December Winners!

It is hard to believe that our season is already half over.  There will be no January tournament, next tournament will be February 5th!  Thanks so much for the TOYS 4 TOTS donations!  We are very proud to partner with them every year and help make Christmas a little happier for those families needing help!

Have any of you ever considered serving on our BRWTA Board?  We will have a position open for the 2018 season and would love to have some fresh ideas join us!  We also appreciate feedback from our members and have heard that many of the long-time members are interested in playing new people.  We have gotten a few requests to host a combo tournament and are working towards a member/guest combo format possibly later in the season if our tech support guys are available to add combo levels on the registration drop down menu.  Keep those ideas coming, we are listening and love hearing from you.  Great tournament this month….here are the winners:

3.0 Highland – Court Captain:  Diane McGowan

1st Place – Lisa Raiford & Melissa Thompson

2nd Place – Debra Sledge & Tippy Thomassie

3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Leslie Fernandez

1st Place – Claudette Bourque & Paily Lightsey

2nd Place – Gloria Murphy & Meghan Middleton

3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Brenda Felps & Debra O’neil

2nd Place – Keri Gauldin & Lisa Thomas

50s/3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Damona Guillera

1st Place – Rhonda Searcy & Sybil Rhodes

2nd Place – Damona Guillera & Vicki Proffitt

50s/3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Nancy Garland

1st Place – Patti Nelson & Terri Ducote

2nd Place – Nancy Garland & Arlene Brignac

4.0/7.5 – Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Purdy

1st Place – Mindy Lovell & Heidi Morton

2nd Place – Shawna Gardiner & Kyle Barker

Thanks for a great month!  Julie Waguespack, BRWTA President 2016-2018 



November Winners!

Thanks so much to all of our vendors who made the Shopping Bazaar so much fun and such a success!  The tournament turnout was great this month and we loved having some new members & some former members join us this month, and hope that we continue to grow our membership!  We appreciate all donations made to the Baton Rouge Food Bank today, we are all so very blessed!!  Thanks to our court captains each month who keep us organized during tournament play!  We do apologize for a few mix-ups in announcing winners today, several courts came down to number of games and even a tie that required a coin toss!

Here are the November winners:

3.0 Highland – Court Captain:  Damona Guillera

1st Place – Damona Guillera & Lisa Raiford

2nd Place – Deedee Bahlinger & Debbie Hymel

3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Carol Moore

1st Place – Marsha Jabour & Kay Lambert

2nd Place – Carol Moore & Tricia DAquin

3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Shannon LeDoux

1st Place – Kim Elston & Jean Gremillion

2nd Place – Mikki Robert & Cindy Keith

50s/3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Diane McGowan

1st Place – Debbie Schott & Lisa Sanner

2nd Place – Diane McGowan & Vicki Proffitt

50s/3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Sandra Rubenstein

1st Place – Roz Landes & Paula Broussard

2nd Place – Patti Nelson & Ingrid Osuna

7.5 – Forest Park – Court Captain:  Julie Purdy

1st Place – Shawna Gardiner & Keri Gauldin

2nd Place – Jackie Westerfield & Julie Purdy (tie/coin toss)


Next month’s tournament date is December 11, 2017, Christmas theme & is our Toys for Toys Drive!  

My last thank-you goes to our BRWTA Board members who do so much behind the scenes to organize these tournaments! 

Thanks for a great month!  Julie Waguespack, BRWTA President 2016-2018 



October Winners!

Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and play today!  We appreciate all of you who dressed in costume and Halloween spirit!   We had a great turnout and the rain held off for us to finish with no issues!  Lunch was great and so were the prizes!  We also appreciate Family Road donating a pumpkin for a door prize and thank those of you who were able to donate to their worthy cause!

