Thanks to all of you for a great turnout for our MAY Tournament!  We have had a great 2016-2017 BRWTA Season and we appreciate all of you.  Thanks again to our 2016-2017 Court Captains!


3.0 Highland Park – Court Captain – Carole Wilkins

1st place – Paily Lightsey/Angela Hillman (sub)

2nd place – Carole Wilkins/Stephanie East

3.0 Highland Park – Court Captain – Tiffany Mannino

1st place – Alison Williams/Tiffany Mannino

2nd place – Kay Lambert/Mim Miglicco

3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain – Keri Gauldin

1st place – Brenda Felps/Cindy Keith

2nd place – Kyle Barker/Shawna Gardiner

3.5 Highland Center – Court Captain – Shannon LeDoux

1st place – Shannon LeDoux/Amber Owens

2nd place – Leanne Palma/Derrie Jackson

50’s/3.5 Highland Park – Court Captain – Nancy May

1st place – Audrey Braud/Mikki Robert

2nd place – Janice Casaday/Susan Galligan

7.5 Forest Park – Court Captain – Julie Waguespack

1st place – Mindy Lovell/Charlotte Pugh

2nd place – Julie Waguespack/Renee Simoneaux

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners this month and CONGRATULATIONS to RUSTY JABOUR for being our 2017 recipient of our SERVICE AWARD!  THANKS to all of our COURT CAPTAINS this year, you make it all happen! 

I’d also like to thank our 2016-2017 Board Members, who have graciously agreed to stay on for the 2017-2018 season!  We appreciate all that you do for BRWTA and to make things run so smoothly!

Julie Waguespack, President

Mindy Lovell, VP

Diane McGowan, Secretary

Terri DuCote, Treasurer

Jackie Westerfield, Membership

Julie Purdy, Tournament Coordinator

Susan Barry, Publicity/Photographer

Rhonda Rayborn, Prize Coordinator

Debbie Schott, Past President



Thanks for another great month ladies!  I don’t think we could have had more beautiful weather today!  We apologize for those of you who were caught up in the Forest Park delay this morning.  BREC is usually always on their game, so surely this won’t happen again.  We appreciate all of you welcoming Anne Matthews from Royal Standard/Crown Café and appreciate her generous door prizes.  Please support them soon!

3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Debbie Schott

1st place – Tiffany Mannino & Michele Broome

2nd place – Lisa Raiford & Mindy Green

3.0 Highland Park – Court Captain:  Carole Wilkins

1st place – Lesley Halphen & Gerry Mackay

2nd place – Suzanne Payne & Carole Wilkins

3.5 Highland Park – Court Captain:  Julie Waguespack

1st place – Shawna Gardiner & Keri Gauldin

2nd place – Julie Purdy & Leslie Culotta

50s/3.0 Highland Park – Court Captain:  Terri Ducote

1st place – Terri Ducote & Susan Barry

2nd place – Diane McGowan & Missy Ryan

50s/3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Brenda Felps

1st place – Brenda Felps & Mikki Robert

2nd place – Nancy Garland & Arlene Brignac

7.5 City Park – Court Captain:  Joycelyn LeBlanc

1st place – Joronda Northcutt & Debbie Gilbert

2nd place – Susie Tully & Allison Sanchez

Next month’s tournament will be MAY 8th and a MEMBER/GUEST tournament.  We will also give out our 2016-2017 Service award to someone in the community who works hard to promote tennis throughout the Baton Rouge area.  More information will be sent about what is needed for FAMILY ROAD OF GREATER BATON ROUGE barrels that will be placed at Oak Lodge for  donations!  See you MAY 8th!!


From Jennifer Edmonson 2017 Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Dear Cajun Classic Sponsors,

The Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis Association would like to thank you for your sponsorship towards the 28th annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, presented by the Greater Baton Rouge Community Tennis Association.

The tournament hosted 110 participants representing 19 countries from around the world and 24 states from around the country, including 8 amateurs from the Baton Rouge area.

Because of our generous sponsors like you, we showcased our southern hospitality by providing transportation for all of the wheelchair athletes, a player gift bag that included many Cajun Classic items, 3 meals daily for all players, volunteers, and sponsors, and a Louisiana Crawfish Boil player party!!  Mayor Sharon Weston Broome was in attendance and hosted Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis Day on Sunday, March 26 where she honored these amazing athletes!!

The tournament board and tennis players thank you for your generous donation to this world-class event and appreciate your support of wheelchair tennis.


Jennifer Edmonson

Tournament Director


Baton Rouge Advocate Photo/Cutline (USA’s Chris Herman)

March 24, 2017

WBRZ TV- Channel 2, Chris Price


Thanks to everyone affected this month by the rain at the Highland courts!  We’ve not faced this issue of having to make a decision about continuing because the other courts were dry!  Appreciate any of you that volunteer as court captains and especially those of you who made the decisions today.  When moving to another court, it must be all in agreement or we call it a rainout.  Reschedules usually only occur if there is a rainout before play starts.  Anyway, thanks for your patience and cooperation!

