrison, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 4-24-14
Dawson - 16 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi Jr., Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Tom Harrison, Mats Johansson, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger (paid $40 to renew his membership ! ), Alex Tupas.
Tuesday - 4-22-14
7 players.
1 first time out player - Justin Bertschi (from Houston - a 1850 player). In Tulsa just this week due to work. He will be back.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex "white lines" Tupas, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Justin Kirkland - just got a new pips out paddle (on both sides) from Paddle Palace.
Monday - 4-21- 14
Dawson - 14 players.
Michael Barns, Justin Bertschi From Houston (rating 1850) , Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Cameron Harrison, Tom Harrison, Adam Hogsett, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 4-17-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 4-15-14
Bixby - 7 players.
Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Matthew Francis, John Moore, Jack Hanna.
Other news: Don Tiger is thinking about going to the St. Louis tournament.
Monday - 4-14-14
Dawson - 13 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mike Hamby, Tom Harrison, Adam Hogsett, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Kiran Ramesh, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Monday - 4-14-14
Hopefully, Tom Jourdan will email a report in telling us about the tournament in Little Rock he went to this weekend.
Tom did win his class!
Thursday - 4-10-14
Dawson - 7 players.
Peter Buscemi jr., Hamid Ezzat, Tom Harrison, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Kiran Ramesh, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 4-8-14
Bixby - 12 players.
3 first time out players - Matthew Francis, Chuck Kane, Kevin
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, John Cai, Josh Ford, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ted Hill (renewed his membership tonight ! ) .
Other news:
Tom Jourdan will be going to the first Little Rock Open this weekend. No other players from Tulsa are going. The tournament is only 1 mile from the Arkansas Open that is held once a year in Sept.
Monday - 4-7-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Josh Ford, Tom Harrison, Ty Johnson, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kiran Ramesh, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 4-3-14
Dawson - 13 players.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Tom Harrison, Mats Johansson, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato (renewed his membership !! ), Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 4-1-14
Bixby -  5 players.
1 first time out player - Alex Woody
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Justin Kirkland
Monday - 3-31-14
Dawson - 15 players.
1 first time out player - Eduardo Corona
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Sam ?.
Thursday - 3-27-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Peter Buscemi jr, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 3-25-14
Bixby - 8 players.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Tom Jourdan, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Justin Kirkland.
Other news:
Tom Jourdan is considering going to the Little Rock open on 4-12-14.
Justin Kirkland will be buying a new paddle from Colestt.com. A pips out paddle.
Monday - 3-24-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kiran Ramesh, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Other news: Eye witnesses say Fernando was playing at least 400 points above his rating tonight. Speculation was rampant as to whether Fernando has learned a new unknown technique or he was just lucky tonight. Some players were angry that they could not beat him tonight. Will report again next time Fernando plays as to what is going on with him.
Thursday - 3-20-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Tom Harrison (2nd time out) - joined the club tonight !
Shola Ademoye, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 3-18-14
Bixby - 7 players
Stephen Ackart, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor.
Monday - 3-17-14
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first time out players - Kiran Ramesh, Tom ?.
Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 3-13-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi Jr, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 3-11-14
Bixby - no info
Monday - 3-10-14
Dawson - 12 players
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Sam Walton (from Catoosa - a student of Ray's).
Thursday - 3-6-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Peter Buscemi Jr., Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez.
Tuesday - 3-4-14
Bixby - Kelly will not be out tonight or next Tuesday.
 
Monday - 3-3-14
Dawson - no info yet. Big snow stormstorm hit last night. The club will be open tonight.
Thursday - 2-27-14
Dawson - 10 players
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, Mark ?, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Mats Johannson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger,
Tuesday - 2-25-14
Bixby - 8 players.
Yee Yang, Bob Kyker, Kelly Boyce, Josh Ford, Justin Kirkland, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
Other news: Josh Ford will be moving to Tulsa !
Monday - 2-24-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas, Yee Yang.
Sunday - 2-23-14

A web page for Gary Sanchez has been created (sorry for this late page creation) who passed away on Aug 22,2013.
Anyone wishing to add any comments can email me and I will add them to the bottom of the page.
To view the page, click on "notices" in the top right corner of our home page or click:

http://tulsatabletennis.com/gary_sanchez.html



Thursday - 2-20-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 2-18-14
Bixby - 8 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Chris Park, Johnny McClanahan, Justin Kirkland.
Other news; Alex has a new paddle - pips out on both side.
Monday - 2-17-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Nicky Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Tom Jourdan, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 2-13-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 2-11-14
Bixby - 10 players.
Jim  French, Kelly Boyce, Jared Wheeler, John Guernsey, Justin Kirkland, John Moore, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger, Ted Hill, Melvin Norton.
Other news: Johnny McClanahan is going to a tournament this weekend in New Orleans.
Don Tiger wants to go to the Springfield tournament on 3-1-14.
Monday - 2-10-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas.
Sunday - 2-9-14

The Keith and Rachel Spence web page has been created showing the room and table for Saturday night play.
To view - click - http://tulsatabletennis.com/keithandracheltabletennisroom.html

Or click link (4) below

Friday - 2-7-14
Results of the Okla city sooner games tournament held 1-25-14 are now posted on the USATT.ORG web site.
30 players attended the tournament. 7 first time tournament players.
Thursday - 2-6-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Tuesday - 2-4-14
Bixby - 9 players.
Justin Kirkland, John Guernsey, Jared Wheeler, Hamid Ezzat, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Josh Ford (from Lubbock - visiting for 2 weeks), Jason Taylor, Cody Bearden (hasn't played since 10-23-12).
Monday - 2-3-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 1-28-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Friday - 1-31-14
From Alex Tupas: In light of the Victory Table Tennis not happening for now, Keith and Rachel Spence decided to host
The Saturday Table Tennis at their house. Keith asked me if you can put a link on our Club web page about
them inviting anybody who wants to come and play Table Tennis every Saturday starting this coming weekend Feb. 1st. 
Time: 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Day : Every Saturday
Home Address: 1500 S. Roanoke St., Broken Arrow OK. 74011
Contact info: e-mail (mlckeith@hotmail.com)
Home tell: 918-995-2111
(Pics of Keith and Rachel playing area coming soon).
Tuesday - 1-28-14
Bixby - 6 players.
1 first time out player - Justin Kirkland
Jim French, Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Jared Wheeler.
Monday - 1-27-14
Dawson - 8 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Monday - 1-27-14
January 27, 2014 Author: Bill Lewis (President Ozarks Table Tennis Club)
 
Yesterday's 'mini-tournament' at the O'Reilly-Tefft gymnasium here in Springfield, yielded a total of 25 players who played through 4 events. There were 64 singles and 10 doubles matches played on 10 tables. Congratulations are in order for both the winners and to all players. The outside temp was a balmy 60 degrees which made for a comfortable day of indoor table tennis. The total purse was $260 dollars. Eight of the 25 players hailed from Arkansas as did the highest seed: Russ Hamilton who came from Bentonville. The tourney started at 1:00 pm and concluded at 6 pm.
 
The Open Singles had the maximum number of 12 players vying for contention in 3 groups. True to form, Hamilton's 2255 rating did not let him down. Hamilton made his presence felt as he handily won his Group 1 round robin at 3 matches to 0. Dr. Shang Lee, from Springfield, captured the Group 2 round robin also in straight sets while Ben Lewis from Springfield won Group 3, he too at 3 to 0. The semifinal match between Group 2 winner Shang Lee and Group 3 winner Ben Lewis, saw Lee outlast his fellow compatriot at 3 games to 1. Hamilton's 1st place finals match with Lee was then penned to paper. The grandstand crowd got to observe some of Hamilton's nice two-wing attacks which were on full display. Hamilton's six foot two inch frame extended well and his extreme corner to corner hits kept Lee both off balance and from engaging in his own top-spinning game. Hamilton proved a bit too talented and too lanky for the # 2 seeded Lee. Lee faltered late and Hamilton went on to win this match at 3 games to 1. Hamilton thereby captured 1st Place in Open Singles.
 
The Under 1800 event had a total of 13 players. Ben Lewis arose from Group 1 with a spotless 3 and 0 record. Robert Johnson from Springfield also had a perfect record of 4 match wins to 0 losses while Jay Becker from Willard, came from Group 3 with 3 match wins to 0 losses. The crowd then witnessed something which rarely happens. In the semifinal match between the Group 2 winner Johnson and Group 3 winner Becker - Becker defeated his arch-nemesis, who had 230 rating points on him. To make his point, Becker completed this coup d'etat in three straight games. This pivotal match allowed Becker to play against Lewis for 1st place. The new finals match though would prove exceedingly more difficult for Becker than did his earlier match with Johnson. Lewis proceeded unrelentingly to set down Becker in 3 straight games: 11-6; 11-7; 11-9. Lewis thereby claimed title as the Under 1800 champion.
 
The Under 1500 had the requisite number of 12 players playing in 3 groups. When the dust had settled Ray Presnell from Ozark, Missouri emerged from Group 1 with 3 wins to 0 losses, Jay Becker catapulted himself from Group 2 with 3 wins and 0 losses while Alex Larson from Rogers, Arkansas won his round robin also at 3 to 0. The semifinal match between the Group 2 and Group 3 winner saw Becker outlast Larson at 3 games to 1. Becker then somehow had to try and topple Presnell in the Under 1500 finals. Becker fought tooth and nail - and then some. Eventually though Becker succumbed to Presnell's, for lack of a better phrase, 'steely determination to win at any cost'. This single and unique attribute is probably the primary factor, along with talent, which separates 1st place winners from everyone else. Much to Becker's credit, the match went the distance: 3 games to 2 and 11 to 9 in the 5th. Ray Presnell would thus win the Under 1500 championship finals.
 
The Open Doubles saw a total of 8 teams vying to outlast one another. Dr. Shang Lee and Dale Boswell were the # 1 seeds from Group 1, while Ben Lewis and Robert Johnson were the # 1 seeds from Group 2. When the winnowing was complete both predicted high seeds went on to win their respective round robins. All that was left was to see who would remain standing when the 1st Place storm had passed. In the Open Doubles finals the combo of Lee/Boswell outgunned the likes of Lewis/Johnson at 3 games to 1: -12;14; 12-10; 13-11; 11-6. Shang Lee and Dale Boswell thus became the newly minted edition of the Open Doubles champions.
 
Below are winners by event and amounts won.
 
Open Singles
1st Place: Russ Hamilton, Bentonville, AR            Won: $40
2nd Place: Dr. Shang Lee, Springfield, MO           Won: $20
 
Under 1800
1st Place: Ben Lewis, Springfield, MO                   Won: $40
2nd Place: Jay Becker, Willard, MO                       Won: $20
 
Under 1500
1st Place: Ray Presnell, Ozark, MO                         Won: $40
2nd Place: Jay Becker, Willard, MO                        Won: $20
 
Open Doubles
1st Place: Dr. Shang Lee/Dale Boswell Springfield, MO             Won: $27 (each)
2nd Place: Ben Lewis/Robert Johnson Springfield, MO              Won: $13 (each)
 
Monday - 1-27-14
Hi,Tomorrow, January 28, is the deadline for the Texas Wesleyan Open on February 1, 2014. Here is the link for the February 1, 2014 Texas Wesleyan Tournament  Entry Form: http://ramsports.net/documents/2013/10/30/February_2014_Tournament.pdf?id=828
Please contact me via email if you are planning to register for the tournament..
Thank you,Jasna Rather
Phone: (817) 715-4062
Monday - 1-27-14
From the Oklahoma City website:
Winter 2014 Sooner State Games Results!
The Winter Sooner StateGames were held on Saturday, January 25. The tournament went very well – thanks to all the players who made is a success! We had a great turnout with players coming from as far away as Omaha Nebraska and all over Kansas.

Our Junior (U-18) and Kids (U-12) events were particularly good. We had remarkably fine play in both events. The quality of play was impressive!

RESULTS LINK

I'd like to thank the folks who helped out with the "Tournament Running” duties. There is no way I could run tournaments without plenty of help! Deb Ladd helped with registration organization before the tournament, then handled virtually all registration duties. She also answered questions, sold snacks and drinks, and probably lots of other stuff! Pearl Dong stepped in and took over data entry and most other computer related stuff. She picked up on the working of our (Zermelo) tournament software very quickly! David Hash and Tiffany Tran also helped out with organizing clipboards, calling matches, and lots of other stuff. Thanks!!!

More Detailed Write-Up

TT-U1100:

Gold: Cameron Franks (OKC) – Cam played very well all day and ended up with Gold!
Silver:Johnny McClanahan (TUL) – Johnny also played well and earned Silver.
Bronze: Kathleen Fitzgerald (OKC) – Kathleen stayed focused and took home the Bronze.

TT-U1300:

Gold: Peter Buscemi (TUL) – Peter had another fine tournament and took Gold in a three-way tie-breaker!
Silver: Tiffany Tran (OKC) – Tiffany also played well and took Silver.
Bronze: Suraj Menon (KS) – Suraj played very well, but came up on the short end of the tie-breaker.

TT-U1500:

Gold: David Hash (OKC) – David played well and managed to win Gold while helping to run the tournament!
Silver: David Correa (OKC) – David also played well, but couldn't get by "Other David”…
Bronze: Cameron Franks (OKC) – Cam was tough – he went 5 with David H. and 4 with David C.!

TT-U1750:

Gold: Jeffrey Waters (OKC) – Jeff was on fire all day, but ended up winning in a three-way tie-breaker!
Silver: David Correa (OKC) – David had another great event, but only got Silver.
Bronze: Charles Gann III (OKC) – Charlie also played great, but only got Bronze in the tie-breaker.

Note: David Correa got into the finals by topping Gordon Dickey (NE) and Kevin Li (OKC) in aother three way tie-breaker! This was a VERY competitive, tough event!

TT-U1900:

Gold: John (Jahan) Noori (OKC) – John was on fire! He swept his RR Group and the final RR.
Silver: Jeffrey Waters (OKC) – Jeff also swept his (tough) RR Group, but couldn't get John.
Bronze: Guy Hendrickson (KS) – Guy swept his RR group as well – and even took John to 5!

TT-Open Singles:
Gold:Carl Miller II (KS) – Carl found his game and swept both his RR group and the finals!
Silver:Charles Gann III (OKC) – Charlie also played great and took Carl to 5!
Bronze:Jeffrey Waters (OKC) – Jeff took Carl to 5 too!

Note: Due to exhaustion and cramping issues, Jeff and Charlie Double-Defaulted their match, the a coin toss determined Silver…

PP U3000 Doubles:

Gold: Tiffany Tran and Jeffrey Waters (OKC)- These two played very well!
Silver: John Gillette and Ronny Young (OKC) – Played well (as usual), but couldn't quite overcome Tiff and Jeff.
Bronze: Kathleen Fitzgerald and Jyh-I Lu (OKC) – Also played well and managed to take home Bronze.

PP-U3800 Doubles:

Gold:David Hash and Winfred Addy (OKC) – David and Winfred were just too tough!
Silver: Ramon Pestridge (Stillwater) and James Short (OKC) – Ray and Jim played well – loosing only one match.
Bronze: Rod Cowles and Gordon Dickey (NE) – Rod and Gordon only lost to the above teams to take the Bronze.

PP Singles:

Gold:John Gillette (OKC) – John won a 5 setter against Ronnie to take Gold!
Silver:Ronny Young (OKC) – Played well, but only got Silver.
Bronze: Kathleen Fitzgerald (OKC) – Played well, but couldn't beat John or Ronny today.

PP O50 Singles:

Gold:Ronny Young (OKC) – Ronny turned the table on John!
Silver:John Gillette (OKC) – John must have made Ronny mad in the Open!

PP Women's Singles:

Gold: Kathleen Fitzgerald (OKC) – Took Gold!
Silver: Tanya Noori (OKC) – Tanya played well, but couldn't beat Kathleen (yet!)…

U-18 (Junior) Singles:

Gold: Cameron Franks (OKC) – Cam played really well and swept the event without losing a game!
Silver: Logan Watson (OKC) – Logan also played well, but couldn't take Cam down…
Bronze: Michael Barnes (Stillwater) – Michael lost only to Logan and Cam.

Note: I was thrilled that we had five very solid players enter this event. The level of play was good and it was nice watching these youngsters battle against each other.

U-12 (Kids) Singles:

Gold: Suraj Menon (KS) – Suraj played very well and won while only losing two games!
Silver: Rohit Menon (KS) – Rohit also played well. Look out for him in years to come!
Bronze: Blake Nelson (Stillwater) – Blake played well too, and even took a game of Suraj!

Note: I was very pleased to have four good players in this event as well. Several OKC kids ended up missing due to other obligations. Next time!!!

We made a few changes and tried some new stuff. Changes include adding PP Women's, Junior (U18), and Kids (U12), events. Doubles have also been changed to PP events – and moved to the end of the day. We will still be using USATT Ratings (when available) for doubles team ratings.PP Doubles "B” is limited to a combined USATT rating of 2999 (U3000), and we are limiting this event to players rated underUSATT 1800. There is no limit on player strength for the PP Doubles "A” (U3800), but the team rating cannot exceed USATT 3800.

Saturday - 1-25-14

Sooner state games update told by Stephen Ackart to a 2nd person:
About 30 players attended today.
The highest rated player was 1809 (?) from Omaha (2 players from Omaha attended), 2 players from Hutchinson - Carl Miller and Guy Hendrickson. Cole Ely from Liberal was there. No players from Texas. 5 players from Tulsa. Stephen Ackart, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Jason Taylor, Steve Buscemi. 3 Oklahoma City players beat Guy and Carl !

Friday - 1-24-14

From: Jasna Rather [mailto:jrather@txwes.edu]
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 1:33 PM
To: Keith A. Evans
Subject: Last Call for February 1, 2014 - Texas Wesleyan Table Tennis Tournament

Dear Table Tennis Friends,

You have only a few more days to enter to Texas Wesleyan Open which will be on February 1, 2014. Jim Butler, Yahao Zhang, Emil Santos, Zhedi Bai and many other great players will participate in February tournament.

Here is the link for the February 1st Texas Wesleyan Open Entry Form: http://ramsports.net/documents/2013/10/30/February_2014_Tournament.pdf?id=828

This will be a great test for those playing 2014 National Team Trials (March 7-9, 2014 http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Events/2014/March/07/2014-US-National-Team-Trials ) which are hosted by the Texas Wesleyan and will be played in the same gym as the Texas Wesleyan Open. For those not playing the trials, it is a great opportunity to test you level and have fun. The tournament is sanctioned by the USATT.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding registration.

Thank you,

Jasna Rather

Phone: (817) 715-4062

Thursday - 1-23-14
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Tuesday - 1-21-14
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Fields
Jared Wheeler, John Guernsey, Sohum Verulkar, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Alex "white lines" Tupas,
Monday - 1-20-14
Dawson - 11 players.
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 1-20-14

From: Martin,Richard [mailto:Richard.Martin@Cerner.com]
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 9:48 AM
To: Martin,Richard
Subject: RESULTS: January 18th: 2014 Kansas City Winter Table Tennis Shootout

Hello Table Tennis Players,

We would like to thank all of the participants in our tournament in this past Saturday for making it a such a success. We had competitive, high-quality matches in all events. We appreciate all the players who drove in from out of town as well as those from the KC area and hope you enjoyed the competition.

Here is a brief summary of the results

Open Singles:

There were 5 round robin groups with the top 3 players in each group moving on to single elimination brackets. They were competing for $300 in prize money (1st – 4th place). Here are the final results

1st Place: Parviz Mojaverian

2nd Place: Hong Li

3rd /4th Place Split: Jeff Johnston / Vladi Altman

U-1800 (Intermediate) Singles:

There were 6 round robin groups with the top 3 players in each group moving on to single elimination brackets. They were competing for $120 in prize money and medals for semi-finalists. Here are the final results

1st Place: Pete Lawrence

2nd Place: Guy Hendrickson

3rd / 4th Place Split: Carl Miller / Jim Zhang

Hardbat Singles:

1st Place: Jeff Johnston

2nd Place: Guy Hendrickson

3rd Place: Bob Cockerham

4th Place: Carl Miller

U-1200 (Novice) Singles:

There were 4 round robin groups with the top 3 players advancing to single elimination brackets. They were competing for $50 in prize money and medals for the semi-finalists. Here are the final results

1st Place: Cameron P

2nd Place: Ashish Nair

3rd/4th Place Split: Andy Hui / Simon Walley

Open Doubles:

1st Place: Parviz Mojaverian/Felix Xiao

2nd Place: Richard Martin/Duc Dinh

3rd/4th Place Split: Chunyen Liu/Samuel Liu and Vladi Altman/Joe Windham

Thank you once again for your support and participation in this tournament. We look forward to seeing you all at our next event.

Sincerely,

The Table Tennis Club at the

Athletic Club of Overland Park

Monday - 1-20-14
4 known Tulsa players going to the Okla City tournament this weekend - 1-25-14 - Stephen Ackact, Tom Jourdan, Mike Hamby, Jason Taylor.
Sunday - 1-19-14
(the following is from an email from Bill Lewis from Springfield dated 1-17-14).
Greetings table tennis fanatics.  From whence doth yonder the new year ringeth? But of course it can come from no other place except the Great White North.  Canada??  No, for crying out loud - from the North Pole and Santa Claus!!  Santa rings in every new year everyone knows that.  And this year he brought some surprises. For one, he decided on making sure we had lots of roof top snow for his 9 tiny reindeer and sled to softly land on. And, this I'm sure enabled him to get around the world more quickly than usual. (Mrs. Claus more than likely had eggnog ready by 4 am, whew, he was quick.) He also brought us lots of frosty cold chilly air and something I'd never heard of before: a Polar Vortex.  Sounds like a made-up Washington D.C. term to me.  Anyway, I never got lost in our several inches of snow but, neither did I get my sled out to sleigh in it. The reason why is because I never could get my wife to pull me around the yard!! Either I was expecting too much, or, she didn't want to give her biceps a good workout.  I hope no one lost anything too valuable while shoveling out their driveway.  I know a certain someone who lost a set of keys, but, my lips are sealed as to who that was.
 
The club is sponsoring a mini-table tennis tournament for Sunday, January 26. ( There is NO football on that day except for, dare I say it, the useless Pro Bowl in Honolulu.)  So, everyone should be there for fun, excitement and M.O.N.E.Y.  This tournament will be a primer for the March 1, 2014 USATT sanctioned 1-Star tournament. You can access the form for this larger USATT 1 Star at the top of any page at this site:  www.OzarksTableTennisClub.org 
 
Details for the mini-tournament are as follows:
       Open Singles   4 players per RR.  Followed by Single elimination        Entry fee: $5
        Under 1800    4 players per RR.  Followed by Single elimination        Entry fee: $5
        Under 1500    4 players per RR.  Followed by Single elimination        Entry fee: $5  
     Open Doubles    3 Teams per RR.  Followed by Single elimination        Entry fee: $5 
Payout's as follows: 
  Open Singles:
            1st Place: 66% of entry fees or $40 - whichever is greater
            2nd Place: 66% of entry fees or $40 - whichever  is greater
Under 1800:
            1st Place: 66% of entry fees or $40 - whichever is greater
           2nd Place: 66% of entry fees or $40 - whichever  is greater
Under 1500:
            1st Place: 66% of entry fees or $40 - whichever is greater
           2nd Place: 33% of entry fees or $20 - whichever  is greater
Open Doubles:
             1st Place: 66% of entry fees or $40 - whichever is greater    (split)
           2nd Place:  33% of entry fees or $20 - whichever  is greater   (split)
 
This is a first come first serve tourney.  First 12 players to sign up for each event are the ones who'll be reserved slots. The tournament will start at 1 pm sharp. This will necessitate players being at the club and ready to play.  The start time will also assure the prompt completion by 5:30 pm.
 
If you wish inclusion in the mini-tournament email me your events. Do not send money through the U.S. Postal System.  You can square the amount up with the Registrar in the foyer. Email your events.
 
Remember: Sunday, January 26 is the mini-tournament. 
This notice gives players ample time for sign up.
 
Thanks so much and we hope to see you this Sunday, January 19 for regular play.
              - Bill Lewis -
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- Bill Lewis
- 3818 South Farm Road 103
- Brookline Station, Missouri 65619
- President ~ Ozarks Table Tennis Club
- USATT Certified Referee, Club Umpire & Tournament Director
- Local site:
www.OzarksTableTennisClub.org

- National web site: http://www.TeamUSA.org/USA-Table-Tennis

- Ph: 417.890.8092
Thursday - 1-16-14
Dawson - no info
Tuesday - 1-14-14
Bixby - 9 players.
4 first time out players: Jared Wheeler, John Guernsey, Sam Verulkar (father), Sohum Verulkar (young son).
Melvin Norton, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, Shahzad Siddiqui.
Monday - 1-13-14
Dawson - 13 players.
2 first time out players - Justin Kirkland, Josh Miller.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Brook Sanchez, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 1-9-14
Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 1-7-14
Bixby - 11 players.
Brian Flinn, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, Shahzad Siddiqui, John Moore, Sean Parker, P.J., Doug Ivanoff, Rush Verulkar (13 years old), Sohum Verulkar (9 years old).
Monday - 1-6-14
Dawson - 6 players.
Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Bill Whyman.
Thursday - 1-2-14
Dawson - 5 players
1 first time player - Bill Whyman (from Owasso).
Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Chuck Urasaki
(other news - OU played Alabama tonight starting at 7:30 PM)
Tuesday - 12-31-13
Bixby - no play tonight.
Monday - 12-30-13
Dawson - 7 players
1 first time out player - Daniel Kustura - from Memphis
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor.
Sunday - 12-29-13

A senior tournament in Reno
Please pass this on to your members.  Thanks
February 7 – 10, as a part of the Reno Senior Games, we will be having a USATT sanctioned senior (over 50) tournament. 
Come to the biggest little city, gamble a bit, take in a show, visit beautiful lake Tahoe, ski some great mountains, take your significant other to a Valentine’s day dance, stay in downtown Reno in a four star (by Orbitz rating) but inexpensive hotel room, and spend a couple of days playing table tennis with us.  
Many other winter or indoor sports are available as well.  Registration and table tennis information are attached, or visit reno.gov/seniorgames or renosparksttc.org  .


