September Recaps

What an awesome fun tournament and luncheon we had on Monday!  It was a BEAUTIFUL day to  be on the courts with friends!  Our numbers were low, but we had a great time. Thank you to each person who participateThen we shared a delicious meal at Bocage!  Thank you to each member who participated in either food or monetary donations to the  Baton Rouge Food Bank!  You “showed up and showed out”!  In addition to the many bags of canned goods, you donated a grand total of $1,651.00!  Thanks to your generosity, this donation will make a huge impact on those in need!  Thank you so much!!

December 9th is the date for our next fun tournament and it is gearing up to be very festive!  It is a MEMBER/GUEST, so be thinking of a friend to invite and introduce to BRWTA.  We will have several things going on at the luncheon, so please make a note and don’t forget!  First, we will have a CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT EXCHANGE.  If you want to participate in the ornament exchange, please bring a WRAPPED ORNAMENT.   If your guest wants to participate, make sure they know to bring one as well.  Secondly, we will have a HOLIDAY RECIPE EXCHANGE.  Your recipe needs to be on an 8 x 11 sheet of paper with your name on it!  You must bring enough copies for everyone, so we will send out an email several days before with that final number.  You are not limited to one recipe, but every recipe that you bring must have enough copies for each person attending.  The recipes can be any category….main dish, dessert, drinks, appetizers, etc.  It will be fun to look through our “book” and see everyone’s favorites!  Then we can go home and be ambitious with our holiday entertaining from our new recipes!

So,  there you have it….Tennis (member-guest), Ornament Exchange, Holiday Recipe Exchange!  A great combination for a FUN December BRWTA event!

Congratulations to our November Tournament winners….

Nicole LaNasa  & Valerie Debosier  Forest Park 3.0 

Rhonda Searcy & Rhonda Rayborn  Bocage 55’s 3.0 

Suzanne Wortmann & Cathy Bass  Forest Park 3.5 

Kerri Howard & Lisa Raiford  Indy 3.5 

Looking forward to seeing each of you on December 9th on the courts!

Rhonda Searcy

From our new President:

Dear Tennis Friends,

I hope that each of you are having a wonderful summer and that you are ready to start an exciting year of tennis. We have new board members, a new luncheon location, a new prize format and a new Social calendar filled with really fun parties and events.

As president, I am honored and so excited to be a part of such a talented and dedicated group of ladies. BRWTA has a rich tradition of doing great things to promote tennis and its players in our area. This years BRWTA board has been busy planning to continue these traditions. We welcome our new board members, Phyllis Pederson, Elizabeth Delaney, and Lisa Thomas.

Our luncheon will now be held at Bocage Racquet Club. We can expect good food, beautiful presentation and lots of friendly service from Nathan Webster and his talented staff. Nathan even mentioned they have a new sound system! The location is 700 Jefferson Blvd.

Spring Survey results spoke loud and clear to this board. We not only listened to you, we changed things. Survey said excessive heat in August should cause fun tournament to be moved back a month. Okay. Now y’all are all invited to a “kick off the season” pool party at Bocage for our August event! For the regular tournament price we will rent the pool, provide life guards, serve a pool side lunch, play games and have door prizes. If you don’t want to wear bathing suit …we wear yoga clothes when we do water aerobics. Come on, jump in. Sign up with partner so we don’t have to change computer program. See you August 12th. If you have trouble signing up, call any board member. We will get you signed up.

I hope you can see how excited we are about this season. Tournament dates are listed below . Make sure to check your membership status. See you soon!

Making a SPLASH!!

Rhonda Searcy

Tournament Dates

August 12 Pool Party at Bocage 10:00-12:00

September 9 Favorite football team theme

October 14 Halloween Theme

November 4

December 9 Member/Guest Cookie Exchange

January 13

February 10 Mardi Gras Theme

March 9 St. Patrick’s Day Theme

April 20

May 11 Member/Guest

April 2019 Tennis Talk

Thanks to all who came out and played in the April tournament.
The weather was in our favor and we all had a great time.

May 13th will be our last tournament of the 2018-19 season. It is also a Member/Guest Tournament. We have a lot of things happening next month, so let’s end the year by having our largest participation. We will be collecting various baby items/monetary donations for Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge. We will also be recognizing all Court Captains for the year as well as presenting the service award for Volunteer of the Year.

Don’t forget – we welcome your opinions and suggestions, which is why we have compiled a survey for you to complete. We want to make sure we are doing the best we can do to make the BRWTA the best it can be. 

You still have time!! Deadline to complete the survey is April 30th!   

You can access the survey by clicking the link 

Congratulations to our April winners:

3.0 Legacy

1st Place – Debbie Schott & Joanne Harvey
2nd Place – Elizabeth Delaney & Lisa Thomas

3.0/55’s  Forest Park

1st Place – Phyllis Pedersen & Rhonda Searcy
2nd Place – Wendy Elliott & Sheryl Palmisano

3.5 Forest Park

1st Place – Suzanne Wortmann & Cathy Bass
2nd Place – Leanne Palma & Kim Elston

4.0 Legacy

1st Place – Betsy Bernhard & Amber Owens
2nd Place – Shawna Gardiner & Kyle Barker

You are Loved!

