March 17, 2006
The USF Dons and The Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach will be playing host to three of the nations top tennis programs on St. Patrick's Day weekend. This brand new event attracted some of the best competition in the country.
The four teams set to face off are #15 CAL Berkeley, #47 Southern Methodist University, #38 University of Minnesota, and The University of San Francisco. It will be a quad format with the Dons playing against Minnesota and for the first time in 25 years, CAL Berkeley.
The idea was born from the ongoing relationship USF has had with Pebble Beach over the years. Associate tennis professional Bill Quario is a USF tennis alumni and Tennis Director Kai Foreman has been very supportive of the program. The last four years USF has done some type of event with the members at The Beach and Tennis Club. Last season the Dons played against the UOP Tigers at the Beach and Tennis Club and they have done fund-raising mixers with the members in the past.
This season it was decided to up the stakes a bit and create a dual match quad tournament in hopes of getting other top level programs involved. The USF team along with Pebble Beach would like to continue a tradition of bringing top level collegiate tennis to The Beach and Tennis Club and the invitations are out for the 2007 "Collegiate Shootout" as well.
Head coach Peter Bartlett said, "We are excited to have SMU, Minnesota and Cal join us for the kickoff to this event. We look forward to getting both Cal and Stanford involved in the event for the future and we hope to continually attract some of the top teams in the country."