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Twenty-Second Annual Indiana Badminton Open Tourney – January 18-19, 2013
The entries soon after the deadline did not look promising for holding the event, but we decided to go ahead with the tournament even though we only had 50 participants. We had 32 players from Indiana, 8 from Illinois, 3 from Missouri, 5 from Ohio and 2 from Tennessee. We were able to finish the singles on Friday night, the Doubles and Mixed on Saturday. We were out of the gym by 6:30pm on Saturday. This was the first time we were able to take advantage of the free drinks and snacks offered by Drury Inn in the evening!
The Indiana State University staff, as usual, did a wonderful job getting the facility ready, keeping it clean and usable. The players greatly appreciate the high quality service provided by the athletic trainers. ISU is known for their great athletic training academic program. We always work it into our tournament budget to have them available to work the tournaments we hold there. Thanks to John Lentz and Kimberley Monte for coordinating the ISU staff.
Derrick Applegate and Eric Lee of USA-YONEX came through once again by providing high quality shuttles and some very desirable items to raffle during the tournament, as well as prizes for the winners of each division. The raffle was drawn on Saturday before the Mixed Doubles finals. The lucky winners of the two Nanoray 700 rackets were Norma Trusler and Ekkachai Danwanichakul. There were many winners of the Yonex Super Grap grips.
Charles and Bobbie Norton of Louisville Badminton Supply have always supported our event as stringers. They always provide professional service and products for the players and the badminton enthusiasts. Their time, energy and great attitudes are always appreciated.
The Indianapolis Badminton Club is the supporting club allowing all the USAB connections and communications to make this event happen each year. The IBC support crew this time was primarily Dawn and Bharat Patel and Norma Trusler.
All participants received tournament t-shirts. All finalists for all divisions received Award t-shirts, medals and Yonex provided prizes for all the winners in each division. We usually run an A, B, C, D, Drop Flight Draw that allows players the opportunity to play at least 3 matches per event.
Quinn Hussey won the Men's Singles “A” by defeating Brendan Pontow. Quinn Hussey and Brendan Pontow won the Men's Doubles "A" against Tejas Kinjawadekar and Abhijeet Vaidya. Tiffanie Kimura won the Women's Singles round robin event. Tiffanie Kimura and Brendan Pontow won the Mixed Doubles "A" against Tejas Kinjawadekar and Gopika Chitale. The Women's Doubles was a round robin event won by the team of Anne Tieu and Lesley Acheson from Ohio. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of all the draws. Good luck to everyone else for next year. Thanks to all the players who participated in the tournament. We hope to see you all again next year.
It was great to have David Shaw and Evi Bruster drive from Nashville,TN to play in the tournament. David Cumming also drove a group of players with him from Ohio. David Cummings humor, wit and insight are always appreciated. Here is an email he sent to us when we were organizing the tourney this year; followed by one more of his past emails just for laughs!
Looking forward to seeing you both again. Contest time! Let's see who has aged the most - put on the most weight, lost the most hair, highest percentage of gray of the remainder (on the head only, not considering what has migrated south), has the most wrinkles (again, head only, so if you've had a whole body tuck it won't help you). Any hair coloring must be shampooed out by the 18th.
Dawn - I assume that you REALLY don't want to have any remote possibility of winning this, so I'm OK with you opting out and being the judge. Unless you take a quick glance at Bharat and feel confident. However, if you do judge, BE FAIR!
David sent the following to Mary Ann Bowles in March of 2006, asking her opinion. Badminton service: Where's the waist?
Concerning the serving above the waist issue, and with no one really knowing exactly where a person's waist is (can't see the lowest rib under a loose untucked shirt), there should be a distinct, visible, point that defines where the waist is. May I propose God's little birthmark, the navel, and that everyone should by rule play bare-midriff. Now I admit that there can be some down sides to this. Some players may be sensitive about exposing an area that is larger than they like. Some guys may even have to shave so that their navels can be seen (tournaments could offer free waxing services). Over time players would get used to it, just as competitors in swimming, track, figure skating, ballroom dancing and other sports have grown accustomed to skimpier apparel. Besides, it would encourage players to keep that area clean!
Let me know what you think. In the meantime I will hold off trimming the bottom half off of all my playing shirts.
p.s. to Dawn - I was at first thinking of all players playing topless, negating any chance of some players not trimming their shirts enough. But with a female MBA president and a female secretary, I figured the chances of that flying would be nil.
We usually get permission to run the event the same time each year. Mark your calendars for January 17-19, 2014 for the 23nd Annual Indiana Badminton Open over the Martin Luther King weekend. We hope you decide to join us and be part of a bigger event next year.
The MBA is Region 2 of USA Badminton and includes the following states:
Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin