2008 Spring Invitational

This past weekend, we hosted another small badminton tournament with players from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin and California.  There were sixteen teams in the men’s doubles event and six in the mixed doubles.  The overriding theme that came out of the weekend was the surprisingly good play by the members of the host club.  It started with Herman teaming up with Dan from Wisconsin to upset the #6 seeds, the only upset of the first round.  But that was just a prelude of things to come.  Bunty and Jim pulled off a minor upset of fourth-seeded Keng and Chun-Ho from Illinois in one quarterfinal whereas seventh-seeded Hull and Jun stunned the #2 seeds in the quarters and the #3 seeds in the semis.  Their wonderful run led to an all-MoBC final against Jeffrey and Xiaoming, the defending champions from the November event.  The top seeds fought off three consecutive game points and won the first game 23-21 and then finished the match with a ten-point run to win the second game 21-14.  Nick and Norman from Wisconsin won the B-draw; Wei and Mike from Missouri the C-draw and Tee and Chee Wai from Lawrence and Kansas City the D-draw.  In the mixed doubles, Steve and Ru from California defeated Norman and Tiffanie, 21-23, 21-19, 21-12.  Overall, the quality of play was higher and much closer than last time with twelve of the 37 matches requiring a deciding third game.  All the draws and results are available here in pdf format.

Our next tournament action will be in April with the Midwest Senior Championships and the Midwest Adult Championships.

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