The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 12 - April 2, 2012 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 11, Issue #12 - April 2, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

This past Saturday we hosted the Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce Tourney and have posted a couple photos. We need to get Bocce recognized as a National sport in the Senior Games - one where you qualify one year and compete nationally the following. So far, none of the "Powers That Be" seem to want to listen, but I suspect we'll get there eventually.

Locally, our bocce gang is eagerly anticipating a new bocce home with four international sized courts of our own. We haven't broken ground yet, but they tell me the construction will go quickly...we'll see. I think when the courts are done, I'll play in every league until I learn how to point on those extremely fast polyurethane courts.

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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Joe Scaletta's Kelley Island Bocce Gang...

Bocce news and readers' feedback...
{Publisher's comments in brackets}

Bellingham Bay Bocce Tourney - I'll Be There in April! Come by and say hello. I'll do a short talk and a book signing. Come on down! Better yet, play in the charity event. Meet the Boccemon, master of oyster shell bocce courts.

http://www.boccemon.com/bhambay-tournament-12.shtml

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Robert Battaile sends this...

Miniature Golf and 'Gocce' for St. Helena!

"I'm presenting 'Gulliver's Golf and Gocce' to the St. Helena City Council on Sunday April 1 at the Carnegie Bldg 5:00 - 7:00. What the? It's miniature golf on a scale-model replica of Napa Valley. Also, the 'fairways' are widened to accomodate my new invention of Gocce - it's bocce played on a miniature golf course. http://www.calexas.com/rounds/golf.html

I've been encouraged by some of my bocce teammates that the City property by the Library is a great spot. It has been vacant since I first was developing this concept in 2006. It could be a great activity and fundraiser for the City. Maybe they lease the land to us for $1 per year for five years? And, get around 80% of the revenue.
Only in the last couple of months have I learned how to fund this piece of 'interactive Public Art.' http://www.calexas.com/rounds/golf.html

We'll fund it thru kickstarter which is what we're doing with 'MER-ZIN' ~ our wine-tasting show. http://www.tinyurl.com/mer-zin-napa

People 'donate' a few bucks and get rewards. As little as one dollar. We're trying to raise $58,000. You help us get it created and then you come and enjoy it. Maybe you have a creative project needing funds?"

{Wow! Sounds interesting - please send photos if you get this off the ground.}

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Mark DiAngelo sends news of a tournament in Delaware...

7th Annual St. Anthony's Open Bocce Tournament

July 14 & 15, 2012

New Castle, Delaware

First Place = $3000, 2nd Place $1800, paying 6 places. Contact Joe DiAngelo at 302-328-5384 or 302-545-2057. Click http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/St_Anthony.pdf

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CHECK OUT THE
PALAZZO DI BOCCE'S ON-LINE NEWSLETTER...

http://app.streamsend.com/private/4i5M/9KU/8zuKib5/browse/15883285

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Bocce Bash to Benefit Special Olympics South Carolina

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=httty9n6&v=001JO9rJ3gjxX7tbtkJBUclPbMl0l6OLxVMcvMol2XkuKCewjEhjraKxoM6jvpnPLNXMm_gO9Gxu8gXJ-s88pcN5_37YtmMaJPssIaO2kPuMT7_EXR38qEiYkTRsuoeYd7hEnz6vAWDSU8%3D

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Campo di Bocce's Ben Musolf sends news of a new blog...

"Check out http://www.Boccebum.net It’s the new blog I started for everything Bocce, food, wine and more!

Well the Bocce Bum Blog has taken new life! All you have to do in order to take part is go to http://www.boccebum.net to get in the action! I will be posting Bocce info, restaurant reviews, wine tutorials, beer information, food stuff, and so much more! You will have to register (which only takes a second), and once you do, the world is our oyster! Let the fun begin!"

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Tony sends a link to pictures from the Sonoma County Bocce Federation...

http://picasaweb.google.com/115064638337129891639/February242012SCBFREBUILDINGCOURTS?feat=email#

Pictures from Sonoma County Bocce Federation web site ( http://www.sonomacountybocce.org ) There are 4 regulation size courts 13' x 90' in Santa Rosa, CA. The gate way to Sonoma County Wineries. The home of Sonoma County Bocce Federation."

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Campo's Heather Veon sends this...

Campo di Bocce of Livermore is playing host to the inaugural United States Bocce Federation, Western Sector, West Coast Bocce Club Championship.

The event will take place over Labor Day weekend, 2012. The top two teams from your club are eligible to participate. Your club must have been formed AND organized by January 1, 2012 to be eligible, Proof of club existence may be required prior to registration. The format will be round robin, USBF Open Rules, with four individuals per team. Point differential will be used to determine advancement into the playoffs. The entry fee is $200 per team. Matching Uniforms Will Be Required (Tops and Bottoms).

The registration deadline is August, 10, 2012. All Bocce clubs from Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California are eligible and invited to participate. Play will take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Registration and welcome reception will be held on Friday, August 31, 2012. Please see the attachments for more information and the registration form.

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastInfo.pdf

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastChampionshipRegistration.pdf

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Guy De Santis sends this...

Mt. Vernon / Yonkers Bocce Club's Dino Vitti Memorial Tournament - Saturday, April 21, 2012. Four players per team with proceeds going toward The Leukemia Society. Sixteen teams max - contact Guy @ 914-310-8814 or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Vitti.doc .

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Debra Cannon asks...

"Can you please add this to your tournament event schedule for 2 day event in Chico, CA. Teams of 4 are welcome. Don't be left out - Sign up NOW for the first 2 day Bocce Tournament ever offered in Chico. Space is limited to 24 teams of four players. Double elimination on Saturday, May 12th will determine who goes to the championships on Sunday May 13th. Two fantastic venues! Food, beer, wine, par 3 golf and who knows what else?! This will sure to be a fun event that you will not want to miss."