Al Ferrenberg

Thursday - 12-26-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Sina Asadallahi, Saif Azadi (came with David), David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Josh Ford, Karthic Guna, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas, Chuck Urasaki.
Tuesday - 12-24-13
Bixby - no play tonight
Monday - 12-23-13
Bixby - 8 players.
Stephen Ackart, Sina Asadallahi, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Other news: Stephen said Sina's serves are very good now.
Thursday - 12-19-13
Dawson - 7 players.
Stephen Ackart, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Keegan Sequeira, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 12-17-13
Bixby - 9 players
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, Shahzad Siddiqui, Jason Taylor, Nick Papineau (last time out was 8-7-12)., Ted Hill, John Moore, Rocky.
Monday - 12-16-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Nick Agimidie, Sydney Agimudie Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 12-12-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Chuck Urasaki.
Tuesday - 12-10-13
Bixby - 7 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Madhu Koduri, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger, Jason Taylor.
Other news:
Johnny McClanahan will be leaving Tuesday - 12-17 - to Las Vegas for the table tennis tournament.
Monday - 12-9-13
7 players
Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 12-5-13
Dawson - closed today due to the worst snow/ice/sleet storm to hit Tulsa since 2011.
Tuesday - 12-3-13
Bixby - 8 players.
Madhu Koduri, Rocky, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Johnny McClanahan, John Moore, Jimmy.
Other news: Johnny McClanahan will be going to the Las Vegas tournament in 2 weeks. The only other known player from Okla going to this tournament is Doug Marks.
Monday - 12-2-13
Dawson - 8 players
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 11-28-13
Dawson - Thanksgiving day (no play).
Tuesday - 11-26-13
Bixby - 8 players
1 first time out player - Gennady (pronounced Jenny) - from New York - here in Tulsa for 2 weeks for a medical procedure).
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Jason Taylor, Shahzad Siddiqui, Johnny McClanahan, Melvin Norton.
Other news: Johnny is the only Tulsa player going to Las Vegas next month for the tournament.
Monday - 11-25-13
Dawson - 14 players.
3 first time out players - Genn Ady, Jack Coon (son), Robbie Coon (father)
Stephen Ackart, Michael  Barns, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas
Thursday - 11-21-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Peter Buscemi, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Charlie Love, Josh Love, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Chuck Urasaki.
Tuesday - 11-19-13
Bixby - 4 players.
Alex Tupas, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Madhu Koduri
Monday - 11-18-13
Dawson - 15 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Madhu Koduri, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 11-14-13
Dawson - 13 players
Stephen Ackart, Kevin Erickson, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Reed Kyker, Charlie Love, Felicia Love, Josh Love, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Wed - 11-13-13
The Worlds Ping Pong championships from London is being televised on Fox Sports 2 (FS2).(channel 265) It has been on for about 2 weeks now.
Tuesday - 11-12-13
Bixby - 6 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Shahzad Siddiqui, Melvin Norton, John Cai.
Other news: Melvin Norton is back from retirement (after 1 week on retirement). Melvin said his wife insisted he leave the house on Tuesday's and go to the club.
Monday - 11-11-13
Dawson - 7 players.
Michael Barns, Mike Hamby, Guna Karthic, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Alex Tupas.
Friday - 11-8-13
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Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:49 AM
Subject: Clean Water

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Thursday - 11-7-13
Dawson - 9 players
Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Mike Hamby, Charlie Love, Josh Love, Daniel Rees (Friend of Josh Love), Kyle Sanchez, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Chuck Urasaki (Chuck used to play in the 1980's, maybe the 1970's, a penholder some of us used to call him "The Wall" because everything you hit to him came back to you).
Tuesday - 11-5-13
Bixby - 8 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Madhu Koduri, Ted Hill, Jack Hannah, Melvin Norton, John Cai (renewed his membership!).
Other news: Melvin Norton announced his retirement from table tennis.
He is turning 80 years old next week.
He built the "Detroiter cart" back when we were still using Detroiter tables at Bixby and had the strength to carry them around - they did not have wheels on them - you had to carry them (they didn't seem so heavy back then).
When we stopped using the Detroiters, Melvin modified the cart so we could use it to carry the cardboard - which we still use today thanks to the quality and sturdiness of the cart.
Monday - 11-4-13
Dawson - 9 players
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat Ahmadi, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas
Thursday - 10-31-13
Dawson - Halloween night. - 5 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Felicia Love, Josh Love, Johnny McClanahan.
Tuesday - 10-29-13
Bixby - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jason Taylor, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Madhu Koduri, Shahzad Siddiqui, Alex Tupas, Johnny McClanahan, Tom Jourdan, Ted Hill.
Other news: Johnny McClanahan will be going to the Las Vegas tournament in Dec.
Monday - 10-28-13
Dawson - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Karthic Guna
Michael Barns, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 10-24-13
Dawson - 10 players.
4 first time out players (they know Tim Yardy) - Charlie Love, Felicia Love, Josh Love and Andy Anderson from Canada (rated 2272). Only in town until Saturday.
Stephen Ackart, Kevin Erickson, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 10-22-13
Bixby - 6 players
Tom Jourdan, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Ted Hill.
1 first time out player - Andy Anderson - from Ontario. Rating - 2272. He is in town until Saturday and will be at Dawson on Thursday.
Monday - 10-21-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Nick Agmudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 10-17-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Kevin Erickson, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 10-15-13
Bixby - 3 players.
Alex Tupas, John Moore, Kelly Boyce
Monday - 10-14-13
Dawson - 8 players.
Michael Barns, Bob Kyker, Dan Guernsey, Fernando Prato, Troy Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 10-10-13
Dawson - 9 players
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 10-8-13
Bixby - no info (Kelly gone).
Monday - 10-7-13
Dawson - 8 players
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 10-3-13
Chris Agimudie will be on David Letterman tonight.
Thursday - 10-3-13
Dawson - 5 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Bob Kyker, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 10-1-13
Bixby - no info (Kelly gone).
Monday - 9-30-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan (renewed his membership!), Ray Pestridge, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams.
Thursday - 9-26-13
Dawson - 15 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Kevin Erickson, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, David Shuck, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Mat Wisnewsky, Leonard Williams, Jason Zhao.
Wed - 9-25-13
Kelly Boyce will not be out to Bixby the next 2 Tuesdays.
Tuesday - 9-24-13
Bixby - 8 players.
Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Ted Hill, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, Shahzad daughter.
Other news: Kelly Boyce will not be out the next 2 Tuesdays.
Monday - 9-23-13
Dawson - 14 players.
1 first time out player - David Shuck (from Victory)
Michael Barns, Obie Bryant, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams.
Sunday - 9-2-13
Tulsa results for the Little Rock open held yesterday:
Nestor Prato: 1st Place in U-1700
Fernando Prato: 2nd Place in U-1300
Thursday - 9-19-13
Dawson - 9 players
Michael Barns, Peter Buscemi Jr, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor.
Thursday - 9-19-13
From Fernando:
Nestor & Fernando Prato will participate in the Arkansas Open this Saturday 09-21-13.
Nestor will play in U-1700 & Open ABC RR
Fernando will play in U-1300, U-1500, & Open ABC RR.
Wed - 9-18-13
(If anyone is interested in picking up Tomson at 61st and Yale, please email him - Kelly).
The following email was sent in yesterday from Tomson.
I am Tomson Li from Edmonton Canada. I just found your club through internet. 
I am  just in business trip to Stillwater for a few days. Thursday I suppose to stay in Tulsa. If I am at Tulsa early on Thursday, I want trying to play ping pong with your people. Any chance to have somebody living nearby Doubletree By Hilton hotel (6110S, Yale Avenue) to contact me, may pick me up at hotel? I have my paddle with me. 
Can email me back or text me if in short time. 
mingbinli@gmail.com
Tuesday - 9-17-13
Bixby - 6 players
Bob Kyker, Madhu Koduri, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Ted Hill, Kay Benyarko
Monday - 9-16-13
Dawson - 16 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Obie Bryant, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Madhu Koduri, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Ray Pesridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Leonard Williams (last played 8-10-2010)
Friday - 9-13-13
Dawson - the new/used Butterfly Centrefold table was delivered this morning and it looks great.
Thursday - 9-12-13
Dawson - 12 players.
Stephen Ackart, Robert Blessum, Kevin Erickson, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Chris Stillwell, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Wed - 9-11-13
Update on the Agape ping pong tournament held in Broken Arrow last Saturday.
About 20 players attended. They had 2 tables.
Some notable players at the tournament were: Alex Tupas, John Cai, Drew Cowan, Rachel Spence (Keith Spence's wife), Jimmy.
Tuesday - 9-10-13
The new Butterfly table will deliver to Dawson on Thursday - 9-12.
The frt company - YRC - will call Kelly when ready.
tracking#/Pro# 309-625305-1
Tuesday -- 9-10-13
Bixby - 9 players.
1 first time out player - Jimmy (originally learned in China, then in Del Ray, Calif). Has been in Tulsa about 2 weeks. He played at the Agape tournament this last weekend and plays at Victory). About a 1700 player with an occassional 2000 level forehand.
Madhu Koduri, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Johnny McClanahan, Ted Hill, Don Tiger, John Cai, Kelly Boyce.
Monday - 9-9-13
Dawson - 14 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Obie Bryant, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Madhu Koduri, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Alex McGuffy, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 9-5-13
10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Robert Blessum, Peter Buscemi jr, Kevin Erickson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Nestor Prato, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger.
Wed - 9-4-13
Ping Pong tournament at the Agape Chinese Baptist Church in Broken Arrow this Saturday - 9-7.
1108 N. 6th Street, Broken Arrow. 74012
Play begins at 9:00 AM. Cost - if a non-member of the Church - $15.
Call Xiaomin Ma - 918-461-2364 or email at:  maxiaomin@yahoo.com
Mens singles, Women singles, mixed doubles, men doubles. Games are 3 of 5 (to 11).
Alex Tupas has entry forms.
Tuesday - 9-3-13
Bixby - 8 players.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Allen Tupas, Madhu Koduri, John Davis (bought a new Paddle Palace paddle), Tom Jourdan, John Cai, Mats Johansson.
Monday - 9-2-13
Dawson - no play - Labor Day
Thursday - 8-29-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Robert Blessum, Peter Buscemi Jr,  Kevin Erickson, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez (last day to play - got a job in Houston).
Tuesday - 8-27-13
Bixby - 6 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger, Madhu Koduri (joined the club ! )
 
 
Monday - 8-26-13
Dawson - 13 players.
1 first time out player - Alex McGuffy
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Obie Bryant, Samer Chaar, Hamid Ezzat, Madhu Koduri, Bob Kyker, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Monday - 8-26-13
From Fernando:
Nestor & Fernando Prato will be going to the Texas Wesleyan Open tournament in Fort Worth, TX this Saturday 08-31-13.
Nestor will compete in U-1600 & U1800
Fernando will compete in U-1400 & U1600
Sunday - 8-25-13
(Sorry for this late info).Viewing for Gary Sanchez will be between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Sunday - 8-25-13 at Fitzgerald Funeral Service - 3612 E. 91st St South, Tulsa, Ok.74137.
The funeral is at 11:00am on Monday - 8-26 at Church of Saint Mary, 1347 E. 49th Pl, Tulsa, Ok. 74105 (info courtesy of Hamid Ezzat and Kyle Sanchez)
 
Thursday - 8-22-13
With great sadness Gary Sanchez passed away today. Gary was the vice president of the club from the late 1970's to around 1994 when he became the president until 2003 when Gary retired from table tennis.
There is much to say about Gary and the club will create a page on our website so anyone who wants to post pictures or simply send an email can do so and all comments sent to Kelly's email address will be added to this page.
The page will be located under "notices".
Send any info to: kellyboyceba@gmail.com
 
Thursday - 8-22-13
Dawson - 7 players.
Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez.
Tuesday - 8-20-13
Bixby - 9 players.
Jim Turner (from the old days and still playing well. Jim played in many tournaments in the 1980's including the US Open in Detroit. Jim was most famous for his working for Citgo), John Bryan (last played at Reed park in 1979! He was an eye doctor that just moved to Tulsa then), John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Allen Tupas, Madhu Koduri (associated with the "Indian table tennis club" in Tulsa - a "club" Alex has been going to), Ted Hill.
Monday - 8-19-13
Dawson - 13 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Michael Barns, Obie Bryant, Tom Jourdan, Madhu Koduri, Bob Kyker, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez, Jack Zanger.
Sunday - 8-18-13
Ray Pestridge and Glendale Markwell interview by a Cleveland, Ohio reporter on their winning gold in doubles in the National Senior Games held in August, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The interview starts at 9 min 33 seconds and ends at 13 min 19 seconds.
This link is also posted on the club's You tube web page.
 
Thursday - 8-15-13
Dawson - 14 players.
Robert Blessum, Peter Buscemi jr, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Amol Mudhale, Nestor Prato, Fernado Prato, Jason Taylor, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez., Mats Johansson.
Wed - 8-14-13
From the Okla City web site:
Going Away Party for Alan and MoMo
I know it is late notice, but Alan and MoMo will be leaving us later this month.  Since things will surely be hectic later, we decided to throw them a going away party (Despedida where I grew up!) this Sunday.
Where:  OKCTT Club
When:  Sunday, August 18 – from noon till 5:00p.m.
Details:  Not so much…  We want to get food catered, but arrangements are still pending.  If you want to bring a treat or something, please do!  If you want to bring a gift, do so.  If you don’t, come anyway!  There is about a 100% chance that Table Tennis shenanigans will break out.  Bring your TT clothes and shoes – or whatever heckling equipment you prefer.
Sorry for the late notice, but things kind of sneak up on me sometimes!
Tuesday - 8-13-13
Bixby - 9 players.
Jason Taylor - joined the club tonight !, Alex Tupas, Allen Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Martin Ndengang, Ted Hill, Greg McCann, Tom Jourdan.
Monday - 8-12-13
Dawson - 12 players.
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 8-8-13
Dawson - 8 players
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi Jr, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Nestor Prato, Jason Taylor.
Tuesday - 8-6-13
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Madhu Koduri (been in Tulsa since 1992) and John Davis (knows Keegan)
Jason Taylor, Kelly Boyce, Martin Ndengang, John Moore, Keegan Sequeira, Johnny McClanahan, Greg McCann.
Monday - 8-5-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Sunday - 8-4-13
14 You Tube videos added (courtesy of Johnny McClanahan) of the 1-26-2013 Sooner Games - videos of Bob Kyker, Alex Tupas,  Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Windfred Addy, Alan Ting, Charlie Gann.
 
Thursday - 8-1-13
Dawson - 12 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Burns, Peter Buscemi, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, Keegan Sequeira, Jason Taylor, Omar Yepez, Martin Ndengang, Luis Carvajal
Tuesday - 7-30-13
Bixby - 10 players.
John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Martin Ndengang, Jason Taylor, Greg McCann, Ted Hill, Brian Flinn, Doug Ivanoff, Sean Parker.
Monday - 7-29-13
Dawson - 13 players.
Johnny McClanahan. Obie Bryant, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez, Mike Hamby, Nestro Prato, Fernando Prato, Hamid Ezzat, John Davis, Keegan Sequeira, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger, Kyle Sanchez
Monday - 7-29-13
ORU training camp - by Greg McCann. This Saturday - 8-3-13
 
Thursday - 7-25-13
Dawson - 12 players.
4 first time out players - Hossein Kalami, Jason Taylor, Steve Duggar (from Indiana), Thai Diep (Muskogee).
8 regulars - Darrell Lucht (Muskogee), Michael Burns, Peter Buscemi, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Nestor Prato, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Wed - 7-24-13
 Bob Kyker and Ray Pestridge are both going to the National Seniors tournament this weekend in Ohio.
Bob will not be playing this Thursday, Monday or next Thursday.
Tuesday - 7-23-13
Bixby - 12 players
Ray Pestridge, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, John Moore, Keegan Sequeira, Chris Park, Ted Hill, Jason Taylor, Martin Ndengang, Greg McCann.
Monday - 7-22-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Thursday - 7-18-13
Dawson - 12 players
1 first time out player - Matt Maggard
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Peter Buscemi jr, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby,Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jesus Sanchez, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez.
Tuesday - 7-16-13
Bixby - 12 players.
Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Jason Taylor (2nd time out), Martin Ndengang, Hamid Ezzat, Keegan Sequeira (hits the ball as hard as Stephen), John Davis, Brian Flinn (playing very well), Sean Parker, Doug Ivanoff, John Moore, Greg McCann.
Monday - 7-15-13
Dawson - 11 players.
2 first  time out players - Hernan Rincon and Jesus Sanchez (both know Omar).
Michael Barns, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Glendale Markwell, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Sunday - 7-14-13
4 You Tube videos have been added to the You Tube page.
2 videos of Johnny McClanahan and David Correa playing Muse in March and 1 of Sina Asadallahi losing to Richard McAfee at Hutchinson in April, 2013.
 
Sunday - 7-14-13
4 pics of Johnny McClanahan and David Correa at the BOK center of the Muse tournament on 3-10-13 taken by the radio station's photographer added to the photo's page.
Sunday - 7-14-13
12 pics from the 6-29-13 Sooner games have been added to the photos page of Peter Buscemi, Ty Johnson, Garrett Queens, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang - (pics by Fernando).
Thursday - 7-11-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Michael Barns, Peter Buscemi Jr., David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Chuck Urasaki, Omar Yepez.
Tuesday - 7-9-13
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Jason Taylor
Martin Ndengang, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Ted Hill, John Moore.
Monday - 7-8-13
Dawson - 9 players
2 first time out players - Jeff Williams, Michael Barns
Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Monday - 7-8-13
Stephen and Kelly will be going to the Topeka, Kansas tournament on 7-20 (since the Abilene tournament got cancelled).
Sunday - 7-7-13
From an email from George Taplin dated 7-7-13:
I regret to inform you that the Wild Bill Hickok Shootout  will not be held on 13 July
We have had a number of  conflicts and limited entries. 
We will look for a better date in the late  summer or early fall. 
Thank you for your interest and we hope to have a  bigger and better tourney at a later date!  George Taplin
Thursday - 7-4-13

Dawson - no play. - July 4.

Wed - 7-3-13
It is confirmed that Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce will be going to the Abiliene, Kansas tournament on 7-13-13.
We will leave Friday afternoon (with Stephen's kids) and return Sunday.
Tuesday - 7-2-13
Bixby - 7 players.
Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Tom Jourdan, Chris Park, Martin Ndengang, John Moore, Brian Flinn.
Tuesday 7-2-13
The Wild Bill Hickock tournament in Abilene, Kansas is July 13th, 2013. Potential players are Stephen Ackart & Kelly Boyce. 

Monday - 7-1-13
Dawson - 9 players
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez. Note - no play on Thursday - July 4.
Sunday - 6-30-13
Results at-a-glance of the Sooner Games held Saturday - 6-29-13  (from Fernando):
Quick Medal Breakdown (Format is "Event: Gold, Silver, Bronze”)
TT01 U1100 Singles: Peter Buscemi,    Kathleen Fitzgerald,      Ty Johnson
TT02 U1300 Singles: Peter Buscemi,    Simeon Duran,              Ty Johnson
TT03 U1500 Singles: David Correa,       Linda Piatt,                      Peter Buscemi
TT04 U1750 Singles: Nestor Prato,        David Correa,                 Jeffrey Waters
TT05 U2000 Singles: Carl Miller II,         Robert Kyker,                 Jerry Mao
TT06 Open Singles:   Alan Ting,              Douglas Marks,            Carl Miller II
.
TT07 U3000 Doubles: John Gillette/Ronny Young, Peter Buscemi/Martin Ndengang, Linda Piatt/David Correa
TT08 U3800 Doubles: Ray Pestridge/Robert Kyker, Scott Ryan/Danya Budiman, Douglas Marks/Jeffrey Waters
.
PP02 Singles: Ronny Young, John Gillette, Logan Watson
PP03 Over 50 Singles: John Gillette, Ronny Young, Logan Watson*
PP04 Under 18 Singles: Logan Watson
* Logan was only entrant in U18, so he was put in the Over 50 to get additional matches.
Sunday - 6-30-13
The following is from an email from Britt Salter (president of the Okla City club) on the tournament yesterday.
I have the results for the Summer SSG up on our site.  Overview on Front Page and the Draw sheets are on the Tournament Page.
Peter Buscemi and David Correa both had strong tournaments! 
David has been overdue to play like he can.  I think he got a little tired later in the day and lost a couple close matches, but really seemed to be on his game. He won the U1500 without losing a game - and it was a 7-man RR!  He advanced to the finals in U1750 - beating Tiffany Tran and John Raunikar on the way.  Nestor Jose (Prato) took him down in the finals, but it was a closer match than the score card showed. 

I doubt Peter will be eligible for U1300 again - U1100 is WAY OUT!  He played great!  He was patient enough, but aggressive when possible.  His consistency and focus allowed him to dominate U1100 and U1300.  He lost zero games!  Note that Simeon Duran was playing in the U1300 and is pretty solid - losing only 1 game to anyone not named Peter.  Peter lost only to David Correa and Linda Piatt in U1500 and both of them were playing very well.
Thursday - 6-27-13
Dawson - 10 players
Shola Ademoye, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Omar Yepez.
Tuesday - 6-25-13
Bixby - 8 players.
Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Tom Jourdan, Don Tiger, Ted Hill, Chris Park.
Monday - 6-24-13
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Emmanuel Effiong
Shola Ademoye, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Thursday - 6-20-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Peter Buscemi Jr, Mike Hamby, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Tuesday - 6-18-13
Bixby - 4 players
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
Monday - 6-17-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Blake Nelson, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez.
Monday - 6-17-13
Players going to the Wesleyan tournament this weekend in Ft. Worth - Stephen Ackart and David Correa.
Note - David lives in a 2500 sq ft house. Stephen will go up Friday and spent the night at Davids house.
Thursday - 6-13-13
Dawson - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Shola Ademoye (from Nigeria and lives in Broken Arrow).
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez.
Thursday - 6-13-13
What does the insurance our club has through the USATT cover (it does not cover equipment) ?

From: Kevin V. Joyce [mailto:kjoyce@loomislapann.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:37 AM
To: Kelly Boyce
Cc: 'Andrew Horn'
Subject: RE: This is Kelly Boyce with the Tulsa Table Tennis club

The USATT has two policies that protect the national governing body, its members and member clubs.

The first is an excess accident policy. If a member in good standing is injured during a supervised practice or sanctioned event then they may file a claim for their injury. Their primary medical insurance would respond first then the excess would respond. If they do not have any primary coverage then their USATT excess medical would become primary after the deductible is met. Again, they must be a current member of USATT and the activity must be a scheduled/supervised practice or sanctioned event being hosted by the member club.

The second is the commercial general liability policy. Basically, USATT member clubs are leasing school gyms, community centers, park and rec facilities, church halls, etc. to host scheduled practice, play and sanctioned events conducted by the club. The facility owners want to make sure the clubs have liability insurance in place before they lease to them. Often, they will require the club to present a Certificate of Insurance as proof. General Liability provides coverage to members from claims made by negligent acts accidentally committed resulting in bodily injury, personal and advertising injury or property damage. It does not provide that facility with 24 hour coverage when the USATT member club is not hosting a supervised practice or sanctioned event. And, it will not cover damage to, theft of or vandalism of your personal property such as the actual tables, flooring, paddles, etc.

Tuesday - 6-11-13
Hamid was talking about his match with a 2200 player he played last weekend at the Springfield tournament.
Hamid lost the first game but won the next 2 games and was up 8-6 when his opponent pulled out the Carl Miller playbook of psychological tactics (in a good way) and stopped the game and, well, you need to ask Hamid what happened next.
Tuesday - 6-11-13
Bixby - 5 players
1 first time out player - Shola Ademoye - from Nigeria and lives in Broken Arrow. Knows how to play. Hits the ball very hard.
1 hasn't been out in years player - Betty Bermudez (just got married 3 weeks ago)
Hamid Ezzat, Ted Hill, Kelly Boyce.
Tuesday - 6-11-13
Dawson - we are having a problem with the door locking.
Anyone with any info email me or talk to Bob.
Tuesday - 6-11-13
The Sooner games are coming up in 2 1/2 weeks.
Are any Tulsa players planning on going?
If so, email me or let Bob know so Tulsa can start planning rides.
Monday - 6-10-13
Dawson - 6 players
Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez
Thursday - 6-6-13
Sad news (and good news at the same time) to report.
David Correa has taken a job in Okla City.
Thursday - 6-6-13
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Chuck Urasaki, Omar Yepez, Tom Jourdan.
Wed - 6-5-13
3 Tulsa players going to the Springfield tournament this weekend:
Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, David Correa.
Tuesday - 6-4-13
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Abraham Bogale (knows Martin).
Martin Ndengang (playing very well), Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Mats Johansson, Chris Park, Ted Hill, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 6-3-13
Dawson - 10 players.
David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby (renewed his membership!), Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Thursday - 5-30-13
Dawson - 10 players (big storm hit Tulsa at 5:15 PM that caused a tornado in Broken Arrow).
1 first time out player - Charles Gann (from the Okla City club and he went to the Hutchinson tournament on May 18.).
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
Tuesday - 5-28-13
Bixby - 15 players.
Bo Nam (he is leaving to go back to South Korea for sure), John Ko (knows Bo), Kelly Boyce, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Chris Park, Blake Nelson (a student of Ray's - drove up with Ray), David Correa, Martin Ndengang (still busy with school), Ty Johnson (another student of Ray's), Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Don Tiger, Ted Hill (Ted in now a true table tennis player - he has 3 paddles and he is trying out different rubbers on different blades!).
Monday - 5-27-13
Dawson - Memorial Day. No players.
Saturday - 5-25-13
David Correa emailed his report on the Hutchinson tournament held 5-18-13 (from an Iphone text message dated Friday - 5-24).
I started off early Saturday morning.
I got out of bed at 3:00 am and jumped in the shower to wake up and on the road to another table tennis tournament.
I stopped in Wichita for breakfast to get energy for the day.
Ahead arrived early as I usually do.
7:30 am visited with Guy and meet the other players from Hutchinson.
Carl Miller and I did some warm up drills.
The draws were posted but there were some late changes due to Richard Macafee not playing
Now my first draw was Carl Miller and Homer Roman
I lost 3-0 to Carl a very tricky player with really good serves.
Then Homer beat Carl.
I then played Homer which was also a very good tournament  player and gave him every thing I had but after getting even at 2-2 he wanted the win more.
So now the final round robins begin with seven players in my group.
I met 3 very skilled players: Lin Lin from Emporia, Sunny Sun from Hutchinson and Charles Gann the third powerful left hand looper from OKC.
After winning my matches with Nicole Schultz ,Gary Schuff and Adam, I ended up 5-1.
Got revenge on Lin Lin for beating me last year.
Charles Gann was my loss this time.
In the Metzers got the match of the day, a rematch with the up and coming Charles Gann.
After rethinking my game plan we had a competitive match of table tennis smashes, loops, counter hits and spinny serves with good returns.
It felt really good to win this match 3-1.
Last event of the day was doubles.
I teamed up with Mark Hukills from Hutchinson after winning our first 3 matches.
We fell to Kelly Boyce and Steven Ackart .
It was a fun day of table tennis and good to see all of my pongin friends.
Congratulations to our very own 2008 and 2013 undefeated Champion Kelly Boyce
Thursday - 5-23-13
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi Jr., David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Jim Stewart, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez, Jim Zink.
Thursday - 5-23-13
David Correa has not sent in his write up of the Hutchinson tournament on 5-18.
Bob Kyker, please bar David from playing at Dawson until he sends in his article.
Thursday - 5-23-13
Hutchinson Tourney
Stephen Ackart
Well it was a day of second place for me, which isn't a bad thing considering I gained quite a bit of points during this tournament. While there was a relatively small crowd (17 players), the competition was HUGE! The top 8 seeds were all within 200 points within each other. It was anybody's tournament to win.

