After many tries, Bob Cofer has finally reached the top of his division in the U.S. Tennis Association’s New England Rankings. Cofer, owner and general manager of Pinewoods, ends the 2016 season ranked #1 in the 4.5 Singles Division. Despite often facing players half his age, Cofer finished 135 points ahead of his closest competitor in the year-end rankings. During the year, Cofer won five tournaments and posted a 15-4 match record. One of his best wins came against Michael Lombardi in the finals of the New Milford Open in September. “The past two years, I went into the last tournament ranked #1 only to lose in that tourney and drop to #2″, he said. “I began wondering if I was ever going to finish #1. I guess perseverance paid off”.
Article in Register Citizen Newspaper – 12/24/2015 by John Torsiello Torrington – The sport of tennis has rebounded in recent years, with participation and merchandise purchases on the rise thanks in part to the interest in the game generated by such high-profile professional stars as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Tennis is also touted as a wonderful, social sport – one that can be played for a lifetime. Torrington’s Pinewoods Health and Racquet Club has been at the forefront of spreading the word about the game and enticing new players to pick up a racquet and start hitting forehands in earnest. One of the club’s most popular programs is “Back to Basics”, which, in fact, are adult tennis lessons. Club Owner Bob Cofer runs and teaches the program and say’s it has been very popular among players of all ages and abilities. “In ‘Back To Basics’, students learn the fundamentals of tennis, but do it in a fun way,” he says. “As soon as they are ready, they are rallying from the baseline back and forth, … Continue reading
Pinewoods Junior Tennis Players Alexander Honigmann and Charlie Shanks, both from Litchfield, were big winners at recent Tennis Tournaments at Pinewoods. Honigmann, an 8th Grader at Litchfield Middle School, won the Girl’s 14 & Under Singles Division in the Winter USTA Championships held on March 15 & 16. Lexi won all 3 of her Round Robin Matches, 6-1 over Washington’s Louise Van Tartwijk, 6-4 over Hamden’s Sangah Lee and 6-0 over Glastonbury’s Emily Jacy. Shanks won the Boy’s 12 & Under Singles Division in the Winter USTA Championships held on March 8th. He also won all 3 of his Round Robin Matches, 8-0 over Weatogue’s Adam Na, 8-0 over Easton’s Robert Tremont and 8-1 over Longmeadow, MA’s James Foster. Pinewoods has many Tennis Tournaments throughout the year. Call Bob Cofer at (860)482-9424 or check this Web Site for more information.
Litchfield’s Sabrina Cofer had quite a week recently as she won 2 Tennis Tournaments in the space of a few days. Her biggest win came in the August 3rd USTA CT. Championships held at Pinewoods. In the finals of the Girl’s 18 & Under Division, the Litchfield High School Junior upended North Haven’s Emily Migliorni 7-5,6-4. Migliorni went deep into the CT. High School State Tourney held at Yale in June. Then, 3 days later , Cofer, who trains at Pinewoods, won another Tourney as she was victorious in the USTA CT. Championships held August 6th at Pinewoods. In the semifinals of the Girl’s 18 & Under she beat Hamden’s Vidhya Maran 6-0,6-4 and then in the finals she defeated West Simsbury’s Emma Buckle 6-2,6-0. Pinewoods has about 40 Tournaments a year. For more information, check this Website or call Bob Cofer at (860)482-9424.
Pinewoods Junior Tennis Player Sabrina Cofer had a Tennis Tournament to remember in the recent Berkshire Tourney held at the Salisbury School and Wamogo High School on May 18th and 20th. The Litchfield High School #1 Singles Player won 4 matches to get to the finals of the 34 player draw and almost pulled off a big upset in the finals. Cofer, a Sophomore, won her first 3 matches 8-1, 8-3 and 8-0 over players from Thomaston, Nonnawaug and Thomaston again. In the semifinals, she beat Nonnawaug’s #2 player Hayley Strasburger (a former Berkshire League Tournament Champion) 8-3 . Against the #1 Seed and Defending Champion Emma Pezzullo in the finals, Cofer came close to pulling a major upset as she lost 8-6. Cofer had lost to Pezzullo during the regular season 8-1 and 8-0. By reaching the finals of the Tourney, Cofer made the Berkshire League All-Star Team for the first time.
Litchfield’s Sabrina Cofer won the Girl’s 18 & Under Singles Division of the USTA CT. Junior Championships Tennis Tournament at Pinewoods January 5th. The sophomore from Litchfield defeated Belchertown, MA’s Meghan Bernard 6-1,6-3 in the semifinals and then bested North Haven’s Emily Milgiorini in the finals 6-3,6-3. Pinewoods has tennis tournaments virtually every weekend this Winter. Check this website or call Bob Cofer at (860)482-9424 for more information.
Local Tennis Teaching Professionals Doug Madeux and Bob Cofer won their respective divisions in the Thanksgiving Classic Tennis Tournament held at Pinewoods Health and Racquet Club November 24th and 25th. Madeux, from Harwinton, won the Men’s Open Singles Division with 3 victories on the way to the Championship. In the Quarterfinals he beat Wallingford’s Adam Sinkala 6-4,6-1 and then went on to defeat West Hartford’s Dan Couzens in a nailbiter 2-6,6-3,7-6 in the semifinals and John Holschlag from Bristol in the finals 6-4,6-4. Cofer, Pinewoods Club Owner, won the 4.5 Men’s Singles Division with wins over Norwalk’s Raphael Hurwitz 6-0,6-2 in the semifinals and William Schneider from Hopkinton, New Hampshire in the finals 6-2,6-0. Pinewoods has Tennis Tournaments virtually every weekend this Winter. Call Bob Cofer at (860)482-9424 or check this Web Site.
Litchfield High School Sophomore Sabrina Cofer won her Division in the USTA CT. Junior Championships Tennis Tournament at Pinewoods November 10th and 11th. The 15 year old Cofer won the Girl’s 16 & Under Division with a 6-1,6-0 win over Westport’s Alexandra Collins in the finals. Litchfield High School’s #1 Singles Player trains at Pinewoods. Pinewoods has Tennis Tournaments virtually every weekend this Winter. For more info, check this site.
Collinsville’s Peter Jutras had a big win at the latest Tennis Tournament at Pinewoods September 1st. In the USTA CT. Junior Championships, Jutras won the Boy’s 18 & Under Singles Division with a 6-2,6-1 victory over Northhampton, MA’s Daniel March in the finals. Pinewoods has 40 Tennis Tournaments a year. For more information, check out this Web Site or call Bob Cofer at (860)482-9424.
Litchfield’s Sabrina Cofer capped a great summer of Tennis for her with 2 Tournament Titles in 4 days as she won the USTA CT Championships on August 4th and 7th at Pinewoods. In the August 4th Tourney, Cofer, only 15, won the Girl’s 18 & Under Singles Division besting New Haven’s Tyla Goodridge 6-4,6-0 in the semifinals and defeating Simsbury’s Cathy Baker in the finals 6-1,6-1. In the August 7th Tourney, Cofer won the Girl’s 16 & Under Singles Division with a 6-0,6-2 victory over Darien’s Catherine Hatfield in the finals. Litchfield’s #1 Singles Player won 6 out of 7 Tournaments she played this summer. Pinewoods has 40 Tournaments a year for both Juniors and Adults. For more Information, call Bob Cofer at (860)482-9424 or check out this web site.