INFORMATION

Watson Children’s Shelter Tennis Pro-Am, hosted by PEAK Health and Wellness, is a three day charity event that matches pros and amateurs together in a tournament format. The tournament is held in October at the PEAK Racquet club in Missoula. 100% of the proceeds goes to support Watson Children’s Shelter and our mission to provide a safe and nurturing home to abused and neglected children.

PRO AUCTION

Stay Tuned. Date and location to be announced.

The Pro Auction is the night to secure your spot in this year’s Pro-Am tournament. This fun and exciting evening includes a raffle and live auction of 32 professional tennis players. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and silent auction items are available for bid.

Successful bidders receive:

  • Doubles tournament play with a pro
  • A gift package (valued over $150)
  • Full breakfast bar Saturday and Sunday hosted by the Good Food Store
  • Saturday lunch and tour at Watson Children’s Shelter hosted by the Montana Club
  • Refreshments and snacks throughout event
  • Saturday evening hosted VIP party for you and a guest to meet all the pros
  • Complimentary professional photograph with pro

SILENT AUCTION

Stay Tuned. Date and location to be announced.

As always, there will be many fabulous silent auction items to choose from, such as a private trail ride on horseback for 2 at The Resort at Paws Up, “date night” baskets, dinners at local restaurants, rounds of golf and more!

Stay tuned for the link to view and bid on Silent Auction items.

PRO-AM TOURNAMENT

Stay Tuned. Date and location to be announced.

• Adult Tennis Clinics – OPEN to the Public
Wonderful opportunity to work with tennis professionals on their form, shots, serves, or other areas needing improvement.

• Kids Tennis Clinics – OPEN to the Public
Wonderful opportunity for the children to work with tennis professionals on their form, shots, serves, or other areas needing improvement. This event is open to the public but a suggested donation is encouraged.

• Pro Doubles Exhibition – OPEN to the Public
Come and see some this year’s top pros play in a match against each other. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available. This event is open to the public but a suggested donation is encouraged.

• GRAND SLAM experience
The GRAND SLAM experience is a special opportunity to enjoy a 1 ½ hour match with this year’s top pros. The experience takes place on Friday morning of the weekend tournament from 10 am – 12pm. Four winners will be selected. Drawing will take place at the Pro Auction. Need not be present to win. Must be 16 or older to participate in tournament.

• Lunch and Tour at Watson Children’s Shelter
Pros, players, and sponsors are invited to a tour of the shelter and enjoy lunch hosted by the Montana Club.

RAFFLE

GRAND SLAM experience Raffle
Raffle tickets will be available to purchase online and at the PEAK Racquet Club starting the first week in September

The GRAND SLAM experience is a special opportunity to enjoy a 1 ½ hour match with this year’s top pros (TBA). The experience takes place on Friday morning of the weekend tournament from 10 am – 12:00 pm.

Drawing will take place at the Pro Auction.

Need not be present to win. Must be 16 or older to participate in tournament.

PLAY with a PRO Raffle
Raffle tickets will be available to purchase online and at the PEAK Racquet Club starting the first week in September

4 lucky winners will be selected and paired randomly with one of four pros (TBD) to play in this year’s Pro-Am Tournament at the PEAK Racquet Club in Missoula

Drawing will take place at the Pro Auction.

Need not be present to win. Must be 16 or older to participate in tournament.

If you have any questions about the Pro Auction, feel free to contact Alley at 549-0058,
or stop by The PEAK Racquet Club.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Event Weekend

Friday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Grand Slam Experience (Special Pro-Amateur match)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Junior(8-18 yrs.) Tennis Clinics* – Open to the public
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Adult Tennis Clinics* – Open to the public
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Pro Doubles Exhibition at PEAK Racquet Club – Open to the public

*($10; limited to 80 people; sign up at The PEAK Racquet Club)

Saturday

8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast Bar at PEAK Racquet Club
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Tennis Pro-Am – Session 1 Matches
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch and Tour at Watson Children’s Shelter
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tennis Pro-Am – Session 2 Matches
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm VIP party and check presentation for pros, players, & sponsors

Sunday

8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast Bar at PEAK Racquet Club
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Tennis Pro-Am – Session 3 Matches

All proceeds benefit Watson Children’s Shelter and our mission to provide a safe and nurturing home for Montana children you have experienced abuse, neglect, or some other family crisis.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Alley at 549-0058

