Six dozen of the best paddle tennis players in the Kansas City metro gathered to vie for the title of the city’s best this weekend, and when it was all said and done, a Prairie Village-based duo playing on a Prairie Village court took the prize.
Homestead Country Club played host on Sunday to the KC Open finals, where Homestead’s own Kevin Kowalik and Kevin “KB” Braun defeated challengers Pete Stroer and Travis Helgeson. Kowalik and Braun defeated top seeded duo Patrick Eagan and Victor Vidal in the quarterfinals.
Both pairs advanced through five rounds of play to get to the championship match, where Kowalik and Braun won 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Earlier tournament rounds were played at both Carriage Club and Homestead.
The win qualified Kowalik and Braun to compete in the national paddle tennis President’s Cup.