Since the second half of the last century, the Festival has steadily increased its involvement with athletically-themed events, from tribute events like the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast, to the Valley Health 10K Race, the Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics Kids’ Bloomin’ Mile, and the Virginia National Bank Golf Classic Tournament. Continuing in that healthy direction, Festival President, Mike Stanfield, is proud to announce that the Festival is collaborating with the Stonebrook Club of Winchester to create the brand-new Stonebrook Club Amateur Tennis Tournament presented by Partlow Insurance. This event has been in a “planning phase” for a couple of years; and, Festival Organizers are pleased that it is finally coming to fruition for the 2017 Festival.
This tournament will offer something for every level of tennis player. Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Divisions, with both Singles and Doubles matches will all be offered. The Entry Fee is $40 for the first division entered; and, then $20 for any subsequent division entered (limit of two entries per participant). Match formats will be finalized as the tournament date approaches; but, they will likely be best 2-out-of-3 formats with regular scoring; and, if sets are split, a Koman 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. Matches will likely be timed to 1-1/2 hours to keep the tournament moving along. For this first year, to simplify planning, no Youth Division will be held; but, pending interest, a Youth Division could be added in the future. Registrations are now open on the USTA website.
Every registered player will receive a gift bag with an event shirt and other appropriate items. Door prizes will be awarded both days. Division winners will receive trophies, and select winners will have the opportunity to take a “Victory Lap” in the Grand Feature Parade on May 6th, riding in a convertible with appropriate signage.
For potential players: The Stonebrook Club of Winchester offers nine courts: four indoor and five outdoor. Of the five outdoor courts, two are clay-surfaced and lit for late evening play. The four indoor hard-surfaced courts were all resurfaced less than two years ago with a state of the art “cushion topping” that is considered to be “joint friendly.” Club Officials say that these courts “let you play hard without your joints feeling like you did the next day.” The facility is just outside of Winchester in a lovely area of rolling hills and blooming orchards.
For potential spectators: All of the indoor courts have new lighting and convenient observation areas so matches can be easily viewed. Spectators and players can enjoy a lounge area with Wi-Fi, high-top seating, a wet bar, couches and television viewing. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available for participants during the tournament. Beer and wine for those 21 and over will be offered on a cash bar basis.
The Stonebrook Club of Winchester also offers racquetball, a Nautilus Center, outdoor pool facilities, and various instructional fitness classes. More complete information will be available on the soon-to-be-remodeled web site of the Stonebrook Club of Winchester. Bottom line: This event will offer the best in “Fun and Fitness.” The tournament will be held on Saturday, April 29th, and Sunday, April 30th, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. This first year, planning is going to have to remain very fluid; and, specific times may vary; so, as the event date approaches, participants and spectators are encouraged to check for updates via the Festival web site at www.thebloom-staging.b13c89km-liquidwebsites.com, via e-blasts to our fan base, via Facebook, and through the Staff at SABF Headquarters at 540-662-3863. The Festival’s Tennis Event Coordinator is Festival Vice President, Kathy Myers.