By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
When Laird Campbell and Ken Jenson played together on the racquetball court for the first time, it turned out to be just the beginning of a successful partnership.
Last saturday, the duo came through with a rally that earned them more gold at the Utah Summer Games.
Trailing late in Game 2, Jenson and Campbell rallied by scoring the final nine points and coming away with a 15-13 victory to earn a third straight gold medal in the Elite Division men’s doubles championship match played at the Sorensen PE Building on the SUU campus.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Jenson met Campbell for the first time playing on Court 4 at the Summer Games.
“We started playing and found each other right here. We’ve won golds in different brackets,” Jenson said. “When we got down in this game, we switched things up a little bit. Laird was hitting really well, and I think they got a little nervous. We pulled it out.”
Jenson and Campbell – who doubles as tournament director – had to work through round-robin and medal round opponents before winning the one-day event. Campbell said registration for this year’s tournament was “about the same as last year” at around 60 players.
Singles competition was held Friday across open, elite, divisions A through D, and novice for both men and women. The doubles competition featured men’s, women’s and mixed pairings.
PHOTO by Tom Zulewski
Caption: Ken Jenson won the gold medal with his partner Laird Campbell. They won the Elite Division men’s doubles gold at the Summer Games.