Ukrainian golfer comes to Cape with the help of Falmouth tennis coach

Ukrainian golfer comes to Cape with the help of Falmouth tennis coach

FALMOUTH – About a month ago, Maryna Bilonozhko was hiding in a bomb shelter as the city of Kyiv was being attacked by Russian invaders.

Now, thanks to the kindness of a Cape tennis coach, Bilonozhko is preparing to take her son Timur Alalin, 16, an accomplished golfer, to the West Coast where he will join the Junior Golf Association of Northern California.

Clearing their path to a new life in the United States was Kevin Pease, who runs a tennis school in Falmouth.

When Bilonozhko was taking shelter in Kyiv, she received an email from Pease. He had reached out to multiple tennis professionals in Ukraine, including Bilonozhko, hoping to help in some way.

Golfer Timur Alalin, right, and his mother, Maryna Bilonozhko, are from Ukraine and have been staying with West Falmouth resident and tennis teacher Kevin Pease.

“I’m a tennis professional, and I view it as sort of a brotherhood across the world, and anyone that is a global tennis coach or an ITF coach, you know, we’re kindred spirits. I just reached out, it started out that way, “Pease said.

Athletes as kindred spirits

Pease urged Bilonozhko to make her way to the United States since she has an international visa. Bilonozhko hadn’t thought of leaving Kyiv, where her entire life is centered.

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