Dallas…The United States team defeated Great Britain for the 32nd anniversary of the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy match 8-3. The event was held at the beautiful Coral Beach & Tennis Club in Bermuda from September 29 – October 1, 2005 and was hosted by George and Claudia Wardman, owners of the Coral Beach & Tennis Club.

The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy is an annual competition between the United States and Great Britain for Ladies 16 & under. Five players play a total of eleven matches over three days. The United States leads the competition in victories 20-11.

The United States team members were sponsored by the USTA (United States Tennis Association). The members were: Sarah Guzick (Greer, SC), Joanna Mather (Duluth, GA), Nelly Radeva (Costa Mesa, CA), Daisha Hill-Hurtado (Ann Arbor, MI), and Kathryn Talbert (Mooresville, NC). The captain of the USA Team was Robin White, former WTA Tour player.

The members of the British team were: Caitlin Steel, Hannah James, Stephanie Cornish, Naomi Cavaday, and Naomi Broady. The co-captains of the British team were James Davidson and Eve Langley.

Brenda Brinker Bottum and Cindy Brinker Simmons, daughters of the late Maureen Connolly, presented the beautiful silver cup to the U.S. team. Charles Trippe, president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Great Britain, Nancy Jeffett, president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, and Norman Brinker, husband of the late Maureen Connolly Brinker also attended the event. Bumpy Frazer, past-president of the USTA was also in attendance, as well as Directors and Trustees including Ross and Margot Perot, Betty Harlan, Ralph Belknap, Judge and Patty Mason and Elizabeth and Larry Norman.

The LBH Group, Ltd. was the “Official Clothing” sponsor of the U.S. Team. LBH is the manufacturer of Lily’s of Beverly Hills worldwide and of Wimbledon tennis apparel in the U.S. and Canada. Wilson was the “Official Ball”. The Coral Beach & Tennis Club in Bermuda and Bonne Bell are also sponsors of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.

This is one of the many events sponsored by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to further junior tennis development.