First Posted: 6/28/2009
It wasnt the best birthday present, but Dobsons Alexander Fowler took it with a smile.
Hey, at least I get to walk out of here with something, Fowler joked about the fourth-place trophy he won Sunday in the consolation finals of the Mount Airy Junior Futures Tournament.
Fowler, who turned 14 yesterday, fell, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, to Richard Boone in the 14-year-old division.
The competition in the Junior Futures was a step up from the middle school teams Fowler went against in the fall. That alone allowed him to hold his head high.
It was more than I expected, Fowler, who will be a freshman at Surry Central in the fall, said. Fourth place is not too bad.
Everybody was good. In the spring, we didnt have much competition at all besides Mount Airy.
Fowler went 1-2 over the three-day tournament, including a marathon match on Saturday. The win, Fowler said, began at 1:30 p.m. and did not end until close to 4.
Another local product, Bobby Calhoun, of Sparta, won his consolation match, 6-2, 6-0, in the 18 division. All matches yesterday were held at Cross Creek Country Club.
Sunday wrapped up the oldest junior tennis tournament North Carolina has to offer. A total of 67 players (35 girls, 32 boys) filled courts at Mount Airy High School and Cross Creek. While a fair number of local talent was on hand, the event also attracted players from Charlotte, Raleigh and many other locations.