Players return to court for Garden City Open tennis tournament

Brad Nading
Amber Hands hits a backhand shot cross court Saturday during a women's doubles match in the Garden City Open tennis tournament at Garden City High School's tennis complex.

The Garden City Open tennis tournament took center stage over the weekend in Garden City, with 132 entries in the three-day event. Matches were played at Garden City High School’s tennis complex as well as at the newly renovated city tennis courts in downtown Garden City.

The tournament is usually a start-of-summer event, held as a Beef Empire Days event, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans were put on hold when everything was canceled.

“I felt the tournament went really well despite being in a COVID pandemic right now,” said Heather Kneeland, tournament organizer. “We had about half of the entrants as last year (265) … and this year we had 132 total entries. It was a great weekend with cooler temperatures than expected and that made it very enjoyable for everyone who came out and played.”

The tournament was broken in to several men’s and women’s categories. Singles matches were played Friday, doubles matches Saturday and mixed doubles matches were held Sunday.


In the Men’s A division, Eric Kimmerling defeated Andrew Huie, 8-4, for the championship in the bracketed tournament. Colin Kleysteuber finished third and Logan Morren placed fourth.

Jacob Pando went 3-0 in the round robin play of the Men’s B division to win the tournament. Austin Ackerman finished second, Ethan Ackerman came in third and Coby Smarsh finished fourth.

In the Men’s Open division, Joe Alemida defeated Logan Bevis, 6-1, 6-4, in the bracketed tournament for the title. Nate Morren finished in third place and Huy Nguyen placed fourth.

In the Women’s A competition, Sara Hands defeated Elizabeth Goetz, 8-1, to claim the title in the bracketed tournament. Sydney Nanniga finished in third place and Payton Tull placed fourth.

Emily Goetz went 3-0 to win the round robin tournament for the Women’s B division. Quincy Nanniga came in second while Chloe Ptacek finished third. Angel Myers took fourth place.

Aubry Smarsh defeated Molly King 6-5 to win the Women’s C division.

In the Women’s Open division, Amber Hands grabbed the championship through pool play and placing matches. Sage Riggs finished in second place, while Heather Kneeland took third and Jordan Hagan finished in fourth.


In the Men’s A division, Kenneth Huie and Nathan Huie combined to win the championship of pool play and placing matches tournament. Caleb Pratt and Peter Ramirez finished in second place while Troy Hawley and Luke Janzen placed third.

In the Men’s B division, Scott Noll and Avry Noll won the bracketed tournament. Robert Asken and Logan Hernandez finished in second place, while Eli Greene and Travis Janzen took third.

In the Men’s Open division, Logan Bevis and Huy Nguyen won the title in the pool play, placing matches tournament. Nathan Morren and Tyler Morren placed second while Ja Mee and Zac Wise finished in third place.

In the Women’s A division, made up of pool play and placing matches, Linda Motzner and Darci Kimmerling claimed the title. Robin Andersen and Brandy Goetz finished in second place while Jordan Toothaker and Cassidy Schmidt took third.

In the round robin play of the Women’s B division, Mallory Cupp and Meredith Cupp grabbed the championship. Chloe Ptacek and Quincy Nanniga finished in second while Bella Ayala and Andrienna Aguilar took third place. Kourtney Kneeland and Angel Myers finished in fourth.

Amber Hands and Sara Hands won the round robin competition of the Women’s Open for the title. Brooke Ptacek and Sage Riggs finished the tournament in second place. Mattie Silva and Genie Kyaw took third place while Heather Kneeland and Raechal Hawley took fourth.


In Sunday’s mixed doubles action, Ja Lee and Sheryl Hillman won the A division. Zac Wise and Tillie Malinowsky took second place while Colin Kleysteuber and Sara Hands finished in third.

In the B division, Chloe Ptacek and Scott Ptacek won the championship while Katherine Moffitt and Cody Frink finished in second. Mallory Cupp and Avry Noll took third place.

Linda Motzner and Joe Almeida won the Open division while Darci Kimmerling and Eric Kimmerling took second. Huy Nguyen and Brooke Ptacek finished in third place.

“We had new people enter this year and a lot of middle and high school kids from our region,” Kneeland said. “… Using the downtown courts was a really nice addition to be able to finish at a reasonable time. Each day we were able to be finished by around three o’clock.”

The tournament overall saw entries from throughout the region including Garden City, Dodge City, Cimarron, Scott City, Ulysses, Goddard, Wichita, Plainville, Hays, Lexington, Neb. and Amarillo, Texas.