USATT Sanctioned Two Star Table Tennis Tournament
Sponsored by LSW Consulting, Inc, Table Tennis & More, Hawaii County Parks & Recreation, & The Waimea TTC
First and foremost, I want to give a HUGE Mahalo to John Romoa for orchestrating the moving of the 7 tables from the Community Center to Thelma Parker Gym. John got a great crew of players/volunteers together for the moving which is not an easy task. Special thank you to Jin of L&L Waimea for allowing the use of his truck, his help in the move, and assisting in providing a delicious lunch on Sunday. Thank you also to Lesi, Yen, Charlie, David, Frank, & Avery for lifting the tables onto the truck and off. Thank you to Frank, David, Stewart, Lory, Norman, Jamie, & Stephen for helping me with the barriers. Thank you to Debbie for picking up the pizza on Saturday, delivering to the tournament, and setting it up. Thank you John for making the coffee and everything else you do. I know I must have left out helpers so I apologize for that, in advance. I cannot stress enough how the tournament is a success ONLY because of the cooperation and assistance from all.
I want to give a special "shout out" to Shigemi Degawa, an octogenarian and extremely generous man, that is moving back to Japan for health reasons. Shigemi has been a major supporter of table tennis in his years living on the Big Island and also during his time on Oahu. I have had the pleasure of coaching him for a number of years and, even at his age; he continues to learn and improve and has loads of fun playing. Shigemi credits table tennis for keeping him healthier than he would be without it and loves to play whenever he can. He recently donated a robot to the Captain Cook Club and some pro level rackets and a robot to the Waimea Club. I personally will miss Shigemi and his enthusiasm, good sportsmanship, and support as will the entire table tennis community. We all wish him good health and hope to see him back soon in Hawaii.
I was humbled by all the players when they stopped play and presented to me a very generous gift and thank you card signed by so many players. Mahalo to all.
For almost every event, we used the no seam Yinhe new generation plastic 40+ ball. Seriously, not one of those balls were broken during the tournament. We also used the seamed Nittaku Premium 40+ plastic ball for those that wanted to, for the Open Elite & Super RR events. It is my personal opinion that both balls are very useable with some slight variations in play; however, each is easy to adjust to within a couple minutes.
It was nice having a few new players enter this tournament, all of them contributing to the Aloha Spirit and joy of the sport. It was great watching some players improve their play and win some matches, thus moving up a level or two. Bryce Kanemaru showed improvement in his play paving the way for other juniors like Ethan Lee to also start playing tournaments. Look for Bryce & Ethan to continue to improve. Other players I watched that look to be improving and will be a force in the near future are David Ebrahimi, Phillip Beregovoy, Avery Kramer, Andrew Wessels, Charlie Kow, David Schmitt, Lory Hunter, Jamie Stokes, and Angie Miyashiro. Yen Wen Fang, Stephen Freedman, Jeffrey Cumes, and Stewart Hunter are at the top of the game, but John Romoa and others are in the hunt; and never ever count out Ruth Dittmar who is always a threat as well as Stewart Miyashiro and Lesi Sekona that can always surprise. The tournament featured matches between Stewart Hunter & Stephen Freedman that almost always go to duece in the final game; 5th game best of 5 or 7th game, best of 7. Congratulations to Yen for winning the Open Elite and to all the other winners. We gave away trophies to all 1st & 2nd place winners and money to the Open winners and Super RR winners in all 4 divisions.
Thanks to BITTA, Waimea TTC, Kohala TTC, Kona TTC, and Captain Cook TTC for having your club players participate. All clubs on the Island were well represented!
A good time was had by all. Aloha!
Trophies, awards, plus CASH $$$$$
COFFEE BAR (courtesy of John Romoa)
Tournament Video Links
OPEN ELITE FINALS
USATT Rating Tournament Results
|Name||Pre-Tournament Rating||Post-Tournament Rating||Rating Change||Tournament Record|
|Beregovoy, Phillip (Kona, HI)||0||718||718||7 - 6|
|Cumes, Jeffrey (Kealakekua, HI)||1506||1486||-20||12 - 5|
|Degawa, Shigemi (Honolulu, HI)||607||611||4||1 - 1|
|Diaz, Tom (Kapaau, HI)||0||610||610||2 - 8|
|Dittmar, Ruth (Hilo, HI)||1277||1287||10||9 - 4|
|Ebrahimi, David (Kapaau, HI)||1256||1240||-16||7 - 9|
|Fang, Yen Wen (Kurtistown, HI)||1892||1893||1||4 - 0|
|Freedman, Stephen (Kurtistown, HI)||1666||1640||-26||9 - 3|
|Hunter, Lory (Hilo, HI)||693||717||24||8 - 9|
|Hunter, Stewart (Hilo, HI)||1680||1679||-1||9 - 1|
|Kanemaru, Calvin (Kona, HI)||0||613||613||1 - 9|
|Kanemaru, Bryce (Kailua-Kona, HI)||549||550||1||1 - 10|
|Kow, Charlie (Hilo, HI)||1322||1357||35||11 - 5|
|Kramer, Avery (Kona, HI)||665||747||82||9 - 3|
|Lee, Ethan (Kamuela, HI)||0||635||635||2 - 4|
|Miller, Frank (Captain Cook, HI)||778||759||-19||4 - 10|
|Miyashiro, Angie (Pahoa, HI)||760||723||-37||1 - 7|
|Miyashiro, Stewart (Pahoa, HI)||1296||1369||73||11 - 9|
|Romoa, John (Kamuela, HI)||1329||1381||52||12 - 6|
|Sekona, Lesi (Honokaa, HI)||1320||1270||-50||9 - 10|
|Stokes, Jamie (Kurtistown, HI)||724||724||0||4 - 8|
|Wessels, Andrew (Hilo, HI)||849||834||-15||4 - 7|
|Winkler, Debbie (Hawi, HI)||519||517||-2||0 - 2|
|Young, Daniel (Keaau, HI)||1321||1350||29||3 - 4|
|EVENT||1st Place||2nd Place||Pictures|
|Women's Open||RUTH DITTMAR||LORY HUNTER|
|Seniors U-1000||NORMAN CLEMENTI||FRANK MILLER|
|Seniors Open||JOHN ROMOA||STEWART MIYASHIRO|
|Super Round Robin A||STEWART HUNTER||JEFFREY CUMES|
|Super Round Robin B||CHARLIE KOW||LESI SEKONA|
|Super Round Robin C||PHILLIP BEREGOVOY||DAVID SCHMITT|
|Super Round Robin D||CALVIN KAMEMARU||BRYCE KANEMARU|
|U-1450||JOHN ROMOA||STEWART MIYASHIRO|
|U-3400 Doubles||STEWART HUNTER/STEPHEN FREEDMAN||YEN WEN FANG/JEFFREY CUMES|
|Unrated||PHILLIP BEREGOVOY||TOM DIAZ|
|Open Elite||YEN WEN FANG||STEPHEN FREEDMAN|
|U-1000||AVERY KRAMER||FRANK MILLER|
|U-1600||JEFFREY CUMES||CHARLIE KOW|
Yen Wen Fang