Gilroy Tennis Club Wine Tasting Tour April 15, 2023


Let’s welcome Spring! Come and enjoy a tour of our lovely South County wineries with fellow club members.

Venue: The group will travel by bus to wine taste at 4 wineries in South County: Cottage Creek Vineyards, Solis Winery, Besson Family Vineyards, and Lightpost Winery


Meet-up: Please meet at Cathy Andrade/Rich Gamboa’s residence at 11:30 for bus pickup. Address is: 17426 Belletto Dr. Morgan Hill 95037


We will spend approximately an hour at each winery and then return around 5:30pm to Cathy’s residence for dinner, compliments of the club and grill masters, Rich Gamboa and Albert Cabassa.


Fee: Bus fee is $25 a person. Includes Goodie Bag, and one ticket for a special raffle prize. See **note for additional fee.

Payment choice: 1) Check: Please make check payable to Cathy Andrade and send it to: 17426 Belletto Dr. Morgan Hill, CA 95037 OR

2) Venmo Cathy @Cathy-Andrade

Deadline: Please make your payment by March 31st. This deadline is important, because if we do not fill the bus, we

will need to cancel the event. Please signup quickly, because the bus is limited to about 35 people.

**Please note: Each winery will have a separate wine tasting fee, ranging from $10 to $25.

Hope you can join us for this special GTC event!



Feb. 16, 2023

GTC Spring Tournament


Gilroy Tennis Club

St. Paddy’s Day Mixed Doubles Tournament

Sunday, March 19, 2023


Members and Non-Members: Come join the fun and festivities at our St. Paddy’s Day Mixed Doubles Tournament on Sunday, March 19, 2023. You will not need to kiss the Blarney Stone, but you’ll get to play some fun tennis, and might just win the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow…unless the GTC leprechauns are up to their shenanigans!

Where: Las Animas Park, Gilroy

Format: Mixed Doubles Mixer: 6.0, 7.0, 8.0(combined ratings)You will have a different partner for each round. So "love the one you're with"! This is a fun event!

Cost: $25/player: 

Signup: Please signup online at the GTC website:


and warmup: 8:00a to 8:20

Announcement: 8:25a

Match play: 8:30a to 11:30

Prizes & Lunch: 11:45 to 1:30

Any questions: Please contact Rachel Banse at



Feb. 9, 2023

January Newsletter 2023


Happy New Year!!
My main goal for our tennis club in 2023 is getting us moved back to the Monterey Bay League.
This would allow Morgan Hill and Gilroy to get more tennis playing time by having teams that
can play out of two areas. I spoke with Norcal this morning and was told they will be looking at
boundaries this coming summer. I will be sending them a letter stating our request which if
granted would not start until 2024.
We have drop-in tennis at Las Animas Park:
Monday and Thursday evening starting at 6:30. Call Tanmaya 408-838-8740 for more details
Monday AM 9:00-11:00 just show up

If anyone would like to join the morning tennis groups, please call:
Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Carol 408-966-5174
Friday 9:00-11:00 Carla 408-843-8374

Here are the registration schedules for all the 2023 leagues. Please think about forming a team:
Team registration:
Adult 55 and over: January 23rd - February 21
Adult 18 and over: January 23rd February 21
Adult 18 and over Daytime: January 23rd-February 21
Mixed 40 and over: April 24-May 22
Adult 70 and over Daytime: July 3-July 31
Mixed 55 and over: July 3-July 31
Combo Doubles: July 3-July 31
Combo Doubles Daytime: July 3-July 31

Our tennis board met recently and decided to host more social events this year to keep people involved
in our club. For this year, you do not have to be a member of the club to participate in these events.
More information will follow but mark your calendars now if you want to join in the fun.

Social Events:
March 19th St. Patricks Tennis Tournament (with plenty of blarney)/BBQ Las Animas Park 8:30 AM-
April 15th wine tasting/bus tour to local wineries with a potluck afterwards noon-
May- world team tennis tournament Las Animas Park

June 24th wine tasting/dinner Gamboas in Morgan Hill 3:00 PM-
Sept. 17th tennis tournament and BBQ Las Animas Park 8:30 AM -
October 7th Chili Cook-off Sarahs Vineyard 6:00 PM
December Morgan Hill/Gilroy tennis banquet hosted by Morgan Hill

Hope to see you at these events. Until then, Ciao for now!



