New Pros, Same Luxury Experience
You may notice a few new faces on the tennis courts of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Under the guidance of director Thiroshan “T” Chetty, these new instructors will hit the clay surface.
Serving first is Mark Lewis, a USPTA-, USPTR– and Etcheberry Strength and Conditioning-certified tennis professional from San Saba, Texas. He played at both Barton County Community College in Kansas and Division 1 Centenary College in Louisiana before being named USPTR Pro of the Year for New Hampshire and USPTA New England Regional Pro of the Year in 2015. Prior to joining Golden Ocala, Mark was the Director of Tennis for a 24-court facility in Texas, as well as the Director of Tennis at the River Valley Club in New Hampshire for over seven years. He recently moved to Florida with his wife and three young children.
Next up is Ebony Evans-Molock, a USPTR member and 10U-certified coach. Unlike Mark who has been playing tennis since high school, she found her love for the game as an adult member of the Gainesville-Ocala Women’s Tennis League as well as USTA FL and has been involved on a junior level for five years. Not only has Ebony coordinated USTA Junior Team Tennis, Saturday Match Play Days, Level 8 and 9 local tournaments, Sports ability and community play days, she has taken part in 10U Early Development Camps, Coach Youth Tennis workshops and USTA FL sectional workshops. This earned her USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month and Volunteer of the Year honors. While Ebony may be unfamiliar to you, Ocala is no stranger to her, as she has called it home since birth. Now, she is sharing it with her husband and daughter.
And then there is Chris Crispell, who discovered his talent for tennis at age 13 under the instruction of his uncle, former University of Buffalo NCAA Division 1 Tennis Head Coach Russ Crispell. From there, he began providing individual tennis lessons at age 18 in upstate New York and received the disciplined training necessary to teach the fundamentals of the sport and be a high-level tennis player. But it was his positive attitude and patience that recently brought him to Golden Ocala, where he excels in teaching students of all ages, especially youngsters.
Please join us in welcoming these stars to Golden Ocala, and be sure to stop by the tennis shop and sign up for one of their classes!