Establishing the Tournaments
As early as March, 1974 the association was offered the use of land at Pirate Cove Estates in South Sound and, after almost two years of serious discussions with the owners of that land and many other sites being considered, a long lease was finalised to acquire 2.5 acres of land, and the association commenced clearing the site in July of 1977. With the exception of filling and grading the land, the members (under the able supervision of Bryan Lauer and John Aiken) provided the necessary labour to erect the fencing and complete the surfacing of the club's first four courts. The first tournament took place on the new courts in July 1978.
The Triathlon was well received and is slated to become an annual event. During the past year, lights have been installed on all four courts, adding numerous members' use. It is also envisaged, weather permitting, that all Open Tournament matches can be scheduled on the club's own courts for the first time. Events were scheduled in 1981 for the first time to enable ladies to enter the Senior Tournament (45 years of age and over), which attracted sufficient entries in the past few years to now be scheduled as a separate tournament, held prior to the Open. This year's tournament held in January was, for the first time, formally approved as an International Tennis Federation event for 1983 and the winner of the Men's Singles event was presented with the Bryan Lauer Perpetual Trophy recently donated by Derek Wight in memory of the late Mr. Lauer, his former doubles partner.