The 2012 Aurora Winter Open attracted 96 players from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California. Everyone showed up for this giant round robin format tournament. We had 12 groups of 8 players playing at 9 am and 2 pm sessions. The tournament was sponsored by Paddle Palace (balls) and Newgy Industries (barriers). I want to thank our sponsors for their continuing generous support.
This tournament wouldn’t be possible without the help of the individuals mentioned below.
Gym Preparation & Cleanup
It took about 3 hours to setup all 12 tables, bring in and assemble additional 55 barriers, hang banners over the podium and position umpire tables and chairs. The following individuals helped with these tasks.
- Krystian Gryszowka
- Jan Marynowski
- John Brandt
- Jacek Wisniewski
- Chenping Ni
- James Hu representing our co-host (ACSE) Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers)
We had 3 photographers taking pictures at different times of the day:
- Zhibi Wang (from ACSE) took pictures of winners on the podium in the afternoon session (Class A – F)
- Xiangdong Xu (from ACSE) took over 100 action shots and pictures of winners on the podium in the morning session (Class H – L)
- Chen Ching Woo took over 100 action shots showing our sport in the best light
The tournament referee was Jacek Wisniewski and we had 5 umpires who umpired a total of 17 matches. The umpires were:
- David Marrone who traveled from Champaign
- Michal Wolski from Schaumburg
- Wojciech Wolski from Schaumburg
- Gary Cudworth from Aurora
- Swavek Lorenc from Aurora
The blank entry form, the poster and the banner hanging over the podium were designed by Kristen Paral.
The final results are shown below. To see your ranking within a group click on the full results link for your class.
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|First Place||Second Place||Third Place||Fourth Place|
|Class A||Fred Cantarelli||Artur Kurek||Wojciech Wolski||Janusz Franeczek|
|Class B||Ronald Li||Arkadiusz Zyworonek||Yong Jian Xue||Aron Frank|
|Class C||Marcin Kurcz||Sonny M. Henderson||John Yoon||Marc Villanueva|
|Class D||Kao Wei-Min||Zbigniew Jablonski||Muris Silic||Wayne Luan|
||Antonio Campbell||John Brandt||Husheng Gao||Keith Offord|
||David Sun||Marcin Wrzoszczyk||Steve Schroeder||Tarun Chawla|
||Haohua Yang||Wilson Chen||Vadim Roshass||Ronald Cassidy|
||Ying Lu||Christopher Fudala||Jim Abreu||Stanislaw Michalak|
||Ryan Tseng||Dusty Rabjohn||Chang Liu||Shaun Gordon|
||Bill Keep||Kevin Swan||Chase F. Klinesteker||Sid Naresh|
||Sarah Zhou||Meide Zhao||Joe Dault||Zita Bayr|
||Nipun Dubey||Aftab Ahmed||Rachel Zhou||Bud Wilson|
Podium pictures from the afternoon session
Podium Pictures from the morning session
Additional 150 action pictures were taken by Mr. Chen Chin Woo. One of three photographers taking pictures that day. They can be viewed here.
Another set of 120 pictures taken by Mr. Xiangdong Xu. If you can’t find yourself in the first set you may be able to see yourself here.
A sizable number of participants provided feedback regarding tournament conduct. These comments can be read on the Comments page.
I would like to thank all participants for good sportsmanship and participation.