Here are the October winners:

3.0 Highland – Court Captain:  Susan Barry

1st Place – Lesley Halphen & Lisa Raiford

2nd Place – Debbie Hymel & Jada Mayon

3.0 Independence – Court Captain:  Carole Wilkins

1st Place – Joanne Harvey & Carole Wilkins

2nd Place – Sybil Rhodes & Damona Guillera

3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Keri Gauldin

1st Place – Keri Gauldin & Shawna Gardiner

2nd Place – Nancy Garland & Cindy Keith

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

1st Place – Wendy Elliott & Linda Williams

2nd Place – Terri Ducote & Rhonda Rayborn

50s/3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Purdy

1st Place – Sandra Rubenstein & Mary Miller

2nd Place – Janice Casaday & Bonnie Russ

7.5 – Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Julie Waguespack & Mindy Lovell

2nd Place – Renee Simoneaux & Alena Prejean

BEST COSTUME – Lisa Raiford & Lesley Halphen

Runners Up – Wendy Elliott & Linda Williams

Next month’s tournament date is November 13, 2017 & is our Holiday Shopping Bazaar!   If you’d like to have a booth at the Bazaar, please contact Mindy Lovell at

We will also have Food Bank barrels set up for canned goods collections or for monetary donations!

Thanks for a great month!  Julie Waguespack, BRWTA President 2016-2018 



September 2017 Winners!

Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and play today and for all of you wearing red, white and blue in honor and remembrance of 9/11/2001!  Attendance was still pretty low this month, combo league probably has contributed, make up matches and people who played mixed doubles state over the weekend.  We are hoping for a better turnout in October!!  The weather was perfect, the food was delish and the prizes were great again!!

Here are the September winners:

3.0 Highland – Court Captain:  Debbie Schott

1st Place – Sybil Rhodes & Lisa Thomas

2nd Place – Alison Williams & Julie Zartman

3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Keri Gauldin & Kyle Barker

2nd Place – Cindy Keith & Brenda Felps

4.0/7.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Purdy

1st Place – Jackie Westerfield & Joronda Northcutt

2nd Place – Renee Simoneaux & Dee LaBauve

50s 3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Diane McGowan

1st Place – Diane McGowan & Terri Ducote

2nd Place – Barbara Chalmers & Judi Allen

50s 3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Joycelyn LeBlanc

1st Place – Janice Casaday & Faye Aydell

2nd Place – Patti Nelson & Ingrid Osuna

Next month’s tournament date is October 9, 2017!!!



August 2017 Winners!

Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and play this month!  August is usually our lowest month for participation, so we look forward to seeing more members in September.  We are thankful that the rain held off, but are hoping for cooler temperatures soon! 

Here are the August winners:

3.0 Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Donna Barbier & Darla King

2nd Place – Gloria Murphy & Kim Jones

3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Julie Purdy

1st Place – Shannon LeDoux & Amber Owens

2nd Place – Kyle Barker & Lisa Thomas

50s 3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Debbie Schott

1st Place – Debbie Schott & Missy Ryan

2nd Place – Terri Ducote & Susan Barry

50s 3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Joycelyn LeBlanc

1st Place – Linda Williams & Marilyn Ober

2nd Place – Mikki Robert & Arlene Brignac

7.5 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Mindy Lovell

1st Place – Jackie Westerfield & Betsy Bernhard

2nd Place – Mindy Lovell & Charlotte Pugh

Next month’s tournament date is September 11, 2017!!!



Welcome Back Members to the 2017-2018 BRWTA Season!

Welcome back to a new season of Baton Rouge Women’s Tennis Association of LA, LLC!  Our first fun tournament will be Monday, August 14th, and will be a Member/Guest tournament.  Our tournament coordinator will open the tournament on July 24th.  Please feel free to invite a guest that may be interested in joining.  Many of you may need to renew your membership in order to register.  Should you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call on any of the Board Members for help!   

We were fortunate enough to have all of our Board Members continue this season.  If you think you may be interested in serving as a Board Member in the future, please let us know!  Our tournament schedule for the 2017-2018 season is listed below, so mark your calendars and we will see you on the courts! 

BRWTA 2017-2018 Fun Tournaments:

August 14, 2017

September 11, 2017

October 9, 2017

November 13, 2017 – Shopping Bazaar

December 11, 2017


February 5, 2018

March 12, 2018

April 9, 2018

May 14, 2018

We look forward to seeing you in August and also to serve as your Board Members for the coming year!

Julie Waguespack, President

Mindy Lovell, Vice President

Diane McGowan, Secretary

Terri Ducote, Treasurer

Julie Purdy, Tournament Coordinator

Rhonda Rayborn, Prize Coordinator

Jackie Westerfield, Membership

Susan Barry, Historian/Publicity

Debbie Schott, Past President



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