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Kiawah Island Resorts Honors Roy Barth

February 3, 2006 08:31 PM

(From Bob Larson's Tennis News) --Roy Barth, director of tennis at the Kiawah Island Resorts, attended the annual employee awards lunch Tuesday (1/31) as has ever since the tradition started years ago. Barth was hired as director of tennis when the resort opened 30 years ago.

Roger Warren, president of Kiawah, presented awards to employees celebrating their five, 10, 20 and even 25-year anniversaries. Barth was called up to receive a fancy HDTV television set recognizing his 30 years.  A beaming Barth accepted the TV and expressed his thanks and returned to his seat.

As the luncheon was coming to a close, Warren said that there was one other thing to be done. He asked Bill Goodwin, billionaire industrialist from Virginia and owner of Kiawah Resort, to join him at the rostrum. The two then announced that the Kiawah Tennis Center was to be renamed as the Roy Barth Tennis Center.

Barth told a reporter that he got weak in the knees when he heard that.

The 58-year-old Barth, member of the PTR and the USPTA, has received many honors: Three-time All-American at UCLA, ranked Top 10 in the U.S., Top 50 on the pro tour, coach of the U.S. Wightman Cup team, member of the South Carolina and the Southern Section Halls of Fame and the USPTR Pro of the Year, as well as the Roy Barth family named USTA Family of the Year.

Having the resort's tennis center named in his honor must sit at the top of the list.