Omagh LTC's 2016 Tyrone Senior Open tennis championships finished on the 24TH July with nearly 130 players competing. Tennis players from Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Belfast and local Ulster tennis players contested in the 9 day event. The weather for the most part was hot and dry. There was some fantastic success for Omagh players across the different sections. Richard Reynolds defeated Brian McSorley in the men's C singles final. Reynolds also received the Coulter Shield for most improved local player. However McSorley and his brother John gained revenge by defeating Reynolds and Mark Connolly in the C doubles final. In the C doubles ladies final Catherine Taggart and Kirsty Murray narrowly edged out Anne Louise Hicks and Valerie McKinley in the deciding championship tie break. Taggart also finished runner up in the C mixed final. The B ladies singles was an all Omagh encounter. Heather McFarland claimed her second B ladies singles title by battling back from a set down to defeat Jeni Nelson in another hard fought three setter. Nelson and partner Linda Stewart had earlier been defeated in the ladies doubles final by Rachel Logan and Sligo's Noreen Cassidy. Logan and partner Clive Funston produced fine tennis to beat Cassidy and Donal Burns in the mixed B final. The B men's singles title was taken by Bernard McGettigan. McGettigan was 5 match points down but managed to come back from the brink of defeat to claim victory over Strabane's Joseph McKeown. In the A events there was a double success for Ballybofey's Francis Venzon who won the mixed doubles with partner Elaine Chambers. Venzon combined with Downshires Ross McCarey to win the men's doubles. They defeated Fintona's Jared Monaghan and Donegal's Paul Bannigan in a very entertaining match. Elaine Chambers and Omagh's Donna McSorley claimed the ladies doubles title by defeating Omagh's Lauren Stead and Belfast's Shannon Andrews in a close three setter. In the ladies ďAĒ final Lucy Octave proved too strong for Enniskillen's Laura Griffin. It was Octaves second Tyrone Senior Championship in three years. In the A men's final it was disappointment for Omagh tennis coach Mark Smyth who was defeated by Belfast's Karl Donaldson in straight sets. It was Donaldson second singles title in the space of two weeks after his success on grass in Ballycastle the previous week. At the presentation organiser Edwin Johnston thanked sponsors McBrides Spar and McAleer and Jackson for sponsoring the tournament and congratulated all the competitors for their continuing support of the tournament.
|Mens' Singles||Karl Donaldson||Bernard McGettigan||Richard Reynolds|
|Ladies' Singles||Lucy Octave||Heather Rainey||Helena Sherry|
|Men's Doubles||Francis Venzon/Ross McCarey||Donal Burns/Martin Fryer||Brian McSorley/John McSorley|
|Ladies' Doubles||Elaine Chamber/Donna McSorley||Noreen Cassidy/Rachel Logan||Kirsty Murray/Catherine Taggart|
|Mixed Doubles||Francis Venzon/Elaine Chambers||Clive Funston/Rachel Logan||Kirsty Murray/Alan Cadden|