Photo: Joe Durso, Cesar Sala, Satish Jagnandan, and
2003 Butterhup Handicap Doubles and Birthday Celebration
By Ben Brettner
After weeks of poor weather forcing several
cancellations of this annual outdoor event, the
Butterhup Invitational was a rousing success. Players
and spectators were hungry for action. During the long
dreary spring more birthdays and anniversaries were
celebrated, chores done, and movies watched than ever
before. The sight and sounds of the bouncing ball was
a relief to all.
The surprise team of Joe Durso, who filled in when
Victor Lopierre didn't show, and Cesar Sala prevailed
over a quality field. In the preliminary round Paulie
Angel and Kareem Wilkerson, two up and coming talented
young players, defeated the Zimet brothers (Adam and
Dan, in from Maryland) 25-17. In the quarters, Albert
Apuzzi and Willie Polanco spotted Angel and Wilkerson
7 points and defeated them 25-18. In the semis Apuzzi
(still fighting a virus) and Polanco (who looked flat
due to an interrupted training schedule) fell to 25-15
to Satish Jagnandan and Carlos Lopez. These Bronx
bombers impressed the crowd with Satish's aggressive
play and Carlos's steady hands. Meanwhile Durso and
Sala had their hands full with Jonathan Lee and Dwayne
Sampson, who received a 7 point spot, before pulling
away 25-19. PeeWee Castro and Robert Sostre overcame
the rare combination of two lefties Pete Pelligrini
and an ageless, Al Torres in an entertaining 25-17 win.
The semifinal match-up between Durso/Sala and
Castro/Sostre featured current and former National
champions in a match which had never been played
before. Each player displayed their individual skills.
To the delight of the crowd Cesar and Joe prevailed
25-18. The finalists shared $500 in prize money.
The finals was anticlimactic. Riding an emotional high
Durso and Sala encountered few bumps in their 25-17
victory over Carlos, who suffered a calf injury, and
With victories in singles and doubles, Cesar is
looking like the favorite in the upcoming Nationals.
Joe drank in the cheers and applause and left open the
possibility of returning to competitive doubles play.
A special thanks to Artie Fuchs, Butterhup, and Cussell, who is
convalescing, for his loyal support of handball.
Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery.