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; Conchita Martinez
Watson Tennis Pro-Am Participant: 3 years
Born in the Netherlands, she 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 William at 130mph! After taking time off to recover from an injury, Brenda 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; Won 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
Watson Tennis Pro-Am Participant: 6 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.
LUKE JENSEN – ATLANTA, GA (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: 6 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. Presently he 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; 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: 5 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, Witten started and now runs a tennis academy in his hometown of Naples, Florida. Jesse picked up a tennis racket for the first time when he was 6 years old.
ERIC DREW ( 5.5)
Pacific Northwest native. Ranked #1 in Pacific Northwest 18 and under. Top ten nationally ranked junior 18 and under. Member of USTA national team. All-American Singles and Doubles at The University of Washington, with teammate Robert Kendrick. Reached semi-finals of NCAA singles tournament 1999. Competed professionally for two years in Satellite, Futures and Challenger tournaments throughout the United States. After playing career traveled with world #1 Martina Hingis for two years as hitting coach, as well as with Jennifer Capriati while ranked number 1. Sports commentator for New York Hamptons (World Team Tennis) after playing career for one summer. Now certified USPTA Teaching Professional at Sprinker Tennis Center in Tacoma, WA. Avid Fly fisherman and loves this event in Missoula!
HAYLEY DRIVER (5.5)
Assistant Tennis Professional, PEAK Racquet Club
Hayley 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 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.
JOSIAH PETERSEN (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 the University of Colorado and Montana State University. She still actively plays USTA Leagues and National Age Division tournaments.
MIKE PHILLIPS (5.5)
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 coaches both the 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. Potter 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. Potter is currently the director of tennis at the PEAK Racquet Club in Missoula.
JAN STEENEKAMP (6.0)
Director of Junior Tennis, PEAK Racquet Club
Jan is a native of Burgersdorp, South Africa. As a junior, he was ranked no.1 in the u18 doubles rankings in 2000 and 2001, and top 10 ( high of 6) in singles. He was also selected to represent South Africa as a junior in Australia, England, USA, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. He started his collegiate playing career at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he was honored as a Second Team All-Southland Conference selection in doubles, before transferring to The University of Montana. While at Montana, he was a no. 1 singles player for the Big Sky Conference and was named First Team All-Big Sky Conference in each of his three years in Missoula.
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)
Brian is a native of Montana through and through but has lived the past 17 years n the Pacific Northwest where he held the #1 singles and #1 Doubles ranking in Men’s Open division. Featured Titles includes 4-time winner PNW Sectional Championships, three-time winner Seattle City Open Championships. Brian is currently the owner and manager of Verwolf Tennis, providing passionate coaching to his students of all ages and skill levels in the greater Seattle area.