Mindy Lovell
BRWTA President

March 2019 Tennis Talk

The “Luck of the Irish” was in our favor this month with good weather, fun times and lots of green on the courts.  

I want to send out a big ‘THANK YOU’ and warm hugs to all of you,  our BRWTA ladies, for contributing toward the Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tournament and the Highland Open Tournament. You have such generous hearts. Please know that your donations will be a huge blessing to so many. Because of you, the total collected was $576 dollars.   Thanks to our wonderful Board members for all you are doing to make the BRWTA a wonderful organization.   I appreciate each of you. Thank you!

We also want to remind you about the upcoming mixers and tournaments happening this Spring. We will continue to post reminders on our Facebook page. Be sure to check out those dates, grab a partner and sign up.  

Don’t forget, we need your participation in selecting the Volunteer of the Year. An email with the nomination link was sent to you a couple  of weeks ago.   We will announce the winner at our end of the season   luncheon in May .    

Our next tournament/luncheon will be April 8th. We will open registration soon.    

Congratulations to our March winners:

3.0 Legacy:

1st Place – Damona Guillera & Lisa Thomas
2nd Place – Marcelle Diakite & Sagan Allen

3.0 Forest Park   

1st Place – Phyllis Pedersen & Elizabeth Delaney
2nd Place – Devin Hunter & Stephanie Maciasz

3.0/55’s Independence:

1st Place – Carol Moore & Sheryl Palmisano
2nd Place – Carole Wilkins & Susan Lefever

3.5 Forest Park

1st Place – Kimberly Jones & Karen Giordano
2nd Place – TIE
Amy Gleason & Joanna Harvey
Leslie Culotta & Julie Waguespack

7.5 Legacy

1st Place – Dee LaBauve & Julie Purdy
2nd Place – Jackie Harvey & Keri Gauldin

You are Loved!

Mindy Lovell
BRWTA President

February 2019 Tennis Talk

We are back in full swing with wonderful ladies, lots of good tennis, delicious food, fun fellowship and of course the prizes!! Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and play in our February tournament!  It was fun to see all of the Valentine/Mardi Gras costumes this month.    

Next month’s tournament date is March 11th.  With St. Patty’s Day shortly after, be sure to bring the “Luck of the
Irish” to the courts and wear your green!!   

Also, we will be accepting monetary donations for the upcoming Cajun Classic WheelChair Tournament and the Highland Open 
Tournament.   We will have a box set up at the luncheon for all 
donations.  We thank you for being such a giving and caring group of ladies.

Spring is almost here and with it comes many mixers and tournaments at various locations for many good causes. Be sure to check out those dates, sign up and play some exciting tennis.    

Lastly, we want you to know that we value your opinion and we want you to become more involved in the BRWTA. To help us continue our growth and improve this organization, we will be sending out a survey within the next few weeks. We want to hear from YOU! We will use this survey to improve and implement ideas that you may have for the betterment of our organization.

Congratulations to our February winners:

3.0 Legacy – Court Captain: Patti French

1st Place – Michele McLindon & Meghan McCracken
2nd Place – Devin Hunter & Kay Lambert

3.0 Forest Park   – Court Captain: Carol Moore

1st Place – Gloria Murphy & Lisa Thomas
2nd Place – Susan Lefever & Damona Guillera

3.0/55’s Legacy – Court Captain: Diane McGowan

1st Place – Terri Ducote & Diane McGowan
2nd Place – Sheryl Palmisano & Wendy Elliott

3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain: Nancy Garland

1st Place – Lisa Raiford & Hollie Easterling
2nd Place – Leslie Culotta & Roz Landes

3.5 Highland Center – Court Captain: Suzanne Wortmann

1st Place – Leslie Fernandez & Keri Gauldin
2nd Place – Suzanne Wortmann & Cathy Bass5

4.0 Highland Center – Court Captain: Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Betsy Bernhard & Amber Owens
2nd Place – Mindy Lovell & Jackie Harvey

See you next month!

Mindy Lovell
BRWTA President 2018-19


We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.   Don’t know about you but I am looking forward to better weather and some fun tennis!

It is hard to believe that our season is already half over.  There will be no January tournament, next tournament will be February 11th!  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!

We also appreciate feedback from our members and would love to know how our members are enjoying this year.  We are always open to any and all comments, suggestions, etc.     Keep those ideas coming, we are listening and love hearing from you.

As a reminder, USTA ratings came out in December.   Please make sure you play the appropriate level of your rating for 2019.

