Monday, November 3, 2014

Garcia, Shin team up for title in clay-court league

(Left to right) Jeff Shin and Justin Garcia pose with host Ben Combs after winning
the open division of the Sacramento Clay Court League. Photo by David Hagiwara
   ORANGEVALE, Calif. -- Justin Garcia and Jeff Shin defeated Scott Colby and Whit Livingston 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the open division of the Sacramento Clay Court League.
   Garcia and Shin, the runners-up last year, split $400 in the doubles-only league at the home of Ben and Mary Combs. Colby and Livingston shared $200.
   Bryan Paveglio and Steve Scurfield repeated in the 40-and-over division, outlasting Chris Gerety and Todd Stanley 7-5, 7-5. The champions divided $700 and the runners-up $300.
   Ben Combs and Mark Tappan won the 50-and-over title, holding off Bob Deller and Mike Smith 6-4, 7-6 (5) to collect $300 total. Deller and Smith split $100.
   The league began in 2007.
   Here's a link to my 2011 feature story on Combs and his clay court, one of the few in the Sacramento area: http://norcaltennisczar.blogspot.com/2011/12/with-clay-court-california-dreamin.html

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