Jan. 20, 2023

2022 Annual GTC/MHTC Club Banquet


Happening on Friday, December 9th

from 6:00p - 10:00p
at Old City Hall, Gilroy ( corner of 6th and Monterey St. )
Price- $50 per person.

Members Click here to reserve your spot.

Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 5th.

Dinner Buffet Includes...
   Appetizers: bruschetta and stuffed mushrooms
   Dinner: prime rib, salmon, chicken, potatoes, rice pilaf, salad, vegetables and rolls 

   Dessert: Mousse


Music by: The Usual Suspects (rock and roll band)

Raffle Prizes



Nov. 11, 2022

2022 Fall Chili Cook-off


Hello All:

Thank you to all that came out Saturday night to our annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser.  It was a smashing success due to all that helped make it possible.  Per Tim, we had about 80 people there. :-)
A special thank you to all our 8 chefs, without them, there would be no cookoff.  We had 4 random judges and they were all impressed with the quality and how tasty all the chili were.  It was a very close contest.  Here are the results.
- People's Choice award went to Theresse Tan, who was gracious enough to spend her actual birthday with us 
Judges awards:
- 1st place went to Abbie Serrano (People's choice last year)
- 2nd place went to Nick Gamino
- 3rd place went to Erik Styblo
- 4th place went to Leigh Payne
Congrats to all the winners!!!
I would like to especially acknowledge the following people:
- Denise Ramos for the delicious home-made desserts and for donating it to the event
- Bonnie Chamchawee for providing yummy chicken and beef satay skewers.  Thank you to Abbie, Sunny-Side-Up aka Josh and Tomomi for coming out Friday night to help prep the skewers.
- Mona and Sukanya Stephani for bringing more tasty appetizer dishes
- Paul Nguyen for being our official photographer of the evening.  Love all the pictures
- Ruth Irving, Sally Wrye, Nick Cabassa and Mitch Priest for being our judges
- Kathy Cabassa for helping out Saturday night
- Tim Wrye for being the money man
The band, Sound Decision, was awesome and interacted with the people.  A great time was had by all!  Hope you'll join in the fun next year!
I appreciate all the help and support!
Thank you!!!


Oct. 18, 2022

June 2022 Newsletter


Wine Tasting/Dinner Fundraiser: A huge thank you to Rich and Cathy Gamboa for hosting this fundraiser at their beautiful home in Morgan Hill. A big thank you to Paul Nguyen who took pictures all throughout capturing the flavor of the event. Many of the attendees enjoyed “hamming it up” in front of the photo screen. Pictures are posted here.

We sold 72 tickets (over the amount we were actually aiming for). It was a relaxing afternoon sipping wine, eating appetizers and visiting with friends while those who entered the wine tasting contest were enjoying a wide variety of wine. A delicious dinner was served afterwards while listening to live music put on by Rich and Al Cabassa with Lisa Cabassa lending her lovely voice to some of the songs. After dinner, the raffle winners were announced ending the evening on a high note. It was a profitable event for the club.

Tempo/Usual Suspects: Yes!! The Usual Suspects are back at Tempo in Gilroy on Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00 PM. What a way to ring in the “Fourth of July” with dancing the night away to your favorite music. Let’s have a tennis club get together at Tempo. Make reservations early if you want a place to sit.

Locking Tennis Courts: Due to the recent continual vandalism of nets, the courts at Las Animas are going to be locked nightly for the next few months. They will be unlocked at 7:30 AM and locked by 11:00 PM. If the vandalism continues, the courts will have to be locked earlier. Please report any problems you witness out there by calling the non-emergency number 408-846-0350 and then please notify me. (I also understand that Las Animas and San Ysidro Parks are slated for brand new “state of the art” restrooms probably coming in 2023.)
Bathrooms for right now should be up and running in a few weeks to get us by in the meantime. Public works is just waiting for parts.

