Reserve Men’s 6.5 Combo Team wins USTA State Championship

Golf may get most of the press at The Reserve at Lake Keowee but the tennis program is equally strong. Just ask the men of the 6.5 Combo team, who are fresh off their stellar performance down in Hilton Head Island, S.C. at The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Captained by Jeff Forbes and Mike Perry, the guys played a full weekend of competitive tennis that had plenty of ups, downs, and dramatic come-from-behind moments. “It really was exciting to come away with the trophy,” says Jeff. “We have a great group of guys who really gave it their all. We faced some stiff competition but somehow did what we had to do to get the title. I think I speak for the whole team when I say we couldn’t be prouder of our tennis program at The Reserve and our Director of Tennis Mike Lissner and his wife Chrissie.”

The team had an impressive run at the championship, sweeping all of their matches in the final.  All three matches had a different flow, with some tense moments in each match.  In fact , two of the teams – Wiley Bryant/Gary Burns and Jeff Forbes/Jerry Post, split sets with their opponents but went on to win match tiebreakers to prevail in their respective matches.  Cengiz Kurkcu and Dan McGonigle had an easier time in their match winning in straight sets.

All in all, the victory was a great achievement for the 6.5 Combo men, who now qualify for the Southern Section event in March 2018. If they were to win there, they would then proceed to the National Championships for the big trophy. “You know, at the end of the day,” says Jeff, “it’s just a lot of fun. We all enjoy the competition, but even more than that we appreciate the camaraderie. Of course we want to win, but the friendships we have forged through tennis—and The Reserve as a whole—are really what its all about.”

Here here! Congrats to the men’s Combo team from all of us. And good luck in March!

6.5 Combo Team Members:

Jerry Post, Gary Burns, Dan McGonigle, Mike McClure, Jeff Forbes, Wiley Bryant, Greg Lewis, Cengiz Kurcu, Mike Perry, Kent McKinney, Marc Michalovsky, Ron Mendel, Bill Hirschfeld, John Howard

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