FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Sponsor Party & The Blane Howard Band – Pinnacle Tennis Courtside/Under Tent | 7pm – 12am

Casual Attire (Music Will End at 11pm)

Single Tickets $25 | Couple Tickets $40

TENNIS

The 26th Annual Northwest Arkansas Charity Challenge of Champions will host a two-day tennis tournament at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.  Check in is at the club’s tennis court from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.  The tournament begins on Friday, September 15 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will resume 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16.  This event will feature world-renown celebrity professionals.  Help us support the NWA Women’s Shelter by signing up for a challenging match of tennis!

In case of inclement weather, the tennis tournament will be moved indoors to the Walton Life Fitness Center. The address for the WLFC is:

1701 SE 14th St.

Bentonville, AR 72712

If the decision is made to move the tournament indoors, announcements will be posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

2016 TENNIS CHAMPS

1st Place:

Sal Barbaro’s Team
Jazmin Taylor
Sue Cordischi
Marjorie Hanus
Patty Brueger
Steven Bauer
Katie Salley
Anthony White
Todd Gifford
David Scogin

2nd Place:

Tim Mayotte’s Team
Roger Moore
Wendy DeFries
Thea Fernstrom
Corinna Spencer
Gordon Goldstein
Sharon Taylor
Jason Cantey
Greg Parker
Drew Amman

3rd Place:

Luke Jensen’s Team 
Tam Bauer
Naiema Friesen
Robert Sidani
Tim Peterson
Caren Berger
Jim Corbett
Anthony Remias
Bobby Willis
Patti McGill

PRO TENNIS SPOTLIGHT

Tim Mayotte

Tim Mayotte

A tall serve-and-volleyer, Mayotte learned to play the game on the public courts of Forest Park in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. He played tennis for Stanford University in the early-1980s and won the NCAA singles title in 1981.

Mayotte won his first top-level professional singles title in 1985 at the inaugural Lipton International Players Championships (now known as the Miami Masters). Other career highlights included winning the Queen’s Club Championships in London in 1986, capturing the Paris Indoor title in 1987, and winning the men’s singles Silver Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

His best performances in Grand Slam tournaments came in reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1982 and the Australian Open in 1983. He also reached the quarter-finals of the US Open in 1989.

During his career, Mayotte won 12 singles titles and 1 doubles title. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 7. His career prize-money earnings totaled $2,663,672. His final career singles title was won in 1989 at Washington DC. Mayotte retired from the professional tour in 1992. Mayotte was hired by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to serve as a national coach in July 2009.

He then went to work as a tennis agent working for Donald Dell’s ProServ. There he managed top ten and All-American players on the ATP and WTA Tours. His clients included Amanda Coetzer and Greg Rusedski, who became semi-finalist and finalists at the French Open and U.S. Open consecutively.

Ann Grossman

Ann Grossman

Ann turned professional in 1988 after a very successful career as a National #1 and World #4 ranked Junior player. She reached a career high ranking of #25 in singles and #28 in doubles.

In 1992 and 1993, she was the 10th ranking American. In 1994, Grossman reached a career high American ranking of #8. She was a Quarter-Finalist at the Australian Open and French Open and was a Federation Cup Team Member. After 11 years and 40 Grand Slam tournaments, she retired from the pro women’s tour in 1998.

She is now a touring pro for the New Albany Country Club in Columbus, Ohio and was inducted into the Midwest Hall of Fame in 2006. Ann is married to Eric Wunderlich, a member of the 1996 Olympic Swim Team, and has two sons, Fletcher and Tyler.

Mel Segota

Mel Segota

Mel Segota, Adult Program Director, The Ritz Carlton – Key Biscayne, Miami.

A native of Slovenia, Mel is currently the Adult Program Director at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. He has worked there since 2007 developing a huge following for his on court enthusiasm and attention to detail regarding technical development. Prior to the RCKB Mel played NCAA D1 tennis at Eastern Kentucky University, where he was named to the All-Conference team whilst maintaining a 3.87 GPA.

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Rajeev Ram

Rajeev was born March 18, 1984 and began playing tennis at age 4.  He played at Carmel (Indiana) High School, earning All-State honors and winning the state singles title.  In college, he helped the University of Illinois to 32-0 season and NCAA team title in 2003. He also won the 2003 NCAA doubles title with Brian Wilson.

Rajeev has also won two ATP singles titles at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2009 and again in 2015.  Rajeev has claimed twelve ATP doubles titles in his career, with several different partners. His career-high singles ranking is world no. 56, achieved in April 2016. He reached as high as world no. 11 in doubles in March 2017 by winning his first Masters 1000 tournament.

In 2016 he reached the final of the US Open with Coco Vandeweghe. He has advanced as far as the semifinals in men’s doubles at the US Open and at Wimbledon and has made the quarterfinals of the other two slams.

