Foundation Players Win Club Championships

Kooyong Foundation players Andrew Whittington and Belinda Woolcock have defended their Open Singles titles at the 2020 Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Championships.

Whittington defeated former champion Greg Jones 7-5 6-3.

Woolcock was too strong for Chloe Green, winning 6-0 6-1.

Congratulations to Andrew and Belinda on their back to back Club Championship titles!

US College Pathway

The Kooyong Foundation currently have an impressive 12 players on tennis scholarships in the USA. This has been an increasingly popular pathway for players to take and continue their tennis development after juniors whilst also having the opportunity to study and earn a university degree.

Josh Charlton is in his sophomore (second) year at Oregon University and thriving in the college tennis environment. He's been consistently ranked in singles and doubles in division 1 mens tennis including reaching a high of 14 in singles and 8 in doubles at the end of the fall semester.

"College for me has been really good so far, I've been in an environment where I have a lot of resources at my finger tips and am immersed in a professional culture. I'm getting exposure to a diverse range of opponents which I wouldn't get anywhere else which is definitely good to keep building my game along with gaining many new experiences. Along with travelling to new places each week and dealing with different environments. I think my game has continued to improve while I've been here and look forward to coming back to Melbourne over the break to represent the Yong and just overall keep improving to get to where I want to be. Along with great competition I think the academic side is very rewarding as well. There's not many places where you can have the opportunity to succeed both on court and in the class room. Even though the schedule is very intense it's something that I think will pay off in the long run finishing as a better tennis player along with a University degree".

Josh is one example of a young player excelling in the college environment and many more Foundation players are looking to follow this pathway and attain tennis scholarships in the coming years.

List of Foundation players on a tennis scholarship at a US College:
Josh Charlton - Oregon University
Jeremy Taylor - Memphis University
Corey Clarke - University of Arkansas
Annabelle Andrinopoulos - Colorado University/ Indiana University
Brigette Beck - Colorado University (recently graduated)
David Hough - San Diego University
Greg Polmans - Tyler Junior College
Connor Di Marco - Tulsa University
Jasmin Starr - University of Texas San Antonio
Sophie Storch - Hawaii University
Stefan Storch - Texas A&M University
Ted Williams - Campbell University


John Laidlaw Award Winners

The John Laidlaw Award named after former Kooyong Foundation patron and one of its most generous donors was presented to a male and female scholarship holder who have excelled as a player and made a significant contribution to club activities at KLTC in the past year.

Presented at the 2020 new scholarship induction event, our two winners for 2019 were Amy Stevens and Thomas Pavlekovich-Smith.

Amy had a fantastic year with many tournament highlights which reflected her breaking into the top 100 ranked junior players in the world and top 50 Australian women’s players.

She also represented Kooyong in Grade 1 and Premier League.

She will look to compete at all the Junior Grand Slam’s in 2020.

Thomas represented the club in Grade 1 Pennant, was the number 1 player in the Associated Public Schools team (APS) representative team and was consistently ranked in the top 10 players in Victoria and top 20 in Australia for his birth year.

His goal is to attain a tennis scholarship at a US college for 2020.

As well as receiving the John Laidlaw trophy both players are given $2000 towards their tennis development.

Congratulations to Amy and Tom!