MEET THE PROS
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BRENDA SCHULTZ – McCARTHY – JUNO BEACH, FL (6.3)
Career-High Rankings: Doubles: 7 / Singles: 9
Career Prize Money: $2,620,344
Turned Professional: 1986
Titles: 16 WTA Tour Singles titles (7 singles & 9 doubles)
Olympics: Represented The Netherlands in Barcelona (1992) and was a semi-finalist in Atlanta (1996)
The Fed Cup: Represented The Netherlands for over 10 years; was a finalist in 2006
Grand Slams: Reached the quarter-finals or better at 3 of the 4 Grand Slams
Featured Career Wins: Career high win #2 Sanchez-Vicario, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati, and Conchita Martinez.
Watson Tennis Pro-Am Participant: 4 years
Born in the Netherlands, Brenda left home at age 11 to pursue her tennis career. Brenda earned 12 top-ten wins during her career and shares the second fastest recorded women’s serve of all time with Venus Williams at 130 mph! After taking time off to recover from an injury, she returned in 2006 and made a strong comeback by defeating Dominika Cibulkova. She and her husband, Sean, run tennis and wellness camps in Ferrum, VA, and Jupiter, FL.
ROBERT KENDRICK – ORLANDO, FL (6.5)
Career-High Rankings: Doubles: 77 / Singles: 69
Career Prize Money: $1,365,211
Turned Professional: 2000
ATP Challenger Events: Won 10 Challenger singles and doubles titles and one career ATP doubles title in Newport.
Grand Slams: Played in all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once. At Wimbledon, he won his first career Grand Slam match to reach the second round, then fired 32 aces and had a two-set lead over eventual finalist Rafael Nadal to force a third set tie-break before falling 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4. Kendrick was the only player in the tournament to take sets from Nadal on his route to the final, where Nadal lost to top-seeded Roger Federer.
Featured Career Wins: Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Robin Söderling, James Blake, Gaël Monfils, and Kevin Anderson.
Watson Tennis Pro-Am Participant: 7 years
Born & raised in Fresno, California, Robert began playing tennis at age five. Since 2015, he has been the Assistant Director at Winter Park Racquet Club in Florida. He trains and supervises players of all ages and abilities, whether working with seniors, beginners, or with our nation’s top junior prospects. He also works part-time with the USTA to develop athletes on the men’s side.
LUKE JENSEN – FOREST HILLS, NY (6.0)
Career-High Rankings: Doubles: 6 / Singles: 168
Career Prizemoney: $1,313,255
Turned Professional: 1987
Collegiate: All-American at USC in 1986 and 1987
ATP Titles: 10 Career ATP Tour doubles career titles: Monte Carlo, Estoril, Nottingham, Long Island and Bologna (2).
Grand Slams: 1993 French Open Doubles Champion (with brother Murphy).
Watson Tennis Pro-Am Participant: 7 years
Luke was born in Grayling, MI. The better half of the tennis’ rock n’ roll Tennis Brothers, he earned the nickname “Dual Hand Luke” based on his ability to play both left and right-handed. He is currently the Director of Racquet Sports at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, NY. Luke also provides color commentary for ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasts on the ATP Tour and travels the world as an instructor, motivational speaker, and ambassador for the game.
JESSE WITTEN – NAPLES, FL (6.5)
Career High Ranking: Doubles: 274 / Singles: 163
Career Prize Money: $398,888
Turned Professional: 2005
Collegiate: NCAA Singles Finalist (2002); Five-time All-American at University of Kentucky
ITF Futures Events: 5 career titles
Featured Career Wins: Taylor Dent, Grigor Dimitrov, Jan Michael Gambill, Ivo Karlovic, Robert Kendrick, Gilles Müller, Bobby Reynolds, and Donald Young.
Grand Slams: Has qualified to play in 3 of the 4 Grand Slams; Best Grand Slam finish: Round 32 at 2010 US Open – lost to Djokovic in 4 sets.
Watson Tennis Pro-Am Participant: 6 years
Born in Naples, FL, Jesse picked up a tennis racket for the first time at age 6. A die-hard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan, Jesse started and now runs a tennis academy in his hometown of Naples, Florida. He and tennis pro, Jordan Vaughn, also started and run a non-profit called “ace the future,” a program to help kids reach their goals of going to and playing college tennis.
