Elstead Tennis Club paid tribute to former coach Dan Burden for the fifth year by once again running the Dan Burden Trophy. Dan died in a car crash, aged 21. The tournament is a Junior Grade 3 LTA tournament, which is regional level, and attracted juniors from all over the country, including Devon, Northampton and South Wales. There were numerous entries from Elstead juniors, as well as players from other local clubs – Godalming, Merrow, Grayshott, The Bourne and Woking.
This year there were even more events, with girls’ and boys’ tournaments from 8 and Under to 18 and Under, and both singles and doubles for all ages over 10. The biggest draw was the 12 and Under boys, which had 32 entries. All events were well supported with the majority of the events having around 20 entrants. With 267 players in the tournament and 381 matches to organise, the club was fortunate that Byfleet Tennis Club were happy to help run some of the events. Even so the club was buzzing all day and into the evening to get all the matches played. Next year Elstead hopes to include adult events as well.
The Club thanks Barbara Awbery for the many hours of hard work organising the event, which gave the Club publicity and prestige, and raised substantial funds for it. Her professionalism showed through and the events ran without a hitch in wonderful weather.
Many Club members were involved in some way or another, whether it was court supervising, serving refreshments, baking cakes or tidying the clubhouse for visitors. Many thanks to everyone, as the event couldn’t have run without you.