When Bryans withdrew from Team USA, 6 days before the 2016 Rio Olympics began, Rajeev was added to the team where he earned the silver medal in mixed doubles with Venus Williams.

He enjoys serving and volleying and prefers to play on grass.  He also enjoys playing golf and table tennis.  Still considered a newlywed, he married his wife, Zainab, on March 5, 2016 in Carmel, Ind.

Luke Jensen

Luke Jensen

Jensen gained the nickname of “Dual Hand Luke” because he was an ambidextrous player able to serve at 130 MPH with either hand.

As one of the most popular doubles teams in history, the Jensen brothers gained fame by winning the French Open doubles title in 1993. They went on to capture four additional ATP Tour doubles titles, reaching a career high world ranking of Number 5.

Luke reached the 3rd round of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 1992 and the quarterfinals of the US Open in 1989. He won three mixed doubles titles with Australian Laurie Warder.

He coached the Syracuse women’s team before leaving to develop the Sea Island Resort tennis program with his brother Murphy in the Atlanta, GA area. He now does on-court analysis for ESPN and travels the world as an instructor, motivational speaker, and ambassador for the game.

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John Lloyd

At the Australian Open in December 1977, John Lloyd became the first British male tennis player in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam singles final. He is a former British No. 1 and Davis Cup team member.

Lloyd won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles partnered with Australia’s Wendy Turnbull, beginning with the French Open mixed doubles in 1982. The pair finished runners-up in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon that year, and then went on to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown in 1983 & 1984.

John reached an ATP world ranking of 21 in 1978 and was ranked as UK number 1 in 1984 and 1985. He retired from professional tennis in 1986, but has stayed close to the sport. He now works as a sports commentator and lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife, Deborah, and two children, Aiden and Hayley.

Ross Case

Ross Case

Ross Case’s 14-year tennis career began quite humbly on his family’s farm in Australia. After milking the cows and finishing his chores, he would spend hours hitting balls on the wooden backboard his father built.

Case’s commitment took him from the farm to fame.  During his dynamic career, Ross made his mark as a superior doubles expert. He won a total of 26 doubles titles and four singles crowns with his savvy serve-and-volley style and quick court coverage. With partner Geoff Masters, he won two Grand Slam victories – the Australian Open in 1974 and Wimbledon in 1977.

A nine-year veteran on the Australian Davis Cup team, Case was a member of the Championship Australian team in 1977. For seven consecutive years, he maintained a respectable top 100 singles ranking reaching a high of number 13 in 1975

He currently holds the record for winning the highest percentage of men’s singles matches lasting five sets, at 82.4%.

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Aránzazu Isabel María “Arantxa” Sánchez-Vicario born 18 December 1971 is a Spanish former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She won four Grand Slam singles titles, six Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. In 1994 she was crowned the ITF World Champion for the year.

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario started playing tennis at the age of four, when she followed her older brothers Emilio Sánchez and Javier Sánchez (both of whom became professional players) to the court and hit balls against the wall with her first racquet. As a 17-year-old, she became the youngest winner of the women’s singles title at the 1989 French Open, defeating World No. 1 Steffi Graf in the final. (Monica Seles broke the record the following year when she won the title at age 16.)

Sánchez-Vicario quickly developed a reputation on the tour for her tenacity and refusal to concede a point. Commentator Bud Collins described her as “unceasing in determined pursuit of tennis balls, none seeming too distant to be retrieved in some manner and returned again and again to demoralize opponents” and nicknamed her the “Barcelona Bumblebee”

She won six women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, including the US Open in 1993 (with Helena Suková) and Wimbledon in 1995 (with Jana Novotná). She also won four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. In 1991, she helped Spain win its first-ever Fed Cup title, and helped Spain win the Fed Cup in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998. Sanchez Vicario holds the records for the most matches won by a player in Fed Cup competition (72) and for most ties played (58). She was ITF world champion in 1994 in singles.

Sánchez-Vicario was also a member of the Spanish teams that won the Hopman Cup in 1990 and 2002.

Over the course of her career, Sánchez-Vicario won 29 singles titles and 69 doubles titles before retiring in November 2002. She came out of retirement in 2004 to play doubles in a few select tournaments as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she became the only tennis player to play in five Olympics in the Games history. Sanchez Vicario is the most decorated Olympian in Spanish history with four medals – two silver and two bronze.

In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put her in 27th place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era and in 2007, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was only the third Spanish player (and the first Spanish woman) to be inducted.

Jerome-Millet

Jerome Millet

Jerome Millet is originally from Sainte-Etienne in France. He grew up idolizing Stefan Edberg, from whom he developed his love for the serve and volley game. He graduated from Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I) with a Bachelor of Science degree and played tennis professionally on the French Money Circuit.

He has held several roles with Cliff Drysdale Tennis, including Director of the Touring Team and Director of Tennis responsibilities at Southampton (NY) Racquet Club, OMNI Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA and John Newcombe Country Club in New Braunfels, TX.

