Musings of CFTTC President: Amy Karpinski: So I ran my second sanctioned tournament yesterday: The 27th Cape Fear Open at Massey Hill Rec Center in Fayetteville. It started out a little stressful as we were trying to decide which of two popular formats to use. We ended up using the one that was advertised. I was also sweating a little bit because it was our former President, Richard Perez’s last tournament with us before he moves to Florida. Rich was a very popular president for our club around the region and there is pressure following in the footsteps of someone so charismatic. I wanted him to feel comfortable that he was leaving his club in competent hands.
My worries were for naught. The tournament was maxed out at 24 and we had players from Jacksonville, Virginia, Charlotte, Morrisville, and Wilmington. So many players came from all over the region to support CFTTC and bid farewell to Rich.
It was a memorable tournament with many big upsets. Five upsets of 200+ points each! The winner of the biggest upset was Rich Perez taking down Elias Gomez from Charlotte. That was a 354 point upset! Ahmond Reid from Triangle Table Tennis had the second biggest upset beating CFTTC’s own Tony Murnahan for a 326 point upset! Allan Anzagira from Virginia had TWO big upsets of over 200 points each and Maksim Kovalev from Triangle Table Tennis had a 200+ point upset as did Ryan Cook from Wilmington who will also be leaving the area as he is moving to Georgia. The 27th Cape Fear Open will be known as the tournament of upsets!
Stephanie Sun from Triangle Table Tennis ended up undefeated and victorious after defeating Tim Connelly from Wilmington in the A group finals, but it wasn’t an easy road as Richard Perez battled her to five games in the semi-finals! Rich was up 2 games to 0 and Stephanie’s experience came through as she won the last three games to take home the title and the cash! Rich ended up placing 3rd and Maksim placed 4th.
Tony Murnahan was victorious for the B group defeating John Pahl from Charlotte in the finals. Fred Van Nynatten from Wilmington placed 3rd after battling Joe Linkous from Virginia.
There were a lot of positive comments about the tournament but the one that made me feel the best came from Maksim when he said he enjoyed our tournaments and the friendly atmosphere of them and was looking forward to the next one.
CFTTC is very appreciative of all of the regional players that sacrifice a portion of their weekend to come and play and support our tournaments. We could not exist without their support and we strive to make our tournaments friendly, competitive and fun. it truly is a bonding experience amongst players. We provide lunch with all of our tournaments so no one can be “hangry”!
Overall it was a fitting exit for Rich Perez who had such a large upset and played as I have never seen him play before. I love running the tournaments and look forward to directing many more in the future – I can even come and direct one close to you! Until next time my friends, I appreciate you all.