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Local netters perform well at tournament

FAIR OAKS RANCH — It started off with a bang but then the rains came, and it went out with a whimper. The Hooter’s Tournament conducted at Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club saw more than 290 entries from all over the state.

It also included 11 from the Marble Falls area: Jeff Charlton of Horseshoe Bay, Michael Crouse of Marble Falls, Travis Dean of Marble Falls, Stan Frasier of Marble Falls, Charli and Scott Kilpatrick of Marble Falls, Brian Martinez of Cottonwood Shores, Juli and Mark Moran of Marble Falls, Michelle Walker of Burnet and Morgan Wood of Horseshoe Bay. In the men’s 4.0 singles, Martinez made it to the round of 16 before losing to the No. 1 seed.  Crouse was playing in the consolation semifinals when the rain came.

In the men’s 3.5 singles, Dean made it to the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 1 seed. Frasier made the semifinals before losing to the No. 1 seed.

The men’s 4.0 doubles was an all-Marble Falls affair that saw Scott Kilpatrick and Wood as the No. 1 seed, and Charlton and Mark Moran as the No. 2 seeds. Also in the field were the teams of Dean and Martinez as well as Crouse and Frasier.

Scott Kilpatrick and Wood made the finals by defeating Dean and Martinez in three sets late Saturday. Charlton and Mark Moran were scheduled to play Crouse and Frasier but were rained out. The winner of that match would have played Kilpatrick and Wood in the finals.  In the women’s 4.0 doubles, Charli Kilpatrick and Walker lost a tough three-setter in the quarterfinals.

The most interesting bracket for the Marble Falls teams was the mixed 4.0 doubles. In the first round, Juli and Mark Moran faced Charli Kilpatrick and Wood, two former players who played under Mark Moran at Marble Falls High School.

The Morans won and later beat Scott Kilpatrick, Charli Kilpatrick’s father, and Walker. The match was played late Saturday night, with the Morans prevailing.

John Nilsen was playing men’s open singles at the Courtyard Classic in Austin. Seeded No. 3, Nilsen lost to the No. 1 seed in the semifinals.