Saturday 19th November 2016
Henry Johns Trophy 2016 winner - Louis Gordon. Louis Gordon had a success on court (including the British Open) and improved as a player. Most importantly he had made substantial progress off court obtaining a merit in his CPD level one assessment (the only candidate to achieve this level). He had turned everything around, was very popular at Petworth and a great asset to the Club.
The Greenwood Trophy (most improved player) Robert Shenkman, with a mention to Zak Eadle, Charlie Braham and Robert Stewart. Robert Stewart is worthy of mention for those reducing higher handicaps. For lower handicaps, there were five contenders. Horatio Cary was the lowest (relative) mover and Robert Shenkman just pipped Charlie Braham. Ed Kay was very impressive, but awarded Baerlein. Between Robert and Zak: both were committed to the game but Robert just ahead by a whisker.
The Baerlein Cup (best performance by an amateur). Ed Kay had an impressive handicap reduction of 4.3 over the 12 month period and significant performances in both British Open (beat Conor Medlow, lost to Chris Chapman) and Amateur – (beat John Prenn and Luke Danby, lost to Jamie Douglas) - and vital contributions towards CURTC/ Varsity.
The Warburg Cup (best performance by a professional) Ben Taylor-Matthews He was a finalist in the Australian open, quarter-finalist in British Open and currently British number one. He also reached the semi-final of the US Professional Singles in Newport.
The Latham Cup (professional award). James Stout was confirmed having won everything he entered, is World Champion, and dominated the sport for the last 12/24 months. Stout won it last year but his dominance was considered complete.
The Negretti Cup (amateur award). Awarded to Lea van der Zwalmen as the clear winner holding the Ladies World Champion, Open Singles Champion, Amateur Doubles Champion. Like James Stout, she has dominated the sport for about the same period, and certainly the last 12 months. Special mention to ATB for his eighth straight Amateur Singles – a record and a remarkable achievement; and also Richard Owen who has had a remarkable season.
The Renny Trophy (best improver) Richard Owen. The stand-out candidate is Richard Owen, who relative to his ranking, has achieved a phenomenal points gain. Richard has beaten good players to achieve his points. Another good performance by ADV, last year’s winner, demonstrated his continued progress.
The Maltby Salver (most significant contribution by a volunteer) Alan Giddins. Alan worked tirelessly on the Rackets sponsorship project, and is the inspiration behind the Rackets Patrons, bridging the gap and maintaining the T&RA tournaments at their current level of support. Alan was been confirmed as a T&RA Trustee.