Over the course of SLT&CC’s history, traditions have been established with clubs and teams locally and worldwide.

The Prentice Cup

The Prentice Cup is an international intercollegiate tennis competition between the universities of Harvard and Yale versus Oxford and Cambridge.The first match was played in 1921 and play came to SLT&CC in 1952. Matches are held every two years and alternating between the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, and SLT&CC. For much of the tournament’s history, only men participated.This changed in 2004 when competition between women was introduced for The Sea Bright Cup.The 100th anniversary of the Cup will be celebrated at SLT&CC in the summer of 2022. 

Prentice Cup Information

Rockaway Hunt Club Challenge Cup

The SLT&CC and Rockaway Hunt Club Challenge Cup is the longest continuously played interclub tennis competition in the country. It began in 1916 and has been played on and off since then, with 2019 marking the 103rd meeting of the two clubs. The Men’s singles and doubles grass tennis tournament features the best players from both teams competing for honor of displaying the beautiful Challenge Cup in their clubhouse for the year.  The year 2021 marked the 106th year for the men’s competition and the first year the women joined in the Challenge Cup. A new trophy was purchased for the Women's competition and the women of SLT&CC were proud to bring it home after this first exchange.

Challenge Cup Results


Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club-Merion Cricket Club Tennis Exchange

The SLT&CC-MCC Exchange was founded in 1950 by Charlotte Van Vechten and Winnie Ilvesoker. These great friends wanted to keep their spirited tennis matches going after the Ilvesokers moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia and joined the Merion Cricket Club. They decided to start an exchange between the two clubs which began as a mother/daughter tournament. They would alternate each year and have three categories of players: Seniors, Juniors and Junior-Juniors.  The matches were taken very seriously but the following lunch and day at the beach (Sea Bright) or pool (Merion) was always great fun. Thanks to Dottie Coleman, her daughter, Lynn Callen, Ibby Hertz and Stevie Thompson the tradition continues. 70 years and counting! 



The Shore Challenge Cup Tournament

The Shore Challenge Cup Tournament is a Mixed Doubles competition between SLTCC, Spring Lake Bath & Tennis, Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club, and Bayhead Yacht Club. Played annually in mid-September, and alternating locations yearly, this event marks the end of competitive play for the tennis season.


USTA’s National Men’s 65 and over Grass Tournament

SLTCC hosts the USTA’s National Men’s 65 and over Grass Tournament each September. For over 20 years, members and the public alike have watched players from around the world compete for a coveted Gold Ball at our special club. Last year there were 84 singles players and 29 doubles teams. While sadly, no club member has won the tournament (yet), our very own Bob Abbot won the singles consolation in 2018. 


SLT&CC Platform Tennis

The SLT&CC Platform Tennis season has several traditions as well. The NARUMSEAL is one of the highlights. This mixed doubles competition includes players from SLT&CC, Rumson County Club, Navesink Country Club and Deal Golf & Country Club. The social season kicks off with our mixed doubles Octoberfest. Other wonderful events include the Men’s Tri-Club tournament, the Men’s Member Guest and the Bauer Cup. The Chicken Wire Tournament marks the unofficial end of the paddle season.The Crissy Cup is a highlight of the women’s platform season. This member guest tournament is played with Rumson Country Club and honors a beloved member our of club who passed away too soon.The Women’s Member Guest has grown in scope each year and is a highly anticipated event.