Board Members: We would like to start having more social tournaments and events while still promoting USTA teams but we need help. If anyone is in helping plan these events, please contact me. We need everyone’s help if we are going to make these changes so no one gets
burnt out. Please send me your name and contact information if you would like to be involved.

That is it for now. Happy hitting and I hope to see you at Tempo on July 2nd.



June 19, 2022

GTC Wine Tasting Fund Raiser


Gilroy Tennis Club

Wine Tasting Fund Raiser

Please join us for a fun afternoon to support the
Gilroy Tennis Club

Date: June 18th

Time: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: $30.00 per person

          $35.00 to enter Blind Wine Tasting Contest

          Includes: Wine Tasting, Dinner/Dessert, Prizes, Raffle and Music

          (Each taster to bring their favorite wine to enter into the blind tasting contest and have an opportunity to win a prize)

Location: The Gamboa’s

                  17426 Belletto Drive, Morgan Hill, CA

Sign up on the GTC website. Non-Members Welcome and can signup online as well.

Call Cathy Gamboa @ 408.464.5860 for more information





May 22, 2022

Sept '21 Newsletter

"Congratulations to Judy McBrearty’s 40+ 3.5 women’s team. They are going to Sectionals in two weeks. Gilroy Tennis Club wishes you good luck and we know you will represent us well. Go get ‘em, gals. Upcoming Events: Chili Cook-off: Mark your calendar for our annual chili cook-off on October 16th, Sarah’s Vineyard from 6:00-9:00. We need chefs so if you have a special chili, please let us know that you would like to cook. It is all of our great chefs that makes this event so special. Please seriously consider being one. Cost will be $30.00 per person with our chefs getting in for free. The price includes 2 glasses of wine, corn bread, salad, appetizers, dessert, chili samples and music by Rich Gamboa. This event will be open to the public 21+ years of age. Please invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of fun. A flier will be coming out in the near future with all of the details. October Halloween Tournament: A Spooktacular mixed doubles tennis tournament on October 29th from 6:00-8:00. Mark your calendar. More details to follow as we get closer. Costumes encouraged. Pickleball issue: The City Administrator stated the pickleball players have until their court reservation runs out which is September 30th. The deal between the city and the pickleballers was they had to return to Wheeler Auditorium once it opened up after Covid. If people question why we will not share courts 5 and 6 with pickle ball, here are some facts:

  1. The tennis club has put in over $200,000 into all six courts for community tennis.
  2. We are a USTA facility and we need five courts for our five line teams. Court 6 was paid for by the Tennis Club and one of the members.
  3. The Tennis Club pays for all upkeep and improvements for these six tennis courts. This includes: re-surfacing, windscreens, nets, net straps, posts. The Tennis Club has purchased bleachers, (one that Little League uses), installed cement benches alongside the courts, and our granite table. We were instrumental in providing electricity to the courts. If I have forgotten something, someone can chime in.
The City of Gilroy does not contribute any money which saves money for them to be spent elsewhere. We maintain these courts for all the citizens of Gilroy who want to play tennis whether they are tennis club members or not. We support Parks and Recreation’s junior and adult tennis classes and their summer tennis camps. Courts 5 and 6 as of today, have $10,000 worth of damage done to them when the pickle ballers gray taped their lines. The tape pulled up the surface and sand is coming through. If anyone has played on those courts with the pickle ball lines, one will see how confusing it is to play tennis with all of the lines on the courts. While we recognize the need for pickle ball courts, Las Animas courts are not the answer. With all of the new people moving south, there are a lot more people playing tennis in the mornings and evenings plus weekends. We need to service that community. We have stated we will help the pickle ballers find funding for pickle ball courts and we look forward to having pickle ball courts hopefully at Las Animas Park right alongside the tennis courts. That is it for now. Please consider attending our two club events that were mentioned above. It is your support that helps us fund the needed improvements at Las Animas. Carol


Sept. 28, 2021