My First round robin was with myself (1637), Lin Lin (1242) & Guy Hendrickson (1808). I had the pleasure of sitting the first match and watching a WAY underrated 1200 player take an 1800 player to 5. Guy squeaked out with a win but Lin Lin was on fire! I had to play Lin the next round and had a very fun match, winning 3-1. Then it was onto Guy Hendrickson. He beat me in 4 this round, but I would have my revenge!

Having one loss, this put me into the A group. There I met a 5 man round robin with Myself (1637), George Taplin (1637), Peter Lawrence (1696), Cole Ely (1582) & Carl Miller II (1878). I started with a very tricky George Taplin, whom I have known for a few years now and is our own Bob Kyker's doubles partner in most senior events. I won this match 3-1. My next match ws against Mr. Lawrence. He is a very consistent player and I luckily beat him in 5. I went onto play Cole Ely, who has always played me very close and it goes back and forth on wins. This time I got him in 5. Then onto the mischievous Carl Miller. I feel like I played very well, even though I lost in the 5th. For now... All in all, I got 2nd place in the A class since Peter beat Carl and he got the tie breaker win.

The next event was the Metzger's 3x3. The first round I had Me (1637), Cole Ely (1582) & Carl Miller II (1878). My first match with Cole took a bad turn in my favor. He ended up beating me in 4. Then I witnessed Cole play the best game I have ever seen him play. He eventually beat Carl Miller. Then I get to try and take the role of the Dragon Slayer as well. I FINALLY beat Carl Miller in the 5th! First time ever after playing him many years! I was pumped and with 1 loss, went into group B. Here I met George Taplin(1637) & Guy Hendrickson (1808). I went on to beat George again in 4 and then got to play Guy. I Avenged my loss earlier to go on and beat Guy in a close 5 games. With my singles events complete and avenging my losses, I went onto doubles a happy man! Me and Kelly got 2nd in Open doubles.
Tuesday - 5-21-13
Bixby - 9 players.
4 first time out players - Jeff Wollmershauser, Lina Wollmershauser, Jerad Sullivan, Casey Roberts (they all play ping pong together).
Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, David Correa, Tom Jourdan
Monday - 5-20-13
Hutchinson tournament held 5-18-13 article by Kelly Boyce.
Let's start with the free food that Guy's wife and daughter prepared for all the players.
They made 2 kinds of cookies and brownies and fresh fruit and some really tasty sandwiches that were perfect for the tournament - not too heavy and not too light, a dip with chips and maybe something else I forgot about.
Guy Hendrickson started the tournament by saying how he did not realize when he scheduled this tournament (he normally has the tournament in April but could not get the gym), that it was graduation night for most of the colleges in Hutchinson and Wichita.
As a result of this the tournament had 17 players.
But it was a very high level of players.
There was 5 players 1800 range.
There was 3 player 1600 range.
There was 3 players 1500 range.
2 players from Colorado (Kyle Angeles - 1896), (Joshua Harris - 1869), 3 from Tulsa - Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, David Correa, 1 from Okla City (Charles Gann - 1482), 1 from Wichita (Peter Lawrence - 1696), 1 from Abilene (George Taplin - 1657)
Richard McAfee was there but did not play and he was coaching Kyle and Joshua.
From Hutchinson were Carl Miller (1878) and Guy Hendrickson (1808).
There were 6 tables set up, all Stiga.
Stephen Ackart had a very good tournament beating Carl Miller and Guy Hendrickson and came in 2nd in the Class A and 2nd in the Class B Metzgers!
His rating will easily be in the 1700's.
In the doubles event Kyle and Joshua and Guy did not play. For 1st place, Carl Miller with Charles Gann beat Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce who came in 2nd.
After the 1st round robin singles the top 5 players in the Champion round robin singles were:
Kyle Angeles (1896)
Joshua Harris (1869)
Kelly Boyce (1834)
Guy Hendrickson (1808)
Homer Roman (1561) (who beat Carl Miller in the first round robin).
At this point I am going to write this next part in the Larry Buell style (ie from a mostly personal point of view).
In the Championship final round robin, I first played Guy and won in 3.
I next played Joshua Harris who used long pips on the backhand and short pips on the forehand.
Joshua was being closely coached by Richard McAfee.
Joshua, after every game, would go and talk to Richard for a minute or 2.
He was also being video taped by Richard's wife (I assume she was his wife).
Against Joshua I won in 4 games.
Next I played Homer Roman and had a very difficult time with his style of game but I did win this match (I had to play ugly to win this, sorry Homer).
My last match (and the last match of the Championship round robin) was against Kyle Angeles who was also being coached closely by Richard.
Kyle used long pips on the backhand and spinny rubber on the forehand and has a great forehand drive.
I played my normal topspin game by top spinning  every forehand and backhand and he beat me 11-1.
Kyle then went to Richard to talk about the game while I stood in my court figuring out what to do next against this formidable player and coach team. 
While I was thinking, David Correa motioned to me to come and talk to him.
David gave me some advice on what to do.
At this point I realized it was team Tulsa, David and I against the famous coach Richard and his top player (ie, team Colorado).
Now I know that David does not have the coaching credentials of Richard or the experience of Richard or have coached a lot of players that have gone on top positions in the USA like Richard, but David was all I had.
The advice David gave me got me to thinking and I modified his advice and totally changed by game by hitting one topspin shot and then one backspin shot so that Kyle didn't know what shot I was going to make next
(this will go into my playbook as a "modified Ray Pestridge" strategy - never let your opponent know what stroke you are going to do until a half-second after you do it )
(a true "Pestridge" strategy would be never let your opponent know where the ball is going to land until half a second after you hit the ball).
This strategy worked and I beat him the next 3 games to win the Championship event without a single loss.
I then played in the Metzgers round robin and did not lose a match there either.
Which means I had a really good tournament and did not lose a single match (except the final doubles match).
 
Monday - 5-20-13
Update on the Hutchinson Tournament held 5-18-13:
Kelly Boyce will write a short article later.
Hopefully, Stephen Ackart and David Correa (David - I know you have time to do this) will also write up something about their matches and etc.
Monday - 5-20-13
Dawson - 3 players
Big storm hit Tulsa at 5:30, the same storm that created the large tornado that hit Moore, south of Okla city and killed 24 people.
Alex Tupas, David Correa, Don Tiger (David and Don are going to the US Open in July).
Thursday - 5-16-13
Dawson - 7 players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Tom Jourdan, Kyle Sanchez, Jim Stewart, Don Tiger, Jim Zink.
Tuesday - 5-14-13
Bixby - 7 players
John Moore, John Cai, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, 2 friends of Brians.
Monday - 5-13-13
Dawson - 12 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Jonathan Almaquer, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez.
Friday - 5-10-13
Tulsa players going to the Hutchinson tournament next weekend:
David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
Thursday - 5-9-13
Dawson - 13 players.
Stephen Ackart, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Adam Davsko, Tom Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Jim Stewart, Don Tiger. Omar Yepez, Jim Zink.
Tuesday - 5-7-13
Bixby - 7 players.
1 first time out player - Tom Jourdan (a dentist that lives in Vinita).
David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Don Tiger, Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Chris Park.
Other news; Players planning on going to the Hutchinson tournament next weekend - David Correa only.
Tuesday - 5-7-13
From Fernando Prato:
David Correa, Nestor Prato, & Don Tiger will be playing in the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, NVfrom 07-02-13 to 07-07-13.
This event brings 700+ players from all over the world!!!Entry deadline is05-11-13!!! or $75 late feeon 05-18-13

If you need more info check:
http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Events/2013/July/02/2013-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships.aspx


Monday -5-6-13
Dawson - 9 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, David Correa, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Omar Yepez.
 
Thursday - 5-2-13

Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Jim Stewart, Don Tiger, Omar Yepez, Jim Zink.
Other news: Hamid started his new software program to keep track of the Dawson fees.

Tuesday - 4-30-13
Bixby - 14 players
1 first time out player - Darin Gwartney
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge, John Moore, Mats Johansson, Melvin Norton, John Cai, Ted Hill.
Also, Stellan and Angie were out giving private lessons to Hamid Ezzat, Johnny McClanahan and someone that I did not get their name. Stellan and Angie will be going to Okla City on Wed.
Monday - 4-29-13
Dawson - info to follow later
Thursday - 4-25-13
Dawson - info to follow later
Wed - 4-24-13
Dear Friends! Here is an update on the Stellan camp.
Tulsa Camp Starts Saturday Apr 27, 08:30 AM
Saturday, Sunday and Monday 8:30 Am to 5:00 Pm with a 2,5 hour break.

On Tuesday and Wednesday 5Pm to 9Pm Stellan and Angie are offering private lessons  
Stellan $80/hour and Angie $50/hour. there are only 3 spots left open. If you want to book one of these remaining lessons email me.
mats747200@hotmail.com
 
On Thursday there will be a coaching clinic in Oklahoma City with Stellan for you that is interested in teaching the game of Table Tennis. He will share coaching techniques and how to analyze a student. He will help you take the game apart in small pieces that is easy to train and then put the pieces back together to a complete game. This will start at noon and end at 5Pm. The cost is $150 for the day. Let me know if you are interested in this.

During the coaching clinic I believe Angie will be available fo private lessons. Email me if you want to book a lesson.

Oklahoma City Camp starts May 3, 08:30Am

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30Am to 5:00Pm with a 2,5 hour break.

We have people coming from out of town to both these camps, if you have room and an extra bed for any of the guests that are coming in  from other cities let me know. I know it would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has tips on good deals for hotel let me know.

Addresses and info are on the web site:

Tuesday - 4-23-13
Bixby - 7 players
1 first time out player - Josiah Bridges.
David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Ted Hill, John Cai, John Moore, Kyle Ng.
Monday - 4-22-13
Dawson - 15 players
David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Chris Stillwell, Don Tiger, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez, Jack Zanger
Sunday - 4-21-13
Update on the Dry Gulch, USA ping pong tournament that Alex Tupas and David Correa went to yesterday - 4-20-13:
There were 64 players and Alex and David won it.
Sunday - 4-21-13
Write up on the Oklahoma City tournament held yesterday - 4-20-13 - by Kelly Boyce.
There were 18 players - all from Oklahoma City and Tulsa (and one player from Arizona who was in town at a conference).
(no players from Texas or Kansas or Arkansas).
The 5 Tulsa players were - Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Mats Johansson and Peter Buscemi (from Locust Grove).
Peter drove up Friday (with his large family), Hamid drove up Friday night and Kelly, Stephen and Mats drove together Saturday morning.
The first round robin had 3 groups of 6 players.
The top 2 finishers went on to a round robin called the Championship round robin, the #3 and #4 players went to the Class A round and the bottom 2 players went to Class B.
In the Championship round robin were Winfred Addy, Alan Ting, Doug Marks, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
Alan Ting won this event with no losses, Winfred Addy came in 2nd with one lose to Alan Ting, Doug Marks came in 3rd with loses to Alan and Winfred only !.
Hamid Ezzat came in 4th with loses to Windfred, Alan and Doug.
Kelly Boyce came in 5th with only one win and that was over Stephen Ackart (went 5 games but the overly experienced Kelly proved once again to Stephen that experience trumps raw unabated power (will he ever learn).
Stephen Ackart came in 6th with no wins (but he said he was happy to be there).
Mats Johansson was in the same 1st round robin group as Stephen Ackart and each had the same win-loss record - 3 wins and 2 losses (don't ask Stephen about the 900 rated player who beat him).There was some discussion as to who would go on to the Championship round robin and who would go to the A round robin group since Stephen and Mats had the same win-loss record.
Mats thought it would be decided by the total # of games won between Mats and Stephen overall.
But Britt Salter said it would come down to who won between the 2 of them (and Stephen beat Mats in the round robin).
In the A round robin, Mats came in 2nd and Si-Dung Lam came in 1st.
The 2 round robin events ended around 4:30 PM and then the doubles began.
In the Doubles event, there were 3 round robin groups of 3 teams (9 teams total) with only the top team going on to a final round robin event.
The 3 teams in the final round robin were: Hamid Ezzat and Mats Johansson, Alan Ting and Tiffany and Kelly Boyce and Stephen Ackart.
Hamid and Mats won the doubles, Alan and Tiffany came in 2nd and Kelly and Stephen came in 3rd.
  
(After the tournament, Stephen and Kelly ate at the Golden Corral off I-240 and Western - the best Golden Corral in Oklahoma).
  
Friday - 4-19-13
The new playing fee goes for the electric bill and equipment upkeep and updates.
The plan is to go to a mandatory (has been ok to pay later up to now) playing fee starting may 1st.
All players at Dawson or Bixby will be required to be members ($40/yr), first month free as before, due on annual basis from date joining the club.
All active players will be required to pay annually on their "joined club" date.
 
Thursday - 4-18-13
Dawson - 13 players
Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Alex Huelle, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Charlie Samuels, Don Tiger, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez.
Wed - 4-17-13
Where is the best equipped table tennis/ping pong club in Oklahoma east of Oklahoma City?
In Dry Gulch, USA (just east of Tulsa). Alex and David are going there this weekend for a ping pong tournament.
Owned by Church on the Move. They use Killer Spin Revolution tables and $150 paddles for anyone to use.
Wed - 4-17-13
The truck driver is at Dawson now with our mostly new Butterfly 25 Centerfold table that Hamid bought.
Hamid and David Correa will meet the driver shortly.
The table costs, from Paddle Palace - $2000 delvd for a new one but Hamid bought it at a great price.
This table has been in only 1 tournament and is virtually brand new. No scratches, dings, etc.
Wed - 4-17-13
4 Tulsa players going to the Okla City tournament this weekend.
Hamid and Mats (playing doubles). Kelly and Stephen (playing doubles).
Tuesday - 4-16-13
Bixby - 8 players
Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, John Cai, John Moore, Ted Hill, Gary King.
Other news: Alex Tupas went to a secret ping pong club at 91st and Sheridan. This club serves free wine to all the players. They play doubles only. No one else in the club knows about this club.
Monday - 4-15-13
Dawson - 12 players
Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez.
Other news: only 3 Tulsa players going to the Okla
Monday - 4-15-13
Update on the number of Tulsa players going to the Oklahoma City tournament this weekend - 3 players only - Stephen, Hamid and Kelly.
Sunday - 4-14-13
We still have a few open spots for private lessons with Stellan and Angie.
The price is: Stellan $80/hour and Angie $50/hour.
 
Available with Stellan:
 
April   30, 5-6 Pm 
May    1, Fully booked.
May    2, 8:30-9:30 Am and 10-11 Am
 
Available with Angie:
 
April   30, 5-6 Pm
May    1, 5-6 Pm and 6:30-7:30 Pm
May    2, 7-8 Am, 8:30-9:30 Am and 10-11 Am
 
Let me know if you interested,
Mats
Friday - 4-12-13
Hi friends, I am pleased to announce that the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Table Tennis Camps have been confirmed with Stellan and Angie Bengtsson.
I will be updating the website and we still have room for 4 more in the Oklahoma City Camp.
During the days between the two camps, Stellan and Angie will be available for private lessons.
If you are interested in that opportunity, please email me.
The payments for the camps are due, please send a check as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
Please finish your registration by clicking the "Register Now" and filling out the form. Please make all the checks payable to Mats Johansson and post them to "4981 S 202nd E Ave, Broken Arrow, OK 74014
Sincerely,
Mats
Thursday - 4-11-13
Dawson - 19 players.
Jonathan Almaquer, Obie Bryant, Peter Buscemi Jr., David Correa, Marty Dukes, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez, Jack Zanger, Jim Zink.
Tuesday - 4-9-13
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Gary King (in-law to Ted Hill).
Alex Tupas (renewed his membership!), Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Chris Park, Stefan Denis, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill.
Monday - 4-8-13
Dawson - 16 players.
Ty Johnson joined the club tonight !
Stephen Ackart, Johathan Almaquer, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Glendale Markwell, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Charlie Walter, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez.
Other info: tonight is the finals of the NCAA college championship that starts at 8:00 PM at Atlanta, Georgia.
Monday - 4-8-13
The Oklahoma City tournament is now less than 2 weeks away.
Anyone planning on going, please let Bob Kyker know tonight (so we can post it on this blog).
So far only 3 Tulsa players are known to be going - Hamid Ezzat, Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce.
Thursday - 4-4-13
Dawson - 18 players.
3 first time out players - Marty Dukes, Alex Huelle, Charlie Walter.
15 regulars - Jim Zink and Jim Stewart joined the club!! Johathan Almaquer (2nd time out), Obie Bryant, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Ty Johnson, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez.
Sunday - 4-7-13
Bob Kyker is trying to decide if Dawson should buy an $1100 Stiga Expert Roller from Paddle Palace.
Thursday - 4-4-13
Friends, We are getting close but we are still short for the Stellan Oklahoma City camp (May 3rd - 5th). We need at least 4 more participants and we can accept up to 8 more.

      Please spread the word as time is short and we are depending on 4 more participants in the OKC camp
If BOTH camps are not full- then, unfortunately neither of the camps will take place. 

      We are still taking participants (reserve) for the Tulsa camp.

      Here is the link to our site for registration : http://tt.gladius.us/
     (Please either use the "Register Now" button, or scroll to the bottom of the site to fill out the form.)

Sincerely,
Mats Johansson
Tuesday - 4-2-13
Bixby - 13 players 
3 first time out players - Obie Bryant (lives in Glenpool), John Go, Mr. Choi (both knows Bo)
Matt Dyer (works at the center but was off tonight), Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Bo Nam, Chris Park, John Moore, John Cai, Melvin Norton, Jack Hannah, Ted Hill.
Other news; 3 tulsa players planning on going to the Okla city on 4-20 - Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
(Alex Tupas and John Moore will not be going).
Monday - 4-1-13
Dawson - 17 players
2 first time out players - Gamal Hugger, Ty Johnson
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Michael Kelly, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez.
Friday - 3-29-13
Attention: Deadline April 2nd!!!!!
Dear Table Tennis friends,
We have a rare opportunity to have former World Champion and World Class Coach, Stellan Bengtsson and his wife Angie who is a former US Champion coming to Oklahoma for clinics.
The plan is to have them in Tulsa on April 27,28, and 29th and in Oklahoma City on May 3, 4 and 5th. If there is enough interest there will also be a coaching clinic on one of the days in between the two training clinics for anyone who is interested in coaching others.
Stellan and Angie are very excited about coming to Oklahoma.

And if you are not already familiar with who Stellan and Angie are, I have added some information of their achievements on the bottom of this letter.

To reach your full potential as a Table Tennis player you need a coach that you can trust to see things in your game, that are difficult for yourself to see. Oftentimes we have no problem spending big money on equipment we believe in and sometimes we neglect good coaching that might improve our game much more than any equipment can do.

Please spread the word about this upcoming event and let's not miss this opportunity.As it is right now, we are a few participants short in Tulsa, and Oklahoma City has several openings that needs to be filled in order for this event to take place. If we don't have enough participants by the 2nd of April, we will have to cancel this clinic. Each clinic is $ 300.00 and anyone who participates all six days will receive $ 100.00 discount. I have talked with several people who are interested in participating but are unable to attend all days due to work etc. I have offered these people to share a spot with another participant and we will do that in order to fill up both clinics.

If you want to participate, I need to hear from you no later than April 2nd. My email address is mats747200@hotmail.com and my phone number is 918-851-5885, But I am only available for phone conversation up until March 31st, after that I will be out of the country until April 3rd. If you have already told me that you are interested in participating, please reconfirm with an email.

Thanks,
Mats Johansson


Stellan Bengtsson

is the 1971 Men’s Singles World Champion. He is also the holder of 67 International Titles including the 1973 World’s Doubles and Team Championships, and 7 European Championships. Here is a short list of his accomplishments:
1971 World Men’s Singles Champion (youngest in history at age 18)
1973 World Men’s Doubles Champion (with Kjell Johansson)
1973 World Men’s Team Champion
7-times European Champion (1-time Singles in 1972, 1-time Doubles in 1976, 5-times Team)
24 medals at World and European Championships
65 International Titles in Singles, Doubles and Teams
25-times Swedish National Championships (7-times Singles)

Angie Rosal Bengtsson

was a prominent table tennis player and at one time was ranked #1 and #2 in the US, is a 4-time Womens Doubles Champion, a former USA Team Member, and twice a US Singles runner-up. Here are some of her other accomplishments:
City Champion
State Champion
10 times US National Champion
Represented the USA at the World Championships (1972 and 1973)
7 years coaching at the Falkenberg Table Tennis Club in Sweden
Sports Identification in Qatar
Toured the U.S. as member of the U.S. Women’s Team (1967)

Her Hall of Fame Inductions

American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted in 1973)
USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996)
California Table Tennis Hall of Fame
San Diego Table Tennis Hall of Fame

Coaching Career of Stellan Bengtsson

3 years ATSV in Saarbrucken, Germany
2 years Super Donic in Berlin, Germany
4 years Swedish National Team
5 years Danish National Team
15 years Falkenberg Table Tennis Club in Sweden
1 year Aspire Sports Academy in Doha, Qatar

Players Coached by Stellan Bengtsson

Jorgen Persson
Jan-Ove Waldner
Peter Karlsson
Erik Lindh
Michael Maze (Denmark)
Steffen Fetzner (Germany)
Colum Slevin (Ireland)
Jimmy Butler (USA)

Our philosophy

is to improve the individual with our touch. Every player should feel we are their personal coach. Stellangie presents, for the first time in the United States, a World Champion Training Experience.
Feel free to contact Stellan and Angie at: stellangie@hotmail.com
Friday - 3-29-13
Hi everyone!
I created a website for two training camps featuring Stellan Bengtsson, a former World Champion and World Class Coach, along with his wife Angie who is a former US Champion. The camps will be held in Oklahoma.
The registration form is on the website. Please fill out the form if you are interested.
Also, I would really appreciate if you spread the word to others who might be interested in attending any of the camps. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Here is the website:
Sincerely, Mats Johansson
Thursday - 3-28-13
Dawson - 20 players.
1 first time out player - Jonathan
Hamid Ezzat, Adam Davsco, David Correa, Jeff Notley, Jim Zink, Jim Stewart, Don Tiger, Mats Johansson, Mike Hamby,  Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Charlie Samuels, Kyle Sanchez, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez, Chris Stillwell, 3 other players.

Wed - 3-27-13
Bob Kyker went to Pryor and checked out the new Pryor table tennis coach.
Bob's report will follow later with a picture.
Tuesday - 3-26-13
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Charlie Samuels (lives in Glenpool) (and stayed until closing tonight ! )
John Cai, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Melvin Norton, Matt (from the Bixby Center)
Bohyun Nam (this is Bo's last day in the USA - he is going back to South Korea).
Other news: Hamid will be going to the Okla city tournament on April 20.
Monday - 3-25-13
Dawson - 14 players
Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Chris Stillwell, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez.
Thursday - 3-21-13
Dawson - 16 players
Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Bo Nam, Jim Stewart, Chris Stillwell, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepea, Jim Zink.
Tuesday - 3-19-13
Bixby - 8 players
Jim French, Ray Pestridge, Mats Johansson, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Don Tiger, John Moore, Johnny McClanahan.
Other news: Bob Kyker said he would go up to Pryor on Sunday and check out the table tennis instructor.
Tuesday - 3-19-13

The club just got a phone call from the Pryor Recreation center (Pryor is 1 hour northeast from Tulsa).
They have a table tennis instructor and wanted to know how to become a nationally recognized club (ie join the USATT).
(I did ask, "did you say you have a table tennis instructor in Pryor, Ok" and she said "yes" )
(As more info become available, it will be posted here).

Monday - 3-18-13
Dawson - no Bob, no info yet.
Monday - 3-18-13
From Roland Harrison, president of the Bartlesville Table Tennis Club:
Thanks for letting us know about the training session, None of our group is able to attend. We are still playing with about 6 members who come fairly regularly. Also enjoy seeing some of my friends in the pictures from the tournaments.
Monday - 3-18-13
From Bob Kyker - "I will not be at dawson this week, grand daughter visiting us".
Sunday - 3-17-13
110 pics of the Oklahoma Sooner Games held 1-26-13 have been added to the Photo's page on the Tulsa Table Tennis Club web site.
78 pics by Johnny McClanahan and 32 pics by Fernando Prato.
Includes many of the table tennis stars of the Oklahoma City club and the Tulsa club (including some from Texas and Kansas).
To view the pics, click here: http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1_categories.asp
Thursday - 3-14-13
Dawson - 19 players
3 first time out players - all OSU med students - Jacob Curley, Zack Hill, Miles Fisher.
Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan (both joined the club tonight !), Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Andrew Paley, Kyle Sanchez, Jim Stewart, Chris Stillwell, Don Tiger, Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez, Jim Zink.
Wed - 3-13-13

Muse concert and ping pong match at the BOK center with the Muse band update from Johnny McClanahan (as told verbally to Kelly Boyce). Note - check back later on this blog entry for added updates/comments that Johnny or David may want to add in.
Robert McKinney did not go to the tourny.
He gave his ticket to David Correa (don't know why Robert did not go).
Only 1 ticket per person.
Going backstage to meet the band required 4 security check points which Johnny and David had to wait 15 minutes at each checkpoint.
The ping pong match started before the concert and they had to play in a hall which was too narrow to play doubles so they  played 2 singles matches to 11 and that was all they did.
David and Johnny did bring their own paddles and did get to play with their own paddles.
There was a group picture of all the players but they did not say how to get the picture the photographer took.
Johnny and David did get a ping pong paddle with Muse on it. It was an very simple type paddle.
There is a You Tube video of the match by entering into a search engine - muse-tulsa- ping pong.
Or you can click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6ay2dlZ7t8
The BOK was about 80% full.

Tuesday - 3-12-13
Bixby - 6 players
Chris Park (joined the club!), Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Cai, Johnny McClanahan.
Monday - 3-11-13
Dawson - 19 players.
2 first time out players - Maurico Yepez, Omar Yepez
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Glendale Markwell, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Damien Osei, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Andrew Paley, Chris Stillwell, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 3-11-13

The Muse concert was last night at the BOK center.
Hopefully, Robert and Johnny will send in an email about what it was like to play the Muse members ping pong.

Friday - 3-8-13
Attn: Marcus Makar - can you email Kelly your email address and phone# for the Bengtsson clinic
Friday 3-8-13

This is Christian Lillieroos who before lived in Oklahoma City for 20 years and I am originally from Sweden where I coached as well. I now since 3 years live in San Diego and have done many sessions with Stellan here in San Diego and before in Sweden.

Stellan is a coach I greatly admire mainly because he never stops learning he constantly updates his knowledge and he is very humble. He truly loves what he does and he cares very much about the players he coaches, and of course he has an incredible experience dealing with World Class players and being a 3 time World Champion himself he has invaluable insight into what it takes to be the best in the World. My experience is that many good players does not necessary become good coaches, but Stellan is the great exception. He has the skills to be a good player and a good coach.