TREVOR BAIN (5.0)
Tennis Director, Teton Pines Country Club
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Trevor has been the Tennis Director at Teton Pines Country Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 2007. Prior to that position, he was an assistant pro at Teton Pines for seven years and played for the Davidson College (N.C.) Wildcats in the nineties. He resides in Jackson, Wyoming with his daughter Iris and two beloved dachshunds.
DIRK BAKER (5.0)
Tennis Director, Meadow Lark Country Club
Great Falls, Montana
Dirk, a U.S.P.T.A. Elite Professional, has played, taught and coached tennis for over 25 years. He began his tennis career in Southern California where he held junior rankings with numerous tournament wins. While attending Saddleback College, he was a member of the Men’s State Championship team. He has played professional satellite tournaments in Mexico and throughout the United States as well as qualifying tournaments for World Series events. He has worked alongside Pancho Segura, former coach of Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi; Jose’ Hugeras, former coach of Jim Courier; Wayne Bryan, father, and coach of top ranked double players, Mike and Bob Bryan. He was a hitting partner for Andre Agassi and has playing experience with tennis great Rod Laver. He has been working as a tennis director for over 15 years and is currently the Head Professional at the Meadow Lark Country Club in Great Falls, Montana as well as a current Board Member of the USTA Montana district.
TRAVIS CATTRON (5.5)
Tennis Professional, Glacier Tennis Club
Travis was raised in Kalispell, Montana. He played #1 singles for Flathead High School, leading them to a divisional championship in 2007. He started teaching tennis early on with children 10 and under in The Summit’s after school program. He also began assisting with high school tennis team over the next few years. Travis studied and pursued a career in art in San Francisco for 4 years and started his own business. He then returned to Montana and became a USPTA Certified Teaching Professional in 2013. For the past four years, he has been teaching tennis with all age groups at Glacier Tennis Club.
WARREN CHAM-A-KOON (5.5)
Great Falls, MT
Warren, originally from Great Falls, went to college at The College of Wooster in Ohio. There he was an All-American in both singles and in doubles in 94 and 95. Has played Futures events through out the US after college. Formerly a USPTA Certified instructor, Warren has had his own painting business for the last 18 years. He has spent most of that time in Cincinnati, where he furthered his tennis playing. Warren has recently moved back to Montana and is a proud new dad with his wife Hannah, of their new son, Oliver.
JIMMY CRIPE (5.0)
Head Tennis Professional, The Summit Medical Fitness Center
Jimmy is a head teaching pro at The Summit in Kalispell, where he has taught since 1999. He was also the Director of Tennis for Kalispell Parks and Recreation and Iron Horse Golf Club. Jimmy is a Montana native who led Whitefish High to two State Championships and played collegiate tennis at Montana State where he was the Bobcats co-captain with Scott Potter in 1993. He was the #1 ranked Men’s Open singles and doubles player in 2002.
BEN DEMAROIS (5.0)
Ben DeMarois was born and raised in Missoula Montana and played his college tennis at the University of Montana. He helped the Grizzlies to their first ever regular season Big Sky Conference Championship in 2012 and graduated with his accounting degree. Ben now lives in Portland and works as a finance consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
ERIC DREW ( 5.5)
Eric, a Pacific Northwest native, was ranked #1 in the Pacific Northwest and top 10 nationally, junior 18 and under. He was an All American Singles and Doubles at The University of Washington, with teammate Robert Kendrick, and member of USTA national team. Eric reached the semi-finals of the NCAA singles tournament in 1999. He competed professionally in Satellite, Futures and Challenger tournaments throughout the United States. After his playing career, Eric traveled with world #1 Martina Hingis for two years as a hitting coach. He was a sports commentator for New York Hamptons (World Team Tennis) after playing career for one summer. Eric is a Certified USPTR professional and is currently the volunteer men’s assistant coach for the UW men’s team. Eric is a resident of the beautiful Whidbey Island and an avid fly fisherman.
