Friendswood’s Hugh Burris won the men’s 65-and-older singles title at the Houston Fall Festival Super Senior Major Zone tennis tournament.

Bacliff’s Susan Martin, Friendswood’s Richard Griffin and Texas City’s Bill Koster each were claiming runner-up honors in their respective singles events.

Burris lived up to his No. 1 seed, winning four rounds, including a 6-4, 6-3 finals victory over Houston’s Sam Ahn.

Burris received a first-round bye and a second-round default win before easing past Southlake’s No. 3-seeded Gabe Wong in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-4.

Having seconds

Martin went 1-1 in round-robin play in the women’s 60s, rallying for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Houston’s Joyce Lewis. She lost to Houston’s Carla Baker, 6-0, 6-1.

On the men’s side of the 60s competition, Griffin, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the final as expected before losing to Argyle’s No. 1-seeded Tom Morley, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Griffin won four rounds, drawing a bye before beating Houston’s Web Golinkin in the second round, 6-4, 6-1, and Humble’s Ian Adler in the quarterfinals, 2-3, retired. He followed with a 6-1, 7-5 semifinals victory over Michael Beautyman of Flourtown, Pa.

Koster dropped a heartbreaking 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-2 decision to Houston’s No. 1-seeded Carl Poston in the men’s 55s final. Koster, seeded No. 2, drew a bye, then proceeded to cruise past Katy’s Richard Merritt in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0, and Houston’s Thomas Sawaya in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-1.

Poston advanced to the final with a 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 marathon semifinal thriller over Bayou Vista’s Eddie Janek Jr.

Janek won two rounds, both in three grueling sets.

Still Gid-dy as ever

Longtime League City tennis icon Gideon Weber, now of Magnolia, placed second in both the men’s 75s singles and 70s doubles with Houston’s Dave Noble. In singles, Weber, seeded No. 2, won twice before losing to Houston’s No. 1-seeded Alfred Hagan in the final, 6-0, 6-2.

Tip of the day

Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.


Manuel Moreno Jr. is head tennis coach at J. Frank Dobie High School and Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A Coach of the Year for 2005. Email him at


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