Since 2009 Grossmont College hosts an old fashioned tennis tournament that lets participants step back in time and have fun the way it was until the late 1950’s. On October 8, 2011, the Third Annual Whites and Woods was again organized by Nathan Welden and Megan Haber, benefitting the women’s tennis team at Grossmont College and West Hills High School girls tennis.
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Nathan Welden is a USPTA teaching pro claiming “tennis is all about fun, friends, and healthy living.” Whether it’s organizing camps, giving private lessons, teaching for the City of La Mesa, or coaching the West Hills High School girl’s tennis team in Santee together with his wife Courtney, Welden is determined to help players achieve their tennis goals. His web site www.FletcherHillsTennis.com states, “Tennis opens doors for life long activity, friends, and healthy living.” He suggests that everyone can choose their own avenue of playing tennis, “…ranging from playing tournaments, to playing doubles with your friends on Sunday morning.”
Interesting enough, there is another side of Nathan Welden. The performer, singer and adventurer Nathan Welden has a separate web site www.nathanwelden.com, and is described by The Indie Edge as A Fresh Fusion of James Taylor and Jim Croce. The site states in his Biography section about his adventure travels, “In recent years he has cycled along the entire west coast of North America. He has journeyed through Western Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Patagonia Chile, Peru, Argentina, the Yucatan, Belize, the Swiss Alps, Thailand and Nepal. He recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa. Welden finds inspiration in exploring and acquiring knowledge of other cultures.”
Megan Haber is the coach of the Grossmont College Women’s Tennis team, the 2011 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Champions. The All-American from Sonoma State University played on the Grossmont College team in 1988 winning the State Championship. In 2006 she was also awarded Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Haber and Welden are co-hosting the Whites and Woods tournament each year at the Grossmont College tennis courts.
Whites and Woods means that players are encouraged to wear all white and use wooden rackets (wooden rackets were available for rent for $5). Cost to play was $40 per team. A prize was presented for the most authentic outfit. A record 22 teams were participating this year with an amazing 16-78 age range. Nathan Welden reports that “some very eccentric people came out of the woodwork for the tournament.” He adds, “It’s great to see everyone playing and enjoying themselves. There were some very interesting outfits as well.” The trophies for Most Authentic Outfit were wood rackets with an engraved plaque.
Fletcher Hills Tennis is Nathan Welden’s business. He and his teaching staff organize tennis camps, give group lessons, clinics, and private lessons at several locations around San Diego, such as Lake Murray Tennis Club, or La Mesita Park in La Mesa. Welden has worked with the City of La Mesa for the last 7 years, 4 of those as their Director of Youth League Tennis, organizing grassroots programs for “kids who really love tennis.”
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