Sorry for the delay but wanted to give a shout out to the winners of the December Tournament:

3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Carol Moore

1st Place – Kimberly Jones & Lauren Babb

2nd Place – Susan Barry & Cathy Cavanaugh

3.5 Legacy – Court Captain:  Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Jennifer Beck & Sandra Rubenstein

2nd Place – Julie Purdy & Amber Owens

55s/3.0 Forest Park – Court Captain:  Diane McGowan

1st Place – Judi Allen & Barbara Bahlinger

2nd Place – Elizabeth Delaney & Phyllis Pedersen

55s/3.5 Highland – Court Captain:  Terri Ducote

1st Place – Nancy Garland & Susan Lefever

2nd Place – Terri Ducote & Patty Newton

4.0/7.5 – Highland – Court Captain:  Keri Gauldin

1st Place – Keri Gauldin & Renee Simoneaux

2nd Place – Alena Prejean & Dee LaBauve

See you on the courts!!    Mindy Lovell, BRWTA President 2018-2020



October 2018 Winners

Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and play in our October tournament!  We appreciate all of you who dressed in costume and Halloween spirit!  It’s so much fun to be able to come together as a tennis community and enjoy an awesome lunch, wonderful prizes and just have a great time with each other.   We appreciate Family Road donating a pumpkin for a door prize. We also want to thank those of you who were able to donate to their worthy cause.  

Next month’s tournament date is November 12th.  This is our MEMBER/GUEST tournament so please invite someone who isn’t a part of the BRWTA and ask them to play with you.   Jackie Harvey and myself will have a table set up where your guest can sign up and become members!!  We will also have our annual Christmas/Holiday Bazaar next month.   We are showcasing our fellow tennis ladies who own a business or have a creative talent.     If you’d like to have a booth at the Bazaar, please contact Rhonda Searcy at .  She will be happy to give you the deets and set you up!  It’s the perfect time to buy Christmas gifts, so be sure to bring your wallets!   

We will also have Food Bank Barrels set up for canned goods collections or for monetary donations. 

There is a lot happening next month and we are excited to bring all of this to you.  

Here are the October winners:

2.5 Legacy – Court Captain: Keri Gauldin

1st Place – Jamie Ourso & Jackie Blount
2nd Place – Kara Vidrine & Jessica Cuba

3.0 Forest Park   – Court Captain: Terri Ducote

1st Place – Carole Wilkins & Susan Lefever
2nd Place – Debbie Hymel & Paily Lightsey

3.0 Highland Center – Court Captain: Leslie Fernandez

1st Place – Phyllis Pedersen & Elizabeth Delaney
2nd Place – Alison Williams & Alysia Graves

3.5 Legacy – Court Captain: Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Brenda Felps & Angela Angelloz
2nd Place – Katherine Wilkinson & Sandra Rubenstein

3.5 Highland Center – Court Captain: Suzanne Wortmann

1st Place – Lisa Raiford & Gloria Murphy
2nd Place – Gerry Mackay & Claire Vecchio

55’s/3.0 – Forest Park – Court Captain: Carol Moore

1st Place – Rhonda Searcy & Rhonda Rayborn
2nd Place – Elena Rome & Deborah Murray

55’s/3.5 – Forest Park – Court Captain: Missy Ryan

1st Place – Mary Kay Devillier & Mikki Robert
2nd Place – Audrey Braud & Arlene Brignac

7.5 Highland Center – Court Captain: Jackie Harvey

1st Place – Jackie Harvey & Amber Owens
2nd Place – Renee Simoneaux & Alena Prejean

**Best Costume “hands down” went to:   “Dirty Martinis” – Jena Kozar & Renee Lefeaux**

Thanks for a great month!  I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization of ladies. 

See you next month!

Mindy Lovell
BRWTA President 2018-19



September 2018 Winners!

What a great time had by all this month!!!  Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and play this month!

The theme for October will be Halloween.  A prize will be given for the best team (Dynamic Duo) costume. 

Here are your September Winners:

2.5 Forest Park – Court Captain: Julie Waguespack

1st Place – Tanya Berthelot & Julie Watson

2nd Place – Jackie Blount & Jamie Ourso

3.0 Highland – Court Captain: Carole Wilkins

1st Place – Joanne Harvey & Carole Wilkins

2nd Place – Rhonda Rayborn & Rhonda Searcy

3.0  Highland – Court Captain: Lisa Raiford

1st Place – Gloria Murphy & Lisa Raiford

2nd Place – Karen Giordano & Kim Jones

3.5 Forest Park – Court Captain: Julie Purdy

1st Place – Brenda Felps & Cindy Keith

2nd Place – Julie Purdy & Julie Waguespack

55’s 3.0 Highland – Court Captain: Debbie Schott

1st Place – Terri Ducote & Missy Ryan

2nd Place – Melanie Acosta & Judi Allen

55’s 3.5 Legacy – Court Captain: Arlene Brignac

1st Place – Janice Casaday & Bonnie Russ

2nd Place – Audrey Braud & Mary Miller

7.5’s Legacy – Court Captain: Keri Gauldin

1st Place – Shannon LeDoux & Amber Owens

2nd Place – Jeanette Braud & Kim Elston


Our next tournament/luncheon date is October 15, 2018! 

See you on the courts….