After months of planning, preparation and publicity, the Heartland Games for Active Adults got underway on Wednesday when table tennis players converged on the Crystal Lake Clubhouse for an afternoon of intense competition.
There was play in five Singles age/gender categories, three doubles groupings and one mixed doubles competition. Alan Geiger and Lyn Payne, from the Sebring Recreation Club, each captured gold medals in all three events — singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Tanglewood’s John Holm was the only other player to compete in all three, taking home a gold, a silver and a bronze medal.
The following all captured medals in both singles and doubles play: Larry Harvey, from Highlands Mobile Village, and Ron Hine, of Crystal Lake, both earned two golds. Walt Snyder, of Tanglewood, took gold in doubles and silver in singles while Crystal Lake’s Mel Olson walked away with a gold in doubles and a bronze in singles. Tanglewood’s Cheryl McCullough went home with a silver in both singles and mixed doubles.
Medalists in singles play were Tournament Director Allen Metheny, with a gold, and Assistant Director Bruce Lydy with silver. Both Metheny and Lydy are Crystal Lake residents. Sun n’ Lake’s Gene Josey and Paul Marcellus, from Lakeview Mobile Village, rounded out the day with a silver medal each.
Each of the medal winners has now qualified to compete in the 2017 Florida Senior Games Table Tennis Tournament to be held in Clearwater/Pinellas in December.
The day was well organized by Metheny and Lydy, who was so happy about the day that he has tentatively booked the Crystal Lake clubhouse for Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
South Florida State College thanks Crystal Lake for hosting table tennis once again and reminds active adults that the Heartland Games are a great way to make new friends and to test one’s skills in a relaxed atmosphere. The next event on the Games calendar is Mah Jongg which will be played at Tanglewood on Friday, Feb. 17.
The Games, organized by SFSC, are sponsored by Edward Jones/Alan Holmes, Newsom Eye, Turner Furniture, Florida Hospital and Drs. Thakkar and Patel.
For more information about the Heartland Games and registration deadlines, please visit the website at www.southflorida.edu/heartlandgames.