Here are the winners:

2.5 Independence – court captain Gail Sherman

1st place Nancy Delahaye & Gail Sherman;  2nd place Marla Toups & Pam Farmer

3.0 Independence – court captain Damona Guillera

1st place Damona Guilerra & Audrey Braud;  2nd place Carole Wilkins & Gerry Mackay

3.0 Forest Park – court captain Melanie Acosta

1st place Kelly Bauder & Julie Zartman;  2nd place Gloria Murphy & Kim Jones

3.5 Highland – court captain Julie Waguespack (winners by draw)

1st place Patti Nelson & Ingrid Osuna;  2nd place Camile Silva & Derrie Jackson

50s 3.0 Highland – court captain Diane McGowan (winners by draw)

1st place Rhonda Rayborn & Clyn Cowart;  2nd place Terri DuCote & Susan Barry

50s 3.5 Forest Park – court captain Judy McReynolds

1st place Diane Pirello & Janice Casaday;  2nd Judy McReynolds & Susan Lefever

7.5 Highland – court captain Julie Purdy

1st place Julie Purdy & Jackie Westerfield;  2nd place Charlotte Pugh & Mindy Lovell





FEBRUARY 2017 Winners!

Great turnout for our February Valentine-Themed Fun Tournament!  We had several ties this month, very competitive sets! 

The February winners are:

2.5s at Highland – Court Captain Julie Purdy

1st place – Nancy Delahaye & Gail Sherman

2nd place – Melissa Thompson & Lee Blakeney (tie)

3.0s at Forest Park – Court Captain Terri Ducote

1st place – Debbie Hymel & Dee Dee Bahlinger

2nd place – Susan Barry & Mary Kay Devillier

3.0s at Independence – Court Captain Julie Zartman

1st place Kerri Howard & Paily Lightsey (tie)

2nd place Julie Zartman & Michele Broome

3.5s at Highland – Court Captain Julie Purdy

1st place Lorri Mayhall & Joye Ayer (tie)

2nd place Shannon LeDoux & Amber Owens

3.5s at Forest Park – Court Captain Joycelyn LeBlanc

1st place Arlene Brignac & Cindy Keith

2nd place Nancy Garland & Kyle Barker

50s/3.0s at Independence – Court Captain Debbie Schott

1st place Wendy Elliott & Debra Sledge

2nd place Barbara Chalmers & Kim Callegan

50s/3.5s at Highland – Court Captain Nancy May

1st place Janice Casaday & Diane Pirello

2nd place Judy McReynolds & Mary Hanson

7.5s at Highland – Court Captain Mindy Lovell

1st place Brenda Felps & Sonya Porta (tie)

2nd place Mindy Lovell & Charlotte Pugh

See you next month! 

Welcome to BRWTA 2017!

Happy New Year to all of our BRWTA members!

Our February Fun Tournament will open this week and we are excited to get back out on the courts!  Before you register for the fun tournament, please take a few moments to check your profile information and make sure that your contact information along with your USTA play level is correct.

We will be updating and printing new directories for any of you who would still like to receive one.  Not only all of our member contacts, but also our current and past board members, bylaws, court locations and tennis pro information can all be found on this website and also in these directories.

If you are interested and considering serving on our board, please contact one of the board members.  We usually have one or two spots open up each new year in August and would love to have you.  You may also contact any of us with ideas, suggestions and also any opportunities for us to improve!

We hope to see you in February!

Julie Waguespack, President 2016-2018



DECEMBER WINNERS and a few reminders!

Very fun day on the courts today ladies and many of you out there in your festive holiday attire! There will be no January fun tournament. The next tournament date will be Monday, February 13, 2017!!

Tournament winners for December:
3.0 – Forest Park – court captain Terri DuCote
1st place – Debbie Schott & Crystal Welch
2nd place – Tiffany Mannino & Amber Owens

3.0 – Independence Park – court captain Terre Powers
1st place – Donna Ahmad & Kelly Bauder
2nd place – Tanza Brown & Kay Lambert

3.5 – Highland Park – court captain Julie Purdy
1st place – Kyle Barker & Keri Gauldin
2nd place – Julie Purdy & Shawna Gardiner

3.5 – Independence Park – court captain Carole Wilkins
1st place – Cindy Keith & Brenda Felps
2nd place – Susie Tully & Allison Sanchez

4.0 – Highland Park – court captain Mindy Lovell
1st place – Jackie Westerfield & Esther Davis
2nd place – Jessica Burgess & JoRonda Northcutt

50s 3.0 – Forest Park – court captain Diane McGowan
1st place – Diane McGowan & Vicki Proffitt
2nd place – Judi Allen & Eugenia Kozan

50s 3.5 – Highland Park – court captain Nancy May
1st place – Carol Naquin & Mary Kay Devillier
2nd place – Nancy May & Bonnie Russ

Please do not forget to update your rating if you have a rating change for upcoming 2017 season!! Big thank you for visiting and speaking to us today, Patty Rush Wilkinson, 2nd BRWTA Tennis President 1972-1973! Also, thank you to our US Marines representing our TOYS FOR TOTS drive this year! Your generosity helped fill over 3 barrels of toys!

