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Cindy Prendergast
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Cindy Prendergast is a tennis player from a family of golfers. The youngest of 5 children, and the only girl, Cindy began her tennis career at age 10 when her mother, Mary, directed her to the tennis courts at DuPont Country Club instead of the golf course, where her brothers and father were already accomplished players. Understandably, her mother was looking for a break from 4-hour rounds and dinnertime stories of putts missed and made, and those elusive birdies!

Cindy learned the game from tennis great and Delaware Hall of Fame member, Ed Garcia. Her immediate love of tennis and exceptional skills made her a quick study and the student soon became the teacher, helping Ed with junior clinics at DuPont Country Club and later at Wilmington Country Club.

As a student at Brandywine High School, Cindy helped lead the tennis team to three state titles. She then attended Gettysburg College, where she played on both the tennis and field hockey teams. She amassed an impressive 77-20 overall tennis record at Gettysburg, and was a semi-finalist in the Division III National Championships in doubles. In 1998, Gettysburg recognized Cindy’s accomplishments in both tennis and field hockey by inducting her into the Gettysburg College Hall of Fame.

After college, Cindy continued her winning ways by returning to Delaware and winning the Middle States Open Championship three times. She established herself as a force to be reckoned with by winning the Delaware State Championships in singles seven times from 1988 to 2003 and four times in doubles from 1988 to 1993. Her doubles partner was her close friend and inspiration, Bunny Vosters. Cindy was a four-time winner of the Wilmington City Championships, and reached the semifinals of the National 35s Grass Court Championships at Merion Cricket Club in 1995. At the club level, Cindy continues to dominate with 10 club championship titles in singles and 9 in doubles to date. She is an active member of Wilmington Country Club’s interclub tennis teams where her skill and camaraderie are much appreciated by her teammates.

Always ready for a new challenge, in recent years Cindy has brought her considerable skills to the Platform Tennis court. She has become a three time National Mixed Doubles Platform Tennis Champion, two time National Women’s Platform Doubles Champion and a five-time finalist.

Cindy started her own business, Stamford Screen Printing, in 1994. It is no surprise that she runs her highly successful and competitive business with the same skill and determination she has put into her sports. She is also active in the community and was instrumental in starting the very successful Bunny Vosters Open in memory of her doubles partner and great friend.

Cindy continues to live and play sports in Wilmington, Delaware. In true competitive spirit, never to be outdone by her father’s legacy or her brothers’ golf acumen, she plays to a 9 handicap and gives them a run for their money every chance she gets!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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