Results - Monthly Tournament - January 9, 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcome to January 2016 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.  This is our first tournament of the new year and our 24th monthly tournament.  It will be handicap format (see handicap point differential chart below).

The Activity Room in the Dailey Center was  abuzz today with what everyone agreed was the most enthusiastic monthly tournament ever, at least of 2016.  The handicap format with three games to 21 ensured that every player was invested in each point of each game, and upset the traditional finish order (Mike did not win).

Eight players comprised two groups of four.  Mohan dominated group 1 over Charlie, Mark and Mike, who was seen weeping openly on several occasions.  Mohan was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct after his victory over Mike.  Players are reminded that spiking and gloating are not allowed.

Ammar, a graceful unrated player from Russellville with a wide repertoire of serves, who was assigned a rating of 950 based on his play in the FOI tournament, won group 2 which included Jeff and Shelby, though Suresh gave him a tough match.

In the final Mohan outlasted Ammar 22-20 in the third.

The tournament raised $45 for the club, which we intend to use to purchase poly balls in anticipation of the tournament season.  Thanks to Mark for running the tournament, though there was some confusion over the 10:00 start time.  It is anticipated that future tournaments will use some type of handicap format, by popular demand, though games to 11 and 31 may be explored.

Check out the Photo Album of this tournament.


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Update with Results: Monthly Tournament - December 19, 2015

The final LRTTC monthly tournament of 2015 was held Saturday, December 19, at the Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center with predictable results from the six player giant round robin.  The top three seeds; Mike, Primal and Siva; placed first, second and third, though Jeff gave Siva a tough run in their first round five-gamer.  Jeff also won the “most bang for his buck” award playing a total of 20 games in five matches.  The field was rounded out by Charlie and Suresh

The event was adequately managed by Mark (who would have played but was infirmed) in his role as Co-director of tournaments.  The next monthly tournament will be held January 16, and will be a best of three games to 21 handicap event using USATT ratings.

The tournament photos and results from will be posted later.

Read more: Update with Results: Monthly Tournament - December 19, 2015

Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - November 14, 2015

The 23rd monthly tournament at LRTTC concluded today at the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center.  Thanks to all players who made it a great day for table tennis!  Congrats to the winners!

The final list of entries included 7 players:  Mike, Siva, Kedar, Charlie, Pramod, Suresh, and Megha.

The initial round robin consisted of 2 groups:

  • Group A - Mike, Charlie, Suresh, and Megha
  • Group B - Siva, Kedar, and Pramod.

Mike and Charlie claimed first and second place in Group A.  Siva won first place and Kedar second place in Group B.  These 4 players advanced to the Division A Single Elimination.

Suresh, Megha, and Pramod advanced to the Division B Single Elimination.

In Division A, Mike defeated Kedar and Siva beat Charlie in the semifinals.  In the finals, Mike won over Siva.

In Division B, Pramod defeated Megha and Suresh received a bye in the semifinals.  In the finals, Pramod claimed a victory over Suresh.

Final Places:

  • Group A Round Robin
    • 1st:  Mike
    • 2nd: Charlie
    • 3rd:  Suresh
    • 4th:  Megha
  • Group B Round Robin
    • 1st:  Siva
    • 2nd: Kedar
    • 3rd: Pramod
  • Division A Single Elimination
    • 1st:  Mike
    • 2nd: Siva
  • Division B Single Elimination
    • 1st:  Pramod
    • 2nd: Suresh

The results have been recorded in Zermelo software and submitted/processed at

Here are links to items from today:

  • Photos on LRTTC Google+ Page



Read more: Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - November 14, 2015

Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015


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. Summary Report and Detailed Report with Scores

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



Read more: Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - June 13, 2015

Today marks LRTTC's 21st monthly tournament since June 2013.  Thanks to everyone who has participated in these events in the past, and especially to the players who made it out to the club today.  The entry fees for these tournaments helps us keep our tables clean, courts surrounded, and nets tight!  

Seven players battled in today's Open Singles Giant Round Robin with 21 matches spread out over 3 tables.  At the outset, Kedar predicted that there would be upsets.  Unfortunately, that upset was almost hauled in by Charlie over Kedar, except Kedar escaped with a win at 12-10 in the 5th and final game.  So, while you want Kedar reading your MRI, you should probably avoid any palm readings he might offer.

There was a familiar battle between Charlie and Mohan.  Mohan took an early lead to go up 2-1, but Charlie rallied to win the final 2 games in a 3-2 victory over Mohan.

Mohan found redemption in a 3-1 victory over Shelby Barone.  On paper, this was the biggest upset of the day since Shelby was rated 263 points higher than Mohan.  Although Mohan came in 6th place, this win earned him 38 rating points, which was the largest gain of the day by anyone.

Charlie's 5th place performance earned him the second highest rating point gain of the day at 35 points.

Louis Vance reeled in two 3-0 wins, but came up just short of a third victory by getting edged out 3-2 by Shelby Barone won the 4th game 16-14 and the final game 11-8.  What a close match!

The final 3 spots came down to melees between Mike, Scott, and Kedar.  Kedar pushed Scott to 5 games but in the end, Scott triumphed 11-6 in 5th game.  Mike unleashed the Long Pips of Nets and Edges on both Scott and Kedar to claim this month's top spot.

Final Places:

  • 1st:  Mike Lauro
  • 2nd: Scott Barone
  • 3rd:  Kedar Jambhekar
  • 4th:  Louis Vance
  • 5th:  Charlie Brooks
  • 6th:  Mohan Reddy
  • 7th:  Shelby Barone

The results have been recorded in Zermelo software and submitted/processed at

Here are links to items from today:

  1. PDF with completed draw: Open Singles Giant Round Robin
  2. Photos on LRTTC Google+ Page
  3. Summary Report and Detailed Report with Scores



Read more: Update with Results - Monthly Tournament - June 13, 2015

Sanctioned Tournaments

The Arkansas Open and the Arkansas Closed are two opportunities for USATT sanctioned tournaments in Arkansas.  The Open takes place in the month of September and the Closed takes place in February.  The Closed tournament is the Arkansas State Championships and is limited to Arkansas residents.  The Open tournament has no residency requirement and is open to in-state and out-of-state players.


Information about opportunities to play in local leagues.