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Dataw Dawgs Win National Super Senior Championship

May 24, 2005 05:40 PM

The dataw (little 'd') dawgs of Dataw Island won the Men's 6.0 championship at the 2004 USA League National Invitational in Kansas City MO earlier this month. The dawgs defeated Midwest/Bedford Heights OH 2-1 for the championship.

The Invitational was a wrapup of the Super Senior season that began in late '04, went to South Carolina Championships in November and Southern Championships in April. The 6.0 combo is what South Carolina designates as 3.0. (3.0 3.0 = well, you get it.)

The dawgs, under Captain Bob Wishart, won their preliminary round robin group, defeating Northern California/Sunnyvale 3-0 then Middle States/Mechanicsburg PA 3-0 in back-to-back matches after an all-day rain. They advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Southwest/Phoenix.

A 2-1 semifinal win over Mid-Atlantic/Laup took them to the final. The dawgs' #3 doubles Lou Laiken/Norm George quickly won 6-1, 6-0, then Jim Marks/Wishart prevailed 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 at #1, clinching the championship. The #2 doubles Le Roy Crocker/Gabriel Nagy won a 6-3 first set and were at 5-all when, seeing the match was clinched, retired to begin celebrating.

The celebration continued through their return to Dataw Island, where the dawgs were treated to a  golf cart welcome parade. Other teammates who contributed to the championships were Co-Captain Terry Lurtz, Jim McCornock, Jim Marks, Shep Raskind, John Putz, Cliff Hubbell and Bob Stone. Putz didn't get to play in Kansas City. While driving from Florida to join the team, he wrenched his back while changing a flat tire and was relegated to cheerleader duty.