I hope you take the clinic you will learn a lot.

Sincerely

Christian Lillieroos

Thursday - 3-7-13

Stellan Bengtsson and his wife Angie Rosal Bengtsson is offering table tennis lessons/coaching clinic in Tulsa on April 27,28,29.
From Britt Salter, President of the Oklahoma City club:
It is virtually impossible to learn to play at a high level or even relatively high level table tennis without good coaching and lost of GOOD practice.
We do very little that would be considered good practice – largely due to lack of know-how.
Stellan’s vast experience coaching elite and youth players will help us learn to practice better.
On top of that, like all great coaches, Stellan has a knack for spotting "little things” that can greatly help.
I definitely plan to attend, and strongly suggest that anyone interested in really working on their games and improving do so as well.

For the record, I have several friends who have trained with Stellan in California.
All learned a lot and had a fabulous experience.
All strongly recommend Stellan’s coaching to anyone who will listen.

For those of you who don’t know, Stellan is a famous TT Coach from Sweden.
He was World Champion in 1971.
He has numerous World Championship and European Championship medals.
Stellan has coached some "decent” players including Jorgen Persson, Jan-Ove Waldner, Peter Karlsson, Erick Lindh, Michael Maze, and quite a few others.

Angie Rosal Bengtsson, Stellan’s wife, is a multi-time US National Champion and also a fabulous coach.

Together, Stellan and Angie have formed Stellangie – a program that offers superb Table Tennis coaching, clinics, and camps.

The cost for these 3 days would be $300 for coaching 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon.

We need to get at least 12 participants to make it happen. 
Please don’t wait until the last minute!
If we don’t get an adequate response – well before the proposed Camp dates – we will be forced to cancel

If interested, please email Mats Johansson at:

mats747200@hotmail.com

or call Mats at: 918-851-5885.


From Mats Johansson:
I have had the opportunity to train with Stellan and Angie many times, I find it very beneficial.

I am looking forward to share this experience with my fellow club members.


Link to Stellangie - http://www.stellangie.com/

Thursday - 3-7-13
Dawson - 15 players
Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Andrew Paley, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Tuesday - 3-5-13
Bixby- 13 players
Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Jim French, David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Chris Park, Pitt, John Cai, John Moore, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Hamid Ezzat, Ted Hill (joined the club tonight!).
Monday - 3-4-13

Dawson - 19 players.
5 new players - Jim Zink and Jim Stewart (from the Muse tournament - "Jim & Jim" team-  and should have beaten Chris Agimudie and Mats Johansson). Adam Davsko, Richard Garcia, Chris Stillwell (joined the club tonight!).
14 regulars - Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby , Bob Kyker, Robert McKinney, Jeff Notley, Damien Osei, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas.

Monday - 3-4-13
Robert McKinney (co-winner of the Muse tournament) sent in this email for this blog (reformatted by Kelly).
"Thanks to David C. (Correa) for setting me up with a great partner.
Johnny did an awesome job of keeping it away from the attackers and setting me up so I could miss the shot (I had about 5 whiffs...ouch!).
He hit 90% of his offensive shots while I hit maybe 30%, if that.
It was a passive-aggressive game where you couldn't attack the ball off the table and flat hitting was the key when attacking.
Keeping the ball in play and making sure your partner has opportunities was the key.
Johnny was definitely a secret weapon!
This was a fun Ping Pong match and by no means a Table Tennis Tournament!
It is great to see all these faces again.
We really need to setup more of these type Tournaments where we can kick back drink a beer, play pong and not worry about rackets or spin.
This really is good for the game to have public involvement this way.
 
Play Pong and Live Long!
 
Rob McKinney"
Monday - 3-4-13

The club's new email newsletter (by Mail Chimp) is up and running.
Anyone signed up should have rec'd a "2nd test..." email late last night.
If you did not receive the "2nd test ..." email and you think you are signed up, then you will need to sign up again.

Sunday - 3-3-13

Muse tournament - the winner of this 32 team event were the dark horses and most unlikeliest team to win - Johnny McClanahan and Robert McKinney! 2nd place went to Chris Agimudie and Mats Johansson (who came from way behind in their semi-final match against 2 unknown local players). Played at the Baker Street Pub and grill (known for their hidden restrooms, fish and chips and great atmosphere) on one table in the middle of the dining room using paddles supplied from Amini's Galleria.
About 20 -26 players were turned away when the 32 team/64 players limit was reached before 2:00 PM.
Judges Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie and backup judge Kelly Boyce helped keep the order (many players did not know the rules/order of play for doubles).
Games were played to 11, one game per match.
When the final 4 teams were reached, players played one game to 21.
Unknown to everyone, Robert McKinney had a secret weapon as to how he won even though he has not played at the club in over 6 years.
Hamid Ezzat and Kyle Sanchez lost in the semi-finals to Johnny and Robert.
The tournament finished around 5:30 PM.
(how Robert McKinney and Johnny McClanahan pulled off this incredible and unexpected win will be the stuff of legend at the club for years)

Friday - 3-1-13
Last update on the Muse tournament:
Since this a Muse tournament for Muse fans and for the sponsors also (to no small degree), the only paddles that will be used will be the sponsors paddles and other equipment from Amini's Galleria. So everyone show up in your street clothes and have fun. 
Thursday - 2-28-13
Dawson - 16 players.
Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Tom Jourdan, Ouli Jourdan, Bob Kyker, Marcus Maker (a very old timer), Robert McKinney (an old timer), Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Andrew Paley (used to play at Turner Park in the 1980's), Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 2-28-13

Update on the Muse tournament.
How will the 20 to 50 to ? teams entered be reduced to the final 16 teams?
No one knows the answer to this question at this time but my guess is this:
They will put all the names in a hat and draw teams.

Wed - 2-27-13

If you put "muse ping pong" into a search engine you will get alot of videos and info showing where Muse plays ping pong events.
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Ping-Pong-with-Muse-187916161.html

This link above shows what a Muse ping pong tournament is really like.

Wed - 2-27-13

Update on the Muse tournament.
Here is a link to info on the tournament this Saturday.
http://edgetulsa.com/pages/pages.php?page=1651

Amini's is providing their best paddles for this tournament, so as a sponsor of the tournament, their paddles will need to be used (however, you might bring your own in case they relax this requirement).
Also, if you put "muse ping pong" into a search engine (like MSN) you will get alot of videos and info showing where Muse plays ping pong events.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Ping-Pong-with-Muse-187916161.html

This link shows what Muse ping pong is really like.

Tuesday - 2-26-13
Bixby - 9 players.
Jim French, Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge, David Correa, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Bo Nam, Ted Hill.
Tuesday - 2-26-13
Suggestion on the Muse tournament - any Tulsa table tennis club players playing in the ping pong tournament this Saturday should wear street clothes only. No athletic gear.
Tuesday - 2-26-13

Update on the Muse ping pong tournament this Saturday.
To enter the tournament, you have to go by Baker Street anytime and talk to any manager on duty and sign up.

Monday - 2-25-13
Dawson - 5 players planning on playing - Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, David Correa, Nestor Prato.
Friday - 2-22-13

Update on the Muse ping pong tournament at Baker's Street Pub & Grill at 68th and Memorial.
This is how the tournament will work - at 1:30 PM at Baker's Street, they will register the first 16 teams (32 players) that show up. At 2:00 PM play will begin. This event is heavily promoted (so there is no telling how many people are going to show up). The top 4 teams get free tickets to the Muse concert on March 10 at the BOK center.
The judges will be: Stephen Ackart - 2012 Sooner game champion, Nick Agimudie - 3 time Sooner games champion.
For a link to the 104.5 radio station promotion:
http://edgetulsa.com/pages/pages.php?page=1631

 

Thursday - 2-21-13
Dawson - 11 players.
3 first time out players - Tom Jourdan (a dentist from Vinita), Ouli Jourdan (his son), Pedro Garces (from Dallas).
Obie Bryant, David Correa, Lee Finley, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 2-21-13

From: Lisa Vuzzo [mailto:lisavuzzo@shamrocktulsa.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:14 PM
Subject: Judge Request Muse Ping Pong

Thank you for your interest in assisting us with judging for this highly promoted event. We will mention that we have those judges here from "Tulsa Tennis Table Club” at the Remote so that you can get the word out about your organization.

The event will be held at BAKERS STREET – Located at 68th & Memorial a 16 team Doubles Ping Pong Tournament on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013. (1st 16 teams to sign up)

Prize(s): Top 4 teams each win a pair of tickets to MUSE. Winning team wins the right to face 2 members of MUSE in doubles ping pong game backstage at BOK Center before the show on Sunday, March 10th, game is recorded, they get to meet the band and get autographed MUSE ping pong paddles Plus 2 tickets for drawing from registration box. Once in a lifetime experience to play against 1 of the biggest bands in the world!

We would like to have two impartial judges for this tournament the remote times are from 2-4 pm on Saturday March 2 but the tournament may run longer depending on the teams.

We would like them to arrive at the club at 1:30.

We would be willing to provide a nice lunch & beverage for each of them and a guest.

I have included a copy of our rules for the station tournament and I was wondering if you saw anything we might have missed (as we are not Ping Pong Experts ourselves)

Some of the Official rules have been changed to keep the flow of the event going in a timely manner.

If you or any one interested has any questions please feel free to contact me.

Lisa Vuzzo

Special Projects Coordinator

Office: 918.665.3131

Fax: 918.663.6622

Cell: 918.289.5373

lisavuzzo@shamrocktulsa.com

Wed - 2-20-13

The blog database has been reduced in size by 2 years 8 months.
There have been complaints about the long load time on the blog page.
A web page has been created to archive the blog info from June 2009 to Feb 2012.
The new blog database will load much faster now.

Tuesday - 2-19-13
Bixby - 7 players
Alex Tupas, Chris Park, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Bo Nam, Ted Hill (at least we think he was there)
Monday - 2-18-13
Dawson - 17 players.
1 first time out player - Lee Finley
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mario Holman, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Damien Osei, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 2-18-13
2 Tulsa players are committed to going to the April 20 Oklahoma City money tournament - Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce. They will also be playing in the U-3800 doubles (the last time Stephen and Kelly played doubles they won the open doubles event).
Saturday - 2-16-13

17 photos have been added to the "photos" page from the Ozark Winter games held 2-9-13 in Springfield, Missouri. Photos courtesy of Bill Lewis from Springfield.
5 Tulsa players attended - Hamid Ezzat, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, Peter Buscemi and Windfred Addy from Okla city.
To view - http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1_categories.asp

 

Saturday - 2-16-13
Write up on the 2-9-13 Springfield, Missouri tournament that several Tulsa players attended below:

Table Tennis Results And Winners Of The 2013 Missouri Winter Games Open.

( Author: Bill Lewis – President, Ozarks Table Tennis Club)

This tourney was held on February 9 at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. There were 45
competitors competing for $2000 in 10 events from the states of: Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts,
Missouri and Oklahoma. A total of 159 matches were completed during the day. This year’s nickname
for dominance is appropriately named: Kansas City’s Super Unlimited Freight Train. Why? Because,
Kansas City players steam-rolled to victory in the top 5 events and in Hardbat.

Open Round Robin was the marquee event of the day and it saw 16 players in heated competition.
When the threshing was done, the winnowing finals came down to two players: Dinu Varghese from
Overland Park, KS versus Winfred Addy from Oklahoma City, OK. These players fought a prolonged and
contentious battle. The advertised 7 game duel almost came down to that - but Dinu managed to upset
the slightly higher 2233 rated Winfred Addy in a Herculean 6th game at: 11 to 6. Dinu, a soft spoken and
self-effacing man, said to all who had ears: "nowadays I really only coach”. You could never tell that by
the way he played! His foil in the match is a rare specimen - not your prototypical 40 year old. One
second Addy is flying like a beautifully painted Monarch butterfly, the next, he’s a stinging yet graceful
Yellowjacketed wasp. In the race for the Open Round Robin 3rd place, Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu from Columbia,
MO and Richard Martin from Kansas City, MO hammered one another. Martin is much more at home in
his reliable "above the table chop-block-hitting” each and every ball, while Chu is more comfortable in
looping. This match was very perplexing to watch, but at the same time entertaining. In the end Chu
would go on to win: 11 to 6 in the conclusive 4th game.

The Open Singles was the next highest rated event and it had 7 combatants progressing downhill
through a single elimination format. The finals were eventually whittled to Parviz Mojaverian from
Overland Park, KS against the venerable and always tough Winfred Addy. Here, Mojaverian would notch
his finest victory of the day. Mojaverian truly had his mojo on but only narrowly so as he defeated -- if
you can believe this -- his 22 year younger foe at 3 games to 2 and 12 to 10 in the 5th! Third place
witnessed Dinu Varghese decision Tsz Lun Chu from Columbia, MO in 4 games losing only the first one.

The Under 2200 had 7 players vie for 1st place in another single elimination format. In one set of
semifinals were Dinu Varghese and Richard Martin. Martin shook the earth as he tried to mightily unseat
his higher rated adversary and at one point I’m sure the proverbial "throw the kitchen sink” at him
axiom must’ve crossed his mind – but – I’m also sure Varghese would have deflected that item too.
Martin however eventually succumbed to Dinu’s extremely strong two-winged attack and fell in a
spectacular fireball match at 11 to 8 in the heraldic 5th game. In the other semi-final match were
Vladimir Altman, widely considered one of the mid-west’s finest players and Tsz Lun Chu. Credit Altman
for great courage but he could neither climb a tall mountain nor "Scale An Impossible Chinese Cliff”
which in Mandarin is exactly translated as - Tsz Lun Chu. The titular fifth game went to his younger
upstart at 11 to 2. Chu then attempted to chase down Varghese in the race for 1st place which, in this
case was the quest for $150. Chu, the ever eternal optimistic, relegated himself to 2nd place having

narrowly lost the tumultuous 5th game at 11 to 9 and settled for 2nd place and a purse worth $75. Dinu
Varghese thereby medaled for the third consecutive time of the day and netted -- $150 for his efforts.

The Under 2000 had a total of 8 participants in two round robins slug it out. Jiwen Wu from Overland
Park KS and Ilya Rozenblat polished off their competitors with unblemished and identical 3 and 0 round
robin records. Here, Wu, the young 15 year old, did the impossible in his Group 2 round robin. As # 4
seed, he not only beat the # 3 and # 2 seeds but also the # 1 seed – and all by convincing margins. His
1503 underrating was seriously off the mark as he feather dusted (think clock cleaned) the 1680, 1728
and 1872 intermediate powers. Ilya Rozenblat seemingly had no trouble in his round robin either as he
made his presence felt by losing only 1 game through 3 matches. The final match would then see
Rozenblat versus Wu but it would also be experience versus youth. This time it was experience which
would don the sterling white glove and wipe the slate clean as Rozenblat relegated his youthful upstart
to 2nd place at 11 to 7 in a finely tuned 4th game. Rozenblat thus became champion of the hard to win
Under 2000. That Wu can someday compete for much loftier titles is a foregone conclusion, that is, if he
receives the proper coaching and training.

The Under 1800 had a total of 13 players vying for the top prize. Rob Sharp from Overland Park KS
would win Group 1; Jerry Schuster from St. Charles, MO would win Group 2; Jiwen Wu would win Group
3 and Jay Becker from Willard, MO would win Group 4. Wu bested Schuster in 3 games in one semifinal
match-up while Sharp placed Becker on the mat and pinned him there in another 3 game match for the
other semifinal. The Under 1800 finals were determined and penned to paper. And – for the 2nd time of
the day, it would again be Jiwen Wu who would get by the left-handed southpaw in Sharp, but this time
in a real "Olive Oil” nail biter at 3 games to 2 and 11 to 7 in the 5th. Jiwen Wu, if he were the next best
thing to hit Wall Street, would be deemed a "pick ‘em blue chip” as his stock is definitely rising.

The Under 1600 was comprised of a total equaling 15. Basil Doan from El Dorado Springs, MO won
Group 1; Gary Davis from Willard, MO won Group 2; Ray Presnell from Ozark, MO won Group 3 and Don
Tiger from Tulsa, OK won Group 4. In the crossovers it was Presnell who beat back Doan in a tense 5
game tug-of-war while Tiger had an easier time defeating the elder statesman in Davis in 3 consecutive
games. The finals of Presnell and Tiger were then printed in graphite and handed to them in sheet form
and told to . . . "go at it.” The always steady Don Tiger pulled back his ears and stealthily pursued
Presnell to and fro throughout the confines of their overly large arena. When push came to shove and
when the dust had settled, it was Tiger who pounced last. When the man-eating was done Tiger had the
last bite as he manhandled Presnell in 4 well executed games. Perhaps in his mind Tiger was both Obi-
Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker combined because, "The Force Was Indeed With Him.” In the race for
Under 1600 3rd place - the fast reflexes of Doan bested Davis in their stellar match with Doan just a little
bit too much to handle as he won 11 to 8 in their pivotal 5th game.

Many in the Under 1400 tipped their collective hats to one another as there were 14 who vied for the
coveted crown of - head honcho. Drew Angell from Grandview, MO would win Group 1; Jay Becker won
Group 2; Aravind Mereddi from Overland Park, KS won Group 3 while Charul Chavda from O’Fallon,MO
progressed from Group 4. Drew Angell, hummm, he must’ve come from the heavens because no one
has seen him before that day. Was he a portent of things to come? In the semifinals, Angell, especially

as an unrated player, won his crossover match against Chavda in 4 games. The other semifinal match
pitted Mereddi against Becker. Here Becker would win this key match at 11 to 4 in a riveting 4th game.
The finals were then typeset. In the championship match it would thus be Angell against Becker. Becker
is tall, Becker is lean and Becker - has really long arms. It was a great match but it finally ended with
Becker claiming hold in a hard fought 5th game win at 11 to 5. In the 3rd place match it was Aravind
Mereddi who would win their Punch and Judy contest 11 to 4 through 4 games against Charul Chavda.

In the Under 1200 event there were 12 participants. Bob Ragan from Springfield, MO would win Group
1; Drew Angell would win Group 2 and Peter Buscemi from Hulbert, OK would win Group 3. The lone
semifinal of Buscemi and Angell had Angell as the winner in 4 games and the loss relegated Buscemi to
3rd. The finals of Ragan and Angell were thus set. Angell, like his namesake, seemed to float along
effortlessly in his match with Ragan. Ragan lost 3 consecutive games but received 2nd place while Angell,
now continuing his upward glide and having received the Golden medallion which now so beautifully
adorned his neck, was figuratively and literally - never seen again.

The Open Doubles had the requisite full complement of 9 teams, 4 of which were completely made up
of Kansas City tandems. Parviz Mojaverian, and Dinu Varghese teamed up and won Group 1 against the
daring duo of Tom Barbour from Oxford, Massachusetts and Chris Keller from Bolivar, MO. They also
then beat back the likes of Mike Hamby from Oolaghah, OK and Don Tiger. Chu and William Todd from
Jefferson City won Group 2 against Jeff Johnston from Smithville, MO and Chunyen Liu from Overland
Park, KS and then went on to win against Hamid Ezzat from Tulsa, OK and Winfred Addy. The Russian
pair of Vladimir Altman and Ilya Rozenblat won their Group 3 against Sam Liu from Overland Park, KS
and Jiwen Wu and then against Gary Davis and Ray Presnell. Having secured the bye as Group 1 leaders
Mojaverian and Varghese waited while partners Altman and Rozenblat battled Chu and Todd. Chu and
Todd dispatched the slightly lower rated party of Altman and Rozenblat in 4 games, but, they did receive
$50 for their Daily Double efforts. In the Open Doubles finals, Chu and Todd then pegged a nice-but-
not-easy win against Mojaverian and Varghese in a great 3 games: 11 to 7; 11 to 9 and 11 to 9.

In the Hardbat Open there were 4 contestants. Jeff Johnston won 1st place; Ben Lewis from Springfield,
MO took home 2nd place; Winfred Addy received 3rd place and Gary Davis took claim to 4th. The way
Jeff Johnston handily won this event begs the inevitable question. Could Jeff possibly win another Over
40 National Hardbat Championship but now - at his geriatric age of 50? He should surely try because,
The Only Thing He Has To Fear – Is Fear Itself!

Below are winners in each event.

Open Round Robin (Purse: $660)
1st
Dinu Varghese, Overland Park KS
2nd
Winfred Addy, Oklahoma City OK
3rd
Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu, Columbia MO
4th
Richard Martin, Kansas City MO

Open Singles (Purse: $350)
1st
Parviz Mojaverian, Overland Park KS

Winfred Addy, Oklahoma City OK
Dinu Varghese, Overland Park KS

Under 2200 (Purse: $225)
1st
Dinu Varghese, Overland Park KS
2nd
Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu, Columbia MO

Under 2000 (Purse: $150)
1st
Ilya Rozenblat, Overland Park KS
2nd
Jiwen Wu, Overland Park KS

Under 1800
1st
Jiwen Wu, Overland Park KS
2nd
Rob Sharp, Olathe KS
3rd
Jay Becker, Willard MO

Under 1600
1st
Don Tiger, Tulsa OK
2nd
Ray Presnell, Ozark MO
3rd
Basil Doan, El Dorado MO

Under 1400
1st
Jay Becker, Willard Mo
2nd
Drew Angell, Grandview MO
3rd
Aravind Mereddi, Overland Park KS

Under 1200
1st
Drew Angell, Grandview MO
2nd
Bob Ragan, Nixa MO
3rd
Peter Buscemi, Hulbert OK

Open Doubles (Purse: $350)
1st
William Todd & Alan Chu/Columbia, Jefferson City MO
2nd
Parviz Mojaverian & Dinu Varghese/Overland Park KS
3rd
Vladimir Altman & Ilya Rozenblat/Overland Park KS

Hardbat Open (Purse: $ 265)
1st
Jeff Johnston, Smithville MO
2nd
Ben Lewis, Springfield MO
3rd
Winfred Addy, Oklahoma City OK
4th
Gary Davis, Springfield MO

Friday - 2-15-13
From the Oklahoma City website:
We will be holding another tournament on April 20.  It will be a two-phase Giant Round Robin format.  The first phase of six 6-man RR Groups will be used to determine Championship, A, B, C, D, and E groups.  The second phase will also consist of six 6-man RR Groups, but these will decide the standings in each group.

Entry Form

NOTE:  The Giant RR is limited to 36 entries.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to enter.   On that subject, the entry deadline is on April 16.  We will be charging a late fee for entries received after that.  Also, entries without payment will not be accepted.

–We will be adding a page with more details and clarifications soon.

After the Giant RR, we will be offering U3000 and U3800 doubles events.  The specific format for the Doubles events will be determined once entries are received.

We intend to offer prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd/4th in the Championship Group, 1st and 2nd in the "A” Group, and 1st and 2nd in the highest doubles event.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd in all events.

We have some nice sponsors already, but are still looking for more.  Help with the prize money is our first goal, but donations of equipment, coupons, or "other stuff” could be used as door prizes, for drawings, or whatever.  Please contact a board member if you have any ideas regarding potential sponsors or if you would like to help!

Details will be coming once we sort a few things out.  Note – for tournaments like this to become a regular thing, they have to make some money for the club.  Putting on a tournament is a LOT of work, so, unless the club profits, it just isn’t worth the effort.  We have to figure out a way to offer tournaments that are affordable and attractive for players while still being profitable for the club.

Thursday - 2-14-13
From the Okla City website:
Mats Johansson from the Tulsa TT Club has been in contact with Stellan Bengtssom.  He (almost) has Stellan and Angie convinced to offer a Table Tennis Camp in Oklahoma – hopefully Okc!  We do not yet have a date, or even a window of availability set.

We would like to get a feel for the interest level.  What is proposed is a 5-day camp with morning and afternoon training sessions (likely 3 hours each).  The fee will be $500 per student, and we’ll need at least 12 students to make it happen.  If interest is high, we might be able to do more than one camp.

For those of you who don’t know, Stellan is a famous TT Coach from Sweden.  He was World Champion in 1971.  He has something like 10 World Championship and even more European Championship medals.  Stellan has coached some "decent” players including Jorgen Persson, Jan-Ove Waldner, Peter Karlsson, Erick Lindh, Michael Maze, and quite a few others.

Angie Rosal Bengtsson, Stellan’s wife,  is a multi-time US National Champion and also a fabulous coach.

Together, Stellan and Angie have formed Stellangie – a program that offers superb Table Tennis coaching, clinics, and camps.

LINK TO STELLANGIE SITE

Stellan doesn’t get out of California very often, so this is a pretty rare opportunity.

Thursday - 2-14-13
Dawson - Bob will not be out tonight.
Tuesday - 2-12-13
From Fernando Prato:
Nestor Prato won Bronze at the Champaign Butterfly Open Winter Giant RR (Group "A") last Saturday (02-09-13) in Champaing, IL.
Tuesday - 2-12-13
Bixby - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Chris Park, Jack Hannah, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Bo Nam.
Monday - 2-11-13

Dawson - 12 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Glendale Markwell, Damien Osei, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas.

Sunday - 2-10-13

The old club newsletter has been deleted by the owner of the email server (that our newsletter was on) due to spammers using newletters to send out spam email.
The problem this causes, for example, is that when Yahoo email decides the IP address of an email server is sending out any spam from any one website, Yahoo will block all email accounts coming from that server/IP (and it costs alot of money to get off Yahoo's spam list).
Therefore, the club will now be using a new email service - Mail Chimp.
You will be seeing a test email come thru as the learning curve for this new program commences.
Moving the old email addresses to the new program will cause a loss of some email addresses (the new email program does not allow adding all the old emails in at one time).
I will post when a test email will be sent out.
If someone does not get the test email, please re-subscribe to the newsletter.

Thursday - 2-7-13

Dawson - 6 players.
David Correa, Stephen Denis, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.

Tuesday - 2-5-13
Bixby - 6 players.
Jim French, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill, John Moore.
Other news: 5 Tulsa players going to the Springfield tournament this weekend: David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Fernando Prato and Addy Winfred from Okla City.
Nestor Prato will be playing in Champaign, IL this weekend at the Champaign Butterfly Open Winter Giant RR. He is representing Tulsa Table Tennis Club.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuDyR3ts5tvYdDUyMFhNeVZtT1ZhYm5zbGpaOHVuRnc&usp=sharing

He will come to Tulsa on 02-23-13.
Monday - 2-4-13
Dawson - 14 players.
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Damien Osei, Ray Pestridge, Dan Scott, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Sunday - 2-3-13

32 photos have been added to the "photos" page.
They were taken by Fernando Prato (and look very professional).
Pics are from the Sooner Games held 1-26-13 (34 rated players attended with 8 first time players!)
http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1_categories.asp
..

Thursday - 1-31-13

Dawson - 7 players (info courtesy of David Correa):
David Correa, Don Tiger, Peter Buscemi, Obie Bryant, Mike Hamby, Randy White, Hamid Ezzat
There was 7 dollars collected. There was one ladder match I challenged mike hamby and it was a great match.I came out the winner this time but mike is always a tuff competitor.
There are several players planning on going to Missouri state games next weekend.

Thursday - 1-31-13

Dawson - no info (Bob is not playing tonight). From Bob:
I will not play tonight, but will drop off the ladder for others to use tonight.
Someone please email the player list to me, so I can update the ladder.
If someone could send a photo of the ladder would be great.
Also, hope we get more money in the player jar tonight, it's been very lean lately.

Tuesday - 1-29-13
Bixby - 7 players.
2 first time out players - Fred Kerr, Randy Roark
5 regulars - John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Jack Hannah, John Cai
Monday - 1-28-13
Dawson - no info (Bob did not play tonight).
Monday - 1-28-13
From the Oklahoma City website: Results from the 1-26-13 Sooner games:
The Winter Sooner State Games Table Tennis and Ping-Pong tournament was held on Saturday, 26 January 2013. Overall it went pretty well. For the first time, tournament software was used to help run things.
Overall, it was a big help – but will likely be better with more practice.

Events and Results:

TT-U1100:

Gold: Johnny McClanahan (TUL): Johnny was just too consistent in the finals. He played great!

Silver: Peter Buscemi (TUL) -Peter dominated his bracket and played well in the finals - but just couldn't beat Johnny this time.

Bronze: Charles Gann (OKC) - Charlie played great. His Unrated status kept him from the finals.

TT-U1300:

Gold: Kevin Li (OKC) -Kevin played very, VERY well all day!

Silver: Fernando Prato (TUL) – Fernando also played very well all day.

Bronze: Jay Gustafson (OKC) – Jay played a great match against Kevin in the Semi-Finals. Jay played well in his RR, then took Kevinto 5 games!

TT-U1500:

Gold: Kevin Li (OKC) – Kevin did it again. Really strong play!

Silver: David Correa (TUL) – David lost a Deuce in the 5th nail-biter in the finals. Great Match!

Bronze: Gary Broxterman (OKC) – Gary played well and gave Kevin a battle in the Semi-Finals.

TT-U1750:

Gold: Doug Marks (OKC) – Doug played well in beating Scott Ryan in the Finals.

Silver: Scott Ryan (DFW) – Won a tough match against Si in the Semi's, then pushed Doug in the Finals.

Bronze: Si-Dung Lam (OKC) – Si played very well in his RR before coming up just short against Scott.

This event had one extra-crazy RR Bracket. The "A” Player (Stephen Ackart), "B” Player (Doug Marks), and the "D” Player (Kevin Li) each went 2-1. Doug ended up edging out Stephen and Kevin in the tie-breaker. All three played very well!

TT-U2000:

Gold: Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi (TUL) – Hamid played well and had a tough road in. He beat Alex Tupas in 5 games in the Semi's, then had a tough battle with Kelly Boyce in the Finals. Hamid played with outstanding focus, intensity, and consistency all day!

Silver: Alex Tupas – Alex beat Kelly Boyce to earn silver – after just losing to Hamid in 5.

Bronze: Kelly Boyce played well, but just couldn't quite beat Alex and Hamid this time.

TT-Open Singles:

Gold:Alan (See Hyiik) Ting (OKC) – Played a great match against Winfred Addy to win the gold. It was a heck of a match which Alan won 15-13 in the 5th game!

Silver: Winfred Addy (OKC) – Played well too, but just came up JUST short against Alan.

Bronze: Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi (TUL) – Again played well and came back from 2 games down to beat Kelly Boyce for the Bronze.

TT-U3000 Doubles:

Gold: Kevin Li and Doug Marks (OKC)- These two played very well, but still had a tough time. They had to go 5 games with both the Silver and Bronze teams!

Silver: Ken Potts and Scott Ryan (DFW) – The Texans were tough! Their only loss came to the Gold Medal team in a 5 game battle.

Bronze: Gary Broxterman (OKC) andDavid Correa (TUL) – Pushedboth theGold and Silver teams to 5 games.

TT-U3800 Doubles:

Gold: Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi and Mats Johansson (TUL) -Won a tough 5 game battle with Winfred Addy and DavidHash in their RR, then won in 5 against the Silver Medalists.

Silver: Ray Pestridge (Stillwater) and Alex Tupas (TUL) – Won a tough 5 game battle with Alan Ting and Tiffany Tran in their RR, then lost in 5 against the Gold medalists.

Bronze: Alan Ting and Tiffany Tran (OKC) beat Winfred Addy and David Hash (OKC) for the Bronze.

PP Doubles:

Gold: John (da Mayor) Gillette and Ronny Young (OKC) – were just too good!

Silver: Taylor and Wayne Howard – played well, but just couldn't beat John and Ronny.

Bronze: Orville Bryand and Eric Gassen (TUL)

PP Singles:

Gold: Ronny Young (OKC) – won in a tie-breaker! He beat John Gillette, but lost to Joe Tran.

Silver: John Gillette (OKC) – Beat Joe, but lost to Ronny to come in second.

Bronze: Joe Tran (OKC) – Played well and beat Ronny, but lost to John.

PP O50 Singles:

Gold: John Gillette (OKC) – Was just too tough!

Silver: Joe Tran – Played well, but couldn't beat John that day.

Bronze: Mel McDaniel – Beat Wayne Howard in the 5th game to cinch 3rd.

Thursday - 1-24-13
Attention Tulsa players going to the Sooner Games this weekend.
Due to the possibility of player mistakes and misreads on score cards, be sure to write down all your matches and scores in case a problem occurs after the USATT results are posted.
Thursday - 1-24-13
Dawson -  players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato.
Tuesday - 1-22-13
Bixby - 6 players.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, Johnny McClanahan, Melvin Norton
Tuesday - 1-22-13

Update on the Sooner games this weekend from a Britt Salter email today (info courtesy of Stephen Ackart).
The registered player list is ever-changing. I don't think Winfred will be playing. I'm also trying to get Alan to play in the OPEN. He and Tiffany are playing in the U3800 DBL's.
Ken Potts and Scott Ryan (from Dallas area) are in the U3000 doubles and singles.
Scott is in the U1750 too. I expect Si, Dalton, John Noori, Douglas Marks, Gary Broxterman, and a few others to be in some of your events... I'm working to get more folks onboard.
Also - Carl Miller and Guy Hendrickson are supposed to come down from Hutch, and Cole Ely from Liberal.
I'm planning to run the tournament using Zermelo (tournament software) this time. I hope it will help keep things moving.
I need to get the entries from the SSG folks plus the last minute folks added. I can probably figure out a way to send you a list tomorrow or Thursday.

Britt

Monday - 1-21-13
Dawson - 15 players.
1 first time out player - Blake Nelson - 10 years old and a student of Ray Pestridge!
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, John Moore, Jeff Notley, Damien Osei, Louis Perez, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 1-17-13
Dawson - 13 players
1 first time out player - Chris Pudewa
Stephen Ackart, Nick Buscemi, Peter Buscemi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, John Moore, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Randy White.
Wed - 1-16-13
13 Tulsa players going to the Sooner games on 1-26-13 - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, David Correa, John Moore, Hamid Ezzat, Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge (doubles and coaching only), John Cai, Fernando Prato
Tuesday - 1-15-13
 Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Jared Lentz (works with Hamid).
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, John Cai, John Moore, Hamid Ezzat, Don Tiger.
Monday - 1-14-13

Dawson - 22 players. 
2 first time out players - Louis Perez, Robert Reed.
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, Peter Buscemi, David Correa, Mike Counsellor, Hamid Ezzat, Bryan Figg, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Damien Osei, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger (renewed his membership), Alex Tupas.
Other news: - 13 players going to the Sooner games on 1-26-13 - Stephen Ackart, Bob Kyker, Mike Hamby, Don Tiger, David Correa, John Moore, Hamid, Johnny McClanahan, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge (doubles and coaching only), John Cai, Fernando Prato

Thursday - 1-10-13
Dawson - 12 players
Obie Bryant, Peter Buscemi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 1-8-13
Bixby - 13 players.
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Stephen Ackart, Johnny McClanahan, Brian Flinn, John Cai, Hamid Ezzat, Ted Hill, Sean Parker, Douglass Ivanoff.
Players going to the Okla City tournament on 1-26 - Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Johnny McClanahan.
Monday - 1-7-13
Dawson - 11 players
Obie Bryant, David Correa, Mike Counsellor, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 1-3-13
Dawson - 8 players
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 1-3-13

The Oklahoma City club held their election for officers for 2013 and the results are:
President:  Britt Salter

  • Vice President:           Carl Deal
  • Secretary:                   Doug Marks
  • Assistant Secretary:    Jeff Waters (New)
  • Treasurer:                   Linda Piatt
  • Assistant Treasurer:    Dale Goodman
  • Sergeant at Arms:       David Hash
  • Assistant Sergeant at Arms:  Eric Warlick (New)
Tuesday - 1-1-13

Bixby - no players - New Years Day

Monday - 12-31-12
Dawson - no players - New Years Eve
Thursday - 12-27-12
Dawson - 8 players
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge (renewed his membership!), Don Tiger, Randy White.
Monday - 12-24-12
Dawson - no play (Xmas eve).
Thursday - 12-20-12
Dawson - 8 players
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Bob Kyker Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 12-18-12
Bixby - 11 players.
Jim French, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Brian Flinn, Ken Wagner, Bohyun Nam, John Cai, Ted Hill, PJ, Shahzad Siddiqui.
Other news: Bixby will be closed the next 2 Tuesdays and reopen on 1-8-13.
Monday - 12-17-12
Dawson - 15 players.
Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Obie Bryant, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Jim French, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas
Thursday - 12-13-12
Dawson - 6 players
Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger, Greg Widdowson
Tuesday - 12-11-12
Bixby - 9 players
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Ted Hill, Jim French, John Cai.
Other news: players plan on going to the Okla City tournament on Jan 26 - almost everyone.
Monday - 12-10-12
Dawson - 14 players.
Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Samer Chaar, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Bohyun Nam, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Sunday - 12-9-12

Table Tennis Coaching at the Tulsa Club in Dawson.
Ray Pestridge has recently passed the ITTF Level 2 Coaching Course,
and is the current Gold Medalist of the National Senior Games for
both Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles for his age group. He is now
offering Coaching Sessions at the Dawson Club on Mondays from
3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Anyone interested can contact Ray on 405-624-6014 / 405-269-3933

Interested in a Robo Pong to better your game? Ray is a Newgy
Affiliate and is offering free set up and free coaching to anyone
purchasing a Newgy Robo-Pong through him.

If you are looking for a used Robo Pong; contact Ray regarding Newgy
Robo-Pong 1040 for sale.

Thursday - 12-6-12
Dawson - 11 players.
Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Randy White.
Wed - 12-5-12
From David Correa:
I confirmed with Jasna I will play at Texas Wesleyan in 4 events this weekend.
Other news: The next Oklahoma City tournament will be on Jan 26.
Nick Agimudie is back! He is no longer working Monday and Thursday nights.
Chris Agimudie will not be back. But the club will see him probably at the Sooner Games on Jan 26. It is unclear if Chris will be representing the Okla City club or his alma mater club - Tulsa.
Tuesday - 12-4-12
Bixby - 10 players.
Ray Pestridge (with his new level 2 coaching credentials and needing 50 hours to coach anyone to get his official title), David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Bo Nam, John Moore, Martin Ndengang, Ted Hill, Melvin Norton, John Cai, Shahzad Siddiqui.
Other news: David Correa may or may not go to Dallas this weekend.
Monday - 12-3-12
(A sad message from Larry Buell below):
12/3/2012 - Gentlefolk,
I would like to thank you all for the many years of fun we've shared together as members of the TTTC!
I've come to the point where I must disengage myself from club activity. I've been approaching this decision for several months now, and wanted to let you know it's not because of anything in the club but my own need to redirect my energies in other directions.

I pray you all continue to enjoy this wonderful game and each other for many years to come.

God bless you all!

Larry Buell

Monday - 12-3-12

Dawson - 18 players.
Stephen Ackart, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Randy White.

Thursday - 11-29-12
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Matthew Tallman, Dan Theuber, Don Tiger, Randy White.
Tuesday - 11-27-12
Bixby - 7 players.
John Cai, John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Bohyun Nam, David Correa, Martin Ndengang, Melvin Norton.
Other news: David Correa is taking lessons from Addy Winfred. Addy is having David change his grip (Addy had Stephen Ackart change his grip also and Stephen wound up becoming a 1700 player as a result!).
Monday - 11-26-12
Dawson - 12 players.
Obie Bryant, Larry Buell, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Randy White.
Thursday - 11-22-12
Dawson - no players. Thanksgiving day.
Wed - 11-21-12

The following was copied from the Oklahoma City's website.
We bought 5 used, but in nice shape, Butterfly Europa tables from the Austin Table Tennis Club.  We are going to be swapping these in for our older – slightly more used Butterfly Centerfold tables.  Once we sort it all out, we will be offering our used tables for sale.  I anticipate that most of the tables we will be selling will be green-topped Centerfolds.  Prices are still up in the air, but they will be good for these exceptional quality tables.  Please contact us if you are interested in buying a table – we already have a couple inquiries.

Tuesday - 11-20-12
 Bixby - 16 players
7 first time out players (including 4 players from Bohyun Nam's church - 1st Baptist Korean church) - Chris Park (a penholder who hits the ball very hard), Ilha Won, Haram Shin, Peter Kia. Also Steve Garrett (the father), Josh Garrett (the son), Parker Smith.
9 regulars - John Moore, Kelly Boyce, Nick Ellsworth, Joe Bolay, Braden Wagner (2nd time out), Ken Wagner (the father), Melvin Norton, Martin Ndengang, Bohyun Nam.
Monday - 11-19-12
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 11-19-12

Medal proprosal idea (sent in by Fernando).
Is this a good idea?
http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2012/November/13/Proposal-for-merit-badges-for-achieving-playing-class.aspx

Nov 13 Proposal for Merit Badges for Achieving Playing Class

By Wei Wang | Nov 13, 2012, 9:00 AM ET

Proposal for Merit Badges for Achieving Playing Class

By Wei Wang and Diego Schaaf

In the 25 years we have been involved with US table tennis, we have learned, while coaching or running clubs, to identify players' needs – be they technical or psychological. We have addressed, and continue to address, technical needs by coaching and writing articles. The psychological needs are more difficult to address. In person-to-person contact at our clubs, we can do so, and through that we have identified several recurring themes. Most of them are related to the relationship between playing level and resulting status perception. The lack of stability of this relationship is a source of anxiety and has often caused players to drop out from active participation in tournaments. All this combined input has pointed us toward the following solution, which might result in greater enthusiasm and participation in sanctioned events:

Players, whose rating crosses the next 100 point mark, are entitled, upon publication of their qualifying rating on USATT's rating site, to buy and carry a badge identifying that level. They can attach it to their sports bag or racket case in a way that is visible to others. The badge will be a high-quality metal pin in the rectangular shape similar to military insignia, approximately 1” wide, with different color enamel parts.

We propose to have a different badge, clearly distinguishable in design for every 100 point step in the current rating system. (Point of discussion: Start at 100 or at 500? We favor starting at 500, because that signifies the first tangible step of development)

Consolidation of status.

The goal is to reward the achievement of having ascended to the next level - independently of future developments. Once players have entered a rating class, they are entitled to carry the respective badge. Some players may opt to carry all achieved badges, like a plate of military insignia, and others may replace them as they ascend and show just one.

Mitigation of negative psychological impact of current rating system

The recognition of status with this badge will take some of the sting out of the current rating system's built-in threat of possibly losing that status in a future bad loss and thus will make such a loss feel more like a temporary set-back, the "membership” in the higher class already having been established and documented. With that, one of the most destructive elements of our rating system is mitigated.

Easy identification of player level

Players can carry their achievement with pride, identifying themselves and their level as tournament players with the badge on their bag without much discussion. No more dealing with the awkward question: "What's your rating?”

(Point of discussion: Retroactive qualification – How far back should we go to accept a qualifying rating. We suggest 5 years)

Merit Badge Proposal

Friday - 11-16-12

From Bob Kyker:
We started our table tennis ladder monday!
I started with the players that have been coming out most during the last few months.
I arranged the first set of players randomly, chosen during a player meeting before we started it.
We have now completed two nights of play, with a lot of interest in it.
I think it will provide a bridge between club and tournament play.
Several players seem to want to play in tournaments, but for some reason (time, money,etc) they don't.
I talked to Steve about getting the results on our website.
After he gets it set up, hopefully next week, I will provide each night's results.
I am in the process of defining the rules, but we have been flexible so far to encourage as much play as possible.
Usatt website has an article about the level 2 coaching course held in Colo. Spgs, which Ray Pestridge attended!

Thursday - 11-15-12
Dawson - 10 players
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Dan Theuber, Don Tiger, Randy White.
Tuesday - 11-13-12
Bixby - 6 players.
Ken Wagner (joined the club!), Jim French, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, John Cai, Bo Nam.
Other news: (this info only for the old timers) - Ken Wagner knew Ron Shirley and was doubles partner with Brian Thomas when he played in Muskogee as a junior player.
Monday - 11-12-12
Dawson - 12 players.
Obie Bryant, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 11-8-12
Dawson - 13 players.
Stephen Ackart, Joe Bolay, David Correa, Nick Ellsworth, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Diane Lee, Johnny McClanahan, Bohyun Nam, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Dan Thuber.
Wed - 11-7-12
Britt Salter, president of the Oklahoma City club, has posted the following info below of his thoughts (on their website) on table tennis equipment:

General Information – Britt's Thoughts

Equipment discussions rage on numerous Table Tennis Forums and Sites. Spending too much time on these sites can cause all sorts of brain-damage – not to mention damage to your checking account. I STRONGLY recommend that you hold off on worrying about your equipment until you've at least mastered (or nearly mastered) the basic strokes. To some this may seem like heresy, but I've "been there and done that” and have learned that buying the latest and greatest equipment is a huge waste of time and money for AT LEAST beginners through lower-intermediate players. Too-fast or too-reactive (spinny) equipment can actually (NO KIDDING HERE!) hold you back. I strongly advise folks I sell equipment to and my students to buy an AVERAGE combo, then stay with it for at least 6 months. A few have even followed my advice!

If you can't CONSISTENTLY do all of the following, spend your time and money on coaching and practicing – and you are fine doing it with "pretty average” equipment.

  1. Serve low and short or low, fast, and long with at least a couple spin variations. I recommend learning a heavy backspin and dead-ish short serve first and a topspin and an dead-ish long serve. Be able to move them around too!
  2. Push low and with heavy or "not heavy” spin. Learn to move pushes around. Really practice pushing – it can be used too much, but missing "normal” pushes is almost criminal. Respect every push!
  3. Block loops (not world class, but something like USATT 1400 – 1600 level) with your forehand and backhand – ideally to spots and with some variation.
  4. Counterdrive consistently with your forehand. Be able to go down the line, to the middle, and cross court – ideally with some speed and spin variations.
  5. Ditto for your backhand.
  6. Loop backspin, dead, or topspin balls with your forehand. No need for super power, but good spin and consistency is required. (Disclaimer: Looping isn't absolutely necessary, but, these days it is pretty much required and is "close enough” to a basic for me.) I like to start by teaching fairly high, spinny loops, then adding power after consistency.
  7. Return serves from players anywhere near your level. If you can't read spin and deal with it, faster equipment is not your friend! Returning serve is probably the trickiest thing to do, and it gets more and more so as you move up the levels. Misreading spins is something that happens, but guessing or reading it right, then not being able to return it (at least) safely is bad.

There are several other things, but the above list is what I'd consider the basics – as they interact with your equipment. Footwork, balance, anticipation, and tactics can't really be helped or hurt much by equipment choice.

Blade Discussion and Details:

Blades come in a variety of speed ratings and materials. Speed ratings run from Off+ (Offensive Plus – I call them Scary Fast) to Def- (Defensive Minus), but, if you are still learning the basics, I strongly recommend that you get a blade in the All, All+, or Off- (All-around through Offensive Minus). Blade materials range from all wood to wood with various "reinforcement plies”. All-wood blades usually come in three, five, or seven plies, but naturally there are others. Reinforcements are usually in the form of woven carbon fiber, fiberglass, or aramid fibers. I don't see any real reason for using anything but an all-wood blade while learning the basics. In general, I'll even limit it to 5-ply wood blades. There are some 7-ply blades that are probably fine, and probably other ply counts too, but a decent 5-ply all wood blade will serve you well. You can spend anywhere from $15-ish to over $150 for blades that fall into this category. I think spending more than about $60 is probably unnecessary, but price isn't my main concern.

Blades come with two general handle types, each of which has a couple variations. The two big types are shakehand grip or penhold grip. The shakehand grip is more popular, but there are still a good number of penholders out there.

Shakehand grips can be broken down into flared, straight, and anatomic shapes. There are others, but I'm trying to be brief. Straight handles are fairly self-explanatory, but they can be fairly round, fairly rectangular, or anywhere in between. Different folks have different preferences, so trying them out would be nice. Flared handles are probably the most popular and tend to "flare” out at the bottom. They also have differences in sizes and shapes. Anatomic handles have "bumps” that are intended to fit the shape of your closed hand. Some will fit and feel good, while other will feel horrible. These are fine if they fit you, but I wouldn't buy unless I tried it first.

Penhold handles come in Chinese and Japanese/Korean types. The Chinese style is usually like a cross between a miniature flare and a miniature straight grip. The Japanese/Korean style usually has a cork or wood block on the forehand side that you hook your finger around. The Chinese style seems to more easily lend itself to using the back side rubber for an RPB (Reverse Penhold Backhand). The Japanese/Korean style gives a very strong forehand, but tends to be limited to using one side only. I don't see many folks using this style blade who also use RPB. I'm sure there are exceptions.

Rubber Discussion and Details:

Table tennis blade coverings come in a wide variety. There are inverted (smooth) and pips-out varieties. Inverted rubbers are mostly spinny, but there are some designed to be slow and slick (called anti) too. Pips can be long, medium, or short – depending on their aspect ratio (height divided by width). Short pips tend to be faster and spinnier. Long pips tend to be non-spinny and slow. Medium pips are in-between. Pips our rubber can often be had with or without (OX) sponge. Hardbat is generally a sheet of short pips with no sponge.

I recommend that most folks use relatively controllable inverted rubber while learning the basics. I recommend sponges around 1.8mm thick, though anything between 1.5mm and 2.0mm can be in play depending on the rubber. Paddle Palace, Zero Pong, Butterfly, and pretty much everyone else has ratings for rubber speed, spin, and control. Please don't spend a lot of time or brain cells sorting it all out. For learning, I recommend rubber with middle-of-the-road speed, and spin. Something with fairly high control, is a bonus, but many company's "control” ratings seem highly suspect. I don't believe that more $$ buys more control- especially when it is claimed for a very fast rubber. Sponge hardness is a personal choice, but start in the middle unless you have a strong preference for soft (or hard) rubber.

Absolute Truth that Equipment Company's and Equipment Junkies (EJ's) don't want you to know. Note: Names changed to protect the EJ! Player "A” buys a $50 to $100 (Britt certified!) combo, then spends 6 months and around $300 (anything from about $250 up works in most places) taking lessons and practicing. His twin,Player "B”, spends over $200 for a super-killer carbon blade and nano-nuclear-bonzo-rubber combo, then spends the same time and another several hundred $$ trying to find the "perfect combo”. Player "B” also takes a lesson or two, shows up at the club regularly,and even practices some. But he rarely shows up with the same two sheets of rubber more than twice in a row. After 6 months, it is almost certain that Player "A” will absolutely abuse Player "B”. He will be far more consistent, but his better stroke mechanics, footwork, and timing will also mean that his loops will be spinnier, his drives faster, and his blocks more consistent – even with his All+ speed equipment.
I wish I had been Player "A”!

Tuesday - 11-6-12

Bixby - 9 players.
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Nick Ellsworth, Joe Bolay, John Moore, Don Tiger, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, John Cai.

Monday - 11-5-12

Dawson - 14 players.
2 first time out players - Diane Lee (visiting from Austin), John Tran (knows Noman).
Obie Bryant, Larry Buell, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Noman Malik, Johnny McClanahan, Jeff Notley, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas.

Thursday - 11-1-12
Dawson - 13 players.
Joe Bolay, Drew Cowan, Nick Ellsworth, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Kyle Sanchez, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Randy White.
Tuesday - 10-30-12

Bixby - 12 players
1 first time out player Terry Collins
2 2nd time out players - Ken Wagner, Braden Wagner.
Hamid Ezzat, Kelly Boyce, Joe Bolay, Nick Ellsworth, Jim French, John Cai, Martin Ndengang, Bohyun Nam, John Moore.

Monday - 10-29-12
Dawson - 11 players.
2 new paid memberships - Obie Bryant and Jeff Notley!
Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 10-25-12

Dawson - 9 players.
Stephen Ackart, Joe Bolay, David Correa, Nick Ellsworth, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Don Tiger.

Tuesday - 10-23-12
Bixby - 10 players.
Drew Cowan, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Nick Ellsworth, Joe Bolay, John Moore, Bo Nam, John Cai, Martin Ndengang, Cody Bearden.
Monday - 10-22-12
Dawson - 8 players.
Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 10-18-12

Dawson - 6 players.
David Correa, Drew Cowan, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.

Monday - 10-15-12
Stephen has found a connection for getting stickers of the Tulsa Table Tennis logo (from the shirts). He said it all depends on how many stickers we are needing. They will be around 4"x7". Please text Stephen(918-640-9695) or tell him at the club Thursday if you want one. The first batch will be done next week. The more stickers we have, the cheaper each one becomes. If you miss this chance for the stickers, the connection said he will be available again in about a month or two.
Tuesday - 10-16-12

Bixby - 9 players.
John Moore, Jim French, Nick Ellsworth, Joe Bolay, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Stefan, John Cai, a new player - did not get their name.

