MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Though he didn't finish on top of the men's singles rankings again this year, Shawn Worth won more singles titles (3) and tied with the most singles match wins (13) on the 2004 COGP tour. He won at Tennisfax, South Central and the COGP Masters and finished the season ranked #2 to earn his second straight Player of the Year award.
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
On the 2004 COGP summer tour, Kathy Kinnard was undefeated in four tournaments winning women's open singles titles at the Unlimited, Tennisfax and COGP Masters. She also won the women's 45 singles title at the Midwest Hardcourts. This brings her total career titles to 97 (54 of those on the COGP tour). Kinnard finished the year as the #1 player in women's open and women's 45 singles. She joins Michelle Jarrett and Lucy Manifold as the only players to earn 4 Player of the Year awards.
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chuck McNamee nearly had himself a perfect season in the men's 65 singles division on the 2004 COGP tour. He won titles at Bexley, The Central Ohio, Groveport and New Albany with a 10-1 match record; his only loss coming in the final at the Midwest Hardcourts. With a solid #1 ranking and more senior singles titles than anyone in 2004, McNamee earned his first Senior Player of the Year award.
JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
By going undefeated in the boys' 16 singles division on the 2004 COGP summer tour, Caleb Speicher's 9-0 match record (B16s) and 3 tournament titles (at Hilliard, New Albany and Dublin) earned him the #1 ranking and the Junior Player of the Year award. Speicher also played boys' 18 singles reaching the final at Hilliard and winning the backdraw at the South Central. He finished that division with a 3-2 match record and the #10 ranking.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
After starting the year with a string of first round losses (0-5), Brian Blankenship went 11-4 for the rest of the season by winning mixed doubles (with wife Julie) at Dublin and the COGP Masters. He also was a mixed finalist at the Central Ohio, a mixed semifinalist at Reynoldsburg and a men's singles finalist at the Central Ohio. The Blankenships finished the year ranked #3 in mixed and Brian was #38 in the men's singles rankings. For his strong finish on the 2004 COGP tour, he earned the Most Improved Player award.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
In her debut on the 2004 COGP tour in girls' 14 singles, Carly Solomon reached the semifinals at Bexley. From there, she reached four consecutive finals (at the Columbus Summer, Unlimited, Tennisfax and Central Ohio) before finally winning at Groveport. With a 9-5 record and the #1 ranking in girls'14 singles, Solomon was selected the Newcomer of the Year.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
After a long absense from tournament competition, Jason Moisey made his return a memorable one by winning the men's open singles title at Whitehall. He also added a title at Reynoldsburg and was the finalist at Groveport. His 10-1 match record and #1 ranking earned him the Comback Player award for 2004.
SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Alan Kinnard says, "He's my favorite guy to lose to." Win or lose, Steve Mendoza is always fair, always quick to acknowledge his opponents good shots, This past summer, Mendoza was a singles finalist at Bexley (M45s) and Reynoldsburg (M35s) and a 35 mixed doubles finalist with Linda Craine at Lancaster. While earning the #3 ranking in men's 45 singles, #5 in men's 35 singles and #1 in 35 mixed (with Craine), he demonstrated the best qualities of fair play on this year's COGP tour and was selected as the 2004 Shane Roush Sportsmanship award recipient.
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