SPONSORSHIP INFO

2016 Major Sponsors

Watson Tennis Pro-AM 2016 Top Sponsors

Nick and Mary Babson • Loren’s Carpet One

Harry Wilson

Bellamah Vein & Surgery •  Dr. George Risi – Infectious Disease Specialists, PC
Good Food Store
Lolo Liquor & Wine
Providence Health & Services Western Montana

American Expedition Vehicles • Partners In Home Care Treasure State Bank

Alpine Physical Therapy • ARR Construction • Bretz RV & Marine • Carl Thornblade, MD
First Interstate Bank • Market On Front • Monida Healthcare Network
S.G. Long and Company

Interested in sponsoring this year’s event? Call Alley at 406-549-0058!

Learn more about partnering with Watson Children’s Shelter and the PEAK Health & Wellness for the Tennis Pro-Am. Contact Alley for a sponsorship packet and for more information about how you or your business can help Watson Children’s Shelter provide a safe, nurturing environment for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis.

Alley Fontenot
Development Director
Watson Children’s Shelter
4978 Buckhouse Lane
Missoula, MT 59804
(406) 549-0058
alley@shelter4children.com

MEET THE PROS

PROS from 2016. Stay tuned for 2017 updates…

BRENDA SCHULTZ-McCARTHY – JUNO BEACH, FL (6.5)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career High Rankings: Doubles: 7 & Singles: 9

Career Prizemoney: $2,620,344

Turned Professional: 1986

PEAK Pro-Am Professional: First Appearance

Titles: 16 WTA Tour Singles titles (7 singles & 9 doubles)

Olympics: Represented the Netherlands – Barcelona & Atlanta

The Fed Cup: Represented The Netherlands for over 10 years

Grand Slams: Reached the quarter finals or better at 3 of the 4 Grand Slams

Earned 12 top 10 wins during her career.

Featured Career Wins: Career high win #2 (Sanchez-Vicario). Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati & Conchita Martinez

Holds the fifth fastest recorded women’s serve of all time (130 mph).

Brenda Schultz-McCarthy was born in the Netherlands. She left home at eleven years old to pursue her tennis career.

Presently – She and her husband Sean run tennis and wellness camps in Ferrum, VA and Jupiter, FL.

ROBERT KENDRICK – ORLANDO, FL (6.5)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career High Rankings: Doubles: 77 & Singles: 69

Career Prize Money: $1,365,211

Turned Professional: 2000

PEAK Pro-Am Professional: 4 years

ATP Challenger Events: Won Dallas, Calabasas and Knoxville

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: Robby Ginepri, Taylor Dent and James Blake

Born & raised in Fresno, California. Robert began playing tennis at age five.

Presently – Robert trains and supervises SPORTIME Syosset Tennis in Orlando. Robert works with players of all ages and abilities and brings amazing energy and dedication to the court, whether working with seniors, beginners, or with our nation’s top junior prospects.

LUKE JENSEN – ATLANTA, GA (6.0)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career High Rankings: Doubles: 6 & Singles: 168

Career Prizemoney: $1,313,255

Turned Professional: 1987

PEAK Pro-Am Professional: 3 years

Collegiate: All American at USC IN 1986 & 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 (w/ brother Murphy).

Luke Jensen was born in Grayling, MI. The better half of the tennis’ rock n’ roll tennis brothers, Luke’s nickname is “Dual Hand Luke” based on his ability to play both left and right-handed. Presently – Provides color commentary for ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasts on the ATP Tour. He also travels the world as an instructor, motivational speaker, and ambassador for the game

JESSE WITTEN – NAPLES, FL (6.5)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career High Ranking: Doubles: 274 & Singles: 163

Career Prizemoney: $360,856

Turned Professional: 2005

PEAK Pro-Am Professional: 3 years

Collegiate: NCAA Singles finalist (2002). Five time All American at University of Kentucky

ITF Futures Events: 5 career titles

Featured Career Wins: Donald Young, Bobby Reynolds, Robert Kendrick, Taylor Dent and Jan Michael Gambill.

Grand Slams: Has qualified to play in 3 of the 4 Grand Slams. Best Grand Slam result – Round 32 at 2010 US Open – lost to Djokovic in 4 sets.