HAYLEY DRIVER (5.5)
Assistant Tennis Professional, PEAK Racquet Club
Haley grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where she started playing competitively at 10 years old. As a freshman at Chaparral High School she played #1 singles and doubles and helped them win State for the first time in 10 years. She then attended a boarding academy in Southern California, where she worked her way up to #20 in the nation and #1 in the Southwest in the girls 18 and under division. She played at the University of Oregon as a freshman, where she won the Duck Invitational, before transferring to the University of Montana. As a junior at UM, she was named to 1st Team All-Big Sky Conference, and the leagues’ Most Valuable Player. She was undefeated in conference play at #1 and snapped Sacramento State’s 12-year Big Sky winning record at home, giving UM’s tennis program its first ever regular season conference title. Her tennis career was cut short as a senior after multiple knee surgeries. She graduated from UM with a degree in Organizational Communication and is currently pursuing her MBA. She currently works as a Tennis Pro at the PEAK racquet club.
COLIN GILLAM (5.5)
Tennis Professional, Eagles Tennis Club
Colin grew up playing tennis in Anchorage Alaska. He was in the top 3 of every age group in Alaska throughout his junior playing days before playing collegiate tennis at Boise State and Portland State. He earned his Marketing and Advertising degree from Portland State, then later earning an MBA in Sport Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Colin’s passion is working with competitive juniors, having worked with junior in multiple states including his time as Director of Junior Tennis at the PEAK, here in Missoula. He enjoys spending free time going on adventures with his dog, Piper, and going to movies. This will be Colin’s fourth time playing in a PEAK Pro-Am and is very excited to be coming back for such a great cause. Colin is currently the Head Tennis Professional at Eagle Tennis Club in Boise, Idaho.
BRIAN HANFORD (5.5)
Head Tennis Coach, Hellgate Highschool
Brian Hanford has been a tennis professional in Missoula for the last 23 years. He coached at the University of Montana for 10 years and has worked as a private coach both at the Missoula Athletic Club and independently. Brian has successfully helped dozens of Missoula juniors play college tennis and has coached the last 11 State AA singles champions to come out of Missoula. Currently, Brian is in his 4th season as Head coach at Hellgate High school and also helps manage his two restaurants in town, The Staggering Ox and The Breakfast Club. His wife Britt is an English teacher at Hellgate High school and they have two children, Oscar, 10, and Georgia, 6.
BRAD KNUTSON (5.0)
Head Tennis Professional, Elks Tennis Center
Brad grew up in Billings, where he played tennis for Skyview High School. After being a state doubles finalist both his junior and senior years, he went on to play for Montana State University Billings where he held the #3 singles and doubles positions. Brad graduated with a degree in Music Education in 2012. After graduating and becoming a USPTA teaching professional, Brad taught at MSUB and the Elks Tennis Center. He is currently the director of the Parks and Rec tennis programs in Billings. He also owns and operates a private piano studio. Brad is currently the Head Tennis Professional at the Elks Tennis Center.
CODY KOHLMOOS (5.5)
Former Griz (2008-2012)
Cody was the Oregon state doubles champ in 2007. He played four years of college tennis at The University of Montana. Cody previously taught tennis at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, at Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon, and at Northstar Resort in Lake Tahoe, California. Cody currently works as a Teaching Professional at the PEAK Racquet Club.
Originally from South Africa, Carl played tennis for the University of Montana Grizzlies. He led the Griz to their first Big Sky Conference regular season championship in 2012, where he played #1 singles and partnered with Ben DeMarois for doubles. Carl played #1 singles for 3 years for the Grizzlies, was a 4 time Big Sky Conference Player of the Week and a 3 time First Team All-Conference selection. Carl graduated with his degree in Finance and Economics in 2012 and now works as a consultant in Atlanta, Georgia.
DAVE LUEBBE (4.5)
Director of Racquet Sports, Riverside Country Club
A Minnesota native, Dave has been teaching for more than 30 years. He traveled extensively with John Gardinier Tennis Clinic before settling down in Jackson, Wyoming, as the director of tennis at Teton Pines Country Club for 22 years. He is now the director of racquet sports at Riverside Country Club in Bozeman, MT.
