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Central Park Tournament

Sept 26, 1999
Central Park is absolutely stunning in the fall and for the past six years, the 96th Street Courts have marked the season with the Annual Central Park Picnic and Handball tournament.

Karl Muchow, coordinates the event because as he said "I'm the only one willing to put up with the 100 lunatics who participate." The event is a mix of good handball and socializing among the Park regulars. Unlike many other tournaments, this one includes a competition for the local players and another for the Pros. Karl coordinates the local event, Lin Fernandez directs the Pro division.

The local competition includes "A" and "B" doubles tournaments ("A" represents stronger players). Within the groupings top players are determined and they pick their partners from the hat. "This ensures a wide distribution of talent, making it a more open event," said Muchow. This year Abe Hayman and Tommy Ming defeated Papo Padillio and Tommy Braden to take the local "A" tournament. Eliezer Torres and Ira Halpern were the victors in the local "B" competition.

In the Pro event, Robert Sostre defeated Kendell Lewis in the final match by the scores of 21-20, 12-21, 11 - 5. Sostre, a national champion in both handball and paddleball is quite familiar with the Central Park Courts. Last week, in the opening day of the tournament he defeated Joe Kaplan, the winner of this year's National Championships and Mayors Cup in the semi-finals. Kendall Lewis, highly regarded for his ability to return and volley, defeated Cesar Salas, an emerging top player, in the semi-finals before bowing to Sostre in the final round.

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