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2021 Butterfly Cup Results and Photos

(Article, pics & video by Tony Murnahan)

The Butterfly Cup was successfully held on September 3-5, 2021, despite many hurdles and challenges that were thrown our way!

The event took place at the wonderful Freedom Courts Sportsplex in Fayetteville, North Carolina over Labor Day weekend and was hosted by the Cape Fear Table Tennis Club.

The tournament began on Friday, September 3 with an unsanctioned open event for the player to get used to the ball bounce and venue.  Rachel Wang proved victorious after battling Ryan “the Nightmare” Gibson in a long five-game finals match.  Richard Dewitt had no answer for Lucy Chen’s relentless offense and Lucy ended the night with the third-place trophy.

Saturday’s Giant Round Robin’s preliminary event began bright and early at 9:00 am on September 4.  There were 32 groups of four with the top player moving into the afternoon’s A group, the 2nd player into the B group, the 3rd player into the C group, and the 4th player into the D group.  The main afternoon round began at 1:00 pm with each of the four divisions (A, B, C, D) having four groups of 8.  Upon completion of the main round the top two of groups B, C, & D, and the top 4 of A went into a single-elimination playoff.  After a very long day, the final match finished around 10:00 pm.  The results of Saturday’s groups are as follows:

Division A:

1st Place               Jishan Liang

2nd Place              Mishel Levinski

3rd Place               Ojo Onaolapo

4th Place               Adrian Yang

Division B:

1st Place               Ryan Lin

2nd Place              Gregg Robertshaw

3rd Place               Nigel Christopher

4th Place               Jacob Lee

Division C:

1st Place               Nicholas Nash

2nd Place              Marshall Young

3rd Place               Sam Karabulut

4th Place               Matthew Worrell

Division D:

1st Place               David Pannell

2nd Place              Tyler Schwartz

3rd Place               David Asson

4th Place               Rocco Consiglio

Sunday’s events held were by a couple of rating events.  In the morning, we had the 1650+ event.  The competition was fierce in this event with some incredible play, but ultimately Connor Lee outbattled the competition and claimed first place.  The tournament finished with one of my favorite events – the U1650.  The matches were competitive, spirited, and fun with Yi (Michael) Guo edging out Tyler Schwartz.

1650+

1st Place               Connor Lee

2nd Place              Ryan Lin

3rd Place               Andrew Yang

4th Place               Liedy Handoko

U1650

1st Place               Yi (Michael) Guo

2nd Place              Tyler Schwartz

3rd Place               Steve Zhong

4th Place               Ricky Carter

The Butterfly Cup could not have occurred without the generosity of our sponsors: Bowmar Sports, Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, A&M Contractors, Secure Background Screeners, Carolina Specialities, Inc, & PWC.

Special thanks also go to Bill Englebreth (tournament referee), AJ Carney (assistant tournament director & lifesaver), Tony Murnahan (media guru extraordinaire), Bowie Martin, Sr., Brian Poore, Emily Scott-Cruz, Summer Flores, Peter Lehnecke, Josh Aguirre, Sami Ghosn, and the Bowmar crew led by Josh Brantley.  We could not have done this without you!

Thank you to the table tennis community for your support of our tournaments!

Sincerely,

Amy Karpinski

President, Cape Fear Table Tennis Club


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