May 6, 2004
Broncos Return To Campus...
The 7th annual Bronco Pro-Am Invitational was held on March 20 at the Degheri Tennis Center. This year's round-robin doubles event featured a 45-player draw made up of current and former Bronco players, as well as many Bronco tennis supporters. "This was a wonderful way to kick off our Spring Break," head coach George Husack commented. "Finals week can be a bit mentally draining for the team and this event is a great pick-me-up. The players had the opportunity to add to their Bronco Tennis experience in a fun and relaxed atmosphere while enjoying friendly competition." Former Bronco tennis player Jimmy Miller '86 teamed with current freshman Bobby Rasmussen '07 to capture the Invitational championship. The Bronco duo defeated Desa Bubnovich and former head coach Sean Burns in the final. Close to 100 people joined the men's program to play, volunteer or support the event in some fashion. A significant percent consisted of alumni that represented seven decades of Santa Clara Broncos. The invitational was made up of five rounds of doubles matches, with the top point-getters advancing to the semifinal and final rounds. Total proceeds in excess of $4,500 went directly towards the Broncos' recent Spring Break trip to Santa Barbara, Phoenix and San Diego. "We are very grateful for the tremendous support we received and look forward to increasing our participation and expanding the search for more Broncos in the near future," Husack added. "This is such an important event for our program, university and community." A Pro-Am photo gallery and Q&A feature can be found online at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com.
Bronco Pro-Am Breakdown...
Miller '86/Rasmussen '07 def. Bubnovich/Burns
Best Effort Award: Lisa Eskey MBA '05
Most Inspirational Award: Chris Fowler '90
Alumni Decades Represented: 7 (1949-2007)
Total Funds Raised: $4,540
Meet A New Bronco...
Major: Business Home: Canonsburg, PA
Nickname: EK, Scoop
Favorite Food: Pasta
Least Favorite: Sushi
Favorite place on campus: Mission Gardens
Favorite place since transferring from West Virginia: The Leavey Pool
Favorite movie: Rocky
Favorite song: "Crash", Dave Matthews Band
Favorite sports teams: Pittsburgh Steelers
If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be: Playing basketball
If there was a movie about me, it would be: not too sure...if there was a TV show, I'd be on Friends... I'm very sad that it's ending this year.
Special thanks to Larry Parker of Club Sport Fremont and Marilyn Morrell-Kristal of Club Sport Pleasanton for their continued support of Santa Clara Tennis...both Larry and Marilyn made available court time for the Broncos on a few wet days during the winter quarter...Senior Gernot Fischer saw his singles ranking rise to No. 54 in the nation back on March 23 besting his earlier record mark of No. 81... Erich Chen and Bobby Rasmussen were named Bronco Scholar-Athletes of the Week bringing the men's tennis program total to five on the year...The Broncos recorded a solid 3.148 team GPA for the winter quarter...Kevin McQuaid is now known as "Circus" as he entertains everyone...Francisco Zepponi can see all of his teeth as his braces were recently removed...Taylor Bedilion is the self-proclaimed champ of Top Spin Tennis, a new game for X-Box ...Rick Ruso's 735 Institution debuted at the Big Basin Bistro in front of a sellout crowd of family and friends.