Monday - 10-15-12

Dawson - 9 players (per Larry Buell)
Jeff Notley,Obie Bryant, Daryl Chronister Jr, Alex Tupas, Don Tiger, Fernando Prato, David Correa, Amol Mudhale, Larry Buell

Friday - 10-12-12

Results from the Little Rock tournament below:
Stephen Ackart     (1602) +130 =    1732
Kelly Boyce          (1859) -49 =      1810
David Correa        (1183) +321 =   1504
Amol Mudhale      (0) +1088 =       1088
Martin Ndengang (1523) +187 =    1710
Don Tiger             (1267) +293 =   1560

Thursday - 10-11-12
Dawson - 11 players.
4 first time out players - Joe Bolay, Nick Ellsworth, Tae Ho Jung (knows Bo), Hyun Gun Jung (knows Bo).
David Correa, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Bohyun Nam.
Tuesday - 10-9-12
Bixby - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Joe Bolay, Nick Ellsworth, John Moore, Cody Bearden, Chris
Other news: Stephen had his power game going tonight. He had 2 match points against Alex but Alex's half-volley control game prevailed. Stephen played Kelly (who was using his "Stephen C strategy" - the one he used in Little Rock against Stephen with success) and  unfortunately could not prevail against Stephen. (Kelly will be using his "Stephen B strategy" next time).
Monday - 10-8-12
Dawson - 16 players.
Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, Jerry Cliff, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Adam Hogsett, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Keith Spence, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas
Thursday - 10-4-12
Dawson - 12 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Wed - 10-3-12
Results of the Little Rock tournament:
(note - the results were in a Google doc spreadsheet and I don't know how to reformat it into a Windows program so the results below are run together).
EVENT 1ST PLACE  2ND PLACE 
OPEN SINGLES CHENG LI TEXAS LIEDY HANDOKO TENNESSEE
A SINGLES DUKE STOGNER ALABAMA JOSHUA KWEKEL ARKANSAS
B SINGLES JOHN FALCO ARKANSAS CHRIS CHRESTMAN TENNESSEE
C SINGLES SHELBY BARONE ARKANSAS AMOL MUDHALE OKLAHOMA
U2100 SCOTT BARONE ARKANSAS LIEDY HANDOKO TENNESSEE
U1900 RAFAEL VELIZ TEXAS KELLY BOYCE OKLAHOMA
U1700 MARTIN NDENGANG OKLAHOMA STEPHEN ACKART OKLAHOMA
U1500 DONALD TIGER OKLAHOMA DAVID CORREA OKLAHOMA
U1300 ANDREW O'YOUNG LOUISIANA PAUL LIU MISSOURI
U1100 MONTADAR AL-MUHANA ARKANSAS COOPER BROOKSHIRE TENNESSEE
U900 SHELBY BARONE ARKANSAS JOYCE HARTMANN ARKANSAS
U18 JUNIOR GIRLS SONYA MEHTA ARKANSAS EMMA L VELIZ TEXAS
U18 JUNIOR BOYS SHELBY BARONE ARKANSAS CHEN-BO FANG ARKANSAS
WOMENS RANYA KASSEES ARKANSAS MARIANNA DIAZ TENNESSEE
HARDBAT SCOTT BARONE ARKANSAS JOHN FALCO ARKANSAS
NOVICE MARK GILLERAN ARKANSAS JERRY GILLERAN ARKANSAS
OPEN DOUBLES SCOTT BARONE ARKANSAS CHENG LI TEXAS
 MIKE LAURO ARKANSAS HERB BENNETT MISSISSIPPI
A DOUBLES DUKE STOGNER ALABAMA IMRAN WAHEED ARKANSAS
 PAUL HADFIELD ARKANSAS JOSHUA KWEKEL ARKANSAS
B DOUBLES LIEDY HANDOKO TENNESSEE DENIS FRITCHIE TENNESSEE
 CHRIS CHRESTMAN TENNESSEE SCOTT LANE TENNESSEE
    
    
Tuesday - 10-2-12
Bixby - 13 players.
2 first time out players - Joe Bolay and Nick Ellsworth
Drew Cowan, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, John Moore, John Cai, Martin Ndengang, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, and father and son - did not get their names.
Tuesday - 10-2-12

Update on the next Hutchinson tournament - From Guy Hendrickson (and from Stephen Ackart)
Stephen,We are working on getting a place to have one.
Not sure yet if it will happen. Hope to know in a week or so.
That would make it in about a month to 6-weeks away if possible.-Guy-

Monday - 10-1-12
Dawson - 11 players
Obie Bryant, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Jeff Notley, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Monday - 10-1-12
The following article was written by Stephen Ackart on the Little Rock tournament held 2 days ago:
The first event I played in was the U1900. It started with a 3 man round robin between myself (1605), Viful Mhapsekar(1773) & Chris Hardin (1731). I went on to go undefeated in the first part of this even beating both of these players in 5 games. The next round of this matchup I faced John Falco (1573) and won that match. Finally on to the semi’s, I faced our own Kelly Boyce (1859) and lost in the 5th game. So I got 3rd in this event, unfortunately, only 1st & 2nd get trophies.
 
In the U1700 event, I had a 4 man round robin with me, Larry Hendrix (1502), Chris Bouie (1523) & Charles Brooks (1328). I went on to go undefeated the first round of this event winning all my matches 3-0. After going on, I face our own Don Tiger (1287) barely squeaking by in the 5th game. Great playing Don! Moving on to the finals, I face our own Martin Ndengang (1523) who beats me in 4. Great playing on Martin’s part! So this event showed the strength of Tulsa by us taking Gold & Silver.
 
Moving onto the open RR. I had a 4 man round robin with me, Carl Lewis(1792), Andy O’Young(1243) & Rafael Veliz Jr.(773). I went on to win this round robin undefeated winning all 3 matches 3-0. The next round had me paired up with William Todd (2064) who beat me in 3, but I played very well going deuce in 2 of the 3 games.
 
All in all, Tulsa had a very good day placing 1st & 2nd in U1500, 1st & 2nd in U1700 & 2nd in U1900!
Monday - 10-1-12

Results from the Little Rock tournament this weekend (written by Kelly Boyce):
Don Tiger - 1st in U-1500
David Correa - 2nd in U-1500
Martin Ndengang - 1st in U-1700
Stephen Ackart - 2nd in U-1700
Kelly Boyce - 2nd in U-1900 (Kelly had 2 match points against his opponent in the 5th!)
Amol Mudhale - Unknown
Stephen Ackart played Kelly Boyce in the semi-finals of the U-1900 and was leading 2 games to 1 and was ahead in the 4th game when Kelly came from behind and won. Stephen's mental toughness broke down in the 5th game as Kelly won the 5th game easily.
In the semi-finals of the U-1700- Don Tiger and Stephen Ackart went 5 games.
Stephen and Kelly (along with David and Martin and his wife) stayed at the La Quinta Inn on Fair Park (one of the 2 hotels/motels mentioned in the tournament flyer.
Cost was $69 for 2 queen beds.
There was very few people staying that night.
They have a complimentary breakfast (waffles, cold cereal, fruit).
Also, the mexican restaurant next to the La Quinta was very good.
After the tournament all 5 of us ate at Famous Daves (recommended by David) and we had "The Feast" (recommended by David) and it was very good and a great choice.
Stephen and I left for Tulsa and Martin and his wife and David stayed the night at La Quinta.

Friday - 9-28-12

6 Tulsa players going to Little Rock tomorrow:
Stephen Ackart, Don Tiger, David Correa, Martin Ndengang, Kelly Boyce, Amol Mudhale
List of all 79 players in the tournament below:

 ARKANSAS OPEN 2012       
 LAST NAME FIRST TOWN STATE                         RTG   1ST
1 ACKART STEPHEN COWETA OK                       1602   8:30A
2 AHRABLI REZA RUSSELLVILLE AR                    1488   2P
3 AL-MUHANA MONTADAR LITTLE ROCK AR   955     8:30A
4 ARSHAD HAMZA LITTLE ROCK AR                    679    10:30A
5 BARONE MIA CABOT AR                                        19    8:30A
6 BARONE SCOTT CABOT AR                                2014  10:30A
7 BARONE SHELBY CABOT AR                               862   8:30A
8 BENNETT HERB HATTIESBURG MS                   1705   8:30A
9 BOSWELL DALE SPRINGFIELD MO                   1748   8:30A
10 BOUIE CHRIS MARTIN TN                                 1402   8:30A
11 BOYCE KELLY BROKEN ARROW OK             1859   8:30A
12 BROOKS  KYLE MEMPHIS TN                          1311   8:30A
13 BROOKS  CHARLIE SHERIDAN AR                  1358   8:30A
14 BROOKSHIRE COOPER CORDOVA TN           1052   8:30A
15 BUTLER BISHOP BRYANT AR                              UR  12:30P
16 CHRESTMAN CHRIS GERMANTOWN TN       1419   8:30A
17 CORREA DAVID OWASSO OK                         1208   8:30A
18 DAVIS GLEN SHERWOOD AR                          1762   12:30P
19 DIAZ MARIANA MEMPHIS TN                           874   2P
20 FALCO ALEXANDER BENTON AR                    882   8:30A
21 FALCO JOHN BENTON AR                               1573   8:30A
22 FANG CHEN BO LITTLE ROCK AR                   801   12:30P
23 FLOWERS DONNY GERMANTOWN TN        2003   10:30A
24 FRITCHIE DENIS CORDOVA TN                     1733    8:30A
25 GILLERAN BRADY BRYANT AR                       UR     8:30A
26 GILLERAN JERRY BRYANT AR                         UR     8:30A
27 GILLERAN MARK BRYANT AR                         UR     8:30A
28 HADFIELD PAUL SHERWOOD AR                  1668    10:30A
29 HALL WILLIAM LITTLE ROCK AR                 1769    10:30A
30 HANDOKO LIEDY CORDOVA TN      2076 10:30A
31 HARDIN CHRIS CORDOVA TN      1731 8:30A
32 HARTMANN JOYCE CLINTON AR      744 8:30A
33 HE  FENG LITTLE ROCK AR      1502 2P
34 HENDRIX LARRY STONEWALL LA      1502 10:30A
35 HILL PAUL BRYANT AR      UR 2P
36 HOCK GAIL NORCROSS GA      364 10:30A
37 JAMBHEKAR KEDAR LITTLE ROCK AR      1596 8:30A
38 KEASLER DAN SHREVEPORT LA      1483 8:30A
39 KWEKEL JOSHUA BRYANT AR      1696 8:30A
40 LABARRE BRIAN VICKSBURG MS      1014 8:30A
41 LANE SCOTT COLLIERVILLE TN      1656 8:30A
42 LANE STEFAN COLLIERVILLE TN      UR 8:30A
43 LAURO MIKE LITTLE ROCK AR      1880 12:30P
44 LEWIS CARL MEMPHIS TN      1792 8:30A
45 LI  CHENG FRISCO MS      2594 12:30P
46 LIU PAUL SPRINGFIELD MO      1251 8:30A
47 LYN-COOK LASCELLES LITTLE ROCK AR      UR 12:30P
48 MCCARTHY KONNIE CONWAY AR      406 8:30A
49 MEMON KASHIF CORDOVA TN      1449 8:30A
50 MHAPSEKAR SANA LITTLE ROCK AR      112 12:30P
51 MHAPSEKAR STUTI LITTLE ROCK AR      63 12:30P
52 MHAPSEKAR VIFUL LITTLE ROCK AR      1773 8:30A
53 MILLER  JOHN MAUMELLE AR      873 10:30A
54 MORROW LOUIS HEBER SPRINGS AR      1099 8:30A
55 MUDHALE AMOL TULSA OK      UR 12:30P
56 MYERS WAYNE QUITMAN AR      764 8:30A
57 NDENGANG MARTIN BIXBY OK      1523 8:30A
58 O'YOUNG ANDREW SHREVEPORT LA      1248 8:30A
59 PATEL NEEL CONWAY AR      637 8:30A
60 PHILLIPS BEN PINE BLUFF AR      1716 8:30A
61 POSNER AARON MONROE LA      805 10:30A
62 PRATT JEFF LITTLE ROCK AR      796 8:30A
63 REDDY MOHAN LITTLE ROCK AR      981 10:30A
64 ROSE JOE JACKSONVILLE AR      834 2P
65 SEEDTIBOOD ANOP JACKSONVILLE AR      1731 12:30P
66 SPICER ASHLEY MARTIN TN      UR 12:30P
67 STOGNER DUKE HOOVER AL      1677 2P
68 TIGER DONALD TULSA OK      1267 8:30A
69 TODD WILLIAM COLUMBIA MO      2064 2P
70 TRIPATHI SANIDHYA CONWAY AR      UR 8:30A
71 TRIPATHI SHREYAM CONWAY AR      UR 12:30P
72 VELIZ RAFAEL TEXARKANA TX      1821 8:30A
73 VELIZ EMMA TEXARKANA TX      761 8:30A
74 VELIZ EMMA L TEXARKANA TX      669 8:30A
75 VELIZ RAFAEL JR TEXARKANA TX      773 8:30A
76 WAHEED IMRAN WHITE HALL AR      1792 12:30P
77 WEATHERFORD BRADEN SHERWOOD AR      UR 10:30A
78 WILLIAMSON COLTON STONEWALL LA      1309 8:30A
79 ZHOU GUANGXU LITTLE ROCK AR      1501 2P
      

Tuesday - 9-25-12
Bixby - 11 players
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Darren Delaune, Corey Flaugher, Martin Ndengang, John Moore, David Correa, John Cai, Chris, Drew Cowan, Bo Nam.
Tuesday - 9-24-12

From Bob Kyker: Senior Olympics tournament in Topeka, Kansas held 9-22-12
Tulsa member results:
George Taplin and I (Bob Kyker) won first place in doubles 70-75.
I (Bob Kyker) won silver in singles 70-75, lost to Robert Gay (1716)
Ray Pestridge won gold in singles 75-80.
Ray and wife Debbie won silver in mixed dbls.
Debbie Pestridge won silver in singles.
Ray and Glendale Markwell won gold in dbls 75-80.
(Bob also sent in 4 pics that will be added to the photo's page on the club website later).

Monday - 9-24-12
Dawson - 13 players.
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Matt Hand, Adam Hogsett, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Amol Mudhale, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.
Sunday - 9-23-12

From Eugene Atha: list of the players entered so far in the Little Rock open this Saturday.
I will send another list out Thursday with the entry form to remind everyone of the starting times.
If you know someone who is planning on coming & they aren’t on the list you might want to remind them the deadline is Wednesday.
The Open singles will still have slots available but some of the morning events will fill up.

ARKANSAS OPEN 2012    
LAST NAME FIRST TOWN STATE RTG
1 ACKART STEPHEN COWETA OK 1627
2 AL-MUHANA MONTADAR LITTLE ROCK AR 955
3 ARSHAD HAMZA LITTLE ROCK AR 679
4 BARONE MIA CABOT AR 19
5 BARONE SCOTT CABOT AR 2014
6 BARONE SHELBY CABOT AR 862
7 BOYCE KELLY BROKEN ARROW OK 1859
8 BROOKS  KYLE GERMANTOWN TN 1311
9 BROOKS  CHARLIE SHERIDAN AR 1358
10 BROOKSHIRE COOPER CORDOVA TN 1052
11 CHRESTMAN CHRIS GERMANTOWN TN 1419
12 DAVIS GLEN SHERWOOD AR 1762
13 DIAZ MARIANA MEMPHIS TN 874
14 FALCO ALEXANDER BENTON AR 882
15 FALCO JOHN BENTON AR 1573
16 FANG CHEN BO LITTLE ROCK AR 801
17 FLOWERS DONNY GERMANTOWN TN 2003
18 FRITCHIE DENIS CORDOVA TN 1733
19 HADFIELD PAUL SHERWOOD AR 1668
20 HALL WILLIAM LITTLE ROCK AR 1769
21 HANDOKO LIEDY CORDOVA TN 2076
22 HARDIN CHRIS CORDOVA TN 1738
23 HARTMANN JOYCE CLINTON AR 744
24 HENDRIX LARRY STONEWALL LA 1502
25 HOCK GAIL NORCROSS GA 364
26 JAMBHEKAR KEDAR LITTLE ROCK AR 1596
27 KEASLER DAN SHREVEPORT LA 1483
28 KWEKEL JOSHUA BRYANT AR 1696
29 LABARRE BRIAN VICKSBURG MS 1014
30 LAURO MIKE LITTLE ROCK AR 1880
31 LEWIS CARL MEMPHIS TN 1792
32 MCCARTHY KONNIE CONWAY AR 406
33 MEMON KASHIF CORDOVA TN 1395
34 MHAPSEKAR SANA LITTLE ROCK AR 112
35 MHAPSEKAR STUTI LITTLE ROCK AR 63
36 MHAPSEKAR VIFUL LITTLE ROCK AR 1773
37 MYERS WAYNE QUITMAN AR 764
38 O'YOUNG ANDREW SHREVEPORT LA 1248
39 POSNER AARON MONROE LA 805
40 PRATT JEFF LITTLE ROCK AR 796
41 ROSE JOE JACKSONVILLE AR 834
42 SEEDTIBOOD ANOP JACKSONVILLE AR 1731
43 SHARP ADAM LITTLE ROCK AR UR
44 STOGNER DUKE HOOVER AL 1674
45 TIGER DONALD TULSA OK 1267
46 WAHEED IMRAN WHITE HALL AR 1792
47 WILLIAMSON COLTON STONEWALL LA 1309
48 ZHOU GUANGXU LITTLE ROCK AR 1501

Thursday - 9-20-12

Dawson - 13 players.
Alan Ting, Mike Lauro (from Arkansas), Peter Buscemi (from Locust Grove), Kelly Boyce, David Correa, Stephen Denis, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanhan, Martin Ndengang, Colby.

Thursday - 9-20-12
From David Correa: Have some high rated players coming to dawson tonight if anyone wants to test there skills (will be playing Saturday and Sunday at Lindenwood Tournament).
Thursday - 9-20-12

Lindenwood tournament this weekend  - 9-22-12
2 Tulsa players attending - David Correa and Brian Figg.
For a list of all players entered, click below:
http://www.spttc.org/players9-12.html

Sponsored by the St. Peters table tennis club - http://www.spttc.org/

Lindenwood is one of 2 colleges that offer scholarships for table tennis and therefore has many good players.

Wed - 9-19-12

Update on the Lafortune ping pong tournament to be held in Nov.
David Correa contacted Greg last week but has not heard back from Greg.

The club received the following email on 8-22-12.
Will someone be able to assist Greg on this tournament?

My name is Greg Kichler and I am helping to organize a table tennis tournament at Lafortune community center in early November.
The tournament is a fundraiser for the tennis center and we came up with the idea as a way to continue having fun and raise a little bit of money during the winter months.
10 years ago I was the number two rated junior in the state of Georgia(1787 at 12 yrs old).
Since then I have moved away from the sport and now play only casually.
The model for the tournament is a tournament which I used to play in at the Jewish community center in Atlanta.
The tournament started out as a fundraiser and then turned into a nice 2 star tournament.
The idea for the tournament is to have a recreation division and a tournament division.
We would love if you would like to join the tournament committee as well as spread the word to the fellow members at the club.
I first became interested in playing table tennis at a tournament like this and feel like this is a great way to promote the sport in this city.
Our first committee meeting is Thursday, August 30th at Lafortune Tennis Center.

Thanks,

Greg Kichler

Office Phone: 539-573-0355

Cell: 918-230-2039

Tuesday - 9-18-12
Bixby - 12 players
1 first time out player - Matthew Tallman
Melvin Norton, Yee Yang, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Corey Flaugher, Martin Ndengang, Bo Nam, Don Tiger, Chris, Johnny McClanahan, John Cai (pronounced Ki - rhymes with by or sigh)
Monday - 9-17-12
Dawson - 16 players.
2 first time out players - Obie Bryant, Jeff Notley (know Kyle Sanchez).
Larry Buell, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
Tuesday - 9-18-12
Update on the Little Rock tournament next weeked - 9-29.
Eugene Atha has rec'd 3 Tulsa players entry forms - Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, Don Tiger.
Has not rec'd David Correa's or Martin Ndengang's yet.
Tuesday - 9-18-12

From Fernando Prato:
Abilene, KS tournament (9-15-12)
Results:
Nestor Prato
1st place in group "B"
2nd place in U1700
Fernando Prato
3rd place in group "C".
I'll send some pics later.

Thursday - 9-13-12
Dawson - 10 players.
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Adam Hogsett, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 9-13-12

Kelly Boyce went by Dawson today at noon and turned on the AC to 73 degrees.
The inside temp was 81 degrees.
Also, dropped off some Nittaku's.

Tuesday - 9-11-12
Bixby - 8 players
David Correa, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Matt Dyer, Corey Flaugher, John Moore, Bohyun Nam, John Cai (who joined the club tonight! )
Monday - 9-10-12
Dawson - 13 players.
1 first time out player - Adam Hogsett (knows Ray).
Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas
Tuesday - 9-11-12

From a Fernando Prato email:
Nestor and Fernando Prato will be going this Saturday 9/15/12 to Abilene, KS for the "8th Annual Wild Bill Hickok Open Shootout" Table Tennis Tournament.

Monday - 9-10-12
From Roland Harrison - President of the Bartlesville Table Tennis club.
Greetings: Well, our days of playing at the American Christian School have ended!
I have enjoyed the 8 years that we have been playing there.
I have met many fine people who were treasured friends.
Tomorrow on Saturday, Sept 8, the movers will take our tables to the Washington County Adult Center at 300 E Angus.
On Sunday, Sept 9, several of our members will meet at the Center and begin taking apart 3 of our tables and then assembling them in one of the rooms.
The entry to the room in difficult for our tables that are 5 feet wide and the carriage is 22 inches and 2 right angle turns are necessary through a narrow passage way.
Confusing? Come and see!
Hopefully we will be able to play on them on Tuesday, the 11th.
One of our tables will be stored in another room where we can play if needed.
The fifth table will be stored in a garage behind the Center.

The Center is located about 3 blocks West of HWY 75 in Dewey OK.
If one is proceeding North on HWY 75, proceed North of the first traffic light, which is at Durham, about 2 blocks and turn west at the corner South of the Sinclair gasoline station on Angus.
The Center is located in a building that was once an Elementary School.

Since we are renting our space for $40 per month, it is not necessary to be over 60 years of age.
We can still bring our children.

Call if these directions are confusing.

Roland

918-333-0481

 

Friday - 9-7-12
From David Correa:
NESTER PRATO and I will LEAVE TULSA TODAY AT 5 TO GO TOTEXAS WESLEYAN TOURNAMENT . WE WILL STOP IN OKC TO VISIT OKC PLAYERS THEN ON TO DALLAS


Thursday - 9-6-12
Dawson - no info
Thursday - 9-6-12
Dawson - Kelly Boyce went by last night - Wed -  at 6:00 PM and turned down the AC to 73 degrees.
Wed - 9-5-12
From Bob Kyker:
Our anniversary is tomorrow, so I won't be out to play at dawson thursday.
Players will have to coordinate with keyholders and someone please turn in a player list to kelly.
Be sure to turn off a.c. after play.
Tuesday - 9-4-12
Bixby - 10 players.
1 first time out player - Matt Dyer (works at the center).
Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Martin Ndengang, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Don Tiger, Bo Nam, Corey Flaugher, Melvin Norton.
Other news: Martin is 80% sure he will go to Little Rock on 9-29.
Monday - 9-3-12
Dawson (Labor Day) - 9 players
Sam Agbasii, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Debbie Pestridge, Ray Pestridge, Nestor Prato, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 8-30-12
Dawson - 12 players.
Alan Ting, Stephen Ackart, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Ray Pestridge, Juan Plummer, Nestor Prato.
Wed - 8-29-12
Kelly Boyce turned down the AC at Dawson to 73 degrees Wed night at 6:00 PM
Tuesday - 8-28-12
Bixby - 11 players
Jim French, David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Martin Ndengang, Hamid Ezzat, Don Tiger, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Johnny McClanahan, Chris, Bohyun Nam.
Other news: Players going to the Little Rock tournament on 9-29 - Stephen Ackart, David Correa and Kelly Boyce. David Correa and Martin Ndengang are thinking about going.
Monday - 8-27-12
Dawson - 13 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Nestor Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Sunday - 8-26-12
27 pictures have been added to the "photos" page.
18 pcs from the June 23 Sooner Summer games with 7 Tulsa players - Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Alex Tupas, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Brian Flinn.
9 pics from the June 30 US Open in Michigan with 3 Tulsa players - Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato and David Correa.
(All pics by Fernando Prato).
Sunday - 8-26-12

9 pics of the US Open, by Fernando Prato, in Grand Rapids, Michigan held June 30, 2012  - 3 Tulsa players attended - Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato and David Correa - are now posted on the "photos" page of this website - or click here:
http://tulsatabletennis.com/photoalbum1.asp?CategoryID=10

Sunday - 8-26-12

Table Tennis documentary featuring Ariel Hsing, Lily Zhang, Michael Landers - all going to the Olympics - courtesy of Johnny McClanahan (sent in 7-6-12) (sorry for the late post) (also link (80) below) - click here

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Thursday - 8-23-12
Dawson - 11 players.
1 first time out player - Alan Ting (rating 2084) - from the Oklahoma City club
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Wed - 8-22-12
Alan Ting (rating 2084) from the Okla City club will be at Dawson tomorrow night.
Wed - 8-22-12

The club received the following email today.
Will someone be able to assist Greg on this tournament?

My name is Greg Kichler and I am helping to organize a table tennis tournament at Lafortune community center in early November.
The tournament is a fundraiser for the tennis center and we came up with the idea as a way to continue having fun and raise a little bit of money during the winter months.
10 years ago I was the number two rated junior in the state of Georgia(1787 at 12 yrs old).
Since then I have moved away from the sport and now play only casually.
The model for the tournament is a tournament which I used to play in at the Jewish community center in Atlanta.
The tournament started out as a fundraiser and then turned into a nice 2 star tournament.
The idea for the tournament is to have a recreation division and a tournament division.
We would love if you would like to join the tournament committee as well as spread the word to the fellow members at the club.
I first became interested in playing table tennis at a tournament like this and feel like this is a great way to promote the sport in this city.
Our first committee meeting is Thursday, August 30th at Lafortune Tennis Center.

Thanks,

Greg Kichler

Office Phone: 539-573-0355

Cell: 918-230-2039

Wed - 8-22-12
Kelly Boyce will go by Dawson tonight around 6:00 PM and turn the AC to 73 degrees.
Tuesday - 8-21-12
Bixby - 9 players.
2 first time out players - Joshua Payne and Dylan Barnes - both from Broken Arrow High school.
Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Fernando Prato, Nestor Prato, John Moore, Chris, Melvin Norton.
Monday - 8-20-12
Dawson - 12 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 8-16-12
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Mimo Adenuga, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Juan Plummer, Antonio Riera, Mike Riera, Don Tiger.
Wed - 8-15-12
Dawson - Kelly Boyce will turn on the AC around 6:00 PM tonight.
Tuesday - 8-14-12
Bixby- 8 players.
Tirell Whitlow, Alex Tupas, Hamid Ezzat, Martin Ndengang, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Don Tiger, John Moore.
Other news: Don Tiger still may go to the Little Rock tourny.
Tirell Whitlow will be buying a paddle from Coles - a pip outs type - since he likes to hit the ball, not spin the ball.
Monday - 8-13-12
Dawson - 14 players.
Thomas Berryhill (renewed his membership!), Sam Agbassi, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Antonio Riera, Mike Riera, Alex Tupas, Tao Wang.
Sunday - 8-12-12
Dawson - Bob Kyker turned on AC at 11:00 PM tonight.
Thursday - 8-9-12
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Mimo Adenuga
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Wed - 8-8-12
Dawson - Kelly Boyce will go by Dawson tonight and turn down the AC.
Tuesday - 8-7-12
Bixby - 20 players.
6 first time out players - Tirell Whitlow (from Okmulgee), Will Burnett, Cody Engle, Mikey Desirey, Daniel Edlin, Richard Larkin
14 regulars - Brian Flinn (after next Tuesday he will be going to OU and playing with the Okla City club), Douglass Ivanoff, John Moore, Nestor Prato,Fernando Prato, Martin Ndengang, Nick Papineau, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Corey Flaugher, Don Tiger, Mason Hozhabro, Daniel Hozhabro, Kelly Boyce.
Other news: Don Tiger may go to the Little Rock tourny on 9-29.
Monday - 8-6-12
Dawson - 17 players.
1 first time out player - Sam Agbasii
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Thomas Berryhill, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas.
Sunday - 8-6-12
Monday - 8-7-12 - will be a sad day for the Tulsa Table Tennis club.
The club will be losing a member (we cannot mention the name) to another city.
Sunday - 8-6-12
see the KJRH video - channel 2 - featuring Al Jerkins and Alex Tupas (and others):
http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/sports/olympics/london_games/2-for-the-gold-olympics-challenge-cayden-plays-ping-pong-with-the-tulsa-table-tennis-club
Thursday - 8-2-12

Dawson - 13 players
2 first time out players (summer olympics going on now) - Juan Plummer, Renole Evans.
Chris Agimuidie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, David Correa, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Martin Ndengang, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Daryl Chronister.
Other news: - from Bob Kyker:
It got up to 85 inside last night, everyone got very tired early.
It was 113 outside when we started at 5 pm and 82 inside.
Time before, it was 112 outside and 79 inside when we started.
(note from Kelly - the temperature differences could be due to a cloudy day keeping the sun off the building).

