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Floridian Inducted into USAR Hall of Fame

Mitt Layton


 

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May 19, 2013 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Florida's Mitt Layton was inducted into the USAR Hall of Fame at the 2013 USAR National Singles Championships.

The 2013 Ektelon National Singles Racquetball Championships presented by Penn was held May 15-19 at the Meridian Sports Club in Fullerton, CA.  During this event Jacksonville area's Mitt Layton was Inducted into the USAR Hall of Fame.  Mitt is the 5th Florida player to be inducted and shares that honor with two other Jacksonville area players Mary Lyons and Susan Pfahler who were inducted as a doubles team. 

Mitt has won a total of 19 national event titles over a 9 year span which includes 6 from the USAR National Singles Championships and 13 from the US Open.   In addition Mitt has also won numerous Florida State and Southeast Regional Championships with a combined total of over 60 titles.

Mitt demonstrated a consistenly exceptional level of racquetball performance during the 13 year span that he competed at the national level (1992-2004).

Mitt Layton was the 5th Floridian to be inducted into the USAR Hall of Fame.  Here is the complete list.

 

Floridians in the USAR Hall of Fame

 

                         1  -  1994  -  Jo Kenyon  -  Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                         2  -  2000  -  Van Dubolsky  -  Gainesville, Florida

                         3  -  2006  -  Mary Lyons  -  Jacksonville, Florida

                         4  -  2006  -  Susan Pfahler  -  Neptune Beach, Florida

                         5  -  2013  -  Mitt Layton  -  Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

 

 


 

 

Here is a summary of Mitt Layton's Accomplishments:

 

NATIONAL SINGLES

(18 medals)

US OPEN SINGLES

(14 medals)

OTHER RECOGNITION

         AND ACTIVITIES   

 

9 Finals / 6 Wins

 

1995   Mens 45+ Open

1996   Mens 45+ Open

1997   Mens 45+ Open

2000   Mens 50+ Open

2001   Mens 50+ Open

2002   Mens 50+ Open  

 

2nd Place Medals 

 

1997   Mens 40+ Open

2003   Mens 50+ Open

2004   Mens 50+ Open

 

3rd Place Medals            

 

1993  Mens 35+ Open 

1993  Mens 40+ Open  

1996  Mens 40+ Open

 

4th Place Medals

 

1992   Mens 40+ Open      1994   Mens 40+ Open

1994   Mens 40+ Doubles

1998   Mens 40+ Open

1998   Mens 45+ Open

2001   Mens 45+ Open  

 

 

 13 Finals / 13 Wins                                                   

1996   Mens 40+ Open              

1996   Mens 45+ Open  

1997   Mens 45+ Open

1998   Mens 45+ Open

1999   Mens 45+ Open  

1999   Mens 50+ Open

2000   Mens 45+ Open

2000   Mens 50+ Open

2001   Mens 45+ Open      2001   Mens 50+ Open  

2002   Mens 45+ Open      

2002   Mens 50+ Open  

2003   Mens 50+ Open

 

4th Place Medals

 

1997   Mens 40+ Open

 

National Recognition

 

1998   Bud Muehleisen Award (for

           Age Group Player of Year)

 

US Junior Olympic Teams    

 

Mitt served as Assistant Coach for two years in Colorado Springs:

 

2002   US Junior Olympic Team                            

2003   US Junior Olympic Team               

 

State Awards (Florida)

 

1995   Age Player of the Year      

1996   Age Player of the Year

1998   Open Player of the Year 

2001   Age Player of the Year

2002   Age Player of the Year

 

Florida’s Racquetball Association

(FRA) does not maintain accurate 

tournament results prior to 2004         

 

Mitt won an estimated 60 singles titles at the state or regional level during this time period.

 

Hall of Fame Induction (Georgia)

 

There is no FRA Hall of Fame to recognize Mitt’s accomplishments.  In 2011, his hometown (Waycross, GA) inducted Mitt into their Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements in racquetball, golf, and football.

 

Article by Len Knudsen

 


 

 

 

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