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Tuesday
October 15th, 2019

In memory of Ol’ Hank Rowley

victor and sergiofirst place — Sergio Borjas and Victor MurilloL&T staff report

Ten years ago this year, Liberal lost one of its most beloved residents when Henry Lee “Ol’ Hank Rowley passed away at the age of 97.

Ol’ Hank was a storng advocate for tennis in Liberal. He pushed for the creation of tennis courts throughout the community, and he played the game into his 90s.

Ol’ Hank was also known for taking photos of people in and aorund Liberal in every-day situations — at their job, shopping or at the parks, and he would write a special message of encouragement on the back of the print and give them to the people who he photographed.

On Monday, the annual “Ol’ Hank Tennis Tournament” took place at the Ol’ Hank Tennis Conplex at Bue Bonnet Park.

First place was cliamed by Sergio Borjas and Victor Murillo, and seoncd place went to Jack Maxwell and Angel Hernandez. Borjas and Murrillo won the championship in a 6-0 sweep.

There were nine participants in attendance in the very tournament that attracted Ol’ Hank. The sponsor was the Leader & Times, and they donated plaques for first and second place.

According to event organizers, Monday Night Tennis is a friendly doubles tournament that happens every Monday night in June, July and August. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome to come and go as they please. It costs $3 to play for the whole night. There are typically play four rounds. The players draw at random (each round) to see who their partner is and who their opponents will be. At the end of the night, the four players with the best scores draw again to play one final set to determine first and second place.

angel and jackSecond place — Jack Maxwell and Angel HernandezAll tennis enthusiasts are invited to participate each Monday through the summer.

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