Maybe it was the presence of international competitor Vincent Lobo, or the novelty of a tournament at church—okay it was in the gym, but still. The speed and fitness required for tournament play surprised many of the Valley Forge Baptist Church onlookers according to Event Coordinator, Hari Avadhanam.
Over 70 competitors hailing from all over the northeast vied for the $4,000 prize purse at the summer 2013 Yonex Garden State Open. Host to players from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, the International Badminton Center in Edison, NJ saw eight teams paired in a round robin format.
A Valley Forge Baptist Class of 2015 & Pennsylvania Badminton Association (PBA) benefit!
A, B & C levels with consolation (effectively ABCD - if you lose your 1st match you drop to the consolation tourney). Event will be held at the VALLEY FORGE BAPTIST gym on Saturday, July 13th.
"Manhattan Beach Jr International is a tournament with a long history of excellent competition which regularly draws international players in many age ranges. Players come from many countries in this hemisphere as well as Europe and Asia, especially Taiwan. In past years, the local families have also hosted players so that hotel arrangements are not necessary. While the competition is excellent, the fun is as well as they foster good friendships in the course of the event." - Beth Sopka