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Betty Bauchle Says Goodbye

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A fixture on the Tuscawilla Country Club tennis courts for more than 30 years, this beloved local league player has hung up her racquet.

Exercise and fitness has always been a way of life for Betty Bauchle. So when she moved to Winter Springs with husband Al, the first thing they did was join the Tuscawilla Country Club, and Betty immediately signed up to be on a women’s tennis team. That was in 1985, and after 31 years of playing in women’s doubles leagues, Betty decided to play her last competitive match this past April when her Ladies Classic league finished its season. At age 83, it’s fair to say Betty has had quite a good run on the tennis courts.

“I talked to my husband, and we decided it was time for me to hang up the racquet,” Betty says. “When it starts to not be fun, you know [it’s time to quit]. And I was losing a lot. I know winning isn’t everything, but once in a while, it’s nice.”

The former Betty Swenson, who grew up in New Jersey with her Swedish immigrant parents, was always very active. Betty says she was blessed with a “very unusual gym teacher who was way ahead of her time,” during her years at Bloomfield High School in the late 1940s. Encouraged by that teacher, Betty participated in sports like archery, gymnastics, and basketball after school each day. She was also on a girls’ drill team that occasionally performed during halftime at New York Knicks basketball games at Madison Square Garden.

During her freshman year at Syracuse University, Betty met Al Bauchle, a junior who was working in one of the school’s dining rooms. The two fell in love and married one month after Betty graduated, on July 17, 1954.

Betty remembers playing some casual tennis while at Syracuse, and she even played tennis with Al during their honeymoon in the Pocono Mountains. Three years later, the Bauchles moved to Florida after Al took an engineering job with Lockheed Martin. The couple first lived in West Palm Beach, then Winter Park and Maitland, before moving to Tuscawilla.

Betty raised three sons and a daughter and still found time to play some casual tennis at the local courts. But it wasn’t until she joined TCC that Betty played league tennis.

“It was awful, at first,” Betty says. “I had never played competitive tennis. It was an adjustment because I was used to playing just for fun.”

Betty still expects to play tennis for fun occasionally, but she also plans to keep busy with the other activities she enjoys: playing mah-jongg, dominoes, and Rummikub; biking; enjoying her six grandchildren; or doing the daily word games and puzzles in the newspaper.

“I loved the camaraderie; I met an awful lot of people through tennis,” Betty says. “I miss it already.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former Betty Swenson, who grew up in New Jersey with her Swedish immigrant parents, was always very active. Betty says she was blessed with a “very unusual gym teacher who was way ahead of her time,” during her years at Bloomfield High School in the late 1940s. Encouraged by that teacher, Betty participated in sports like archery, gymnastics, and basketball after school each day. She was also on a girls’ drill team that occasionally performed during halftime at New York Knicks basketball games at Madison Square Garden.

During her freshman year at Syracuse University, Betty met Al Bauchle, a junior who was working in one of the school’s dining rooms. The two fell in love and married one month after Betty graduated, on July 17, 1954.

Betty remembers playing some casual tennis while at Syracuse, and she even played tennis with Al during their honeymoon in the Pocono Mountains. Three years later, the Bauchles moved to Florida after Al took an engineering job with Lockheed Martin. The couple first lived in West Palm Beach, then Winter Park and Maitland, before moving to Tuscawilla.

Betty raised three sons and a daughter and still found time to play some casual tennis at the local courts. But it wasn’t until she joined TCC that Betty played league tennis.

“It was awful, at first,” Betty says. “I had never played competitive tennis. It was an adjustment because I was used to playing just for fun.”

Betty still expects to play tennis for fun occasionally, but she also plans to keep busy with the other activities she enjoys: playing mah-jongg, dominoes, and Rummikub; biking; enjoying her six grandchildren; or doing the daily word games and puzzles in the newspaper.

“I loved the camaraderie; I met an awful lot of people through tennis,” Betty says. “I miss it already.

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