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Jack Aquila sends news of a Frenchtown, New jersey tournament sponsored by Kingwood Park and Recreation.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BocceTournament.pdf More info at http://www.kingwoodtownship.com

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USBF NEWS

NOW YOU CAN REGISTER OR RENEW ON LINE AT THE USBF's UPDATED WEBSITE

We should all be card carrying members. Every club should be affiliated. For the sport to gain the attention it needs we need to boast of many thousands of members. Download a USBF Membership Application here:

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/USBF_membership_pdf.pdf . or

REGISTER/RENEW ON LINE AT http://www.Bocce.com }

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More Florida Bocce venues...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/FL_Trip_Pic09.ivnu

Perfetta Club Pro set of 4 red, 4 green, pallino, carry bag...

Photos of the week
Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce

Our gang hosted the Mass. Senior Games Bocce Tourney again this year and we had a field of 10 four-player teams. There was good competition, great food, and excellent camaraderie!

I started taking photos when the crowd started to thin out but I think you will get the idea. I've posted these photos under Senior Games on the Joy of Bocce website but you'll have to scroll down under the 2007 Senior Games photos first. That's OK because the 2007 photos show how to run an event like this.

The next step is to get these games to the National level where you qualify one year and travel to the Nationals the following year.

Click for this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $189.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $69.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down to bottom of page.

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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Please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.

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April 7, 2012 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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April 14, 2012 - California - Campo Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Los Gatos Bocce Club. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.

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April 21, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Bocce.Tournament.doc

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April 21, 2012. Washington - Bellingham. 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact Tom@Boccemon.com . {I'll be in attendace this time - please come by and say "Hello."}

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April 21, 2012 - New York - Mt. Vernon / Yonkers Bocce Club's Dino Vitti Memorial Tournament. Four players with proceeds going toward The Leukemia Society. Sixteen teams max - contact Guy @ 914-310-8814 or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Vitti.doc .

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April 28, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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April 28 & 29, 2012. Rhode Island - Providence. Two-day Cash tournament. Held at Dunkin Donuts Center. Details to follow shortly as they become available. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ Mario@JoyofBocce.com or click here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/PVD_bocce_2012.pdf

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May 5 – 6, 2012 – California – IAC Stockton. Raffa – 3 Women players. Contact JoAnn Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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May 12, 2012 – California – PIASC San Mateo – Raffa – 3 Men Players. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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May 12, 2012 – California – PIASC San Mateo – Open – 4 Women Players. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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May 12 & 13, 2012 - California - Chico. Sign up NOW for the first 2 day Bocce Tournament ever in Chico. Space is limited to 24 teams of four players. Double elimination on Saturday will determine who goes to the championships on Sunday, May 13th.

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May 13, 2012 – California – Coppola Winery – OPEN – 4 players. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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May 26, 2012 - California - Monterey Bay Bocce. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 813-521-5092.

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June 2, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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June 3, 2012 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 3, 2012 - New Jersey - Frenchtown. Kingwood Park. Contact Jack Aquila via email - JAquila@comcast.net or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BocceTournament.pdf

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June 9, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Western Sector Championships. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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June 10, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS - Western Sector Championships. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-327-1770.

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June 15-24, 2012 - Illinois - Round Lake at Alpine Club. USBF National Bocce Championship. The tournaments will include Open, Punto Raffa Volo and Volo competition. For more information see (http://www.bocce.com) or call Mike Conti cell 847-767-6453.

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June 17, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Open Doubles Tourney (June 18 is the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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June 30, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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July 7, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Men's Singles Tourney (July 8 rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 7, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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July 13 & 14, 2012 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregpn vs. Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.

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July 14, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Women's Singles Tourney (July 15 the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 14 & 15, 2012 - Delaware - New Castle. OPEN - four players. 7th Annual St. Anthony's Tourney. 1st place = $3000, 2nd = $1800. Contact Joe DiAngelo @ 302-328-5384 or 302-545-2057. Click for pdf http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/St_Anthony.pdf .

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July 15, 2012 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Rossi Tournament. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 20 - 22, 2012 - New York - Rome. World Series of Bocce at the Toccolana Club. Click for an application:
http://toccolanaclub.com/docs/application-wsb.pdf

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July 21, 2012 - California -Marin - San Rafael - OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 21, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Singles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 21, 2012 - {1:30 PM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Doubles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 28, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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August 4, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Mixed Doubles Tourney (August 5 rain date). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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August 4, 2012 - California - Marin - San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 11, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 11 & 12, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Vermont Senior Games. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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August 18, 2012 - California - Campo Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Los Gatos Bocce Club. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.

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August 25, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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September 1 - 3, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Western Sector Club Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastInfo.pdf

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastChampionshipRegistration.pdf

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September 8, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. 9/9 rain date. Ladder Tournament's Championship Tourney. Players in positions 2 - 5 will have a double elimination tournament to determine who will play the season champion in the tournament final. A player, including the season champion. will be eliminated from the tournament after two losses. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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September 15, 2012 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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September 15 & 16, 2012 - Nevada/California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Nevada County Bocce Club. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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September 22, 2012 - California IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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September 29, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.

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September 29 & 30, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Burlington Bocce Championship. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. October 6 & 7 rain dates). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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September 30, 2012 - California - Coppola Winery. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 6, 2012 - California - IACC South City. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 13, 2012 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 13, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. This tournament is open to anyone who has placed first in a singles or doubles championship on BBC's courts during the 2012 season. October 14 rain date. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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October 20, 2012 - california - IAC Stockton - OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Albert Leonardi @ 209-951-6787.

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October 27, 2012 - California - Marin San Rafeal - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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