ZACHARY MATTHEWS (5.0)
Director of Tennis, PEAK Tennis Center, Hayden
Born in Medford Oregon, Zachary started with the Frank Inn Jr School of Tennis. He won his first USTA Junior Champs tournament at the age of 16. He went on to State three years and finished with a USTA Pacific Northwest top 20 ranking in singles and top 5 in doubles. Zachary is now the Director of Tennis at Peak Tennis in Hayden, Idaho, and competes on the 5.0+ team.
JOSIAH PETERSON (4.0)
Tennis Professional, PEAK Racquet Club
Josiah placed in the top four, three years in a row, playing at the #1 doubles and singles positions from his sophomore to senior years at Valley Christian School. Each of those years he led his team to two 2nd place team titles, and a 1st place trophy his senior year. Josiah is certified by the USPTR tennis association and is the head coach for both the varsity boys and girls at his alma mater – making him one of the youngest coaches to take on such a position.
GINGER PHILLIPS (5.0)
Tennis Professional, Ranch Country Club
Ginger has been a USPTA and PTR teaching pro for 25 years. She currently teaches at the Ranch Country Club in Westminster, Colorado. She has also taught at Boulder Country Club, Bobcat Tennis Center, VanDerMeer Tennis Academy and has been a Division I Women’s Assistant Coach for University of Colorado and Montana State University. She still actively plays USTA Leagues and National Age Division tournaments.
MIKE PHILLIPS (5.0)
Mike has been lucky to make a career out of teaching and coaching tennis. With 25 years in the tennis industry, he has been a Division I college coach for 17 of those years. Starting with three years as the men’s assistant coach at the University of Colorado, then 12 years as the men’s head coach at Montana State University, and two as the men’s head coach at the University of Northern Colorado. At Montana State, Coach Phillips had the privilege of coaching the team to the highest national ranking in team history with top players from the intermountain as well as many top nationally ranked players from around the world. His team participated at the NCAA national championships five times, three with teams and twice with individuals. Coach Phillips has also received several coach of the year honors, and is a certified teaching pro with the USPTA and PTR at the elite level and has completed the USTA’s High Performance Coaching program. Mike still loves to play tournaments and leagues and is guaranteed to try hard and have fun every time he steps on the court!
JIMMY PINJUV (5.0)
Canyon Racquet Club – Director of Tennis
Jimmy graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, helping the team win four Nevada State tennis championships (1982-86). In 1991, Jimmy was named the captain of the Wolf Pack Tennis Team during his junior year at The University of Nevada, Reno. Today he is a volunteer for boys and girls tennis teams at Hamilton High School and is the head tennis professional at The Canyons Racquet Club in Hamilton.
SCOTT POTTER (5.0)
Director of Tennis, PEAK Racquet Club
New Zealand native and ex-Montana State University men’s tennis team player from 1989-1993. Scott was a first team Big Sky Conference selection in 1993. He was the head tennis professional at Riverside Country Club in Bozeman for 15 years, and junior director of tennis at Bobcat Tennis Center for five years. Scott was named the 2010 Intermountain Professional of the Year recipient, 2004 Intermountain Tennis Association Developmental Coach of the year recipient and 2004 National USTA 5.0 finalist Team member. Scott is currently the director of tennis at the PEAK Racquet Club in Missoula.
BILL SPELTZ (4.5 NTRP)
Missoulian Sports Writer
An avid tennis player and writer, Bill has worked for the Missoulian the past nine years. He has received national awards from the USTA for his tennis writing and in the past has been ranked No. 1 in the 35-over men’s singles division in the Iowa District of the USTA. Bill attended college at Iowa Lakes where he played baseball and he later attended Clarke University in Iowa. Both of his children played No. 1 for the Missoula Big Sky tennis program.
HANNAH SULZ (5.5)
Hannah was born and raised in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada, where she was introduced to tennis at the age of 12. She lived on-and-off in Southern California throughout high school to train and compete. Hannah played for the University of Nebraska her freshman year, playing #6 for the Huskers. She then transferred to the University of Montana where she completed her college tennis career. Last year Hannah played #1 singles and doubles for the Griz, and won the Weber State University Invitational tournament in doubles with fellow teammate Cat Orfanos, as well as reached the finals of the tournament in singles. She graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a degree in Marketing, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Analytics at the University of Montana, as well as serving as a volunteer assistant coach/marketing coordinator for the UM Women’s Tennis team.
