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Palmetto Championships Results

Big JIm's Gazebo
The 57th Annual Palmetto Championships took place this past weekend in Belton, SC. The tournament concluded Tuesday, May 28. To most the tournament is simply known as "Belton". Belton is known as the tennis capitol of South Carolina and is home to the SC Tennis Hall of Fame.
 
There is a deep history behind the Belton experience and has impacted the lives of thousands of SC tennis players over the years. The tournament started in 1954 as adult and junior championships and it became a juniors-only event in 1957.
 
The tournament brings over 400 junior players to the Upstate in divisions for both boys and girls in 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. The tournament is a state qualifier for the Southern Closed Championships, which are held throughout the Southern Section for all age divisions in mid-June. 
 
"The level of competition at this tournament brings the best players here," says Rex Maynard, tournament director.
 
This year was the first tournament since the passing of Jim Russell. He refereed every tournament but one from 1975- 2012. Russell passed late last June after returning home from an afternoon walk. At the main site at the Belton Tennis Center players get their court assignment and turn in their scores at "Big Jim’s Gazebo", which was dedicated in Russell’s honor at the Palmetto Fling Saturday, May 25.
 
As part of the 18U players’ last time at the Palmetto Championships the tournament throws a player party with gifts for their time in Belton. The Dunlop Scholarship, awarding $2,000 to a player for their freshman year of college, is also announced at the party.  This year was the 21st year the scholarship was given out. The winner of this year’s scholarship was Robert Conley, Jr. of Myrtle Beach. Conley was on the tennis and swim team at Socastee High School, along with many other extra curricular activities.
 


 
Boys Winners and Finalists
Division Champion Finalist
8 & Under Singles  Connor Brown Noah Johnston
10 & Under Singles Davis Phillips Robbie Young
10 & Under Doubles Rivers Cahill and William Vaught  Davis Phillips and Robbie Young
12 & Under Singles Phillip Jordan Anuraag Govindarajan
12 & Under Doubles Phillip Jordan and Anuraag Govindarajan Luke Prendergast and Albert Zhu
14 & Under Singles Spencer Brown Paul Hendrix
14 & Under Doubles Paul Hendrix and Jared Pratt Spencer Brown and Chambers Easterling
16 & Under Singles Robert Loeb Kyle Barr
16 & Under Doubles Robert Loeb and Kyle Barr Mark Carnes and Jeffery Dayton
18 & Under Singles Adam Steryous Alexander Miller
18 & Under Doubles Wood Benton and Adam Elliget  Alexander Miller and Alexander Santiago
 
 Girls Winners and Finalists
Division Champion Finalist
8 & Under Singles Allie Bittner Paige Geiger
10 & Under Singles Suzette Smit Sophie Young
10 & Under Doubles Saige and Sydney Severance Jordan White and Ellie Zimmerman
12 & Under Singles Maggie Cubitt Elise Mills
12 & Under Doubles Maggie Cubitt and Elise Mills Madison Dillon and Gianna Pielet
14 & Under Singles Ali Despain Lauren Joch
14 & Under Doubles Ali Despain and Emma Navarro Lauren Joch and Ann Martin Skelly
16 & Under Singles Makenna Jones Natalie Kitchen
16 & Under Doubles Makenna Jones and Cameron Kriscunas Natalie Kitchen and Sydnee Wheeler
18 & Under Singles Hayley Carter Ansley Speaks
18 & Under Doubles Hayley Carter and Ansley Speaks Rachel McNeely and Olivia Lucas
 
With her two title wins in 18U singles and doubles from this year’s tournament, Hayley Carter now holds the record for Palmetto Championship titles with 16. This surpasses Ryan Young’s previous record of 15 titles.  With her win in doubles, Carter now holds the doubles title record in one age division with her third title. This is also her eighth doubles win, tying the record of Katie Coleman.
 
The tournament will always be something special; this year’s is just another chapter in the Belton book.
 
"It was great, it was a really great event," said Maynard.  
 

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