He is now the Head Tennis Professional at the Four Seasons Resort and Sports Club in Dallas, TX

Fun fact: His tennis warmup song is AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.

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Cliff Drysdale

Both on and off the court, 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Drysdale is one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community.

Drysdale has devoted over four decades of his life to promoting the advancement of the tennis culture. His contributions to the game span across an award-winning career as a professional player, leadership roles in advancing Open Tennis, the founding and presidency of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a 30 year+ tenure as a television tennis analyst, and the ownership of his tennis management company, Cliff Drysdale Tennis.

Drysdale was also a member of the esteemed “Handsome Eight” signed by Lamar Hunt in 1967, and his presence on the WCT circuit in the seventies was vital to the evolution of the game. Drysdale played 45 Davis Cup matches for his former homeland, South Africa, over a six-year period (he went on to become an American citizen). In 1972, Drysdale teamed with Roger Taylor to win the U.S. Open doubles crown. They defeated the formidable team of Legends Owen Davidson and John Newcombe in three sets. Drysdale was ranked, several times, in the world’s top ten in singles, and he earned his way to being number on in the world on the senior tour in 1989.

The highlight of Drysdale’s singles career was finals showing in the 1965 U.S. Championships. Throughout his celebrated career, he netted 35 singles and 24 doubles titles.

Cliff Drysdale went from making the shots – to calling them. Drysdale has been one of the game’s preeminent television commentators since the late seventies, and has been known as “the voice” of ESPN since the inception of the network in 1979.

GOLF

The 26th Annual Northwest Arkansas Charity Challenge of Champions will host a golf tournament at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers on Monday, September 18th to conclude our event.  The tournament begins with the first flight starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday (check in 6:30-7:45 a.m.), the second flight beginning at 1:00 p.m. (check in 11:30- 12:45 p.m.).

BUY A MULLIGAN PACKAGE

Our Mulligan Package is $25 per player ($100/team) and includes the following:
* 2 mulligans per player
* Entry for Closest to Pin contest to win Yeti Cooler
* Entry for Closest to Pin contest to win Fairway Wood
* Entry for Hole in One contest for Rolex watch
**Maximum 1 package per player / 4 per team**
Price: 25 USD

2016 GOLF CHAMPS

Morning Winners:
1st Place – Steven Bauer, Patrick Byrd, Joe Hardin Jr., Randy Rogers
2nd Place – Tommy Reed, Tim Dodge, Roy Madrid, Ron Spradlin
3rd Place – Ricky Booker, Chris Terry, Zachary Wallace, Denny Jones
Closest to Pin – Tim Dodge

Afternoon Winners:
1st Place – Brandon Simmons, Lloyd DuPreez, Brian Carneal, ? McClain
2nd Place – Taylor Kline, Jim Parker, Richie Roberts, Britain White
3rd Place – Justin Bell, Rob Price, Rob Gaston, Brandon Boivon
Closest to Pin – Gary Laffoon

Hole #17 Raffle Winners:

1) Catfish Hole Hoodie – Scott Klane
2) $50 Fun City Pizza Gift Card – Lucas Crowder
3) Calloway Golf Balls – Case Smith
4) Odyssey Putter – Mark Malo
5) 4 Razorback Tickets with Parking Pass – Stanton Ross

PRO GOLFER SPOTLIGHT

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Christina Lecuyer

The Charity Challenge of Champions is once again partnering with Christina Lecuyer to offer an exciting “Play the Pro’s Shot” challenge for an additional donation.  Featured on hole #17, the famed Loudest hole on the LPGA Tour and most difficult Par 3 at Pinnacle Country Club, Christina will offer players the opportunity to play her shot.

You can follow Christina on Instagram and Twitter. If you are interested in booking Christina for an event, you can do that via her website.

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Run for Courage, Presented by Amplify Snacks

Amplify Snacks

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 6:30pm

5417 Pinnacle Point, Suite 100 | Rogers, AR 72758

5k Run with Chipped Run | $35

5k Walk- No Chip | $25

Going To Bed Early (No Participation) $25

1 Mile Fun Run- No Chip | $15

Register for the run by clicking HERE

Run for Courage 5K Course

Registration Includes:

Event T-Shirt

Dinner at the Finish Line & Beer Garden Tickets

Goody Bag – Donated by Charity Challenge of Champions

**First 200 Registrants Guaranteed

We would like to thank our below sponsors for their support for the Reflection Run 2016!

  • Signature Bank of Arkansas
  • Rush Running
  • RaceWizard
  • Slim Chickens
  • Springwood Behavioral Health
  • ShurTech Brands
  • Newlin Realty
  • Kirstein/Donaghe Family
  • Winslow United Methodist Church
  • Griep Family
  • Fayetteville Fraternal Order of Police
  • Johnson Fraternal Order of Police