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Syracuse Hosts Marsh Cup

July 1, 2009 05:27 PM

The Marsh Cup is an Institution in the Western Region. It has been taking place since the early 1900’s.

Marsh Cup is a yearly competition that features teams from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Toronto. The event rotates among the cities so that each plays host to the event once every four years.

It was Central New York’s opportunity to host the event in 2009. Matches were scheduled to take place outdoors on the red clay courts at historic Sedgwick Farm Tennis Club. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas, and rain forced most of the matches indoors to Gold’s Gym in Dewitt and Drumlins Tennis Club.

Competition began on Saturday, June 20. The teams from Syracuse and Rochester prevailed with decisive victories over their respective opponents. Syracuse beat Toronto 15-2, while Rochester defeated Buffalo 13-4.

The Championship Round began at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. Rochester and Syracuse battled neck and neck until the very last matches ended just after 5 p.m. In the end, the team from Rochester captured the Marsh Cup by a score of 10-7. The final match pitted a former Grand Slam Doubles Champion, Luke Jensen, against Marcus Fugate, the Rochester native who has been ranked as high as #587 in the world.

The team from Buffalo earned third place by besting Toronto, 12-5, in the Consolation Round.

The Western Region will become a Sponsor of the Marsh Cup in 2010. We congratulate the Championship Team from Rochester captained by Chris Hayes and Billy Nealon.

Marsh Cup Winners 2009
Front row (L to R): Jason Tahir, Marcus Fugate, Gordon Quinton
Back row: Chris Burr, Chrystina Bachner, Diana Toia, Quinn Gleason, Chris Hayes