Too Cooley for the rest of us

IMG_6958IMG_6943TAMPA — Shaun Cooley and Scott Jankes staked their claim to being the best 6.5 combo at Hunter’s Green, crushing the field and going 3-0 to capture the abbreviated Combo Kickoff Classic Saturday morning.

Cooley and Jankes smacked around Alfonso Saa and Stephen Hunter in round 1 by an 8-2 score, and in round 2 took care of Erik Hajek and J.R. Daws 8-4.

That put them into what would end up being the final against the only other undefeated team, John Slatniske and Jimmy Dicesaro.

But after leading 1-0 and 40-15, Slats and Dice withered under the brutal Florida sun. Perhaps showing some effects from a 14-12 victory in the first round over Dave Mardo and James Okoh, the Slats/Dice combo faded.


Jim Dicesaro gets ready to slap a winner off Jankes’ forehead. Instead, he hit it into the net.

Cooley and Jankes opened up a 4-1 lead, then 5-2 as the famous Slats serve nestled itself into the net one time too many times.

Cooley and Jankes won their three matches by a combined 24-8 score.

The only 6.5 combo team with a victory they failed to play was John Cotey and James Hann, who they most certainly would have lost to.

The other scores from the tournament:
Slatniske/Dicesaro d. Fuller/Groer 8-3
Hajek/Daws d. Cotey/Hann 12-11, sudden death
Jankes/Cooley d. Saa/Hunter 8-2
Slatniske/Dicesaro d. Mardo/Okoh 14-12
Jankes/Cooley d. Hajek/Daws 8-4
Cotey/Hann d. Saa/Hunter 8-4
Jankes/Cooley d. Slatniske/Dicesaro 8-2


About johncotey

John was a sportswriter and columnist for the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Times for 25 years, before being pushed from the Titantic, and hopes all of you non-subscribers are happy reading your free news on the internets while his journalism brethren suffer. Not that he's not bitter or anything. His real true joys, however, are his wife, kids and tennis, though not necessarily in that order. Unless his wife is reading this. Then DEFINITELY in that order.
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One Response to Too Cooley for the rest of us

  1. Andy Ritter says:

    Congrats Shaun and Scott!


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