JORDAN VAUGHAN (5.0)
Head Tennis Professional, Esplanade Golf and Country Club
Jordan is the Head Tennis Professional at Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida. She played Division I tennis at both Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Atlantic University, where she majored in photography. Formerly #1, she is currently ranked #6 in the Nation for Father-Daughter Open Doubles. Also, teamed with Jesse Witten to reach the finals of the US Open sectional qualifier this year in mixed doubles.
BRIAN VERWOLF (5.5)
Former Griz (1992-1994)
#1 Singles and #1 Doubles
1st Team All Big Sky Conference
Brian is a native of Montana through and through but has lived the past 17 years in the Pacific Northwest where he held the #1 singles and #1 doubles ranking in Men’s Open division. Featured Titles include four-time winner PNW Sectional Championships and three-time winner Seattle City Open Championships. Brian recently moved his family back to MT and is very excited to be a part of Montana tennis once again! Currently, his is the owner and manager of Verwolf Tennis, providing passionate coaching to his students of all ages and skill levels in the Helena, MT area.
AARON WEBSTER (5.5)
Former Vanguard University Player
Santa Barbara, California
Aaron attended Vanguard University playing at the #1 singles and doubles positions. His post-college experience included the professional satellite tour, earning him top 10 rankings in Southern California Men’s Open Singles in 1994 and 1995. In 2008 Aaron coached WTA tour pro Olga Govortsova, accompanying her to the Australian Open. Aaron also traveled to the Grand Slam tournaments with touring pros Robby Ginepri, Robert Kendrick and Ryan Sweeting. Currently he is the co-director at Los Positas Tennis Center in Santa Barbara.
KYLE WILSON (5.0)
Former Bobcat & Griz (2002-2005)
Kyle is an Elite Level USPTA Certified Professional. He has been certified for over 12 years and part of the Bobcat Tennis Center since 2007. He grew up in Denver, Colorado until he moved to Bozeman at the age of 7. He was a black belt in Taekwondo by the age of 12, but shortly switched his passion to tennis full-time. He played competitive junior tennis in the Intermountain Section growing up, as well as varsity tennis for the Bozeman Hawks all four years of High school. He went on to play Division I college tennis for the University of Montana in 2001. Kyle graduated from Montana State University in 2006. After graduation, he taught at Riverside Country Club for three seasons as the Assistant Tennis Pro. During this time, he also taught indoors at MSU during the winter season and continues to run their Junior Bobcat tennis programs. He now coaches some of the top juniors in the state and Intermountain section. In 2009, he coached a Women’s 3.0 team to 2nd in the Nation in the USTA league. He has served on the USTA Montana Board as a representative for the Bozeman area and on the Intermountain Junior Competition committee. He has a love for the game that shows and is extremely happy to be part of the Watson Tennis Pro-Am.
JEFF WILTSE (4.5)
University of Montana, Assoc. Professor of History
Jeff won the Washington State AA doubles title as a senior at Mount Rainier High School and then played four years collegiate tennis at the University of Puget Sound. As an adult, he has won both the 4.5 singles and 4.5 doubles draw in the Western Montana Open and the 4.5 singles draw in the Peak Fall Championships. When not playing tennis, he teaches history at the University of Montana—specializing in the history of Montana and the history of urban public space. You may have read his book Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America or heard him talking about swimming pools on one of many NPR programs. He is currently writing a people’s history of Montana.
SUZIE WOODBURN (5.5)
Former Northwestern University & Cal-Poly Player
Suzie began her college playing career at Northwestern University and helped them earn a #1 national ranking. She transferred her junior year to Cal Poly where she played #1 singles and doubles. Her highest college national ranking was 23 in doubles and 65 in singles and she participated in the NCAA tournament 3 times. She’s also a four time Pacific Northwest Women’s Open player of the year. After she graduated with a degree in communications, she began a two-year stint as the Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Cal Poly before taking the same position at Boise State for two years before moving to Montana. Suzie lives in Geraldine, Montana with her husband Justin and her kids (McCall, 2 and Kai, 1). Suzie is currently pursuing an online master’s program in Athletic Administration while staying home with her kids.