WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONAL TOPS THIRTY TEAMS
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – For the second straight year the SPA WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS at PENSACOLA'S EXCHANGE PARK topped thirty teams, as thirty-three (an increase from 2012) made the trip this year.
"JUDY LEE (SCHREIBER), her staff, LAYLA BRYAN and Tournament Director MIKE DESORBO have really built this tournament into a great event,” SPA EXECUTIVE DIREDTOR RIDGE HOOKS said,” Four years ago this tournament had only eleven teams and look at it today. It just shows the WOMEN'S PROGRAM at SPA is really growing.”
To aid the growth SPA has SIX WOMEN'S TOURNAMENTS scheduled for 2013. The group includes PENSACOLA WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS; SPA -TWITTY SR WOMEN'S NIT (HENDERSONVILLE, TENN JUNE); SPA WOMEN'S MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS (IRVING, TEXAS AUGUST); SPA WOMEN'S LINE DRIVE SPORTS TOURNAMENT (MAUMEE, OHIO AUGUST); SPA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (DALTON,GEORGIA SEPTEMBER) and the SPA WOMEN'S WORLD SERIES (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA NOVEMBER).
Pensacola started the ball rolling April 11-14 with nine Division Champs crowned.
In the “kid's” Division, KRYPTONITE (FLORIDA) took the 35/40 title with MARYLAND'S LADIES FIRST taking runner-up honors. Others in the five-team division were CHICKS WITH STICKS (TENN); ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK and NORTHWEST FLORIDA (NWFL) RIVER ROCK.
ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK was also the 35 DIVISION CHAMP.
The home-town PENSACOLA SENIOR LADIES edged the CAROLINA SNIPERS 16-15 in the championship game of their best two-out-of-three battle for the 45 PLUS TITLE.
PENSACOLA won game one 20-19 but CAROLINA forced the third game with a 27-18 victory.
In the six-team 50+ Division, JOLICO SENIOR 50'S of MICHIGAN took the crown with SERIOUS FUN (TENN) second and FLORIDA'S SUNNY BEACHES third.
Rounding out the field were TNT STARS (TENN), LADY LOOKOUTS (TENN) and LA SPORTS (LOUISIANA).
The two-team 55's TITLE was won by JOLICO SENIOR 55'S overthe FLORIDA LIGHTNING.
The 60+ Division went to the “Show Me” state's FUN BUNCH followed by the OHIO CARDINALS in second and MICHIGAN'S JOLICO SENIORS third.
The remaining teams in the five-team field were VIRGINIA'S GOLDEN GIRLS and the SOUTHER STARS from TENNESSEE.
The 65+ Division turned into a marathon for the FUN BUNCH 65's. The TENNESSEE team won their first game 12-8 against the GOLDEN GIRLS (VA) but lost 12-5 to FLORIDA GOLDEN GALS in the second round.
The FUN BUNCH fought their way back out of the loser's bracket beating the SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS (TENN) 9-2; KENTUCKY FILLIES, JOLICO and a 12-10 rematch contest with GOLDEN GALS to force an “IF” game.
The FUN BENCH ended their “long day” edging the GOLDEN GALS 11-10 to take the 65+ six-team crown.
The GOLDEN GIRLS 70'S (VIRGINIA) ran the table with a pair of wins over the (KENTUCKY) THOROUGHBREDS and a single victory against the (TENNESSEE) SENIOR STARS to take the 70 AAA championship. The THOROUGHBREDS were second.
The WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MAMMA'S were the fourth team in the bracket.
It was FLORIDA'S FREEDOM SPIRIT 75's winning the “IF” game 13-10 to edge FLORIDA'S GOLDEN GALS 70's for the 70/75 MAJOR title.
The GOLDEN GALS forced the “IF” game with a 12-11 win over the FREEDOM SPIRIT. CANADA'S SPORTACULARS rounded out the three-team field.
All teams which finished first and/or second in the WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS qualified for the SPA 2013 WOMEN'S WORLD SERIES NOVEMBER 7-10 in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.