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San Gabriel Tennis Club's Yearly Getaway to Shadow Mountain Tennis Resort 2016

posted Oct 3, 2016, 1:19 AM by San Gabriel Tennis Club   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 1:19 AM ]
Did you know? The San Gabriel Tennis Club has a yearly tradition of going to Casa Via Mar Inn and Tennis Club. However, this year, Members of SGTC travelled to fabulous Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert for the weekend of Friday, September 30, though Sunday, October 2, for tennis, swimming, shopping and friendship.  Forty-six people including 32 players, ten spouses and friends, and four children attended the weekend event. Many people arrived early Friday evening and played tennis on the well-lit courts.

On Saturday morning, SGTC competed with members of the Shadow Mountain Club in a tournament organized by Ben Lu and the Shadow Mountain pro Kevin. The weather turned out to be pretty hot. We played two rounds with six matches in each round.  Each match was best out of three sets. In the last match of the day, everyone was cheering on as members Andrew H. and Suzanne M. came up short in the third set tiebreak against a tough opponent! In the end, SGTC and Shadow Mountain were tied at six matches each. Following the tournament, both teams enjoyed lunch in the resort café. We appreciate the great job Ben did in organizing the matches.

In the afternoon, some people from San Gabriel went shopping at the many specialty stores and the outlet mall. Other took a refreshing dip in the beautiful figure-eight pool. And several people needed naps after the fierce morning tournament.

In the evening, the resort café provided a tasty dinner with BBQ chicken, St Louis style pork ribs, and all the sides. As usual, SGTC held a 50-50 raffle. James and Rowena sold the tickets. Then, James won his own raffle and Ben took second place.  Board members had a board meeting as well, to discuss club matters.

After sunset when the desert temperature abated, people played more tennis on the beautiful lighted courts until almost 11pm while others soaked sore muscles in the Jacuzzi. Sunday morning, Mike Lu organized a final intra-club tournament for us before we headed back home.

Many thanks to Mike Lu for finding a fantastic venue for our weekend event. This could be the start of a new tradition for SGTC! SGTC thanks everyone for coming out and we hope that everyone had a great time. Special Thanks to Lily N., George and Jenny F., and all the other members who took some very nice photos!
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