FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FineMark FGCU Collegiate Open Returns to Bonita Bay Club, November 1-3
Event Kicks Off Series of Three Major Tournaments
Bonita Springs, August 22, 2019 — The FGCU men’s and women’s tennis teams will depart their nearby campus courts for their “home away from home” when they take on counterparts from the universities of Memphis, Louisville, Minnesota, Connecticut and Purdue University in the FineMark FGCU Collegiate Open from November 1 through 3 at Bonita Bay Club.
“This’ll be another exciting chapter in our support for both FGCU teams,” said Paula Scheb, USPTA Master Professional and Bonita Bay Club director of sports. “It’s a win-win-win for them, our members and the entire area.”
“It’s really special with these great teams coming down and how we are hosted by the club,” said Courtney Vernon, FGCU women’s team coach. “It’s a world-class event; we’re so grateful and excited.”
C.J. Weber, FGCU men’s team coach, said, “It’s awesome to bring college tennis to the community. The field is so strong, the competition will be fierce. And it’s great for the players to play on clay!”
Bonita Bay Club members have raised approximately $90,000 in scholarships for the school’s tennis teams, provided special mentoring and all players of the visiting teams will stay at members’ homes during the event, including the FGCU players. There’ll be a kickoff dinner at the Breezeway for the players and their member hosts on October 31 and the over 30 sponsors that have so graciously made this event become a reality.
“The club is honored to host the collegiate tournament again this year. The level of tennis and the friendliness of all the players, made this event one of the favorites of all the spectators” said Peter Janson, Tournament Committee Chair and Bonita Bay Club Board Member.
FineMark National Bank & Trust are the title sponsor, the presenting sponsor will be Lee Health and Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs will be the automobile sponsor.
Bonita Bay Club will host two other major tennis events this fall and spring – the 39th annual Naples-Fort Myers Challenge, the longest consecutive-running event of its kind in the region, on November 16; and the FineMark Women’s Pro Tennis Championships, the only $100,000 Women’s U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit Tournament in Florida, from May 11 through 17.
Proceeds from the three events will benefit programs at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Single-day tickets at $15 and a three-day ticket at $30 for the Collegiate Open are on sale now at bbcfgcuopen.net. For more information on all tournaments, call the Bonita Bay Club tennis shop at 239-495-3573.
Bonita Bay Club has recently opened up a limited number of golf memberships for candidates residing outside of Bonita Bay. Members enjoy three Arthur Hills-designed courses within the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay community, located between Naples and Fort Myers, as well as two Tom Fazio courses spanning more than 1,000 acres of preserved cypress wetlands and pine flats with no residential development at the nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples. The club’s newly designed Sports Center offers 18 Har-Tru tennis courts and one of the region’s most active tennis programs, five new pickleball courts, and a zero-entry resort-style pool. Nearby, the 60,000-square-foot Lifestyle Center features a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa and salon. Bonita Bay Club has been recognized with exclusive designations, including the Distinguished Club and Platinum Club, and has been named among America’s Healthiest Clubs. For more information, visit bonitabayclub.net or call the membership office at 239-949-5061.
Becky Salaun, Bonita Bay Club, 239-949-5023, BeckyS@BonitaBayClub.net