Wed - 8-1-12
Kelly Boyce turned down the AC to 73 degrees at Dawson tonight at 6:00 PM.
Tuesday - 7-31-12

Bixby - 12 players.
Bohyun Nam, David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart, John Moore, Martin Ndengang, Brian Flinn, Sean Parker, Jim French, Melvin Norton, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger.
Other news: John Moore has not played in 8 weeks due to pneumonia.
3 players committed to going to the Little Rock tourny on 9-29 - Stephen, Kelly and David.
2 players thinking about going - Johnny and Martin.

Monday - 7-30-12
Dawson - 19 players.
Al Jerkins (from KJRH), a video camera man, a still photographer, an assistant sports guy, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Kelly Boyce, Daryl Chronister, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Bohyun Nam, Nestor Prato, Fernando Prato, Antonio Riera, Mike Riera, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Ted Evans (Ted used to play in the 1980's).
Other news: don't know when the KJRH TV video will run but when we know, Kelly will send out a newletter and emails to let everyone know.
Monday - 7-30-12

Al Jerkins from KJRH - channel 9 called at 2:30 PM and said he will be out tonight at 7:00 PM.
Hopefully, Chris and Nick and Stephen (the official state champ) can make it out tonight.
Kelly Boyce will be out also.

 

Monday - 7-30-12
Little Rock tournament on 9-29-12.
Stephen Ackart and Kelly Boyce will be attending this (will go up Thursday and party in Little Rock).
This tournament only happens once a year so anyone wanting to go needs to enter early.
Anyone planning on going, email me and I will add it to this blog.
Friday - 7-27-12
From Bob Kyker:
After talking to Hamid, we tried a new approach to getting the inside temp down to a more reasonable playing environment, without using too much electricity.
I left the thermostat at 90 deg, to let the unit lower the temp to lower 70's when we start, instead of upper 70's.
If we don't, the inside temp rises too much during play time.
This was shown on 7.11.12 when it lowered it to 73 (starting inside temp of 92 at 11pm night before).
I will lower it Sun. pm to 70 (from 90).
Since we have no volunteers on repairing the frig, I will check on internet troubleshooting guides to see if I can fix it easily.
(From Kelly - ok to have a repair person come out to fix the fridge).
Thursday - 7-26-12
Dawson - 15 players.
1 first time out player - Mike Lauro (from Arkansas and rated 1836). He is going with David Correa to the Houston tournament this weekend.
Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Bohyun Nam, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.
Wed - 7-25-12

Dawson - Kelly Boyce went by at 6:00 pm and turned on the AC. The AC was off and the inside temp was 99 degrees.

 

Tuesday - 7-24-12
Bixby- 8 players
Melvin Norton, David Correa, Kelly Boyce, Brian Flinn, Corey Flaugher, Douglas Ivanoff, Sean Parker, Chris.
Other news: David Correa will be leaving this Friday for the tournament in Houston.
Monday - 7-23-12
Dawson - 13 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Bohyun Nam, Fernando Prato, Randy White.
Note - Kelly Boyce will turn on the AC Wed at 5:30 PM.
Monday - 7-23-12

Dawson - Kelly Boyce went by Dawson today at noon. The AC was on. It was set at 69 degrees and the inside temp was 76 degrees.

Thursday - 7-19-12
Dawson - 10 players.
Larry Buell, Drew Cowan, Sina Asadallahi, Hamid Ezzat, Randy White, Mike Hamby, David Correa, Juan Plummer, Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie.
Thursday - 7-19-12

The club received this email from KJRH (we need a volunteer to be the club expert for this taping):
I am hoping to get in contact with someone from your club.
We are working on several segments to air during the Olympics in the next few weeks.
We are hoping to team up with someone who can show our talent what it takes to be an Olympic-caliber athlete in Table Tennis.
We would hopefully tape the segment during the week.
It would involve us interviewing your expert and then having our talent try the event.
Can you put me in touch with someone who may be able to help?
We are trying to get this scheduled soon and would shoot in the next week or two.
Thanks, Paige Heyward | KJRH | Executive Producer
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(note from Kelly - since this is for TV, would prefer players in their 20's, early 30's for this volunteer job - I have 4 people in mind - I will contact the KJRH today on where they want to do this taping)

Wed - 7-18-12
Dawson - Kelly Boyce went to Dawson at 6:00 PM tonight to turn on the AC and the AC was left on from Monday night. The temp was set at 74 degrees and Kelly left it at 74 degrees.
Whoever closes tonight, be sure to turn off the AC and let Kelly Boyce know the AC was turned off.
Monday - 7-16-12
Dawson - 17 players (as of and up to 7:00 PM). Info below from Larry Buell:
And here's the list of attendees Monday (at least as of 1900, when I left):
Larry Buell, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Matt Tallman, Drew Cowan, Sina Asadallahi, Hamid Ezzat, Fernando Prato, Brian Flinn, Randy White, Antonio Riera, Mike Hamby, David Correa, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Mike Riera, Antonio Riera.
Monday - 7-16-12

From Bob Kyker:
I just set the dawson thermostat to 65 (11.30 pm sunday);inside temp was 91, outside temp was 78.
I will not be out monday or thursday this week, if plans don't change.
Early birds should contact each other to coordinate starting times.
I put a full bucket of balls next to the net box.
Be sure to turn ac off after play and please start ac wed pm sometime for thur play.
Someone please turn in player lists to kelly.
(Kelly Boyce will turn on the AC Wed after work around 5:30 PM).

Friday - 7-13-12
From Bob Kyker: good news!
Setting the thermostat 11pm night before dropped the inside temp to 73 deg at 3 pm.
It steadily increased to 78 deg max at 9pm, due to more sun and players.
The outside max temp was 99.
So I will set it again sun pm for monday play, expected high to be about 100 all next week.
Maybe someone else could set it wed pm, even after work would be ok.

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Thursday - 7-12-12
Dawson - 15 players.
Stephen Ackart, Ben Anisovets, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, David Correa, Stephen Denis, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger.
Thursday - 7-12-12
From Bob Kyker -
I set the thermostat at dawson at 11pm wed. to 65 deg; even tho it won't get there.
The inside temp was 92 and outside was about 85.
We will see how it does thur, the expected outside temp will be about 99 deg.
Tuesday - 7-10-12
Bixby - 13 players.
4 first time out players - Mike Riera, Antonio Riera, Mason Hozhadri, Daniel Hozhadri
9 regulars - Ray Pestridge, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, David Correa, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Bohyun Nam, Chris, Johnny McClanahan
Monday - 7-9-12
Dawson - 21 players.
Chris Agimude, Sydney Agimudie, Ben Anisovets (first time out), Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Kavoos (knows Sina), Bob Kyker, Darrel Lucht, Johnny McClanahan, Mansoor Mohammad, Fernando Prato, Antonio Riera, Mike Riera, Matthew Tallman, Don Tiger, Alex Tiger.
Monday - 7-9-12
David Correa is entered in the Southern Open in Houston for July 28.
He is entered in the U-1400 and U-1550.
Monday - 7-9-12
Kelly Boyce turned on the AC at Dawson today at noon to 73 degrees (due to the cooler temp today) - per Bob Kyker.
The AC was turned off and the temp was 90 degrees inside.
Thursday - 7-5-12
Dawson - 15 players.
3 first time out players - Antonio Rera, Mike Rera, Chuck Urasaki (used to be a very good player from the 1980's but had back problems and had to quit).
12 regulars - Peter Buscemi, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Brian Flinn, Matt Hand, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Randy White, Sina Asadallahi, Hamid Ezzat.
Thursday - 7-5-12

Dawson - update on the AC - from Bob Kyker:
I turned the ac on Thursday at 9 am and it was 91 inside, set thermostat at 70.
At 3 pm, it was 80 inside, and at 9.30 pm it was 81 inside (max was 82).

Thursday - 7-5-12
The club refrigerator at Dawson is not working and may be low on freon.
If anyone knows how to fix the fridge, please contact Bob Kyker.
Tuesday - 7-3-12
Bixby - 10 players.
Alex Tupas, Alex's son, Hamid Ezzat, Sina Asadallahi, Brian Flinn, Kelly Boyce, Ray Pestridge, Bob Kyker, Melvin Norton, and Neil Weintrob (who last time played in 1980 ! - just in town (from North Carolina) visiting his son.
Monday - 7-2-12

Dawson - 14 players.
Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, Drew Cowan, Brian Flinn, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Bohyun Nam, Ray Perstidge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Randy White
Other news: Hamid turned on the AC this morning. It was 91 degrees in Dawson.

Friday - 6-29-12

Dawson - update on the AC situation.
From an email from Bob Kyker:
When I got to dawson at 3pm, the thermostat was set at 73 (by kelly) and the room temp was about 84.
I lowered the thermostat to 68, knowing it would never reach it.
The room temp got down to 80 at its lowest and went back up to 81 due to heat buildup of players.
The room temp went back down to 80 when the sun went down, it never went below this.
The thermostat is adjustable, the room temp is somewhat controllable.
Setting the thermostat at noon on days when the outside temp is above 100 will not probably not get the inside temp below 80.
Hamid will go to Dawson Monday morning and turn down the thermostat.

Thursday - 6-28-12
Dawson - 12 players.
1 first time out player - Matthew Tallman (nephew of Don Tiger from North Carolina).
Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Matts Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Thursday - 6-28-12
Kelly went by Dawson today at noon and turned down the AC to 73 degrees. The thermostat was set at 80 and the inside temperature was 80.
Tuesday - 6-26-12
Bixby - 8 players.
1 first time out player - Evan Darnell
Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Brian Flinn, Bob Kyker, Douglas Ivanoff, Sean Parker
Tuesday - 6-26-12

Dawson - in order to save the city money during this summer, the air conditioner needs to be turned off after play on Monday and Thursday.
Someone on Monday's and Thursday's (ie Kelly for now and other volunteers need to let Kelly know) will turn on the AC at noon on Mondays and Thursdays to help cool it down.

Monday - 6-25-12

Dawson - 9 players (info from Larry Buell)
Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Randy White.
Other news: Oklahoma has a new official state champion - Stephen Ackart !
Stephen won the open event this weekend - 6-23-12 in Okla city (using his new grip as recommended by Addy Winfred)!
7 players from Tulsa attended:
Stephen Ackart, David Correa, Alex Tupas, Mike Hamby, Brian Flinn, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato
Stephen won the open – 2nd place to Greg (forgot his last name) – 3rd to Dalton
Alex won the under 2000 and Stephen came in 2nd
Alex Tupas and Ray Pestridge won the under 3800 doubles
Stephen and Tiffany Tran won the under 3000 doubles.
Fernando Prato won 1st in U-1100 and came in 2nd in U-1300
Brian Flinn came in 1st in U-1300.
For a link to all results:  http://okctt.wordpress.com/summer-2012-sooner-state-games/

Thursday - 6-21-12
Dawson - 11 players.
Stephen Ackart, Peter Buscemi, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Joe Hopkins, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Randy White.
Tuesday - 6-19-12
Bixby - no info (Kelly did not play).
Monday - 6-18-12
Dawson - 16 players
1 first time out player - Debbie Pestridge
Stephen Ackart, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, Drew Cowan, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
Saturday - 6-16-12
Kelly Boyce will not be out at Bixby this Tuesday.
Friday - 6-15-12
From James A. Lindberg and the ITTF website.
  • Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, the new Poly (non-celluloid) balls are set to be used in ITTF tournaments as of 1 July 2014. So you could say that the manufacturers have two years to get the Poly balls right, or if you are more cynical (like me!), you could argue that the players have two years to adjust to the below standard balls.
    http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=50534&title=new-poly-ball-review
    and
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keepexistingtabletennisballs/
    and
    http://tabletennis-reviews.com/poly-non-celluloid-table-tennis-ball-review/
    and
    http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=50730&PN=1&title=just-say-no-to-the-new-poly-balls-sign-petition
    and
    http://tabletennis.about.com/od/rants-opinions-philosophy/a/Protesting-Against-Plastic-Ping-Pong-Balls.htm
  • Thursday - 6-14-12

    Dawson - 6 players (tonight is Okla Thunder vs Miami Heat - game 2 in Okla City).
    Hamid Ezzat, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Erin (first time out), Kyle Sanchez, Brian Flinn.
    Other news: Mike Hamby and Drew Cowan will be playing doubles in the Sooner Games next week.

    Tuesday - 6-12-12
    Bixby - 11 players.
    Hamid Ezzat, Sina Asadallahi, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Fernando Prato, Brian Flinn, Doug Ivanoff, Randy White, Melvin Norton, Corey Flaugher (last time Corey was out was 6-1-10).
    Other news: Randy White got a new paddle from Paddle Palace - a defensive blade with Mark V rubber and he likes it alot.
    Stephen Ackart is trying out his new grip - per Addy Winfred's recommendation when Stephen went and had a lesson on Saturday (Stephen was very glad he went and had the lesson).
    Monday - 6-11-12

    Dawson - 14 players
    Alex Tupas, Sina Asadallahi, Nick Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Fernando Prato, David Correa, Randy White, Matt Hand, Hamid Ezzat, Drew Cowan, Don Tiger, Mike Hamby, Matts Johansson.
    (info courtesy of Mike Hamby).

    Friday - 6-8-12
    7 possible players planning on going to the Oklahoma City tournament on 6-23:
    Alex Tupas, Stephen Ackart, Brian Flinn, Hamid Ezzat, Fernando Prato, David Correa, Ray Pestridge (doubles only with Alex).
    (If anyone knows of anyone else going, please email Kelly).
    Thursday - 6-7-12
    Dawson - 11 players
    2 first time out players - Aaron Bode, Joe Hopkins
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Randy White, Matt Hand.
    Wed - 6-6-12
    Bob Kyker will not be at the club next week.
    Tuesday - 6-5-12
    Bixby - 10 players
    Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Fernando Prato, Sina Asadallahi, Hamid Ezzat, Doug Ivanoff, Brian Flinn, Sean Parker, Melvin Norton.
    Monday - 6-4-12

    Dawson - 15 players.
    Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Randy White.
    Other news: Mike Hamby renewed his membership!

     

    Thursday - 5-31-12
    Dawson - 17 players.
    1 first time out player - Miguel Riera
    Stephen Ackart, Sina Asadallahi, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Stephen Denis, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez (joined the club tonight!), Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Randy White.
    Wed - 5-30-12
    Stephen Ackart will be attending a Winfred Addy training lesson in Okla City on June 9 - Sat.
    Anyone wanting to attend can drive up with Stephen.
    Tuesday - 5-29-12
    Bixby - 15 players.
    2 first time out players - Sean Parker and Douglass Ivanoff (both know Brian Flinn).
    Randy White (joined the club tonight!), Kelly Boyce, Fernando Prato, David Correa, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Melvin Norton, Brian Flinn, Hamid Ezzat, Sina Asadallahi, Don Tiger, Martin Ndengang, Bob Kyker.
    Other news: Randy White got a new paddle from Paddle Palace and is very fast for him - Mark V on balsa wood.
    Monday - 5-28-12

    Dawson center 5-28-12 (Memorial day)
    6 Players attended: David Correa & his sons: Austin & Jordan, Fernando Prato, Matt Hand, and Randy White (info from Fernando)


    Thursday - 5-24-12
    Dawson - 10 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Randy White.
    Wed - 5-23-12
    David Correa will be attending 3 tournaments next month - Wesleyan on Jun 16. Sooner games on Jun 23. US Nationals in Michigan on June 30.
    Tuesday - 5-22-12

    Bixby - 9 players
    Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, David Correa, Bohyun Nam, Martin Ndengang, Don Tiger, Melvin Norton, John Moore.
    Other news: In St. Louis, Don Tiger won the Under 1500 event and won the Under 1250 event and came in 2nd in the Under 1000. There is a picture floating around of Don with his trophies that will be posted soon on the club's website in the photo pages.
    David Correa will be attending 3 tournaments next month.

    Monday - 5-21-12
    Dawson - 15 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Randy White
    Thursday - 5-17-12

    Dawson - 8 players.
    Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister (joined the club tonight! ), Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand ( joined the club tonight ! ), Bob Kyker, Keith Spence, Don Tiger.

    Tuesday - 5-15-12

    Bixby - 9 players
    Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Sina Asadallahi, Bohyun Nam, Melvin Norton, John Moore.
    Other news: Sina will be graduating this summer with an electrical engineering degree and looking for work.

     

    Monday - 5-14-12

    Dawson - 10 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Alex Tupas, Randy White.
    Other news: Don Tiger won every event he entered in the St. Louis tournament!
    David Correa did not do as well.

     

    Sunday - 5-13-12
    7 videos have been posted to the this web page - see links 73 to 79 - taken by Alex Tupas from the Hutchinson tournament held 4-21-12.
    Thursday - 5-10-12
    Dawson - 7 players.
    Larry Buell, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Bob Kyker, Bohyun Nam, Don Tiger.
    Thursday 5-10-12
    View live streaming matches from the World Olympic Qualifications 2012!
    http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/ittfstream.php 
    Thursday - 5-10-12

    From: Guy Hendrickson [mailto:hendrickson1878@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 5:57 PM
    To: admin@usatt.org; Kelly Boyce; Kelly Boyce; Fernando Prato
    Subject: Re: Incorrect tournament results
    Fernando, 
    I have emailed the corrections to North American Table Tennis earlier this week.  All of Ronald Porters matches were posted for your matches also.  He has replied and confirmed that the corrections will be posted to this weeks update of the USATT website.
     
    Sorry I did not copy you with the email sent earlier.  Your concerns would have been alleviated.
     
    Guy Hendrickson
    Tournament Director
    Hutchinson Table Tennis Club

    Wed - 5-9-12

    From: Fernando Prato [mailto:fprato@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 2:18 PM
    To: Joycelyn Grooms; Guy Hendrickson; Kelly Boyce; Kelly Boyce
    Subject: Incorrect tournament results

    Joyce, Guy,

    I checked the USATT website results from the tournament in Hutchinson, KS last April 21, 2012 and it is unbelievable how incorrect the results are. In my results it shows that I played with some players that I never played and lost some games that I didn't.


    Here are the games that I dispute:
    I won the games against:
    Israeli, Yonatan (999)-but it shows that I lost twice against this player
    Schmidt, Derek (830), but it also shows that I lost against him -which I didn't
    Kurait, Alexey (1003)

    I never played against:
    Correa, David (1263)
    Roman, Jonathan (1741)
    Mairal, Sarang (1761)


    Player:
    Eissouh, Saad (1046), I only played 1 time with him, why does it shows that I played twice?

    ----------------

    This is so unprofessional and disappointing!!! I not planning to attend this tournament again.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    From: Joycelyn Grooms [mailto:Admin@usatt.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 3:34 PM
    To: Fernando Prato; Guy Hendrickson; Kelly Boyce; Kelly Boyce
    Cc: Ratings (ratings@natabletennis.com); Andrew Horn
    Subject: RE: Incorrect tournament results

    Fernando,

    I am forwarding your email to Mary at NATT to check the results.

    Thanks.

    JoyceGrooms

    Membership Director

    USATT

    1 Olympic Plaza

    Colorado Springs, CO 80909

    Phone # 719-866-3263

    Fax 719-632-6071

    Tuesday - 5-8-12

    Bixby - 10 players.
    3 first time out players - Randy White (knows Hamid thru fishing), Syed, Faisal.
    Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Fernando Prato, David Correa, Melvin Norton, Hamid Ezzat, Bohyun Nam (joined the club tonight! )
    Other news: David Correa and Don Tiger will be going to the St. Peters tournament this weekend

    Monday - 5-7-12
    Dawson - 8 players
    Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Mike Hamby, Jacob Hohn, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
    Friday - 5-4-12
    From David Correa: 
    Don Tiger and myself are entered in the ST PETERS MAY OPEN tournament - 05-12-12 and 05-13-12 near St. Louis.
    Thursday - 5-3-12

    Dawson - 13 players.
    1 first time out player - Justin Taylor
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Glen Grusendorf, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Randy White

    Wed - 5-2-12

    The Overland Park TT Club at

    Athletic Club of Overland Park

    Is Proud to present

    The 2012 Kansas City Spring

    Table Tennis Shootout

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012

    Sign up early with the attached entry form.

    This NON-SANCTIONED tournament will be divided into 4 divisions:

    Open Singles, U-1800 Singles, U-1200 (Novice) Singles, Hard Bat Singles

    Please tell everyone you know about this Table Tennis Tournament. This is a Round Robin tournament so you are sure to get plenty of matches.

    We have 11 tables in one of the best clubs in the mid-west.

    The tournament will run from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

    Check-in and warm-up will be from 9:00am – 10:00am.

    Contact us using the information below if you have questions about the tournament. PleaseDO NOT REPLY to this email as this inbox is not monitored.

    Please forward this email to all of your Table Tennis friends. We appreciate all your support in making this a successful event.

    Good Luck and I hope to see you on the courts!!

    Sincerely,

    Parviz Mojaverian

    Parviz.Mojaverian@Quintiles.com

    913-339-8033

    Richard Martin

    Richard.Martin@cerner.com

    520-243-9129

    P.S.: If you know of someone we should add to this email list, please reply and let me know.

    10440 Marty - Overland Park, Kansas 66202 - 913-383-9060 - Fax 913-383-9773

    Wed - 5-2-12

    3 Tulsa players going to the US Open on June 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan!!
    David Correa - he has his plane ticket and hotel reservations made!
    Fernando Prato and Nestor Prato are driving up and have their reservations made also!
    David and Fernando are entered in: Under-1350, Under-1500, & Under-1650
    Nestor is entered in: Singles Over-70, Singles Over-65, Under-1650
    (Looks like Tulsa has a chance for another National Champion again!!).

     

    Tuesday - 5-1-12
    Bixby - 8 players
    Fernando Prato, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, David Correa, Bohyun Nam, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, Don Tiger.
    Monday - 4-30-12
    Dawson - 15 players.
    1 first time out player - Jacob Hohn (just visiting from Texas)
    Stephen Ackart, Tom Anders, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Drew Cowan, Matt Cowan, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Shawun White, Yee Yang.
    Thursday - 4-26-12
    Dawson - no info (Bob off tonight).
    Tuesday - 4-24-12

    Bixby - 9 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, John Moore, Mansoor Mohammad, Bohyun Nam, Jack Hannah, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui
    Other news: No info on how the 6 Tulsa players did at Hutchinson.

    Monday - 4-23-12
    Dawson - no info
    Sunday - 4-22-12

    17 new photos added to the photo page, taken by Fernando Prato, of the Springfield, Missouri tournament held 3-17-12 with Tulsa players Stephen Ackart, Fernando Prato, Sina Asadallahi, Hamid Ezzat, Johnny McClanahan, Don Tiger, John Moore. To view - http://tulsatabletennis.com/PhotoAlbum1_categories.asp 

    Thursday - 4-19-12
    Dawson - 8 players.
    Matt Hand (moving to California next week), David Correa, Drew Cowan, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Bohyung Nam, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
    Thursday - 4-18-12
    From a Fernando Prato email:
    "Hey guys,  check the Tulsa Table Tennis Facebook page, there is some video, you are on it".
    Wed - 4-18-12
    6 players going to the Hutchinson tournament this Saturday:
    David Correa, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Chris Agimudie, Fernando Prato, Sina Asadallahi
    Tuesday - 4-17-12
    Bixby - 10 players.
    Jim French, Fernando Prato, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, David Correa, John Moore, Don Tiger, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, Rocki
    Monday - 4-16-12
    Dawson - 18 players.
    4 first time out players - Tom Anders, Drew Cowan, Matt Cowan (both know David), Walt Bell.
    14 regulars - Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Shawn White.
    Sunday - 4-15-12

    4 Tulsa players going to the Hutchinson tournament on 4-21-12 - Alex Tupas, Chris Agimudie, Fernando Prato, David Correa.

    Thursday - 4-12-12
    Dawson - 12 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Randy Petty, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
    Tuesday - 4-10-12
    Bixby - no info
    Monday - 4-9-12
    Dawson - 18 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Daryl Chronister, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Martin Ndengang, Fernando Prato, Glenn Roman, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
    Thursday - 4-5-12
    Dawson - 14 players.
    1 first time out player - Glenn Roman
    Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Samer Charr, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
    Tuesday - 4-3-12
    Bixby - 9 players.
    Jim French, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Mansoor Mohammad, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Nick Papineau, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui.
    Other news:
    Kelly Boyce will not be out to Bixby next Tuesday - 4-10.
    John Moore and Alex Tupas and Kelly Boyce are not committed to going to Hutchinson on 4-21-12.
    Monday - 4-2-12

    Dawson - 13 players.
    1 first time out player - did not get his name.
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.

     

    Monday - 4-2-12

    Results from the Springfield tournament on 3-17-12 are now on the USATT web site.
    Also, Tulsa players possibly going to the Hutchinson tournament on 4-21-12 are Fernando Prato, David Correa and John Moore.

    Sunday - 4-1-12
    (The following is from an email from Fernando Prato):
    By the way, I don't know if somebody took the initiative before (I guess no).
    I created a Tulsa Table Tennis Facebook and Twitter account.
    This will help us tremendously to promote TT in Tulsa and surroundings and provide information to its members/players.
    I'll be updating them within the next following days.
    Facebook.com/TulsaTableTennis
    Twitter.com/TulsaTableTenis
    Note that in the twitter account 'tenis' has only one 'n'. The reason for this is that twitter only allows names with 15 characters.
    Especially for the dates at Dawson, perhaps Bob, Ray, Larry, or whoever is going to go early can twitte so other players that may want to go early as well know that somebody is going to be there. 
    If none of you use twitter you can send me a text message and I'll post it.