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in February!
2016-2017 BRWTA Board Members

November Winners!

What a great day we had today for our Fun Tournament & Bazaar! Thank you for your donations to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank!! The weather was perfect, shopping great and food was delicious! Next month’s fun tournament will be on December 12th with a Christmas dress theme and also a Marine representing TOYS FOR TOTS for your donations!

Here is a recap of our November winners:

3.0 Highland – Court Captain Debbie Schott
1st place: Debbie Schott & Crystal Welch
2nd place: Debbie Hymel & DeeDee Bahlinger

3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain Alysia Graves
1st place: Darla Kling & Donna Barbier
2nd place: Lisa Raiford & Mindy Green

3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain Julie Purdy
1st place: Julie Waguespack & Leslie Culotta
2nd place: Julie Purdy & Keri Gauldin

3.5 Highland – Court Captain Joycelyn LeBlanc
1st place: Nancy Garland & Renee Simoneaux
2nd place: Kethleen Liebert & Carol Naquin

4.0 Forest Park – Court Captain Jackie Westerfield
1st place: Jackie Westerfield & Debbie Gilbert
2nd place: Esther Davis & Dee LaBauve

50s 3.0 – Court Captain Terri DuCote
1st place: Diane McGowan & Debra Sledge
2nd place: Terri DuCote & Susan Barry

50s 3.5 – Court Captain Nancy May
1st place: Faye Aydell & Janice Casaday
2nd place: Arlene Brignac & Mary Hanson

October Winners and other news!

Our October fun tournament was filled with fun and a lot of laughs!  We are thankful for a break from rain and are seeing our membership and tournament entries picking up again.  Thanks to all of you who dressed in your costumes or in your Halloween colors!


2.5 – Highland – Court captain Marti Ogden

1st place – Christine Links & Carly Whatley

2nd place – Kim Dupre & Wendi Poirrier

3.0 – Independence – Court Captain Diane McGowan

1st place – Susan Barry & Susan Tucker

2nd place – Deedee Bahlinger & Debbie Hymel

3.0 – Forest Park – Court Captain Terre Powers

1st place – Shannon LeDoux & Amber Owens

2nd place – Donna Barbier & Darla Kling

3.5 – Highland – Court Captain Julie Purdy

1st place – Mindy Lovell & Brenda Felps

2nd place – Nancy Garland & Roz Landes

50’s 3.0 – Highland – Court Captain Julie Purdy

1st place – Barbara Chalmers & Judi Allen

2nd place – Marie Orillion & Eugenia Kozan

50’s 3.5 – Forest Park – Court Captain Judy McReynolds

1st place – Wendy Elliott & Arlene Brignac

2nd place – Faye Aydell & Diane Pirello

7.5 – Independence – Court Captain Missy Ryan

1st place – Jeannette Braud & Kim Elston

2nd place – Renee Simoneaux & Joronda Northcutt

Best Team Costume Winners – Witches…Lissa Gaffney & Carol Moore

Best Individual Costume Winner – Had to pick a number to decide which of the M&Ms, Janet Babin & Kellye Moody!

Mark your calendars….November 14th is our next fun tournament and also our Christmas Shopping Bazaar.  We also hope to have a barrel from the Baton Rouge Food Bank to collect food or monetary  donations!   See you next month!

Our condolences to the family of Jewel James Chubbuck, founder of BRWTA

Jewel James Chubbuck was the founder and first BRWTA president.  We will be making a donation in her memory from BRWTA.  Her obituary is listed below:

Jewel James Chubbuck passed away on October 7, 2016 at the age of 92.  She was born in Canadian, OK on November 16, 1923.  She was a long time resident of Baton Rouge along with her husband, Dr. Edwin R. Chubbuck, retired Professor of Engineering at LSU.  The couple met during WWII when Ed was a Naval Officer and Jewel was attending college.  Jewel and Ed were married for 72 wonderful years and shared many of life’s adventures together.  Both were avid tennis and golf players.  They loved to travel and visit their friends.  Jewel was a member of First Presbyterian Church, LSU Faculty Club Senior Women’s Tennis Association and founder of Baton Rouge Women’s Tennis Association.

Jewel was preceded in death by two sisters, Jessie Frequlia and Betty Kelley and a brother, John, Jr.  She is survived by her husband, Edwin, daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Patrick McDonough, granddaughter and husband, Linnzie and Kyle Kelin, great granddaughter, Kylie Kelin, sisters Ruth Jones and Caroline blink, brother-in-law, John Blink and brother Bill James.  The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to OLOL, The Crossing Hospice facility and Pinnacle Hospice for their caring treatment of Jewel and her family.  Donations can be made to “The Crossing” or Pinnacle Hospice.