Since way back in 1988 when she took over as the Chairperson leading the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association, Terry Lynch has made hundreds of friends.
If you ask her what has been the most rewarding aspect of running the organization is, she will say the friendships she has made over that time.
“The friendships I have made, and the friendships the kids have made – that’s the most rewarding thing,” said Ventura’s Lynch, who from 1988 to 1995 ran all the City of Ventura’s tennis tournaments including the USTA junior sanctioned in the summer, the County Tournament and the Corporate Games.
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Lynch, who worked as an airline stewardess for American Airlines for 35 years, has seen many changes in the VCJTA over the years. “We are a stepping stone to bigger USTA events,” she said. “We offer both novice and open division tournaments.”
A few years ago, the VCJTA was seeing declining numbers so Lynch called all the pros together to discuss what should be done to turn it around. Because it’s expensive to return to the courts each day driving across the county, the group decided it would be best to play in a shortened round-robin format and have the tournaments last just one day. “And the parents loved it,” Lynch said. “It’s like a soccer or basketball game and doesn’t have to take the whole weekend.”
In 2000 she became involved with The Ojai Tournament running a site. She then joined the board a year later and in 2007 became the Tournament Director for all the collegiate events except the Pac-12.
Lynch has been using the same 75 volunteers to run seven sites in Oxnard and Ventura since Day 1. She said she loves ending up in Libbey Park in Ojai on the final Sunday after watching them play in Ventura and Oxnard a few days before.
“That’s the goal of everyone who starts The Ojai in Oxnard and Ventura; it’s to get to the park,” she said.
Lynch said she is thankful Mike and Bob Bryan, VCJTA alums who do so much to give back to the group. She has taken kids to numerous Davis Cup matches over the past five years, courtesy of the Bryan Brothers Foundation which supports the VCJTA. “The whole thing with Wayne and the Bryan Brothers is making memories with the kids. That’s what it’s all about.”