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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the DoubleTree in Downtown Missoula!

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
  • Participant gift
  • 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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the DoubleTree in Downtown Missoula!

As always, there will be many fabulous silent auction items to choose from, such as weekend getaways in Whitefish, “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

Friday, September 29, 2017 – Sunday, October 1, 2017

• 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 soon at Watson Children’s Shelter and at the PEAK Racquet Club!

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 the tournament.

PLAY with a PRO Raffle
Raffle tickets will be available to purchase soon at Watson Children’s Shelter and at the PEAK Racquet Club!

2 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 the 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 – 6:00 pm 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

2017 SPONSORSHIP INFO

Premier Sponsor:

Grand Slam Sponsors:

                   

Court Sponsors:

Geiszler Steele, PCLoren’s Carpet One

Net Sponsors:

Alpine Physical Therapy • American Expedition Vehicles • Bellamah Vein & Surgery •  Good Food Store

Big Serve Sponsors:

Axis Physical TherapyCarl Thornblade, MDFirst Interstate BankMissoula Federal Credit Union • Partners in Home Care • The Montana Club

Friends of the Shelter Sponsors:

A.R.R. Construction • Bob King – State Farm Insurance Agency • Gary Salisbury Auctioneer Service • Al Kessler • Monida Healthcare Network

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

2017 PROS – Stay tuned for more updates!

BRENDA SCHULTZ – McCARTHY – JUNO BEACH, FL (6.3)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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 HIGHLIGHTS

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 HIGHLIGHTS

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 HIGHLIGHTS

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.

REGIONAL PROS:

ERIC DREW ( 5.5)
Tacoma, Washington

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
Missoula, MT

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
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 (5.0)
Tennis Professional, Ranch Country Club
Boulder, Colorado

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)
Boulder, Colorado

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

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)

Director of Tennis, PEAK Racquet Club
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 (6.0)

Director of Junior Tennis, PEAK Racquet Club
Missoula, Montana

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
Naples, Florida

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
Seattle, Washington

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.

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