Our first monthly tournament at the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center (JDFAC) was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  We had 11 players signed up for Open Singles, 2 doubles teams, and 2 players who competed in a Novice Singles final.

Congratulations to all of the participants and the winners!  Thanks for the JDFAC staff for helping make it an exceptional tournament, especially Grant, Ryan, Josh, Christian, an Ms. Dunbar who did a great job of handling the front desk.

After the initial Open Singles Round Robin, players advanced to a second stage round robin for Open Singles, A Singles, and B Singles.  This format is similar to the format used at the Arkansas Open which will be held next Saturday, September 26, 2015 at UALR.  (The entry deadline for the Arkansas Open is Wednesday, September 23, 2015.  If anyone wants to enter, come to LRTTC on Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:30 pm and I will have entry forms available that I will turn into Eugene Atha on Wednesday. Bring payment for entry and rating fee!)

Drawings for free gear were held and the winners were:  John Falco, Mickey Johnson, and Mugimane Manjanatha.  They chose from an Xiom racket case, Xiom towel, and cleaning kit.

Novice Singles

The Novice Singles was the first novice event at our monthly tournament.  The finalists were Mickey Johnson and Sam Ketcheside.  Because our new location at JDFAC brings more visibility to other fitness-minded people at the center, we are hoping to grow our novice event participation.

The Novice final match was a great competition between Mickey and Sam.  Although Sam won the match by 3 games to 0, Mickey scored 6 and 8 points in the first and third games, Sam claimed the second game by a score of 13-11.

Open Doubles

The Open Doubles final saw John Falco and Shelby Barone defeat Mike Lauro and Mark Taylor by 3 games to 1.

Open-A-B Singles Round Robin

The initial round robin of the Open Singles saw a 3-way tie in Group 2 for first place in the group.  Ben Phillips, Louis Vance, and Charlie Brooks all had 2-1 records and 5 match points.  The tie break method resulted in Charlie advancing to the Open Singles by a 1 game margin.

Matches going the distance to the 5th and final game included:

  • Ben over Louis, 11-5 in final game.
  • John over Mark, 11-7 in final game.
  • Kedar over John, 11-6 in final game.
  • Manju over Ben, 11-9 in final game.

Final Singles Results:

Open Singles
1st Place - Mike Lauro
2nd Place - Kedar Jambhekar
3rd Place - Charlie Brooks

A Singles
1st Place - John Falco
2nd Place - Mugimane Manju
3rd Place - Ben Phillips

B Singles
1st Place - Pramod Nelluri
2nd Place - Mark Taylor
3rd Place - Sam Ketcheside

Novice Singles
1st Place - Sam Ketcheside
2nd Place - Mickey Johnson

Open Doubles
1st Place - John Falco / Shelby Barone
2nd Place - Mike Lauro / Mark Taylor

Here are links to tournament draws, photos, and results:

1.  PDFs with completed draws:

2. Photos on LRTTC Google+ Page:

3.  RatingsCentral.com Summary Report and Detailed Report with Scores

See you at the Arkansas Open on September 26, 2015 and the next LRTTC monthly tournament!




Welcome to the September 2015 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.

What:  LRTTC Monthly Tournament (warm up for Arkansas Open on Saturday September 26 at UALR)

Where:  LRTTC playing facility at Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center (JDFAC)

When:  Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:00 am.

UPDATED PLAYER LIST:  Current Player Entries:  (#) denotes doubles teams 

 # Player Rating RC/USATT Singles Doubles Novice
1.  Mike Lauro (1)  1888±70  X  X   
2.  Charlie Brooks  1025±52   X     
3.  Pramod Nelluri  861±94  X     
4.  Megha Nelluri  321±123  X     
5.  Mugimane Manju  1155±90  X     
6.  Shelby Barone (2)  1094±59    X  
7.  John Falco (2)  1291±119  X   X   
8.  Mark Taylor (1)  555±162  X  X  
9.  Mickey Johnson  500±150  X    X
10.  Louis Vance  1106±71  X    
11.  Kedar Jambhekar  1442±72  X    
12.  Sam Ketcheside    X    X
  Total Entries    11  2 teams  1

Sponsors:  LRTTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Tournament Director: Mike Lauro, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone 501-291-3142.

Referees:  Mike Lauro and Jeff Pratt, Certified USATT Club Umpires

Tournament web page:  http://lrttc.org/play/monthly-lrttc-tournaments/270-monthly-tournament-saturday-sept-19-2015

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Friday, September 18, 2015, 5pm.

HOW TO ENTER:  Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Be sure to include the player names and events to play in.  To make things easy, entry fees should be paid on the day of tournament.  Cash, checks, and debit/credit cards will be accepted.  

Reporting:  Please show up at least 30 minutes prior to the start time of your first event time or risk default.

Equipment & Facility:  3-4 tables (4 ITTF-approved Giant Dragon K2008; 2 Stiga Prestige); Nittaku 3-Star Premium 40 mm orange celluloid balls; wood flooring; high ceilings; fluorescent lighting.

Rules & Eligibilty:  All USA Table Tennis rules apply.  Matches are best of 5 games.  Games are played to 11 points.  Players rated by USATT or RatingsCentral.com may not enter Novice Singles.  Players without ratings may enter all events.  Non-members of JDFAC must pay admission: $5 for adults, $3.50 for juniors under 16, and $2 for spectators.  Arkansas residents only.

Not USATT Sanctioned:  This tournament is not sanctioned by USATT, so USATT ratings will be unaffected.

RatingsCentral.com:  We will be submitting results to RatingsCentral.com.  An alternative to the current USATT rating system, RatingsCentral.com provides free software to use in managing tournaments and they do not charge rating fees or sanction fees.  Results are typically processed on the same day they are submitted.

Food and Drinks:  LRTTC will be sponsoring food for lunch and sports drinks for players.

Entry Fee:  Entry fee is $5 for LRTTC current subscribers and juniors under 18 years of age, $10 for everyone else.

Events & Start Times:

Open Singles Round Robin:  Start Time:  9:30 am.

Open Doubles:  Start Time:  1:00 pm. (after lunch)

Novice Singles:  Start Time:  10:00 am.

Format:  Based on number of entries and time allowed.  This is going to be a RELAXED tournament schedule, although everyone should make sure that the matches move along so that we can finish within a reasonable time.

Awards.  All events, 1st through 3rd places.  Participants will be eligible for random drawings for free table tennis equipment given out during the tournament.

Official Tournament Balls will be orange Nittaku 3-star Premium.  Players may play with other balls in a match if both payers agree.  LRTTC will not provide white balls.

Clothing:  Please wear shirts where the main color is not orange(ish). In addition, shirts and/or shirts with distracting designs are discouraged.

Games: Best 3 out of 5.

All USATT rules apply.

Certified Club Umpires:  Mike Lauro and Jeff Pratt