Local tennis pro Dale Schwicker won the Colorado State Open Tennis Championship held last week at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver.
He won in both the Men’s 70 Singles and Doubles divisions.
In the finals of the singles division Schwicker beat David Brictson of Denver in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Leading to the finals he won his first round match defeating John Douthit 6-0, 6-0, and in the second round beat the No. 2 seed Jerry Gruber of Castlerock 6-1, 6-0. In the semi-finals Schwicker defeated John Driesbach of Denver 6-1, 6-1.
Teamed with Ron Berquist of Denver, they defeated Al Allison of Naples, Fla. and Jim O’Connor of Littleton, Colo., also in straight sets 6-0, 6-4. In the semi-finals, they upset the number one ranked team in the State John Doidge of Pueblo and Chuck Vidal of Carbondale.
Earlier this summer, Schwicker won the Men’s 65 Doubles in Vail and was finalist in the Men’s 65 Singles. He later won both the Men’s 70 Singles and Doubles Divisions at the Ted Swenson Super Senior Tournament at Pinehurst Country Club in Lakewood.
While at the state tournament, Schwicker attended a Grand Champions Party saluting the previous winners of the Colorado State Open. He won the Men’s 40 Singles Division in 1975. Among those in attendance was Tony Trabert, who won the Colorado State Open in 1954 and Wimbledon and the US Open in 1955. Trabert is currently Chairman of the Board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.