Pentwater/ Ludington Tennis Tournament

The longstanding “Broken Toe” Tennis Tournament takes place every summer. The top players from Pentwater and Ludington compete in a stack ranked doubles format to earn the coveted “Broken Toe Trophy”, along with annual bragging rights. The event received its name back in the 1970’s, when Ludington player Jack Shillinger donated a new trophy but was unable to play because he broke his toe. A trophy was introduced for the women’s tournament in 2009, thanks to Lincoln Hills Club President Caroline Schwass. The annual event has been a summer fixture for almost 50 years.

The Pentwater team greatly appreciates the Ludington team’s willingness to host each year at the more expansive Schoenherr Tennis Center. We encourage all tennis fans to attend and cheer on their team.

In 2024, Pentwater and Ludington faced off on July 6th in the annual “Broken Toe” tennis match at the Schoenherr Tennis Center. A great effort was put forth by both groups of Pentwater players, leading to a split in the final match count. The Pentwater ladies were fantastic in taking five out of their seven doubles matches on the day. They deserve our congratulations for their effort in winning back the cherished Ladies’ trophy!! The Pentwater men had a strong effort as well, but it wasn’t quite enough to retain the men’s trophy. The Pentwater men had success at the top of their lineup, but Ludington’s deep group of skilled players across all lines proved to be the difference. Thanks to all the players who participated in this fun annual event! We want to extend a special thanks to the PTPC Social Committee, especially Linda & Don Baumann who spent their entire Saturday morning helping to serve coffee and breakfast snacks to the players and fans. 

The Ludington Daily News was kind enough to publish a story about how Pentwater & Ludington had split the trophy in 2021 and 2022. The match was rained out in 2023. 

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Images From the 2022 Event