heart awareness


The 7th annual Dave Polvino Heart-Health Awareness Doubles Tennis Event hosted by Lochmere will be bigger than ever, including not only the traditional men’s doubles tournament and mixed doubles social/potluck dinner (with a presentation on heart-health) on the weekend, but for the second year in a row a separate women’s doubles tournament will be held earlier in the week. 

This year's event is being organized by Rick Ballou, Pam Gilbert, David Outlaw, Debbie Polvino, and Bill Wisdom

Save the Dates

  • Friday evening, November 16th – mixed doubles social
  • Saturday afternoon, November 17th – men’s doubles tournament

Event Purpose

The Dave Polvino Tennis Event has grown and changed over the years, but its mission remains the same:

  1. To honor the memory of Dave Polvino and Bill Newton, both avid Lochmere tennis players who died from sudden heart attacks, as well as the memories of other loved ones who have succumbed to heart disease
  2. To raise awareness and funds to promote heart health
  3. To enjoy the competition and camaraderie of formal tournament doubles, using a handicap system so players of all levels have a chance to win
  4. To enjoy the social and community aspects of informal mixed doubles play.

Tournament Changes for 2018 – Proceeds and Donations Towards A New Charity

Due to the success of last year’s event, no significant changes are planned for the format of this year’s men’s tournament. However, instead of going to the American Heart Association, all entry fees and donations in 2018 will go to the WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Center located in Suite 220 at 300 Asheville Avenue just by the WakeMed Cary campus.

The reason for switching is to allow us to aide a local organization where we can see more immediate and tangible benefits from our efforts. The proceeds and donations will be used to upgrade rehab equipment and the facilities in general. Hopefully, all of us will remain heart healthy and never have to utilize the center to recover from a heart issue. But if anyone should, we will all be able to take comfort in knowing the tournament helped improve the center’s facilities.  

Key Tournament Features

  • Players of all levels are encouraged to enter, as a handicap system will be utilized to “level the playing field.” (As in last year, for each .5 point differential in the USTA rating between two teams, 3 handicap points will be awarded to the lower-rated team)
  • A round-robin format for the first three rounds, guaranteeing all teams at least three matches, with the 4 teams with the best records after the preliminary round robin advancing to the semi-finals
  • Each match will consist of a single 6-game pro set (first team to win 6 games by at least a 2-game margin)
  • Participants can enter as a team or as individuals (individuals will be randomly paired prior to the tournament)
  • Rubber-band mulligans can be purchased in advance to be used to earn additional serves
  • Entry fee of $25 for Lochmere members, $30 for non-members
  • Complimentary fruits, snacks, and drinks provided to all participants as well as balls
  • Trophies awarded to winners, prizes to all semi-finalists and finalists, plus the chance to win additional gifts through a raffle
  • In case of rain the tournament make-up date will be Sunday, November 18th.

The potluck dinner/mixed doubles social will also retain the same format as in years past, including a presentation and materials on heart-health.

Summary/Next Steps

So please reserve the above dates for this year’s series of events which will be bigger and better than ever. As usual it all promises to be a lot of fun, and your participation goes towards a great cause.

Reminder emails will go out in a few weeks with all the details and to formally request tournament entries on both the men’s and women’s sides. An email will go out two weeks prior to the event finalizing the tournament pairings. A final email will request RSVP’s from all those who will be attending the social and informal mixed doubles.

In the meantime, we look forward to pleasant tennis weather for this year’s event and to a heart-healthy future for everyone.

P.S. Remember to Get Your Annual Physical

If you haven’t already, why not go ahead and schedule your annual physical for some time before the tournament? And while you’re there, ask your doctor if a coronary calcium scan would be right for you. If you have already been identified as moderate risk for heart disease or if you have a family history, this simple procedure can catch early signs of artery plaque well before symptoms have emerged.