Jesse was born in Naples, FL. Jesse picked up a tennis racket for the first time when he was 6 years old. He is a diehard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan.

Presently – Witten started and now runs a tennis academy in his hometown of Naples, Florida

REGIONAL PROS:

DIRK BAKER

Dirk, a U.S.P.T.A., Elite Professional, has been involved with the game of tennis as a player, teacher and coach 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 along side 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 10 years and is currently the Head Professional at the Meadow Lark Country Club in Great Fall, Montana.

JIMMY CRIPE (5.0)
Head Tennis Professional – The Summit Medical Fitness Center
Kalispell, MT

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.

ERIC DREW

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!

COLIN GILLAM (5.5)

PEAK Racquet Club – Director of Junior Tennis Missoula, Montana

Colin grew up in Anchorage, AK, where he was in the top three of every age group throughout his junior playing days. He played collegiate tennis for Boise State and Portland State earning his marketing and advertising degree from Portland State and his MBA from The University of Southern New Hampshire. Colin worked as the head tennis pro at the Alaska Club in Anchorage and head tennis coach at Dimond High School. He has traveled with many junior players to state, sectional and national tournaments. Colin is currently the director of junior tennis at the PEAK Racquet Club in Missoula.

BRAD KNUTSON

Brad Knutson is from Billings, MT, 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.  Currently he is the director of the Park and Rec tennis programs in Billings . He also owns and operates a private piano studio.  As of September of this year, Brad will act as the Director of Tennis at the Elks Tennis Center.

CODY KOHLMOOS (5.0)
Former University of Montana Player
Bend, Oregon

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 for three summers at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon (2008-2010) and four years at Northstar Resort in Lake Tahoe, California (2011).

DAVE LUEBBE (4.5)
Riverside Country Club – Director of Racquet Sports
Bozeman, MontanaA Minnesota native, Dave has been teaching tennis for more than 30 years. He traveled extensively with the John Gardiner Tennis Clinic before settling down in Jackson, Wyoming, as the director of tennis at Teton Pines Country Club for 22 years. He is now director of racquet sports at Riverside Country Club in Bozeman, Montana.


ZACHARY MATTHEWS
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 a Peak Tennis in Hayden, and competes on the 5.0+ team.

JOSIAH PETERSEN (4.0)
Valley Christian High School – Head Tennis Coach
Missoula, Montana

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 – BOULDER, COLO. (5.0)

Ginger has been a USPTA and PTR teaching pro for 25 years. She currently teaches at the Ranch Country Club in Westminster, Coloado. 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.

JIMMY PINJUV(5.0)Canyon Racquet Club – Director of Tennis
Hamilton, Montana

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)
PEAK Racquet Club – Director of Tennis
Missoula, Montana

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
Former University of Montana Player

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.

BILL SPELTZ(4.5)
Missoulian sports writer
Missoula, Montana

JORDAN VAUGHAN (5.0)
Fiddler’s Creek – Director of Tennis
Naples, Florida

Jordan Vaughan is the director of tennis at Fiddler’s Creek 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 #3 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.

KYLE WILSON (5.0)
Former Montana State University Player,
Former University of Montana Player
Bozeman, Montana

Kyle Wilson grew up playing competitive junior tennis in Bozeman as the #1 player for the Bozeman Hawks. He then went on to play college tennis for the University of Montana Grizzlies before transferring to Montana State University where he graduated in 2006. Kyle was the assistant pro at Riverside Country Club for two seasons before coming to the Bobcat Tennis Center where he currently resides. He is a USPTA Level 1 teaching pro and is also on the MTA junior competition committee. Kyle still competes in many tournament and league events and recently was on the sectional winning mixed 9.0 doubles team from Montana.

RACQUET CLUB

The PEAK Racquet Club is the place to play racquet sports! Five championship indoor tennis courts, six state-of-the-art handball/racquetball/squash and three outdoor tennis courts are just the start of the new facility. Complete locker room facilities, a Techno Gym cardio and weight room, a comfortable lobby and juice bar will make you feel right at home.

5000 Blue Mountain Rd # 1
Missoula, MT 59804
(406) 251-3356
www.peakmissoula.com/

Directions:

From Brooks/Hwy 93 traveling south, turn right at stoplight at Blue Mountain Road. Turn right onto Buckhouse Lane.

Watson Children's Shelter

Watson Children's Shelter