    See you later
    Fernando
    Sat - 3-31-12

    Nice pictures of the winners of the Missouri Springfield Winter Games held 3-17-12 (includes pics of Chris Agimudie and Stephen Ackart) are in the link below (info courtesy of Bill Lewis):
    http://www.butterflyonline.com/static.asp?htmltemplate=/2012/12MOWGO.html

     

    Thursday - 3-29-12
    Dawson - 12 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Matthew Malecha, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
    Thursday - 3-29-12

    Here is the link to the Tulsa Fox sports with the video of the Tulsa Table Tennis Club:

    http://www.fox23.com/sports/default.aspx

    Then click, in the upper right, on the videos.

    Wed - 3-28-12

    The Fox Sports report (Channel 5 in Tulsa) on the Tulsa Table Tennis club will air tonight (with featured player Ray Pestridge - Tulsa's own National Champion in Singles and Doubles in his age category).
    Per an email from Jeff McAdam today:
    THIS STORY WILL AIR TONIGHT AT 5:52-ISH. AND WE'LL HAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING MORE FROM IT AT AROUND 9:56.

     

    Tuesday - 3-27-12

    Bixby - 12 players
    1 first time out player - Daryl Chronister.
    Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Bohyun Nam, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, David Correa, Don Tiger.

    Monday - 3-26-12

    Dawson - 12 players and Jeff McAdam
    Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Mike Hamby, Matt Hand, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Sina.
    Other news: Jeff McAdam from Fox Sports was there, by himself, for 3 hours. The final video will be about 90 seconds long and should be on Fox Sports Wed or Thursday. A mass email will be sent out when we know and it will be posted on this blog. He interviewed 3 players and took some fun videos of the players and himself (he was quite proud to mention, several times, that he was the "Hawaii dorm champion" a few years ago). Jeff has been in Tulsa now for 9 months.

     

    Monday - 3-26-12
    Jeff McAdam from Fox sports just called today at 1:20 PM and said he will be out at Dawson tonight around 5:45 PM.
    Thursday - 3-22-12
    Dawson - 10 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Bohyung Nam, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
    Other news: Nick and Ray will be out on Monday for the Fox Sports interview.
    Friday - 3-23-12

    Write up on the Missouri Tournament held 3-17 - written by Bill Lewis:

    Congratulations to the winners and players in the 10 events of the "2012 Missouri Winter Games Open.

    The "Missouri Winter Games Open” was held in Springfield, Missouri on March 17, 2012.

    *******************************************************************************************************

    A total of 56 players from six states competed on twelve tables in the $1800 dollar tournament. Two hundred and eleven singles matches and 11 Open Doubles matches were completed and recorded. This yielded a combined total of: 222 matches.

    The day's premier event, the Open Round Robin, garnered a total of 24 players who vied for $650.
    All six top rated Group leaders survived unscathed and advanced through their preliminary round robins with unblemished 3 and 0 records.
    Perhaps not coincidentally, all # 2 seeds advanced with identical 2 and 1 records.
    Group 1 leader Fernando Yamazato, from Brazil, strolled through his round robin with the seeming festive flair of "Rio Carnival” in the back of his mind, all the while smiling while dismantling his round robin competition.
    Yamazato possesses a nice ITTF world ranking at # 682.
    Group 2 leader Venkat Ramesh from India and Team Lindenwood, sports an ITTF world ranking at # 725 and showed his own set of masterful strokes, most of which are delightfully reminiscent of fellow Indian player, Sharath Kamal – the 2010 U.S. Open Champion.
    In Group 3, Karin Fukushima, a progeny from Brazil and Team Lindenwood star, has her own ITTF world ranking at # 535.
    Fukushima convincingly held her own competitors at bay, perhaps as part of a dress rehearsal for the latter-to-be-held single elimination.
    In Group 4 the colorful maestro Frederico Cantarelli, performed a two-handed soliloquy as he orchestrated a nice coup d'etat against all challengers effectively relegating them to the ‘also ran' category.
    Winfred Addy, a cordial regional player from Oklahoma City convinced all Group 5 players that the Latin meaning of Citius, Altius, Fortius, [in English -- Faster, Higher, Stronger], really does mean something and that if you believe and show resolve, you can beat your competition.
    Winfred never lost a game to players in his round robin.
    Yuvraaj Dookram, a fine player from Team Lindenwood maintained his own Group 6 dominance, though he was almost upended by the Kansas City product, ZB Mastylo.
    Mastylo took Dookram to 5 taxing, ear-wrenching games; games, which I'm pretty sure, were as tough for the audience to watch, as they were to play.
    It would be Yamazato from Brazil vs. Ramesh from India in the race for the single elimination 1st place prize.
    Ramesh would eventually gain the upper hand against his playing partner in Yamazato and he eventually downed Yamazato 3 games to 2 and 12 to 10 in the deciding 5th game.
    Fukushima and Dookram parlayed their talents in the quest for 3rd and in the end it was Fukushima who survived beating Dookram 3 games to 2; 11 to 6 in the 5th.

    In Open Singles there were 23 players who played the single elimination format. Fernando Yamazato and Venkat Ramesh would be the final two players left standing as they sifted, threshed and winnowed the crowded field down to themselves.
    For the Open Singles final, it was payback as Yamazato, like a real estate agent on an end-of-the-month sales blitz, tore through Ramesh to receive the gold star treatment.
    Yamazato could appropriately crown himself, best of the best, as he took down Ramesh 11 to 6 in the seminal deciding 5th game.
    Yu Yang, from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, and Winfred Addy would be the final two combatants in the race for third place.
    Yang, tall and lanky, had enough gas in his tank to scoot past Addy, winning a pivotal fourth game, 11 to 6, securing both the 3rd place money and medal as well as his standing as one tough Mississippi player.

    With 21 players in the Under 2200 single elimination event, the championship match eventually whittled itself down to only Richard Martin from Kansas City and Dookram from Team Lindenwood.
    Though Martin is steady-sure and aimed as any rifle barrel shot, he was effectively muzzled by the correct cross hair hits of Dookram.
    Dookram, effectively retooled Martin into something of a smooth bore shooter and Martin's hits were therefore gamely off center.
    Dookram won this pistol match in three, shoot from the hip, wrist-snapping games:

    11-8; 11-6; 11-8.

    The Under 2000 saw 14 players in four round robins.
    Those left standing to play in single elimination were all from the St. Louis metro area: Ryan Driskill, Brad Kendle, Andrew Louvier, and Andrew Peterson.
    It would be Driskill vs. Louvier in one semifinal match and Kendle and Peterson in the other.
    Louvier has extraordinary side chops and loves under-slicing the ball deeply from corner to corner.
    Driskill seemed a bit out of sync and he fell in three straight: 11-4, 11-8, 11-7.
    In the other semi, Kendle was on fire against the nimble Peterson.
    Several spectators were seen scribbling notes from Brad's playbook as Kendle correctly perceived Andrew's darting eyes and eerily silent words.
    Each pursued the other with strong two winged attacks - both forehand and backhand.
    A casual observer might suppose the subtle nuances of that match were like written words, words reflected and restated after successive points.
    It could be stated that players often beat one another, merely by out reading them.
    Kendle, like a tall Amazon object, won his match in 4 quick games.
    Kendle and Louvier would then tussle in the championship duel.
    In this 1st place game, Kendle was hotter than kindling.
    Kendle would win their match, but Louvier, like a sassy young puppy, never made it easy.
    Louvier bowed out, finally overcome by the electronic pressure of Kendle in the decisive 5th game - 11 to 6.

    The Under 1800 had 14 players in four round robins.
    Emily Zhao from St. Louis won the Group 1 round robin;
    Vladimir Obrosov from Overland Park, Kansas won Group 2;
    Chris Agimudie from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won Group 3 and Stephen Ackart from Coweta, Oklahoma won Group 4.
    Agimudie, a towering figure with a kindly court presence beat Obrosov in 3 straight games in one semifinal match while the sweet smiles of Emily Zhao went up against leviathan 6 foot 7 inch Goliath Ackart in the other.
    Zhao must have been practicing her long ball approach because she consistently made Ackart return shots that went deep into his own territory.
    She would go on to win this contest at 3 games to 2 and 11 to 7 in the 5th.
    The race for 1st place came down to Zhao vs. Agimudie.
    Though the Bible clearly states in Matthew 20:16 that the first shall be last and the last shall be first, in this particular scenario the roles got reversed, at least as far names go.
    The venerable Agimudie won this match against Zhao at 3 games to 1 and 11 to 8 in a climatic, decisive 4th game.

    The Under 1600 had a total of 11 participants.
    Basil Doan, from El Dorado Springs, Missouri would win Group 1 while Chris Bouie from Martin, Tennessee would win Group 2.
    Rounding out Group 3 was the cagey Paul Liu from Springfield, MO as he seated all of his round robin challengers at 3 matches to 0.
    With but 3 round robins in play, Doan received the Group 1 bye.
    That meant Bouie and Liu would fight for the right to play Doan.
    A quiet yet competent player, the young Bouie had strategic moves, moves that proved problematic for the elder Liu.
    Bouie gained the upper hand at 3 games to 2, and 11-4 in the 5th.
    Doan and Bouie would then subsequently turn their attention to one another.
    The ensuing pitched melee was as mighty as the historic 52 B.C Roman conquest of Gaul, in - the "Battle of Alesia”.
    Strong offense was met by a formidable defense but in the end it was offense, which would rule this particular day as Doan downed Bouie 3 games to 2 and 11 to 5 in the 5th.

    The Under 1400 saw 12 players in contention for 1st place.
    Don Tiger from Tulsa, Oklahoma would win Group 1;
    Wenyan Drake from Springfield won Group 2;
    Johnny McClanahan from Tulsa would win Group 3 and John Moore from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won Group 4.
    Drake took on the task and upended McClanahan in the semifinals in three straight games, while Moore narrowly defeated Tiger in the other semi at 3 games to 2; 11 to 9 in the 5th.
    Tiger would then face off against McClanahan for 3rd place.
    This was an event which saw Tiger, by the shortest of mane dominance, outlast his opponent in an epic grasslands struggle at 3 games to 2 and 12 to 10 in the 5th.
    The finals pitted Moore against Drake.
    Drake could not slow down her even rated partner and lost – 3 games to 1, and 11 to 8 in the necessary fourth game.

    The Under 1200 had 10 players vying for the right to be called "Conquistador of the 1200”.
    Ely Marin from St. Charles won Group 1 allowing him the bye.
    Don Tiger would win Group 2 while Eja Batbold from Team Lindenwood won Group 3.
    Tiger would get by the much younger Team Lindenwood player in Batbold in crossovers, relegating her to the 3rdplace medal in four tough games.
    Tiger then squared off against another Team Lindenwood player, Ely Marin.
    Tiger, parlaying fine calculus skills, effectively sined and cosined his way to success as he vortexed to 1st, winning three straight games: 11-6, 11-6 and 11-2.
    I cannot remember a finer demonstration of ‘behind the scene's math' being black-boarded. 

     

    Open Doubles saw 9 teams register 8.4 on the open-ended Richter scale.
    The top rated team of Ramesh and Yamazato sported a combined world rating of 4988 while the second rated team of Dookram and Cantarelli had a formidable rating of 4469.
    When these two teams weighed in, the gymnasium quaked.
    Such was their might and dominance.
    There were 3 round robin teams in 3 separate groups.
    Yu Yang and Zhicheng Liang, from Clinton, Mississippi, won Group 3, though narrowly escaping the clutches of the femme fatales, Leine Agata and Karin Fukushima, two Team Lindenwood players.
    Their match would be intense and wrought with all manner of seesaw scores.
    Finally, it was Yang and Liang who prevailed in a tense 5 game match winning the final game: 11 to 9.
    Cantarelli and Dookram would then prove too hardy for the combo of Yang & Liang as they then lost their crossover match and bid at 3 games to 1.
    The finals of Ramesh and Yamazato would prove to be "A Bridge Just Too Far” to effectively navigate for Cantarelli and Dookram and they lost their match in three straight games – 11-6, 11-7 & 11-6.
    Team Lindenwood though won both of the top tiered monied events and took home the $250 for their collective efforts.

    Hardbat Open had 11 players trying to rein in the $250 purse, which was spread across 4 places.
    Ramesh would win his Group 1, while Jeff Johnston, from Smithville, MO would win Group 2.
    Alfredo Baez, from St. Louis would win Group 3.
    Taking the top 2 players from each round robin, in crossovers, it was Ben Lewis from Springfield, MO, who downed Baez to secure 3rd place and $50, and Baez settled for 4th and $25.
    Venkat Ramesh went on to throttle his nemesis in Johnston in 2 convincing games: 21 to 16 and 21 to 19 to capture $100.
    Johnston settled for 2nd place and the $75 prize.

    Below Are Individual Winners of the: 2012 Missouri Winter Games Open

    Open Round Robin

    1st Venkat Ramesh, Team Lindenwood

    2nd Fernando Yamazato, Team Lindenwood

    3rd Karin Fukushima, Team Lindenwood

    4th Yuvraaj Dookram, Team Lindenwood

    Open Singles

    1st Fernando Yamazato, Team Lindenwood

    2nd Venkat Ramesh, Team Lindenwood

    3rd Yu Yang, Clinton, Mississippi

    4th Winfred Addy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Under 2200

    1st Yuvraaj Dookram, Team Lindenwood

    2nd Richard Martin, Kansas City, Missouri

    Under 2000

    1st Brad Kendle, Team Lindenwood

    2nd Andrew Louvier, St. Louis, Missouri

    3rd Ryan Driskill, Team Lindenwood

    Under 1800

    1st Chris Agimudie, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    2nd Emily Zhao, St. Louis, Missouri

    3rd Stephen Ackart, Coweta, Oklahoma

    4th Vladimir Obrosov, Overland Park, Kansas

    Under 1600

    1st Basil Doan, El Dorado Springs, Missouri

    2nd Chris Bouie, Martin, Tennessee

    3rd Paul Liu, Springfield, Missouri

    Under 1400

    1st John Moore, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    2nd Wenyan Drake, Springfield, Missouri

    3rd Don Tiger, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    4th Johnny McClanahan, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Under 1200

    1st Don Tiger, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    2nd Ely Marin, Team Lindenwood

    3rd Eja Batbold, Team Lindenwood

    Open Doubles

    1st Venkat Ramesh / Fernando Yamazato, Team Lindenwood

    2nd Fred Cantarelli / Yuvraaj Dookram, Team Lindenwood

    3rd Zhicheng Liang / Yu Yang, Clinton, Mississippi

    Hardbat Open

    1st Venkat Ramesh, Team Lindenwood

    2nd Jeff Johnston, Smithville, Missouri

    3rd Ben Lewis, Springfield, Missouri

    4th Alfredo Baez, St. Louis, Missouri

     

    Thursday - 3-22-12
    (Bob Kyker sent this info in today).
    Dear Table Tennis Fan, 
    The 2012 World Team Table tennis Championships are taking place in Dortmund Germany starting on the 25th March and going through until Sunday 1st April. 
     
    There will be ample opportunities for table tennis supporters in this country to follow the Championships. There will be live streaming throughout each day of the championship on the ITTF website, to view this visit www.ittf.com/ittv
    and all of the results and reports will be covered on the ITTF site.
     
    In the Men’s team event China are the top seed with Germany 2nd with the Korean Republic 3rd third and Japan 4th.  England are in 28th position playing in the second division. Scotland are also in the second division in 47th place and Ireland are in the third division ranked at 72.
     
    In the Women’s competition the England women are also in the second division with a ranking at 31.  Wales and Ireland are in the third division with rankings of 58th and 59th respectively.
    Wed - 3-21-12
    Jeff McAdam from Fox sports will be out Monday - 3-26.
    He will only come out if Nick Agimudie and Ray Pestridge are there.
    Tuesday - 3-20-12
    Bixby - 12 players
    1 first time out player - Matt Mysse
    Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Melvin Norton, Alex Tupas, Fernando Prato, John Moore, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, Mansoor Mohammad, James, Chris.
    Monday - 3-19-12

    Jeff McAdam from Fox sports emailed today at 1:30 PM and wanted to come out tonight.
    I emailed him that tonight would not be a good night because few players (if any) from the Missouri tournament on Saturday will show up (plus the threat of flooding tonight). Probably few players will show up tonight.
    Jeff will be out next Monday - 3-26-12 for sure.

     

    Monday - 3-19-12
    Article from Stephen Ackart on the Missouri tournament held 3-17-12
    (anyone else wanting to have their article posted, please send them in).
    .
    Missouri Winter Games - 3/17/12 – 16 players over 2000 & 8 over 2200!
     
    I arrived when the doors opened at 7:30 even though my event didn't start until 10:30 since I knew we had Tulsa players in the first event of the day (8:30). As I pulled up, so did David Correa, Don Tiger & Johnny Mclannahan. We all walk in together to find that we and 1 other player were there along with the wonderful characters of Bill Lewis and his wife.
     
    The venue was perfect! 12 tables, Excellent lighting and plenty of space in each court. I warmed up a little with David and Johnny and Don warmed up as well. As their event started, there were some other players from Missouri that were in the first events that wanted to warm up so I hit with some locals as well.
     
    Eventually the U2000 event started. I was in a RR with a 1900 player (Beat me), a 1800 player (beat me) & a 1500 player (Who beat me!). Needless to say I only thought I was prepared for the tourney! Missouri players have the privilege of training with much higher players than their rating so every player there had superb blocking and finesse shots. It was a feat trying to find a player that would play into my style (aggressive / hit off the table).
     
    After that event, I went into the Open RR. I was paired with a 2000 player (Played well and almost beat him), a 2200 player (Surprisingly made some solid points against him) and a 2500 player (He was nice and played down a little but still wiped the floor with me).
     
    The next event was the U1800. It started with me playing a 1400 player (I won), a 1300 player (I won) and a 1700 player (that beat me in 5th) BUT since the 1700 player lost to the 1300 player, I got to move on! In semi's, I played a 1799 player (female) that beat me in the 5th BUT got to move on to play for 3rd and she played Chris Agimudie for 1st / 2nd. I won the next match in 3 to get the Bronze in U1800 and Chrs won his to get Gold in U1800! CONGRATS CHRIS!
     
    After that came hardbat which I was definitely not prepared for but managed to win my initial round robin with a win over Dale Boswell (Full time hardbat player)! I moved on and lost in the next round to another full time hardbat player Ben Lewis. Ben is the son of the tourney director and has come to Tulsa to visit a few times. Very nice guy and will chat / hit with anyone.
     
    Overall, it was a perfect day with perfect athletes showing the true meaning of good sportsmanship! I was getting tips for my game from 2200+ rated players as well as giving a few tips of my own to some lower rated players. Bill Lewis always puts on an A+ tourney and he is such a nice guy! I feel I played my game all day and am happy with how I did. I was truly outmatched and definitely need more training but I love seeing where I stand with other players from elsewhere. I think the most fun I had was watching top notch players compete in heated battles all day!
    Monday - 3-19-12

    Dawson - 10 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, Hamid Ezzat, Matt Hand, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Ray Pestridge, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.

    Thursday - 3-15-12
    Dawson - 9 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Larry Buell, David Correa, Stephen Denis, Matt Hand, Bob Kyker, Fernando Prato, Alex Tupas.
    Tuesday - 3-13-12
    Bixby - 6 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, David Correa, Melvin Norton, John Moore, Jack Hannah.
    Monday - 3-12-12
    Dawson - 14 players.
    1 first time out player - Matt Hand (from Victory church).
    Stephen Ackart, Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Bob Kyker, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
    Monday 3-12-12

    (From Oklahoma City's website):
    Winfred Addy and Alan Ting will be offering a group lesson from noon to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 24.  Both of them are very good players and coaches.  There will also be a few voluneers who will be assisting – as multiple ball feeders, practice partners, etc.

    The cost will be $20 per person, which will include entry fee for the day.

    The plan is to teach forehand and backhand strokes.  Lesson plan will be flexible enough to deal with a range of players from beginners to "pretty good”.   They will start with teaching (or reviewing) proper grip and stance, then work into hitting forehand and backhand drives.  More advanced players will likely get help with looping, and footwork as well.

    We think this will be a great chance for kids and beginners to start learning to play modern table tennis.  It will also be an excellent chance for experienced players to brush up on their technique, and maybe learn a few new tricks.  Depending on the turnout, we’ll set up a robot or two and have multiple ball training as well.  If attendance is good and interest high enough, we will try to make these group lessons a regular thing – at least once a month.  We will have a sign up sheet at the club and you can also sign up by contacting Britt via email (preferred) or phone – contact information at bottom of this page.

    Thursday - 3-8-12

    Dawson - 11 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Sydney Agimudie, Chris Agimudie, Bob Kyker, Don Tiger, Hamid Ezzat, Sina A., Noman Malik, David Correa, Mike Hamby
    Other news: Noman Malik will be moving to Okla City in about 2 months.

    Tuesday - 3-6-12

    Bixby - 16 players
    Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Jim French, John Moore, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas, Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Johnny McClanahan, Melvin Norton, Hamid Ezzat, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, Mansoor Mohammad, Bohyun Nam.
    Other news: Chris Agimudie will be going to the Missouri tournament on 3-17!

     

    Monday - 3-5-12
    Dawson - 17 players.
    2 first time out players - Mansoor Mohammad, Omar Rivera
    Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
    Thursday - 3-1-12
    Dawson - 16 players.
    3 first time out players - Jerry Cliff, Michael Kelly, LaMark McFee (all know Kyle and all are barbers).
    Chris Agimudie, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Glen Grusendorf, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Bohyung Nam, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Kyle Sanchez, Don Tiger.
    Wed - 2-29-12

    Update on the Missouri tournament on 3-17-12:
    Tulsa players and how they are getting there:
    Hamid, Sina and Windred Addy will be leaving Saturday morning and coming back that night.
    Don Tiger, Johnny McClanahan and David Correa will travel in one car Friday night and stay at a motel.
    Kelly Boyce (and his wife) will go up Friday and take his RV and stay at Stockton State park (unless the weather is bad in which case will go up Saturday morning with Stephen Ackart).
    Stephen Ackart will go up Friday and stay with Kelly Boyce in the RV.
    John Moore will go up Friday with his wife and spend time at Branson.

     

     

    Tuesday - 2-28-12
    Bixby - 16 players.
    Stephen Ackart, Jim French, Fernando Prato, Kelly Boyce, David Correa, Alex Tupas, Melvin Norton, Chris Agimudie, Hamid Ezzat, John Moore, Johnny McClanahan, Nick Papineau, Sina Asadallahi, Mansoor Mohammad, Bohyun Nam, Chris.
    Monday - 2-27-12
    Dawson - 14 players.
    1 first time out player - Christopher Vega (from Spartan).
    Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Matthew Malecha, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Chris Stillwell, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
    Thursday - 2-23-12
    Dawson - 15 players.
    2 first time out players - Chris Stillwell (from Spartan), Bohyun Nam (from South Korea)
    Stephen Ackart, Sina Asadallahi, Larry Buell, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Thomas Griffin, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger.
    Wed - 2-22-12

    Update on the Springfield tournament on 3-17-12:
    The Open Round Robin is now full.
    The Tulsa players update is:

    Chris Agimudie,      (Haven't received an entry form nor notification from him)
    Nick Agimudie,       (Haven't received an entry form nor notification from him)
    Sydney Agimudie,   (Haven't received an entry form nor notification from him)
    Brian Flinn,             (Haven't received an entry form nor notification from him)
    Fernando Prato,      (Haven't received an entry form nor notification from him)
    *******************************************************************
    David Correa,            (Entered in U-1600 --- also on the ORR waiting list)
    Hamid Ezzat,           (Entered in 4 events---ORR---U-2200---U-2000---Open Doubles.)
    Johnny McClanahan,(Entered in 2 events---U-1200---U-1400.)
    Sina Asadallahi        (Entered in 4 events---ORR---Open Singles.---U-2200---Open Doubles.)
    Don Tiger,               (Entered in 2 events---U-1200----U-1400)
    Kelly Boyce,            (Entered in 3 events ----ORR----U-2200----U-2000)
    Stephen Ackart - I have slotted Stephen into the Under 2000 and the Under 1800.  The Open Round Robin is currently full.  He will be the # 2 person on the "Waiting list" for that event. 
    Bill -

     

    Tuesday - 2-21-12

    Bixby - 13 players.
    Chris Stillwell, Jim French, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, John Moore, Don Tiger, Melvin Norton, Glen Grusendorf, David Correa, Bohyun Nam, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiquim, Chris.
    Other news:
    David Correa is planning on going to tournaments in Springfield, Hutchinson, Las Vegas, Chicago, Indianapolis.

     

    Tuesday - 2-21-12
    11 players planning on going to the Springfield tournament on 3-17-12:
    Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Johnny McClanahan, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Kelly Boyce, Stephen Ackart.
    Monday - 2-20-12
    Dawson - 16 players.
    Scott Barone (from Arkansas -rated 2001), Chris Agimudie, Nick Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, Sina, Larry Buell, David Correa, Hamid Ezzat, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Bob Kyker, Johnny McClanahan, Ray Pestridge, Fernando Prato, Don Tiger, Alex Tupas.
    Saturday - 2-18-12
    Tulsa players planning on going to the Springfield, Missouri tournament on 3-17-12 are (based on rumors):
    David Correa, Sina Asadallahi, Stephen Ackart, Kelly Boyce, Don Tiger.
    Bill Lewis from the Ozark club sent out an at-large email saying he had 33 players signed up so far.
    Since this tournament only takes up at 16 players per event (most events), anyone wanting to enter this tournament need to email Bill Lewis asap to see if they can get in (players wishing to hold their spots will need to send their forms and money in asap also).
    Here is the email from Bill:
     
    The 2012 edition of the Missouri Winter Games Open table tennis tournament is slated for March 17 and is on the general web site:  http://www.usatt.org/    This particular tournament will be taking place on the Central Bible College campus at the new Forest K. Arnold Activities Center.  (3000 North Grant Avenue)  There are 11 events from which to choose.  
    Currently there are 33 players who've either signaled intent to play, or, have signed up.  If you wish inclusion in any event, please email me ASAP and let me know.  I can thus reserve any necessary slot/s.
    Feel free to go to www.usatt.org/events/2012_MissouriWinterGames.pdf to access a copy of the entry form.  Either electronically fill it out, or, print it off and fill it out and mail it.  In any event, let me know.
    Thanks so much.     - Bill Lewis -
    Thursday - 2-16-12
    Dawson - 12 players.
    Chris Agimudie, Sydney Agimudie, David Correa, Brian Flinn, Mike Hamby, Mats Johansson, Bob Kyker, Matthew Malecha, John Moore, Ray Pestridge, Kyle Sanchez, Chase Sanchez.
    Tuesday - 2-14-12
    Bixby - 11 players.
    2 first time out players - Bohyun Nam (goes by "Bo") (a pastor from South Korea in training for 2 years here in Tulsa at a Korean church). A good table tennis penhold player with very spinny serves.
    Mansoor Mohammad - a good table tennis player also - has been in Tulsa for a long time and was looking for some fun exercise.
    Melvin Norton, Kelly Boyce, Alex Tupas, Justin Holland, Glen Grusendorf, Brian Flinn, Shahzad Siddiqui, Nabeel Siddiqui, Nick Papineau