York City-County Tennis Tournament officials break with tradition, move event to Wisehaven


The York City-County Tennis Tournament and Farquhar Park have been synonymous for decades.

York County's finest players went head to head in matches that drew large crowds to the courts at the hilltop park in the northwest quadrant of the city.

Sixteen-time Men's Singles champion Jim Kohr played there. So did 12-time champion Dr. Gil Rothrock and 11-time winner Craig Diehl.

Lucy Zarfos won six Women's Singles championships in a row at Farquhar Park.

Champions may be crowned again some day at the place that players simply referred to as "The Park," but not this year.

The 95th Marion Brown York City-County Tournament will be played at Wisehaven Tennis Center.

"The courts at Farquhar Park are just not suitable," tournament director and defending Men's Singles champion Phil Myers said in explaining the switch in sites.

"I understand there's a lot of tradition with City-County and Farquhar Park, and it was not an easy decision to move it. Being from the city (Myers grew up near Farquhar Park and spent countless hours playing on the courts), I wanted to keep it (the tournament) in the city, but I just couldn't keep it going there."

Myers said he was told that the Farquhar Park courts haven't been resurfaced in 20 years.

"As long as the courts get resurfaced, I'll bring it (the tournament) back," Myers said. "I'm hoping this is a temporary move until they (city officials) can get something rolling up there."

Myers, who played tennis at York High and York College, is a teaching professional at Wisehaven. Along with teaching, he runs tournaments at the club.

He's part of a four-person committee in charge of this year's tournament, which is scheduled for June 11-16. The other committee members are Kristine Criswell, Darlene Ashwood and Dave Pottle.

The entry fees are $20 for singles and $25 for a doubles team. Registration will be held online at YorkCityCounty.com.

"I have six courts at my disposal, and the tournament is open to everyone," said Myers, who is beginning his third year as tournament director. "We're just as accessible as before."

Myers is hoping for 32 players in the Men's Singles main draw and eight in Women's Singles. There hasn't been a Women's Singles champion since 2012, and there were just three players in the draw that season.

White Rose Open: City-County isn't the only tournament on the June calendar.

The 10th annual White Rose Open is set for June 5-7 at Penn State York.

Competition will take place in men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The entry fee is $10 per event or $25 for singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

"You don't have to be a 5.0 player to be in this event," tournament director Dave Pottle said. "Tennis players of all abilities are invited to play."

Players can register at WhiteRoseOpenTennis.com. Every player is guaranteed at least two matches in each draw. Pottle said that all of the registration money will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network.

Pottle is hoping that this year's tournament will be the largest in the history of the event. There were 30 players in the singles draws last year.

— Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.