Oglebay’s Tennis Tradition Remains Strong under Marc S. White’s Leadership

Marc  S. White, Director of Tennis at Oglebay.

Marc S. White, Director of Tennis at Oglebay, teaches students to view tennis as a lifetime investment in themselves and their well-being.

Marc S. White, Director of Tennis at Oglebay, says tennis is a sport of a lifetime and spends his days promoting the sport to all ages.  Since coming to Oglebay in the fall of 2005, White has expanded the tennis program to include several annual tournaments, a junior tennis academy and various tennis jamborees throughout the year.

The most recent tennis jamboree in February 2011 featured former top-20 ATP tennis player Tim “Dr. Dirt” Wilkison at the indoor tennis center at nearby Wheeling Park.  “Tim and I traveled together in the past and put on clinics,” White said.  “Coaching and educating about tennis is my specialty, so I wanted to bring in a former player to add something.”  While he received the nickname Dr. Dirt from his diving volleys at Wimbledon, Wilkison’s biggest claim to fame was advancing to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open in 1986.  “My hope was to inspire our local junior players to play a little bit like Tim,” added White.

Junior players are one of White’s main focuses. The MSW Tennis Academy develops a tennis attitude in the students by creating a fun and non-threatening environment.  “We teach our junior academy students to view tennis as a lifetime investment in themselves and their well-being,” said White.  The academy is offered for students from grade 2 through high school, from beginner level to advanced high school team players.  The academy is offered in the spring, fall and winter.  White also presents summer tennis camps.

White instructs a group of junior players at Oglebay.

White instructs a group of junior players at his MSW Tennis Academy at Oglebay.

This year’s slate of tennis tournaments at Oglebay include the Senior Tennis Tournament and Junior Classic in June, the West Virginia Open in July and the US Open Junior Doubles Tournament in September. Other special tennis events planned for this year include the USPTA Tennis Across America USTA Block Party in May and a PTR Coaches Workshop in September.

White is continuing Oglebay’s rich tennis tradition that started in 1939 when several clay courts were built.  The tennis complex was expanded and the courts converted to a Har-Tru surface in the late 1940s.  Tennis legend Arthur Ashe played in one of his first major tournaments at Oglebay – a juniors event – in 1961. 

For details on all the tennis programs and activities at Oglebay visit www.oglebay-resort.com/tennis/facilities.htm or call Marc White at 304-243-4039.

Caring for Horses at the Oglebay Stables a Labor of Love

Oglebay Stables

Caring for the horses at the Oglebay Stables is a labor of love for Jeanette Gue

It’s no easy task to care for a stable filled with horses, especially during the winter months, but Jeanette Gue finds it very rewarding.  “I love my job,” said Gue, owner of Black Diamond Stables and is contracted to run the Oglebay Stables year-round.  Gue owns nearly 25 horses and keeps about 15 of them at a time at Oglebay.  Gue picked up most of her horse skills from her grandmother while growing up near Cleveland.  “You had to clean the stall and make sure the horses had feed and water before you were allowed to ride,” said Gue.  “My grandmother was a tremendous influence when I was growing up.  She gave me the opportunity not just to ride horses, but she really instilled that sense of responsibility and care and compassion for animals.”

The Oglebay Stables are open year round, weather permitting, and offer trail rides, pony rides, lessons, camps and therapeutic riding. The escorted trail rides feature gentle, quiet horses on the beautiful wooded bridle trails of Oglebay.  These rides are for all skill levels ages 10 and up. The pony rides are available for children ages two and up.  For those wanting to learn to ride, private and group lessons are offered for beginners through intermediate, plus day camps are available every summer and winter.

Historic Oglebay Stables date to 1940s

Historic Oglebay Stables date to 1940s

Therapeutic riding is the newest offering at the stables. It uses interaction with the horse to benefit individuals with disabilities. Although the ultimate goal is for participants to ride as independently as possible, Gue said the physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits are countless.

Reservations are required at the Oglebay Stables.  Call 304-243-4042 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com/stables.htm.